Practical guide to overseas practice

JUNIOR doctors and medical students seeking to broaden their training and experience through overseas work placements have been given a set of guidelines to help ensure their time away is beneficial to both them and their patients.

The guide, developed by the AMA and the Australian Medical Students’ Association, provides advice on selecting a region in which to work, the practicalities of arranging placements, and how to prepare for the differences in culture and style of practice. It even offers advice on how to re-acclimatise to Australian practice upon return.

AMA Council of Doctors in Training chair Dr Michael Bonning told MO that while the project had been aimed at those seeking to work in underdeveloped countries, the principles it contained were designed to be universal.

“It is all about making these experiences more accessible to those who have the opportunity to spend some time overseas and encouraging them to consider travel in