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Kyla Tozer

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 11:33

In reply to by Pierce Colpman (not verified)

Hi Pierce,
Thank you so much for your wonderful post and kind words.
To answer your questions, (1) what was discussed regarding the health care systems between Canadian and Sweden? Dr. Conen pointed out it’s all the little things that are done differently that make it incredible hard to transition. So, for example, paperwork that would be done a certain way in Canada is different than Sweden. Another example is how you would bring a patient [inpatient booking] into the hospital, via the emergency room. All these little differences make it incredible tricky when moving from one place to another. On the flip side, some advantages to working in multiple settings, is that you see a vast range of cases and how they are approached. Finally, to answer your second question, do I feel the same way or is Dr. Conen’s opinion bias based on his experience? I think this question is 2-fold. One I think it would be a great experience to work in hospitals outside your resident country. Doing this would expose you to scenarios that wouldn’t be seen in your home setting (cultural differences). In my opinion, having this range of exposure strengthens you as a physician and allows you to think more broadly due to your vast range of knowledge. But, on the other side, there would be a steep learning curve regarding the bureaucracy of the healthcare system, and doing something correctly in Canada, doesn’t always translate to other countries. In my opinion, the former would outweigh the ladder. This is a wonderful question, and I am glad you touched on it.

Thank you so much Pierce,

Kyla Tozer

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