Whether you call them medical electives, electives overseas, clinical rotations or clerkships placements abroad, Elective Africa facilitates healthcare placements in Africa. For over 13 years, our students have had the opportunity to work either in large public or teaching hospitals, private hospitals or choose from community health centers in our rural locations. We provide medical students with a rare learning experience, cultural exchange and medical volunteer services in Africa. We organize placements for Medical, Nursing, Midwifery, Physician Assistant, Dental and Prehealth Shadowing students. Placements range from Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dentistry, Radiology, Surgery and Emergency care among others.
Each medical elective abroad placement will have a supervisor who will be your go to person at the facility. Upon confirmation of your placement with us, we will require you to advise us 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. 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. Hospitals are under-resourced, your clinical abilities and emotions will be tested and ability to develope endurance.
Standard Clinical 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. For prehealth shadowing programs we emphasize on shadowing and follow strictly the AAMC guidelines on clinical shadowing experiences for premedical students. We work with students, prehealth advisors and elective coordinators to obtain the required documentation such as affiliate agreements from the placement hospitals and supervisors credentials where needed. In addition where requested we assist students with conducting research and getting involved in public health aspects to their clinical elective placements.
Health & Safety
Our goal is to ensure each student has a safe and secure international healthcare clinical 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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