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Planning your elective--Thailand

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0111425
  1. Mark Wilson, senior house officer in intensive care medicine1
  1. 1University College Hospital, London and author of The Medics Guide to Work and Electives around the World

Mark Wilson tells you what you need to know

Situated between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Thailand is well known for its beautiful beaches and has become a well travelled backpacker route. However, it has a great deal more to offer the travelling medic. In the capital, Bangkok, there are several well equipped private hospitals. But in the north there are many remote and under-resourced centres dealing with both Thai hill tribes and those who have crossed the border to escape the political troubles of Burma.

This month James Harper reports on his elective at one of the largest and most famous of these centres, “Dr Cynthia's Clinic” in Mae Sot. Dr Cynthia Maung was originally from Karen in Burma but fled with the student uprising in 1988. The clinic she set up and now runs provides education as well as aid to many of the “refugees.” A word of warning, however, if you are thinking of going …

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