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Volunteer Overseas

Medicine Elective Placements in Jamaica

  • Placement location: Mandeville and St Elizabeth
  • 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 and be in your fourth year of studies at least. If you are not an elective student please go to our standard Medicine project in Jamaica page
  • Type of placements: Hospitals and health clinics
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • 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

Taking your Medicine Elective in Jamaica with Projects Abroad will gain you a great deal of valuable work-experience alongside some of the most skilled and inspirational doctors in the country. As Jamaica was one of the first countries to develop a national health service, you will work in hospitals and clinics that are well equipped. You will still find your time here challenging as you will be exposed to patients suffering conditions and diseases you would not be used to at home including rare cancers, sickle cell anaemia, TB, malaria and dengue fever.

Medical volunteer takes a patient's blood pressure

Depending on your chosen specialism, students on a Medicine Elective can spend time working in both in-patient and out-patient services, in general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology, and paediatrics. The Health Department and health centres offer a variety of services including an adolescent health clinic, wellness clinic, child health, curative health, family planning and health programme and sexually transmitted infection clinics.

Your role will be mainly observational. You can get more involved with the doctors and patients by showing initiative and developing a good rapport with your co-workers. Your supervisor, a qualified doctor, will ensure that you work in a variety of areas during your placement, and learn as much about medical practice in Jamaica as possible.

Options for Elective Students in Jamaica

Elective students in Jamaica should be in at least their fourth year of medicine studies. Medical students based in Mandeville work at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Percy Junor Hospital or at health centres in and around Mandeville. In St. Elizabeth Medicine Elective students work at the Black River Hospital or a variety of health centres.

Whatever your specialism, Projects Abroad will be able to help ensure your requirements for your Medical Elective are met and will liaise with your university where necessary. Our staff are very experienced in working with students carryout out their Electives.

Our Medical Project Officer organises regular workshops for our Medicine students. These meetings will provide you with a deeper insight into the healthcare system in Jamaica. They will also provide an opportunity to become familiar with the most common illnesses in the country and to discuss and share the work that you do at your placement.

While on you Medicine Elective, you will live with a local host family, who will provide your meals and a real taste of Jamaican hospitality. There is plenty to do in and around Mandeville with our lively, diverse volunteer community.

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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