1st Edition

Preparing for International Health Experiences A Practical Guide

Edited By Akshaya Neil Arya Copyright 2017
    266 Pages
    by CRC Press

    266 Pages
    by CRC Press

    At some point in their careers, many health professionals and students wish to engage in overseas work. Learning from other systems, people and cultures is invaluable and in some cases life changing.

    This book is a unique resource that offers necessary insights into making the most of the experience, from pre-departure training through to return orientation. It provides information on navigating the legalities and bureaucracies of international medical training and gives insights into cultural and language competencies, including how to be ethical and deferential in the exchange of situational knowledge.

    Preparing for International Health Experiences is a must-read for any healthcare student considering volunteering, doing mission or practical work abroad. It covers specific medical professions from paediatrics to surgery, and allied disciplines such as dentistry and nursing. Its practical tips and consideration of ethical issues will be valued by readers of different levels and experience.

    Section I Putting Global Health Electives in Context   Ch. 1 Introduction- Why a Practical Guide?  Ch 2 Should I stay or should I go?  Ch. 3 Maximizing Benefits and Minimizing Harms of IHEs on Trainees, Programs and Hosts  Ch 4 Doing Your Homework: Choosing an Organization, Project, or Opportunity in Global Health  Ch. 5 Mentorship  Ch 6 Technology and Social Media  Ch. 7 Preparing to go Abroad Section II Aspects of Pre-Departure preparation  Ch. 8 Staying Safe while Abroad  Ch. 9 Travel Health Considerations  Ch. 10 Seeking Cultural Competence  Ch. 11 Communicating Effectively  Ch. 12 Ethics: Four Key Questions You Need to Ask  Section III Specific Professions  Ch. 13 Emergency Medicine Ch. 14 Pediatrics and Child Health  Ch. 15 Obstetrics and Gynecology  Ch. 16 Midwifery: "With Women" Across the Globe  Ch. 17 Nursing during Global Health Experiences Ch. 18 Disability and Rehabilitative Experiences  Ch. 19 Developing and Preparing appropriate Social Work Placements  Ch. 20 Surgical Team Experiences  Ch. 21 Dentistry and Oral Health  Ch. 22 Eyecare  Ch 23 Global Public Health: Preparation and Training  Ch. 24 Global Health Research: Practical Guidelines  Section IV Moving on  Ch 25 Returning Home:Debriefing and Managing Reverse Culture Shock  Ch 26 Moving Forward


    Akshaya Neil Arya is a family doctor and was founding Director of the Global Health Office at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in Canada. He has also taught Global Health to Master in Public Health students at the University of Waterloo and to medical students at McMaster University where he is an Assistant Clinical Professor. Dr. Arya has had experience in Latin America, Africa and Asia as a student, teacher and guest lecturer. He is currently president of Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace (CPREP).

    "The book is laid out well; information is easy to find as each chapter has a table of contents...the information is practical and authentic... as a family physician, I will definitely use this book to guide me as I develop a GHE program at my institution."

    -Ini-Abasi Joyce Olutade, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, USA