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.
1. Work alongside medical professionals
You’ll be able to learn from qualified and experienced local professionals, who will mentor and supervise you throughout your time abroad. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and will be happy to teach you about healthcare practices in their country.
The doctors were fantastic and were willing to teach us, as well as share their experiences. Being a final year medical student, I was able to examine patients and write in the notes, actively manage and write discharge summaries.
2. Experience different medical practice
Working in a developing country, you are likely to see different illnesses and techniques than you would back home. It’s a great opportunity to learn about how patients are treated in a country different from your own, and to see how medical professionals adapt and deal with obstacles such as limited resources.
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.
4. Stand out from the crowd
While an Elective is sometimes a compulsory part of your degree, completing your placement abroad is a really valuable addition to your CV. It can be an indication that you’re willing to step outside your comfort zone, have a keen interest in global affairs, and want to broaden your horizons.
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 abroad 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!
6. Experience a new culture
Finally, one of the great aspects of interning abroad is being able to immerse yourself in a new way of life! From staying with a host family to exploring the local cuisine, visiting local attractions and interacting with the community, it’s an exciting and eye-opening experience.