Healthcare professionals have a strong record of service to forgotten people. However, launching into this career tract is not as easy as it may seem. First, unique professional skills may be required for the diseases are different, medical resources are minimal, cultural context is challenging, and for most of us leadership skills are deficient. Secondly, caring for
forgotten people also require a unique set of personal skills regarding money management, personal health maintenance, and family relationships. Finally, healthcare professionals must wisely choose their path to service, including decisions about a professional specialty, a community to serve, a sending organization, and language learning needs.
This event will feature a presentation by Dr. Comninellis, the president of the Institute for International Medicine. He will be giving a presentation on "launching your international health career," by reflecting on the decisions that must be made to incorporate service into a medical career. He will address international medical training, language learning, and time commitment. More information on the organization and his speech can be found here: http://inmed.us/resources/speakers_bureau.asp