Ice and Medicine at the end of the earth

21. Why did you want to be a doctor in Antarctica, why not just stay in Seattle?

Callie,

The simple answer is that I was ready for an adventure! 

T.J. (my husband) and I have talked about traveling to Antarctica together for many years.  Antarctica is a logical place for T.J. who studies ice.  I have been in school for so long, that I was ready for a break from normal life.  And I caught the travel bug in residency.  I knew T.J. would be in Antarctica at WAIS divide for this research season.  I applied to be a doctor down here so we could experience Antarctica together and I could see where he will be spending research time in the future. 

A lot of people apply to work in Antarctica because it is such a unique experience.  I was lucky enough to be offered a job and accepted!  I am learning a lot of new things in the McMurdo clinic, like care of frostbite and other  cold injuries.  I will be able to use what I learn here when I return to Washington or Minnesota.  I am looking forward to seeing T.J. in one week!  Unfortunately, the only way for me to get down to Antarctica was to leave T.J. in Seattle for a couple of months alone.   It will be a fun reunion.

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2 responses

  1. Hi! I am wondering, since you will be living in Antarctica with your husband, what happens if you become pregnant? Are there rules against getting pregnant while living on the base?

    July 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    • If you get pregnant in Antarctica at one of the US bases, the medical staff assists in getting you back to New Zealand and the United States to assist with pregnancy care. We do not have the resources to treat pregnancy complications on base.

      September 11, 2014 at 3:32 AM

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