For the purposes of our program, we describe junior medical students as medical students in their pre-clinical years, generally 1st and 2nd year medical students in four year programs in countries like the United States and Canada; and 1st, 2nd and 3rd year medical students in 5 or 6 year medical programs in countries like the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and various medical university programs in other parts of Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Check out our resources for the different learning experiences by our past students.
Whether you call them medical missions abroad, medical electives abroad, medical rotations abroad or clerkships, we ensure that medical students have a safe, structured and supervised healthcare internship abroad to learn under supervision of qualified healthcare professionals in the hospitals we have partnerships with. Its an opportunity to gain practical experience either as a requirement for the medical degree or to enhance essential skills as a medic in training.
The clinical rotations and ward work are organized in a manner that most benefits the student both in attaining practical experience and integrating knowledge in an approach that serves to benefit patient care and help the student to progress in his/her field.
Healthcare delivery in developing countries is greately under resourced thus chances are you will find the conditions very different from what you are used to, thus providing an opportunity that really tests your critical thinking, abilities and your emotions. In some cases you will find yourself returning to basics including diagnosing and treating conditions without the benefits of laboratory services or medical equipment which you are likley to have back home. Yet in others you may find that the approach to managing and treating familiar illnesses and diseases may well differ from what you’ve been taught at home thus challenging some of the ideas you may have previously held. You will encounter many instances where patients present themselves with conditions far advanced than what you see back home sometimes due to lack of access to health facilties early enough. You will also see conditions that are rarely seen back home, some that you have only read in books such as tropical diseases, such as malaria and dengue fever and other ailments such as meningitis.
The benefit of our medical electives abroad is that you develop new skills while also increasing your understanding of diseases progression.
This theoretical knowledge is directed by the supervising medical officers, registered doctors and consultants in the hospital to enable the student draw an understanding of diverse aspects relating to the care of patients such as
Due to fine structure we have created with our medical electives abroad, students will have an opportunity to rotate in the medical specialities of their choice, a minimum of a week per department.
A variety of disease entities and medical conditions will be encountered in various systems and fields of medicine. A proactive liaison with the hospital staff and senior consultants is recommended.
One of Elective Africa’s key differentiators for roations abroad is that we have developed strong relationships not just with the healthcare institutions we place you in, but we also have committed relationships with professionals that we will assign you to. Our professional mentors are people who we know and we have evaluated and are comfortable with the quality of their mentorship based on feedback from past participants. They are an important partner is every rotation and do receive compensation for the work they do with our students.
Our supervisors also come to our houses regularly for global health tutorials where students discuss about the differences in healthcare systems, the common ailments that they have observed while on their clinical rotation abroad and how doctors cope with various issues as they seek to treat patients.
What to expect from a medical elective abroad
We organise for the students safari to parks in either Kenya or Tanzania, including a hike to Mt. Kilimanjaro. See the safari link at http://electiveafrica.com/safaris and our facebook page at www.electiveafrica.com/safari.
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