Medical Electives abroad are increasing in popularity – many more students in the healthcare field are considering this option, and for good reason! Whether you’ve already decided to take your Elective abroad, or are still considering it, here are six reasons to show why it’s an excellent choice in 2020 and 2021.
3. Acquire new skills
From observing medical staff to assisting with practical tasks and treating patients under supervision, you’ll come away with a wealth of new information and improve your own abilities. Depending on the department, some Vietnam Medical Elective students have been involved with:
- Measuring vital signs
- Changing clothes/bandages
- Measuring blood pressure
- Taking 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
You will often find you learn a great deal about yourself and the things you value about your future career. Your elective overseas will teach you useful lessons you can implement back home, highlight your strengths and weaknesses, and reveal how you work under a different set of circumstances. It may even spark an interest in a specific medical field, and help shape the future practitioner you will 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.