Medical Electives are a chance to gain real-world experience beyond medical school. By interning in a hospital and shadowing doctors, you’ll learn a lot about yourself. Take this opportunity to test your skills and decide on a career path.
Taking Medical Electives abroad is becoming increasingly common. Many more students in the healthcare field are considering this option, and for good reason!
Here are six reasons why taking your Medical Elective abroad is an excellent choice in 2024.
3) Acquire new skills
From shadowing doctors to assisting with practical tasks, you’ll emerge with a wealth of new information and skills.
Depending on the department you work in, as a Medical intern abroad, you may:
- Measure vital signs
- Change clothes and bandages
- Measure blood pressure
- Take blood samples
“As the week went on my confidence grew and as the midwives and obstetricians learnt more about me and my level of experience I was able to become more involved in the practical side of clinics.”- Midwifery Elective in Peru by Lauren D
5) Personal development
By becoming a Medical intern abroad, you'll learn a great deal about yourself and the things you value. Your Medical Elective will teach you useful lessons you can implement back home. It'll also highlight your strengths and weaknesses, revealing how you work under a different set of circumstances.
This has the benefit of confirming your choice (or not) by exposing you to everyday situations to see how you react.
It could even push you down a path of specialising or general practice, shaping the future practitioner you'll become!
“I gained a lot of independence from carrying out my elective on my own. My elective experience also made me realise the value I place on being able to communicate and empathise with patients.” - Medicine Elective in Ghana by Louise D
If these six reasons have you convinced, the next step is to pick your destination! We offer six different types of Elective placements covering the different healthcare fields. Our Medical Internship pages are called Flexi Trips. But you can still do an elective on these projects:
- Occupational Therapy
Each of our destinations offers something different in terms of the kind of healthcare practice you will get to observe and where you will be placed – from hospitals to clinics and medical centres.
We offer 4-8 week elective placements that fit into your schedule. We also assist with university requirements - just let us know what your institution needs ahead of time.
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