Richard Smith, former editor of the BMJ about the Dutch Global Health Doctor program:
”A Ministry of Health in any high income country can achieve a quadruple win by investing in a global health doctor programme like this Dutch example.
One: Millennials want meaning and purpose in their work and put that ahead of salary and status. Working in a low income country provides young doctors with both—more arguably than working as a cog in a huge and poorly understood hospital machine
Two: There are undoubtedly benefits to people, patients, and health systems in low income countries.
Three: The Dutch health system benefits from the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and competencies gained by global health doctors working in low income countries.
Four: Global health doctors develop a resilience that will allow them to work to 70 without burning out.”
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