Going abroad to study
Many years ago, upon successfully completing our Masterscourse, my colleagues and I were quite sure that we wouldnot be pursuing further degrees. Alas, the lure of academiawas too strong, and I found myself in 2005 considering optionsto further my studies. It took over a year before I was finally registered as a full-time doctorate student in the UnitedKingdom. This account relates to my preparation to go abroad,which took considerable time and energy considering I had tomake arrangements for the family as well.
The first thing I had to go through was to answer the question:“Am I prepared to go through it?” It was not an easy questionto answer, and I consulted senior colleagues, as well as peoplewho had gone through it before, not forgetting my own familymembers. Once I decided to go ahead, the next step was toidentify the area of interest. Generally speaking, this can comefrom one’s previous or current research work, from the desireto study about certain conditions prevalent in one’s area orfrom sheer interest in a particular topic. The beauty of primarycare is that it is such a wide area with almost limitless numberof potential topics to venture into. One can develop furtherskills and knowledge in areas such as non-communicablediseases, communication skills, health care utilisation, mentalhealth in the community, as well as issues related to specificgroups of the community such as the elderly and theadolescents. For most of us, however, the area to pursuewould also have to be of relevance to our sponsors. (copied from article)