Medical training: time to go global? L.Pettigrew

Medical Training: Time to go Global?

Incorporating Global Health & International Experience into a career in Primary Care 


Acquire new skills

  • Clinical e.g. history, examination, diagnosis, tropical medicine, HIV/TB etc..
  • Exposure to resource-scarcity / new technology
  • Leadership & Management
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Research
  • Interpersonal skills e.g. communication, cultural competence
  • Managing ethical challenges
  • Cross specialty/profession collaboration
  • Language

Better informed perspective on home & global situation

  • Socio-economic & environmental determinants
  • Health systems
  • Health policy
  • Global burden of disease
  • Role of health advocacy

Creates enthusiasm / Renews job satisfaction

  • For working at home
  • For primary care & public health
  • For caring for underserved & immigrant population

Read more in:

Seo HN, Smith C, Pettigrew LM, Dorward J, Bygrave H. Combining UK general practice with international work–who benefits? Br J Gen Pract. 2012 Oct;62(603):e726-8. doi: 10.3399/bjgp12X656991. No abstract available

Smith CPettigrew LMSeo HNDorward J. Combining general practice with international work: online survey of experiences of UK GPs. JRSM Short Rep. 2012 Jul;3(7):46. doi: 10.1258/shorts.2012.012054. Epub 2012 Jul 13.