|Crossing boundaries: how refugee surgeons learn to work in the NHS|
|Friday, 29 February 2008|
How refugee surgeons learn to practise in the UK Refugee surgeons represent an“extreme” case of refugee doctors in general, in that surgery is a craftbased discipline which requires (almost) daily practice in order to retain co-ordination and skill. The disruption implicit in the asylum-seeking process is therefore a direct threat to professional identity and expertise.Moreover, health demographics are likely to be different in the home country, so that the experiential knowledge base will be different from that of a UK practitioner, and probably also the exposure to particular procedures and technologies. There are also the generic issues around language, cultural expectations, hierarchy, and the role of women in a maledominated specialty.