Elective Africa facilitates medical student elective placements in Africa. For over 13 years we have worked with community health centers and teaching hospitals in Africa. We provide medical students with a rare opportunity for hands-on learning experience, cultural exchange and medical volunteer services in Africa. We organize placements for Medical, Nursing and Midwifery students as well as medical camps for volunteer doctors. Placements range from Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dentistry, Radiology, Surgery and Emergency care among others. We currently run programs in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Each placement by Elective Africa will have a supervisor who will be your go to person at the facility. Upon confirmation of your placement with us, we will contact you to establish your specific interest and objectives to ensure your placement is individually customized.
Supervisors will offer mentoring to students while giving students the opportunity to share their skills and participate in continuous medical education (CMEs) forums at the hospital. Our supervisors are keen to provide your school with an evaluation of your placement experience. Our students have the opportunity to work either in large public or teaching hospitals, private hospitals or choose from community health centers in our rural locations. We manage our healthcare placements to ensure they meet hospital requirements and students expectations without jeopardizing patient care or the day to day activity of the hospital.
It is important that all our internship students understand both their role and the limitations of these opportunities at the facilities. Hopitals are under-resourced, your abilities will be tested and emotions too.
Standard Placement Procedures
Elective Africa incorporates guidelines laid out by universities and schools to ensure that internship placements are structured according to a student’s program objectives, level of clinical skills and the individual’s specific interest. We work with students and elective coordinators to obtain the required documentation such as affiliate agreements from the placement hospitals. In addition, we assist in obtaining documentation required by a supervisor or preceptor and provide placement confirmation letters.
Health & Safety
Our goal is to ensure each student has a safe and secure placement abroad. We keep abreast of all security developments and provide necessary information in a timely manner. From the moment you land, our staff will be on hand to provide on-program support. Your coordinator will be a great resource as you learn to navigate in your host community
and at the hospital.
Our residences are located in walled and guarded compounds in secure neighborhoods. Elective Africa is among the few organizers who provide safe, private transport to and from the hospital. Whether at the hospital or out about town, we are just a call away.
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