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The Hippocratic Adventures toolkit for physicians working abroad.
NordVPN

NordVPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to connect to a US Electronic Medical Record, many of which block IP addresses from outside of the United States.

NordVPN, has received consistently high reviews for its speed, ease of use, and the fact that its servers are located in privacy-friendly Panama.

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Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to connect to a US Electronic Medical Record, many of which block IP addresses from outside of the United States.

We use Private Internet Access (PIA). It’s simple to configure, you can connect up to 10 devices simultaneously,  and in 5 years of using it have never run into glitches.  It’s also slightly less expensive than NordVPN.

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Notarize

Notarize

Notarize enables you to notarize documents electronically and online. 

Within a week of moving to Portugal, Ashwini and I each received an email from a state medical board asking us to notarize a form. We initially groaned at the idea of finding the closest US embassy and making an appointment just to notarize a couple documents. But after discovering Notarize, within minutes,  we crossed a pesky task from our long to-do list.

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Wise

Wise

Wise (formerly Transferwise), is a currency exchange service with low fees, which uses the current market rate, and allows you to hold different currencies in one account.  It is one of the most inexpensive ways to convert currency, with fees typically around 0.4%. 

If you’re earning US income, you’ll transfer US dollars from your US bank account into your Wise account; convert to your desired currency; and then transfer the amount from Wise into your bank account in your new home country.

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Capital One Venture Rewards Card

Capital One Venture Rewards Card

On your scouting trips abroad, bring a credit card with no foreign transaction fees to  help you avoid the 3% foreign transaction fee surcharge for using a credit card abroad.

The Capital One Venture Card, accrues ‘miles’ that can be used to pay for travel expenses and hotel stays, at an effective rate of 2% cash-back, which quickly pays for the annual fee of 95$.

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ExpatMD: Your Guide to Living and Working as a Physician in Australia and New Zealand

ExpatMD: Your Guide to Living and Working as a Physician in Australia and New Zealand

For Dr. Carmen Brown, a one year locums position in New Zealand turned into 10 years and a permanent move, split between New Zealand and now Australia.

She shares her wisdom in this book and through her full-service consultancy at ExpatMD (mention Hippocratic Adventures for a 10% discount on their services). Learn more about her experience in our vlog post.

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Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome

Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome

Dr. Susan Levenstein, a primary care doctor and internist, left New York City in 1978 – trading the East River for the Tiber River.

In Dotoressa, Dr. Levenstein lets us in on what it has been like to practice medicine in Rome over the past forty years – how universal healthcare and a healthy lifestyle helps Italians counterbalance the shortcomings of their Italian healthcare system. Learn more about her experience in our vlog post.

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