Cape Town or Sydney for A&E elective?Watch
But both amazing experience to choose from
Hello me again. I watch Sky News Live on You Tube as I don't have a TV at the moment.[Water leaking out of the back of the TV]. When people watching it on TV are seeing adverts, online we get to see weather reports and newspaper headlines from around the world to fill up the time. There has just been a mention of The Cape Times newspaper which said Medics in Cape Town have held a demonstration because there have been over 70 attacks on them in the last year when they go out and do their work somewhere else [didn't fully get what was said]. They are demanding greater protection, anyway. [Hope you don't mind. I just think you need to be armed with all the facts]. I saw it and thought of you straight away.
I know lots of people who did their electives in South Africa. Generally they had a good experience. I get the impression that if you want to be hands on and doing things, it is a great place to go.
Are these electives part of a degree? Like will you be attached to the University of Cape Town? If so then head to Sydney! Our universities (I am studying at UCT) have come to a complete stand still because of protests. It does not look like we will be finishing the 2016 academic year in 2016. This is going to have huge ramifications for 2017.
Thanks for the heads up!
With the possibility of 1600 graduates not entering the medical field next year you might be really busy if you come to Cape Town...
In order to learn hands-on medicine, in my view there is nothing like Africa.
As far as safety is concerned, it is common knowledge that there are posters in every A & E dept in UK warning antisocial or violent patients of being prosecuted. I have lived and worked in Africa, and the gratitude that doctors are shown in those countries, you will never see in UK, where doctors are seen as "just doing their job".
Having said that, my cousin is a GP in Perth, and medicine in Australia is endowed with much more clinical freedom and patient priority than in UK, where in the last several years, "clinical" choices are almost made by politicians, so an elective in Sydney might be quite productive and enjoyable.
Just an opinion!