A medical student needs to complete an internship program before the coveted diploma can be acquired. It could be in the home country or abroad, either way, you have to shell out money to cover expenses for the medical internship. The student has to directly coordinate with the hospital if the placement is local. And there are medical placement providers that will help if you plan to complete it in a foreign country.
Is Medical Placement Overseas Necessary?
Medical placement overseas is NOT necessary, what is required is an internship, whether local or abroad, to earn a degree in medicine.
The medical profession is a noble vocation and foremost in a practitioner’s mind is to provide their gift of cure to sufferers who are in dire need of medical assistance. It is a brilliant way to share your expertise in this side of the world where health providers and medication are almost nil.
The program for a medical internship is from 2 to 6 weeks and can be extended weekly based on the student’s wish. Check out our guide to make the activity rewarding during the short period.
Contact your destination hospital and inquire about the illnesses that hound patients and things that they need. Hold a rummage sale, ask your acquaintances and relatives to donate unwanted items, the proceeds will be used to procure items that are needed in your destination. You may not be able to raise the amount for an X-ray machine but you will tag along with some medicine, hospital scissors, manual thermometers, disposable syringes, and hypodermic needles which are needed in the treatment of patients.
Be innovative, before you go use social media platforms to raise funds, contact your local government, or approach businesses and organizations to funnel donations.
Exposure to a wide array of malaise
Get exposed to diseases and unusual clinical presentations which you would never encounter in your home country. You will be given the chance to gain latitude in medical planning, and to perform procedures. Work in a substandard medical setting where there is a lack or missing equipment and your innovativeness, patience, and skill will be tested to the hilt.
The experience will help in your professional and personal growth, this will shape you to the kind of medical practitioner that you want to be when you get back home
Additional knowledge is good
Crossing borders and immersing in a different culture is a good thing. You will see a different healthcare system, know how patients are treated, and participate in a clinical work abroad. The experience will impact your awareness of socioeconomic factors and improve your clinical and language skills. Working in an unfamiliar system and making it work on the ground is by no means easy and shows your organizational skills.
Let the good times roll in during your days off, there are sights to visit, food to fill your hungry tummy, and outdoor activities to enjoy. Remember tilting the work-life balance to one side of the fence will result in stress.
Choosing a developing country for your medical internship abroad will benefit you and also the place that you visit and the people that you come across. Consider your best intentions and focus on giving the best medical assistance that you possibly can.
At GEP Limited we share the same ideals with medical practitioners who want to contribute their time and effort to the poor people of the world. We will connect you with Kenya and the Philippines where your presence will matter most.