Experience Abroad during Training: Four perspectives
Spending time abroad during training can be a rewarding experience and help to shape careers and perspectives. However the route is one not often travelled and so four ophthalmologists have shared their experience to help others interested in international eye care.
- Jack Gormley, St5, Yorkshire to Malawi
- Jonathan Roos, St7, East of England to Uganda
- Sri Gore, St5, East of England to South Africa
- Jennifer Kim, ST6, North Western Deanery to Cambodia
As Chair of The College’s International Committee, Will Dean offers some advice:
“Involvement in ophthalmology internationally is invariably an invaluable and rewarding experience. We aim to find ways to further enable and support trainee ophthalmologists. Whether for a few weeks over a few years, a few months of out-of-programme experience, or longer periods of work or research; it can be a career-defining opportunity. It can lead to long-term partnerships. It can lead to a much deeper appreciation of the NHS. These mutual benefits of international volunteering have been described in what is called Global Citizenship in Healthcare. If you are interested, then talk with fellow trainees and consultants in your region, contact the International Committee of The College, or reach out to local VISION2020 LINKS. There will always be a way to gain experience abroad during training.”