Locum on your terms – A doctor’s story, by Faith Traeh
Posted on 05 February 2019
I never planned on having a conventional career in medicine. I always wanted to do relief work and work in an international healthcare setting. Locum work allowed me to do this.
I worked as a locum doctor in between trips, which meant I had the choice of working or the freedom to leave the country for months at a time – something I couldn’t have done in specialty training.
In early 2018, I travelled to Iraq to take part in a medical mission with a small NGO called Global Kindness Foundation. They set up dental clinics and optometrists in schools in Najaf and Karbala. These schools are mainly attended by orphans and disadvantaged children. We set up a rudimentary clinic and as the only female doctor on the trip, I provided primary care and health check ups to girls between 6-18 years of age.
After that, I went onto study for a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene. I’ve since been out to Lebanon to assist in the set up of medical clinics for refugees close to the Syrian border.
Being involved in these types of projects has always been what I wanted to do. I’m fortunate enough to have the flexibility that locum provides.
I’ve also been lucky enough to visit Sri Lanka, Turkey, Switzerland and Germany in this time.
I feel the experiences I have had are beyond value. They have provided me with skills that will be a real asset in the future”.