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Medicine Elective Placements Overseas with Projects Abroad

Medicine Elective Placements

Take your Elective placement one step further with a Medicine Elective abroad! These worthwhile placements are tailor-made for undergraduates studying towards a degree in Medicine. Challenge yourself, learn new skills and gain valuable medical experience in a developing country.

Next Step: Click here to choose a destination for your Medicine Elective

How does an Elective abroad differ from a placement in the UK?

As a medical student taking your Elective abroad, you will get to learn about the differences in healthcare practice between your host and home countries. You will also be exposed to techniques and illnesses that are less common in western hospitals and clinics. Due to a lack of funds, many patients are also in an advanced stage of their illness.

Furthermore, many placements will not have the up-to-date equipment you are used to. However, our local medical staff are highly dedicated and knowledgeable, and do their very best in the limited working conditions they have. You will have the opportunity to come up with innovative solutions to combat these obstacles.

What will I do?

Medicine Elective volunteers will work alongside local medical staff in a hospital or clinic, learning from them and assisting where necessary. You may find yourself helping to take patient histories, observing surgeries, undertaking basic procedures with supervision, and assisting with ward rounds and other medical tasks.

You can choose which department you’d like to work in if you have a particular specialism in mind, or rotate through the different departments to see a bit of everything. Possible departments include Oncology, Paediatrics, A&E and Surgery, to name a few. You can download our specialisms chart to see which specialisms are available in each of our destinations. Please note that we can’t always guarantee that your preferred specialism will be available on your chosen dates.

Depending on the placement and country you choose, you may also have the opportunity to take part in extra activities such as attending workshops, outreach programmes and seminars with other medical students.

Staff support for our Elective students

We provide extensive support to our Elective students, prior to departure and during your placement. Our staff can assist with the completion of your paperwork for university, and one of our Volunteer Advisors will be in regular contact to guide you through your trip preparations prior to your departure. You will be assigned a supervisor when in-country, who will be your mentor for the duration of your Elective placement. Local staff are also available 24/7 to provide support and answer any questions you might have.

When should I apply?

Most universities have a set date by which time your Elective application paperwork needs to 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 recommend completing our application form at least one month before your deadline. This is because we can only provide the detailed information about your project once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.

If you are not an Elective student or would rather take part in our standard Medicine projects, please see our Medicine Projects page.

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