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7 Issue , 2018
There are moments that leave our mouth agape, there are moments that leave us regretting and then they are moments that even words cannot describe. I can’t say what you will get, all I can say is that traveling abroad will bring with its growth, improvements, adversity which you got to take all in and do what’s right, continue to grow and continue to live in the moment. Watch the beautiful sunsets, learn from a differentiated healthcare system, and explore a new culture. As you head out into the world unknown, to see the world for what it really is ...
6 Issue , 2018
In the last few days, we've had a tremendous time with both prehealth and healthcare students on hospital internships in Kenya and Tanzania. Whoever said everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August didn't lie ;-) Africa is a large and beautifully diverse place. The people, the culture, landscape, wildlife, beautiful sceneries just to mention a few, are some of the reasons why most students prefer an overseas internship to Africa.
With programs all year round, you have no excuse to miss out on these great experiences.
Join us for a meaningful placement in East Africa's most popular ...
5 Issue , 2018
Traveling to a new country provides one with countless opportunities to explore a different healthcare system as well as embrace new cultures and have an adventure. This month, Brooke Rhinesmith, who recently completed her program shares her premedical internship in Africa experience. Don't take our word for it, learn more from past participants.
4 Issue , 2018
We have perfect opportunities for you! While many of the things we have can be bought, time and experiences are invaluable. They simply cannot be bought! With Elective Africa, you have a perfect opportunity to travel the world while experiencing a different hospital setting and gaining that essential clinical exposure. Here is your chance to see learn & enjoy everything the world has to offer. Is it too late to APPLY to travel abroad this summer? Sincerely speaking, it is late but not too late. Summer Placements normally fill up quickly and that means that availability ...
3 Issue , 2018
The third month is down already, amazing how time flies! With Easter holiday slowly passing by, we continually wish you and your family a Happy Easter Holiday. Being a period of enjoyment and reflection, we have outlined a few tips and topics that will fast track your planning and ensure that your placement abroad is flawless.A great healthcare placement experience does not come easily. It involves a great deal of planning as well as research and so is our profession! With the right kind of support and guidance, you will not only learn from a differentiated hospital setting but also ...
2 Issue , 2018
Planning for Summer? Start Now
The spring break is finally here, a time to look back at how the semester is progressing and to some the usual continuation of the studies. For anyone with a long summer break in June /July & August, this is the best time to think and plan for your summer activities being slightly away from books. Many opportunities await, right?
While the opportunities in a hospital internship or a clinical rotation abroad are vast, the planning that precedes it is very key in ensuring a great experience.
Whether its by passion or by desire, whether its by school ...
1 Issue , 2018
There's Electives Abroad and then there's Elective Africa.......
To be direct and precise planning an elective/pre-health placement abroad has never been a walk in the park neither is it a rocket science! Where should I go? Where will I stay? How will I get to the hospital and a number of questions that run in our mind. With vast choices and options to consider it may get difficult and often stressful to find your way through.
But does it have to be?
Just as there are so many opportunities to start and build a successful healthcare profession so are there pool of opportunities ...
12 Issue , 2017
2017 couldn't have been any better. Thanks to you for making it perfect by allowing us to enter your inbox...apologies if they were too many, for the numerous times you spared your time to pick our calls and for going through our materials.
We've placed and worked with amazing medical and pre-health students from all over the world who made our house lively and gave us memories that we are not planning to loose anytime soon.Thanks Guys! Can you come back already! Phares, Benson, Gideon and Richard and Justina pass their greetings.
12 Issue , 2017
We have a lot to be thankful for. We wanted to reach out and say 'thanks' to you for believing in us even as we continue to provide you with a great hospital work experience abroad this year.
Here's the Deal......
Like yourself, we’re always excited by great experience abroad.
But often a times things don’t go the way we planned. From flight delays, missing luggage and many other things that makes us wanna hit the person responsible. But sadly, we don’t!
On the other hand there is always this one thing that stands out and make us remember the reason why we even ...
11 Issue , 2017
Holiday season is around the corner. This is a great time to travel abroad for your projects. We still have a few slots for December in our Mombasa, Kenya and Arusha, Tanzania clinical sites. Embark on this wonderful journey and discover some of the most unique hospital settings in Africa. Find Your program at www.electiveafrica.com/programs/healthcare
10 Issue , 2017
It's that time of the month for MyElective Inject. Here's what not to miss!
Arusha is and still remains to be one of the most attractive destinations in Africa. Apart from its proximity to the world's most adored national parks and second highest mountain, it's also one of our popular program destination. Find out why.
Speaking about destination, we also take time to answer 11 of your most frequently asked questions including one on safety.
And even as the world commemorates World Health Mental Day, see opportunities available for students in psychiatry training with interest in undertaking an elective abroad.
Are you a good ...
9 Issue , 2017
It has never been easy settling down for a destination to visit. A lot of research go into play before one can settle down on where to go and what to do. In this issue we outline a number of things to consider before you can settle for a particular destination.
Travelling doesn't need to be a complicated and hectic affair not when you have these 7 apps to help you in your visit and stay in Africa.
You also don't want to miss on Dr. Nelly's piece on why breastfeeding should be the norm and not a privilege.
Is there an area ...
8 Issue , 2017
Travelling abroad has been made so easy unlike centuries ago when explorers had to spend years to go for their exploration. With travel agents, online bookings and placements organisers like Elective Africa all you need to do is prepare yourself and voila! you are in Africa or whatever place you will choose to go. Read more on ways to stay healthy while traveling abroad.
Your stay abroad will be much more fun when you immerse in the local community's culture. In Mombasa, Kenya, the Swahili people will amaze you with not only their dressing but also their cuisine, architecture, music and ...
7 Issue , 2017
Welcome to our July Bulletin, its our hope you had a good June.
Nurses are a very important part of the healthcare delivery team and they hold a very complementary role in the delivery of health services. In our first article we take you through the Nightingale Pledge of service by the nurses.
Have a look at the daily log of one of our participants about their experience. As you plan to undertake an elective abroad, prepare to put a record of your experiences to advice others on your learning when you are back or even to give you talking point for ...
6 Issue , 2017
What happens when your social class and locality dictates the healthcare service you receive? In this newsletter we give you a glimpse of the Kenya healthcare providers crisis; urban vs rural, rich & middle class vs the poor.
Alarming to note is the rising prevalence rate of HBV in Kenya. A report by Kenya Medical Research Institute revealed that HBV prevalence rate had surpassed that of HIV three-fold in a span of two years. Learn more about hepatitis in Kenya and why #ShowYourFace campaign for this year World Hepatitis Day is relevant.
Why would you opt for an elective abroad in a ...
5 Issue , 2017
How do you tell someone that a person they love is dying? Are there any right words to say? Is there a way to prepare a terminally ill person for it? In this newsletter we share with you some advice from Dr. Nelly Bosire on sharing bad news with patients and their loved ones.
The World will commemorate Hypertension Day on 17th May for the 12th time since this day was founded. Find out more on the rising disease burden of hypertension in Kenya and some of the factors fuelling the spread.
In our case studies Tanya Raven a recent participant of ...
4 Issue , 2017
Did you know that eggs have been a symbol of spring since ancient times, also a symbol of rebirth of the earth in pre-christian celebrations of spring? Well it is the Easter season again and guaranteed there will be lots of egg hunting.
As we bring to you our fourth newsletter for 2017, here's a recap of the key discussions.
Kenya has shown encouraging improvements in reproductive and child health outcomes over the period 2003-2014. Read more on the improvements in maternal health in this region. This being the month of mental health focus, we have touched on this topic that is ...
3 Issue , 2017
Welcome to our 3rd issue touching on insights on healthcare placements in Africa.
Jumwa who is one among many women from Kenya affected by fistula, an abnormal anastomosis which is preventable narrates her agonizing 50 years with the condition. Hope is however not lost, we outline some of the solutions and approaches that can be put in place to help alleviate the situation.
Wondering on why and where to take your pre-health hospital internship this summer? In this months success story, get a taste of what it feels like to be on a premedical internship abroad as narrated by Chad Cain; a ...
2 Issue , 2017
Welcome to our second MyElective inject issue 2017.
In this issue, we take you through the reality of practice of informed consent in Kenya as well as examine how well its utilized in care delivery in the region.
With a stand off between the medics and the government in Kenya having paralyzed the public health system. Our Electives and Pre- health shadowing internships are ongoing at Bomu Hospital in Mombasa Kenya and St Josephs Mission Hospital,Migori. We highlight the learning opportunity present in private healthcare and faith based or mission hospitals with a focus on St Joseph Mission Hospital..
As the World comes ...
1 Issue , 2017
Happy New Year, Open a New Travel Diary in 2017. Every new year comes with new expectations, new opportunities and new challenges.
In our 2017 inaugural edition, we give you a highlight of one of our popular electives destination, Arusha - Tanzania with a special focus on Levolosi Health Centre which provides a great learning opportunity for your rotation. Find the activities in the departments that you would experience, learn and participate in.
Health services delivery have an economic, social and political aspect. With a nationwide doctors strike happening in Kenya and revealing just how low resources, political influences affect the care ...
12 Issue , 2016
It is the season of giving, sharing and celebrating. We are grateful for being our readers all through. While at it, take a trip and escape as adventure awaits you with Elective Africa from learning, discovering new culture to immersion in a different healthcare system.
As we sum up the year we share stories by our participants of how transformative their healthcare placement abroad with Elective Africa was rewarding. We had students who have been on program with us before come for a repeat placement, how amazing is that!
Having celebrated World Aids Day on 1st December, we take a close examination ...
11 Issue , 2016
Happy New Month!
Welcome to our monthly newsletter. This month on our destination focus we give you an insight into a placement in Kenya. We get you informed on the internal medicine rotation and also highlight Diabetes in detail even as the world will be marking World Diabetes day on November 14. Sophie Turner a student from Queens Belfast University shares her story on what mental health and psychiatric care in a developing world is like from her elective placement.In her words,"Different: The Psychiatry Experience." This is why!
10 Issue , 2016
Happy New Month!
"You always get things that teach you and steps to grow, but there is a confidence that is gained and a deep understanding of what it means to be supported by your knowledge - not by some team that is there to create confidence; it is there within you. That takes time. That takes teachers. That takes taking risks." ~ Sharon Lawrence
MeetThea de Geus. Inspired to work in Africa, she talks about her experience in Africa as a future doctor. Being in her third year, we can just but wish her all the best.
9 Issue , 2016
Meet Elective Africa near you and find out more about our educational and expedition travel opportunities to Africa. This September we will be visiting schools in Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Seattle and Boston.
We would be happy to have you join us if you will be within our locations of visit as we reach out to more students on our Pre-health and Healthcare programs. The idea of our school visits is so that we can meet with advisors, students and clubs officials to listen to your needs and what you are seeking so that ...
8 Issue , 2016
Things just got better! This fall we will be on a US Road Show.
Like you, we also get to travel. If you are in the US, LET US KNOW which State, we got something for you.
This summer, it has been our joy to place students for electives and pre-health shadowing in Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi and Arusha. Currently we have students from Bialystok University, Queen's University Belfast, Trinity Western University and University College Dublin. In this issue, Sari Cooper from Georgetown University shares her pre-medical reflection with us. You got to read it.
7 Issue , 2016
Welcome to our July Newsletter. At Elective Africa things are getting better and spicier. We cannot wait to tell you what is in our July Newsletter.
In this Issue:Get the best experience from our Pre-Health Shadowing Program Your Placement Destination Five Key Habits For Survival in Medical School How Kenya's Low Income Families (try to) Pay for Health Care
6 Issue , 2016
Welcome to this Month’s Newsletter. Each month has a special favor, a feeling that is unique to its own transitional span of time. June is the symbol of brightness and radiance.
This Month our focus is on the challenges Kenya is facing towards its mass Measles-Rubella Vaccination drive that ended recently. This is an important read especially for students who are planing their medical electives abroad so that they can get a glimpse of the healthcare system in the developing world and perhaps do their healthcare internships abroad to gain an invaluable experience in their career.
In the second article we focus ...
5 Issue , 2016
Welcome to this month’s newsletter. We pride in keeping you abreast with the most recent information and developments in the health sector we are glad to present to you our May’s newsletter with informative key areas as follows.
May is the month the world marks “No Tobacco Day” and this year’s theme is calling on the plain packaging of cigarettes in a bid to reduce the attractiveness of tobacco products and increase the effectiveness of health warnings. Smoking is a dangerous lifestyle and a major public health concern and requires great sensitization to inform the people of the risks associated.
Mosquitoes are ...
April Issue , 2016
We hope you had a great Easter holiday and enjoyed good times with family and friends. April is here. With April comes spring - the season of growth and rebound.
This month our main focus topic is on the impact of globalization on health which vary according to the predisposing physiological, geological and socio-economic factors.
In our second article we enlighten you on the healthcare placements that will boost your career growth and what to consider when choosing a placement.
Provider-patient relationship in developing world has a unique edge, since proper relationship is essential for patients outcomes improvement we shed some light on ...
March Issue , 2016
Welcome to Elective Africa’s March newsletter! I hope you have been great.
Here you will find medical focused topics, tales of students on great placements with Elective Africa and adventure stories to keep you updated and ahead of the game!
This month on our topical focus segment we look at the challenges Tuberculosis(TB) presents to developing countries and how a placement abroad will open your mind to the extensive conditions of this infectious disease.
On the My Experience section, Kelly Patel a senior medical student from State University Of New York medical college takes us through her life changing time in Mombasa Kenya ...
February Issue , 2016
Where there is love of medicine there is love for humanity!
We consider every new rising day and month exciting as we strive to provide you an exciting educational and expedition travel programs. Welcome to our second newsletter of the year.
In our newsletter issue this month, we talk about various ways you can spend your spring and summer break by either travelling, volunteering or taking your medical elective abroad. We\'re challenging you to invest in making memories by doing something intriguing like visiting the sandy beaches of Mombasa, Kenya or challenge yourself to an adrenaline charged Kilimanjaro climb in Arusha, Tanzania.
December Issue , 2015
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, as we usher in December, the last month of the year, the month of evaluating the resolutions set at the beginning of the year, we hope that the year has been good to you.
In this newsletter issue, we explore the various types of medicines across the world, how to effectively use your gap year time, the importance of a pre-health advisor and handling difficult patients.
You do not want to miss out on this, join the wagon and enjoy the ride.
November Issue , 2015
Welcome to our third newsletter issue of 2015. We expound on what healthcare placements are about, answer questions on what healthcare internships abroad entail, give you fundraising ideas and talk about an amazing destination. You definately do not want to miss out on this.
Read on and relish the thought of acquiring more knowledge than you have ever imagined.
June Issue , 2015
Devolution is an approach that has been used in both developing and developed countries to improve access to various facilities, improve service delivery, bend the cost curve, increase accountability and improve responsiveness. Kenya has not been left out in this approach. It began her healthcare devolution journey in 2010 after an immense vote by citizens for a new form of governance for change and accountability.
Migori County has a high population with a fertility rate of 4.2% according to Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), life expectancy of 42 years and a large proportion being below 24 years of age. It has ...
April Issue , 2015
Going into a different country far away from ones friends and family can be overwhelming despite the tickling excitement of a whole new adventure where you can do all crazy stuff without feeling weird. If anything no one knows you! The “what ifs…” can be so many. This piece seeks to answer some of the questions that may run in our new program participants minds as they prepare for their program.
Upon arrival, one of Elective Africa’s (EA) staff will be waiting to pick you up at the airport. If it is during the weekend, you will rest and later have ...
October Issue , 2014
There is something about summer that is implacable; a magical quality that we pursue in the sunlit days and warm nights and that we recall with longing when the seasons compel us to move on. But if we could capture it, freeze it in a frame, cap it inside a bottle; what would summer feel, taste and smell like?
The essence of summer is breaking free from the daily routine, doing something that someone like you, living where you do would not often do. It's about walking the unbeaten path in search of adventure, checking some lines off that bucket list. Its ...
July Issue , 2014
This is an interview with a past student who is now a practicing doctor.
What did you find rewarding in doing your placement with Elective Africa?
Having lived in the USA my whole life, I grew up in an upper middle class family. I am in the racial majority and I have had the privilege to go to whichever school I decided I wanted to attend – regardless of travel, cost, etc. I recognize that this is not the case for most Americans nor for most people in other countries.
Have you had an exposure to such difference in life status?
I traveled to ...
April Issue , 2014
Times have changed. While a few years ago browsing a website was almost solely restricted to a desktop computer or a laptop, today many web content consumers view websites on their mobile devices. Our audience is not any different and to ensure we give you the best experience, we have redesigned our website to be responsive making it easy to view and use on your mobile devices. It is yet another statement that we, Elective Africa, care to bring you the best. Our exceptional service extends to every media with which you interact with us. We welcome your feedback on our redesigned website, so ...
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