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Pharmacy Elective Placements Overseas with Projects Abroad

Pharmacy Elective Placements

Kickstart your pharmacy career by joining a Pharmacy Elective in a developing country. As a Projects Abroad volunteer, you’ll be placed under the supervision of a professional pharmacist who will guide and assist you during your time in destination. During the week, you’ll shadow your supervisor as they advise and assist locals. You’ll be expected to think on your feet, apply yourself to challenging situations and help in the daily running of a pharmacy.

Next Step: Click here to choose a destination for your Pharmacy 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.

Many of the placements often lack funds, with basic facilities and out-of-date equipment. This can be a challenge initially, but it allows you to be resourceful and gives you the opportunity to come up with innovative solutions specific to your placement.

What will I do?

As a Pharmacy Elective student, you will be working alongside the local staff and a qualified supervisor. Learning from, observing and assisting our dedicated staff is mutually beneficial; you are able to apply your theoretical knowledge, while the team benefits from your help.

During your placement induction your supervisor will brief you on your assigned tasks and what you can expect.

As a volunteer, your skills and knowledge will also be needed outside of your work place. Regular outreach projects are organised for outlying communities. With your supervisors and the medical staff, you will travel to these areas to assist with recording information, observing and dispensing medication to locals in the community. You will also be in the position to advise patients to seek further medical advice, if they cannot be assisted during these outreaches.

Completing your Pharmacy Elective abroad allows you to help improve the current practices in the placements, and alleviate the workload of the current staff.

Staff support for our Elective students

We provide extensive support to our Pharmacy 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 work alongside qualified pharmacists when in-country; they will mentor you and offer assistance for the duration of your Pharmacy Elective placement. Local staff is 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 Pharmacy Elective application paperwork needs to be completed. If your university needs information on the hospital, clinic or medical centre 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 your university or institution has no set requirements, we still advise that you apply as early as possible.

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

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