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Philos Ethics Humanit Med. 2013 Feb 21;8:1. doi: 10.1186/1747-5341-8-1.

Should trainee doctors use the developing world to gain clinical experience? The annual Varsity Medical Debate - London, Friday 20th January, 2012.

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Green Templeton College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HG, UK.


The 2012 Varsity Medical Debate between Oxford University and Cambridge University provided a stage for representatives from these famous institutions to debate the motion "This house believes that trainee doctors should be able to use the developing world to gain clinical experience." This article brings together many of the arguments put forward during the debate, centring around three major points of contention: the potential intrinsic wrong of 'using' patients in developing countries; the effects on the elective participant; and the effects on the host community. The article goes on to critically appraise overseas elective programmes, offering a number of solutions that would help optimise their effectiveness in the developing world.

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