Nitin K., University of New South Wales, Feb 2 – Mar 13 Initially, preparing for a 2 month overseas medical trip can appear daunting, but it is very much a simple process. Things to keep in mind: — Budget for the whole trip (and be generous with estimating expenditures) so that you are able to…

Written by Lauren Smith Chan Pov is a young man who was terrified that he would soon die.  I was also terrified Chan Pov would soon die.  Two years ago, when Chan Pov was 18, he noticed a small, painless, fluid filled lump on his head.  Soon afterwards he experienced a one-day headache that was…

George Holland, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, England This weekend one of the other students and I went up to Siem Reap in northern Cambodia to visit the temple complex at Angkor Wat. Even though I have only been in Phnom Penh for three weeks, it was nice to get out of the city…

George Holland, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, England This is the start of my second week at the Children’s Surgical Centre. After spending the first week getting to know the staff and mostly watching the visiting maxillofacial surgeons perform very intricate operations, I’m keen to get my hands dirty as it were. Every day…

Penny, Monash University, Australia I’m continuing to enjoy my elective at Children’s Surgical Centre. The staff has been very welcoming, especially the Cambodian surgeons, and I have done and seen an amazing amount of things I would not have been able to back home in Australia. Last week, there was a team of shoulder and…

Penny, Monash University, Australia Children’s Surgical Centre has been busy with three maxilllofacial surgeons visiting from Hong Kong. They have seen four patients with very large parotid tumors, some even larger than a tennis ball. These tumors can cause nerve damage to the face, as can the operation to remove it. When the surgeons and…

Freya, Monash University, Australia First day of my last week at CSC… I can’t believe how quickly time flies. It only feels like a few days ago that I first walked in here with my brand new crocs and my stethoscope in hand. Everyday has been so different with different patients to see and different operating…

What did you do outside of the Centre on your days off? Do you have any recommendations for future travelers- for instance where you stayed, how you met friends, activities, places to go etc… I stayed at Alibi Guesthouse, and I can highly recommend it. It is in a very nice area of town and…

Freya, Monash University, Australia The day starts for me at six-thirty. I’m probably woken before this by the street sounds. I think the street wakes up earlier and earlier every day. I have my shower (cold) and get ready to go. I’m staying at Top Banana guesthouse, just a few doors down from one of…

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