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opportunities for research abroad??

Discussion in 'Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties' started by bottomlesspit, May 5, 2007.

  1. bottomlesspit

    bottomlesspit 2+ Year Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    i remain undecided about gen surg, but regardless, i am planning to take a year off inbetween years 3-4 of medical school to strengthen my application towards whatever specialty i decide. right now, gen surgery is probably 49.5% and med/peds is 50.5%. i am almost pathologically indecisive ... sigh ...

    i've been told i should do research work if i want to go into general surgery. coming from a pure liberal arts background, i'm definitely lacking in that area and would choose clinical over basic science/bench work any day. so during my year off, i would like to do research work, but would also like to travel (last big trip before residency -- woo wooo!).

    sooo ... does anyone know of any international institutions (preferably in africa, s. or s.e. asia, or maybe s. america) where i could do research work in a surgical field there that would still be respected here in the states?

    many thanks :D
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  3. Pilot Doc

    Pilot Doc SDN Angel Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    That's a good indication right there that surgery might not be the place for you.

    But to answer your question - I don't know of any way you can conduct research to improve your GS application in an exotic vacation locale. The value of research is to find a mentor who will call his old drinking buddy who is the chairman at X and say "Bob's a good guy; you should hire him" and Dr. Chairman will say "OK". Those people don't exist in Bhutan or Jamaica.
  4. geekgirl

    geekgirl Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    look into project hope. or doctors without borders. other such organizations that are set up to do what you want to do.

    and if this is not offered, ask attendings/mentors whose lives you respect at your (or neighboring) institutution(s). they often will have much to offer.

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