RURAL EXPERIENCE ELECTIVE
The main goal of this program is to introduce students to rural medicine and provide clinical experience. Students are offered an opportunity to integrate clinical medicine with experience in rural medical communities. It emphasizes on patient care management by family physicians in rural settings. The location is normally decided between the community administrator and the student. The most important aspect of this rural experience is gaining an overall understanding of the community in terms of the patients and the culture in which they are living.
Global Electives Port Limited in liaison with different Community Administrators facilitates appropriate links that would ensure the students are presented with activities that can make them feel more involved with the community.
The students therefore are able to;
Participate in family medicine and provide patient care in rural communities
Gain experience and understanding of the rural communities by understanding their culture
Manage patients in limited medical care resources
Have an opportunity to compare rural and urban hospitals
Experience a different culture milieu
Get to understand rural poverty and the pertinent issues at play in public health in developing areas.
The students will have an experience with our hospitable communities who will also include them in community events to become familiar with the community members, businesses and facilities. They will also have a chance to speak to local secondary school students who may be interested in health care.
The general knowledge that the students gain in rural experience programs and from rural family physicians include;
How to manage a practice
Working with fewer resources
Organising patient travel to the city and the many other aspects that make rural experience interesting.
Opportunity to put theory into practice and helps students realize how much they had learnt.
Students develop a wide range of clinical skills as a result of learning by doing.
The elective gives the students a unique opportunity to do rather than observe.
The local supervising doctors are monumental in enhancing the learning process and experience of medical students. The students experience all challenges of dealing with a wide spectrum of patients, from first encounter to discharge.
List of Possible Routines
With the help of seasoned and experienced physicians, the students will conduct the following;
Practice doing stitches
Help diagnose bowel obstructions
Taking blood pressure readings and taking patients history
Learning and doing the aspects of surgery, radiology, endoscopy, emergency, obstetrics and family medicine.
PHILIPPINES – CAPIZ
Capiz is known as the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines” and is the 15th most frequently visited place. Its capital city is Roxas. It is home to the famous coral-stone Santa Monica Church in the town of Pan-ay that has the largest bell in Asia. Made up of 70 sacks of gold and silver it weighs over 10 metric tons and measures 7 feet in diameter and 5 feet in height. Interaction with residents pose no problem, they speak English aside from Tagalog, Capiznon and Hiliganyon. Are you feeling homesick? Call your love ones any time, share your experiences to keep them informed. Internet is available and so with cable and regular television channels. Listen to your favourite tunes through the radio. Guaranteed, you’ll never run out of exciting activities to do during days-off.
KENYA – MOMBASA
Mombasa City is the capital of Mombasa County and is the second largest city in Kenya. Swahili and English are spoken by the 939,000 hospitable residents.
It is located in the Eastern coastline of Kenya which made it a popular destination spot for beaches teeming with marine life and world-class hotels. Water activities await beach lovers. Scuba dive and feast your eyes on the stunning seascape. Or just enjoy blasé moments by the shore surrounded by tropical vegetation.
SRI LANKA – COLOMBO
Overseas medical students who wish to purse their formal studies in Medicine / Nursing are welcome to engage in hospital based clinical work in order to get acquainted with common medical problems encountered in this part of the world. Sri Lanka being a South Asian tropical island , is susceptible to some unique medical problems that overseas students may not be exposed to in their medical career.
The program has been arranged with greater flexibility on weekly basis throughout the year . This is a general medical roster program which will cover different departments / units including followings but not limited to :
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