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A leap into the unknown—working overseas
  1. I D Wacogne
  1. Ian Wacogne is a consultant in general paediatrics, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, UK;

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Like most of these things, the opportunity to work for a year in Brisbane came about by chance, one in a series, in a lifetime filled with lucky circumstances.

I had already decided, with my wife, to take six months of unpaid leave in order to see a bit of the world. More about this another time. The chance to work in Brisbane came up and we rapidly combined it with our travel plans. It is usually hard for doctors working in a March/September system to fit in with doctors working in a January/January system without upsetting someone. Our plans for time out to travel gave us much needed flexibility to reconcile this.

Part of me would have liked to work in the developing world, but for complicated personal reasons this was not possible. So, the question arises: What is the point of working in another developed country? Will the experience be significantly different from staying at home? To try to address this …

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