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Career Focus

EDITOR'S CHOICE: It's a jungle out there

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 02 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:s197
  1. Sabina Dosani, editor
  1. Career Focus sdosani{at}

Before you flip past our leading article because expedition medicine has never appealed, I'd urge you to think again. The authors' excitement for expedition medicine comes across clearly and makes a compelling case for this specialty. However, this course isn't all about saving people from the jaws of jaguars. Rainforest survival skills ought to transfer to any situation where leadership, teamwork, and risk assessment are called for.

If your preferred way of expanding your management skills has been hitting the books, you might like to consider study leave in the Costa Rican rainforest instead. While it's true that most doctors are more likely to be woken by a bleep rather than a howler monkey, pursuit of tropical topics can expand your grasp of medical management. Like medicine, jungle life can be exciting, unforgiving, and risky.

Orienteering skills ought to be useful too. Like finding a way through the jungle, steering your way through a medical career can feel disorienting and harsh. As the song goes, “If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere.”

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