Medical doctors GHTM work worldwide in challenging environments, facing clinical and practical problems which require specific expertise. They have learned to deal with growing health issues that are enhanced by globalization, inequity in access to healthcare and migration.
Medical doctors GHTM combine a unique set of skills resulting from the limited circumstances they work in: little resources, refugee camps, conflict areas etc. These medical doctors:
- are generalists with knowledge and skills of diagnosis and treatment of basic surgical and obstetrical conditions.
- have knowledge of the nature, prevention and treatment of serious contagious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, as well as numerous poverty-related diseases.
- deliver adequate solutions with minimal resources.
- competently train local healthcare workers, such as doctors and midwives.
- are comfortable working with other cultures.
- bring direct field knowledge back to The Netherlands: on both international health and on immigrant health matters.
Postgraduate programme GHTM
The postgraduate GHTM programme offers doctors the necessary knowledge and skills to work competently in international health. The programme derives from the Dutch ‘tropenopleiding’ and represents many decades of experience and expertise and is unique in the world. It has been modernized and adapted year after year to train specialized doctors to meet the current and future need for global health.
The programme consists of two clinical terms offering training in obstetrics/gynaecology and either paediatrics or surgery. This is followed by a diploma course in The Netherlands on Global Health, Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the programme is completed by a clinical term in a foreign low or middle income country. The full programme extends a period of 27 months.