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Outlaws: Is it essential for medical volunteers to have their credentials formally recognized by the host country?
Should it be mandatory for clinicians to be credentialed by the Ministry of Health in the country they visit? It’s the question I quietly lobbed out to a group of medical residents during a recent MacGlobal talk concerning the complicated ethics of international relief work. I explained that it was one of the most contentious […]
Clinical practice dilemmas: Managing abdominal complaints in remote settings
Volunteer doctors see plenty of abdominal complaints, gastritis, parasites, and diarrhea in remote clinics abroad. But with no imaging or laboratory investigations readily available, it’s hard to decide which patients can safely stay in their communities, and which need to be transferred to the nearest hospital. Many short-term medical missions have clinical protocols for exactly […]