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Volunteer Overseas

Medicine Elective Placements in China

  • Placement location: Chengdu and Shanghai
  • Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous medical training
  • Requirements: You must be currently studying at university for a degree in Medicine. If you are not an elective student please go to our standard Medicine project in China page
  • Type of placements: Hospitals
  • Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What’s included? Qualified supervisor, food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Medicine Elective students volunteering in China with Projects Abroad get the chance to work with exceptional doctors. The placements are in modern hospitals that are very well equipped with up-to-date facilities.

On your Medical Elective in China, you will most likely be working in a large training hospital in Chengdu or Shanghai. Both cities have hospitals that are large enough to enable students wishing to broaden their medicine experience in different areas to work in just one hospital.

You will shadow one of our supervising doctors who all have high levels of spoken English and are experienced at working with western Medical students. They will be keen to test out your medical knowledge, as well as giving you the benefit of their training and experience.

Options for Medicine Elective Students

Medical volunteer with a doctor at her placement

You will have the opportunity to observe surgery, assist on ward rounds and discuss specific cases with your supervisor, depending on your chosen specialism and module requirements. You are likely to work in close proximity to Chinese medical students, who are always interested about medicine and life in general in the west.

Our Projects Abroad country staff can liaise with your university prior to your departure to ensure the specific aims and objectives for your elective module can be fulfilled.

You will live with other volunteers in a centrally-located shared apartment. There is so much to explore and discover in Shanghai or Chengdu, and our volunteer community is traditionally a lively and a varied one.

You can join the Medicine Electives project in China for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. Please be aware that the number of departments you can experience may be limited and you may not be able to make the same impact as someone here for a longer period.

Please be aware that most universities have deadlines by which time your Elective application paperwork must be completed. If your university needs information on the hospital or clinic in which you will be placed, or requires forms to be signed by your project supervisor, we strongly advise completing our application form at least one month before this deadline. We can only provide this detailed information once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.

If you have any questions please call us on 01273 007230.

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