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Medical Student Elective Placements Overseas

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Projects Abroad offers a wide variety of tailor-made elective placements overseas in developing countries. These have been designed specifically to meet the needs of university students training to be doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

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If you are not a university student or would rather take part in one of our standard Medicine & Healthcare projects, please see our Medicine & Healthcare Projects page.

We have over 20 years of experience collaborating with medical professionals. We will provide you with a placement that not only meets your elective requirements but also gives you a full and rewarding experience of the country in which you are based.

We arrange your accommodation, meals and insurance, and have strong in-country support to make sure your time abroad runs as smoothly as possible.

What to expect from an Elective Placement Overseas

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Taking your elective in the developing world gives you the chance to experience healthcare in a completely different environment. For example, in developing countries it’s common to encounter diseases and conditions that are rarely seen in Europe or North America, such as malaria, leprosy and polio. This offers you an invaluable opportunity to learn more about these conditions.

Furthermore, due to a lack of both general health education and money to pay for treatment, cases tend to be far more advanced than you will normally see in western hospitals.

The clinics and hospitals that we work with are often understaffed and lack resources. This forces staff to be creative, working with tighter budgets and more basic equipment than you may be used to. This will teach you useful skills and encourage you do look at your future profession from a new perspective.

Claire Kirkwood, Conservation & Environment volunteer in Kenya"I have loved every minute of my time on my elective placement in Mongolia, at times it has been frustrating but I wouldn't change a thing. When I leave I will be sad to go but I'm sure I will find an excuse to return. I would certainly recommend Mongolia as an elective destination with a difference, the challenges won't be easy but for me the rewards were plenty."

Adam Spong
Elective Volunteer in Mongolia

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