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Planning your elective: Solomon Islands

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 01 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:0309333
  1. Mark Wilson, author of The Medic's Guide to Work and Electives around the World1
  1. 1University College Hospital, London

Mark Wilson gives you the low down on how to arrange your elective in the Solomon IslandsThe Solomon Islands sound like a tropical paradise, and in years gone by they were. But, unfortunately, that is not the case at the moment. With the civil unrest that has escalated in the past few weeks, the UK government is advising against travel to either the island of Guadalcanal or Malaita, except for essential business. Up to date advice on these and other islands can be found on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office website ( Despite this, some of the remote hospitals do offer fantastic experiences both within and outside the hospital--the diving is said to be some of the best in the world.

The six main islands are Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Malaita, New Georgia, San Cristobal, and Santa Isabel. Among …

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