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Medical News & Perspectives
August 10, 2005

Volunteering Overseas Gives Physicians a Measure of Adventure and Altruism

JAMA. 2005;294(6):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.294.6.671

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 adventure.

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.