r/medicine. I am a 1st year med student in South Korea. Despite being an economically developed nation, Korea is not very open towards minorities, and esp. transgender people. There are few hospitals that provide appropriate care (psychiatry, and HRT) and bottom surgery availability is close to none.
I want to help trans people who are out of reach in the current system. I am thinking vaguely about a surgical specialty, to provide surgical interventions if necessary (surgery is not very competitive here). However, as I said, it is impossible to be trained in these specific fields IN Korea.
So I probably would have to learn overseas, as well as being trained in my country. Possibly a surgical fellowship? I don't have many problems communicating in English, so the US and Canada are my preferred choices. But my online research tells me that it is rather difficult to be accepted as a foreign MD…
Do you think there is a way for me to learn surgical skills to care for trans patients? I'm sorry if this goal sounds a bit to far-fetched, but I think starting early is better than being late.
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