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DOs & intl medical orgs

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by miriam, Nov 24, 1999.

  1. miriam

    miriam New Member

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    Does anyone know if DOs can work internationally with health organizations such as Doctors Without Borders or Intl Committee of the Red Cross? I've contacted a few such organizations and unfortunately, their reaction was, "what's a DO?" thanks for any info.
     
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  3. UHS2002

    UHS2002 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Are you a physician, a med student or a pre-med?

    Physicians Without Borders doesn't accept students, period. Additionally, they require at least 2 years of experience in your field. They accept all sorts of medical personnel, such as lab techs, midwives and even paramedics on occasion. It depends on their needs. So, I don't think it would be a great problem to be selected as a DO. They do give strong preference to candidates with previous experience in this line of "work" and those who can speak one or more foreign languages. If your are a physician meeting the above requirements, you can leave your name and address through their web site and they will contact you and possibly offer you an interview.

    Additionally, there are many other humanitarian organizatons(sectarian and non sectarian) looking for volunteer physicians and med students. There is a link on the Medical Student Lounge for a site with their addresses.

    If you want to go specifically DO, there is DO CARE, an organization that puts together short term medical missions. UHS sends students and faculty on these missions every year and so does CCOM and other schools.

    Having to explain "what is a DO" to an interested organization is not always the end of the road. Usually, as soon as the people in charge understand that a DO is a physician then they are happy to have you on board. The key is "the people in charge" and not the first soul who answers their telephone. I know of at least one student at UHS that did one of his rotations in Africa, in a place which traditionally accepted students from the British Commonwealth countries and never had a DO student before. After he explained what he was, they were happy to have him on board.

    Finally, keep in mind that there are plenty of opportunities to serve in this country too. They may not be as "glamorous" as Africa or some war ravaged country out there, but the need is just as pressing. And you won't even have to explain "what is a DO"...hopefully!

    Good luck!
     

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