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Planning your elective - diving medicine

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 01 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:020373
  1. Mark Wilson, author of The medic's guide to work and electives around the world1
  1. 1University College Hospital, London

Mark Wilson gives some tips on how to arrange a diving holiday…sorry, elective placement

Medicine is your passport to travel the world, and your elective is a time when you can immerse (no pun intended) yourself in another culture --maybe for the first time. But it is even more than that: you can work in any specialty or aspect of medicine, however obscure. You might consider this the guide to the ultimate diving holiday, but it is written to help provide contacts for those that really are interested in the medical aspects of diving.

When thinking about applying to a particular institution consider which components of diving medicine interest you. Do you want diving research (mainly physiology), training (medic diver qualifications), performing “fitness to …

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