AMA J Ethics. 2019 Sep 1;21(9):E815-822. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2019.815.


A rise in international medical volunteering (IMV) poses complex issues for organizations, clinicians, and trainees to navigate. This article explores ethical implications of IMV, such as scope of practice, continuity of care, and erosion of local health systems, and offers a personal perspective from a related field.

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries
  • Health Personnel / ethics*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • International Educational Exchange
  • Medical Missions / ethics
  • Travel / ethics*
  • Volunteers*