Maritime Medicine

What does Maritime MEdecine involve?

Typically forming part of a Medical Team on board commercial liners, with responsibilities to both passengers and crew. You will be required to support the medical team in managing a range of pathologies from acute emergencies to out-patient clinics. Many have extensive facilities on board to assist, including critical care ward, x-ray room and dispensary.

Medical Similarities

General Practice and Occupational Medicine
Acute and chronic pathology
Working as an integral part of a small team


Well re-numerated. Varied, dependent upon period of commitment.


Blocks of on-call can be extensive.


Variety of workload through the day. However some companies will expect a 24 hour and 7 day a week on-call commitment. The work can be exciting and obviously has its benefits of travel. Offers an exceptional opportunity to practice acute medicine for blocks of time whilst still allowing for an easy return to practice on land.


Acute Care and Pre-Hospital Care experience
Eligible for international travel eg. United States C1D Visa
Open to blocks of travel at a time, weeks to months

Getting Ahead

Open days on-board ships
Pre-hospital medicine experience
Airway Skills

Further Info

Ocean Opportunities
11th International Symposium on Maritime Health
International Maritime Health Association

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