If treating patients atop the roof of the world in the Himalayan mountains,
a hospital in war-torn Afghanistan, or a refugee camp in Sudan’s Darfur
region sounds intriguing, physicians can do more than dream about such scenarios—they
can volunteer with organizations that will allow them to mix altruism with
But physicians willing to donate their skills and some time do not always
have to do so in risky places—people in less hostile and yet still exotic
locales are also in need of medical care.
Mitka M. Volunteering Overseas Gives Physicians a Measure of Adventure and Altruism. JAMA. 2005;294(6):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.294.6.671