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Wait... you're blogging again?! Happy day.

Martina Scholtens

And so are you!!


I've missed your writing. It's always so thought-provoking.

I think I'm currently in my element. I like my mix of obstetrics, family practice and refugee health. Ironically, I have not gone overseas to work since I finished my training in tropical medicine two years ago. I find working at the refugee clinic is more satisfying because I can actually help those people in a lasting and meaningful way because we have the necessary resources here. Whenever I've volunteered (ie in Haiti or East Timor) I've always felt that my presence there was just a very temporary fix.

Martina Scholtens

I had no idea you were doing refugee health. Yes, I love being a very practical part of launching their new lives here. Global health at home.


I really enjoyed this, Martina! In terms of second-guessing, I think we are so fortunate in family medicine & refugee health to have so many wonderful opportunities for fulfilling, interesting work... no need to search for a 'hard-to-get' position!

I think sometimes the fact that family med is "easy" to match to, etc. gets painted as a negative in medical training, and the whole 'hidden curriculum' is part of that. I often talk to med students about the amazing opportunities for not only clinical practice but research, education, administration, etc. in family medicine.

I feel in my element, but like to have something ongoing beyond clinical work - right now that's some education and research - I'm building my skills, testing my passion, and seeking good opportunities. I would add that 'community' interplays with the opportunity (& passion) aspects - having an enthusiastic, supportive community or team to work with makes a huge difference.

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