We organize structured & supervised medical electives in Africa for students in their clinical years thus guaranteeing elective students practical knowledge for their healthcare placement to fulfil university study requirements. The program presents opportunities to gain practical experience either as a requirement for the medical degree or to enhance essential skills as a medic in training. Student 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.
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Students have the opportunity of selecting various hospitals that host Elective Africa programs in our various destinations to work in. Take a look at http://electiveafrica.com/destinations/kenya for further details on various locations.
One of the best placements for a senior medical student who wants a rural medical elective set up is in Migori, Kenya which offers a lot of hands on experience in a location not heavily congested with other students.
The experience includes firsthand practical work in a developing country for medical students under supervision where they will be involved in diagnosing and treating conditions without the benefits of advanced medical equipment back home. Public hospitals in developing countries are faced with shortage of healthacre professionals while at the same time face heavy patient loads thus presents students with real opportunities to work. In addition due to lack of funds, limited access to heath facilities because of distance, and lack of proper education, patients put off treatment presenting themselves to hospitals with diseases or pathologies that have advanced to critical stages.
Medical students will encounter opportunities to treat tropical diseases such as malaria, which is a great chance to expand medical knowledge. All these scenarios will teach you new skills and enhance your understanding of diseases progression while testing your skills.
All our medical internship applicants are contacted to confirm the specific department they would like to rotate in so that they get the opportunity in their area of interest.
Students are directed by the supervising doctors and other mentors to enable them draw an understanding of diverse aspects relating to the care of the patients e.g.
· Relevant history taking in various body systems
· Physical examination
· Relevant laboratory investigations and their interpretation
· Arriving at pertinent diagnoses and appropriate treatment measures
· Various procedures in the clinical medicine and pediatric rotations may be viewed or carried out, under supervision and may include: administration of various types of injections, lumbar punctures, insertion of intravenous cannulae, nasogastric intubation, lymph node biopsies e.t.c
· The student may be allowed to observe and assist in various general and orthopedic surgeries, under supervision
· Within the obstetric and gynecology department, the student is required to take relevant history, carry out physical examination and formulate a pertinent diagnosis and management scheme. He/she may be permitted to view or assist in various procedures, under supervision. These may include: Normal deliveries, Caesarean sections, Tubal ligations and several others.
In any given rotation, a proactive liaison with the hospital staff and senior consultants is recommended
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 http://electiveafrica.com/safari.
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