We facilitate medical elective placements in Africa for physician assistant students seeking clinical training opportunity. Our physician assistant students get to work closely with a physician in our partner hospitals. Our program strongly complements the didactic component of physician assistant training with hands on experience. The overwhelming demand for healthcare services in Africa coupled with extremely limited resources provides physician assistant students, who choose our program for their elective, with a rare opportunity for significant hands on experience. Our program is suited to meet various kinds of educational requirements such as electives, clinical preceptorship, independent study abroad or internships abroad requirements.
We prefer to place students who have already had several clinical rotations and hence will use our elective placement as an opportunity to bring together the theory learned in the didactic component and the skills learned in clinical rotations.
The benefits of our Physician Assistant program include:
We work with prospective participants to assist with designing their own program if desired but our standard physician assistant elective provides broad hands on experience for students at the tail end of their studies. The program runs between 4 to 8 weeks, depending on elective preference. Students work closely with and under the supervision of a certified physician and are evaluated during and at the end of their placement. Sessions are structured and regularly scheduled, usually in a government community health facility. To get the most out of the program, participants ought to be willing to work some weekends, holidays and night shifts – past participants have found these shifts offer even more learning experience.
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