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Become more confident and resourceful with a medical elective abroad

Enjoy a once-in a-lifetime medical choice abroad with us, and you’ll gain valuable clinical experiences in an outpatient hospital. Why should you go abroad?

More than six and a half million children who were under 15 years of age were killed at the age of 15 in 2017. (World Health Organization).

Most of the deaths occured in low- or mid-income nations. More than half of those deaths could be prevented through actions that you’d normally consider ‘simple’ or ‘cost-effective’.

These are just a few facts that form part of a much bigger picture. You can only grasp if you experience it.

Based on the experiences of students who have journeyed with us we have seven major advantages:

Expand your clinical knowledge and skills
Become more confident and effective
Enhance your employability
Take care to travel in a responsible manner
Build your personal and professional network
Develop your language and communication skills
Renew your perception of the NHS

1. Enhance your knowledge of the clinical field and skill set

The style of medicine you’re studying is not universal.

Nor are the cases you’re used to. Treatments and medical conditions around the world are affected by factors that you may not have considered. Take the story of a village farming community that is located in Northern Sri Lanka as an example.

Unexpectedly, a lot of people in the area have died from an unknown kidney disease.

The renal section at our partner hospital in the region is flooded. There are more patients than dialysis machines. Queues flow out of the department, down the steps, and out of the building. Transplants aren’t often an option due to the severely inadequate resources.

Pesticides have been leaking to the soil. And from the soil into our water sources. The government provides filtration systems that cost the equivalent of PS200 or more than what a farmer will earn in a year.

This leaves the local farming community with a problem. Either stop using pesticides and reduce the value of your crops i.e. money to supply your family with food. or continue to make use of dialysis and risk a short dialysis life.

This is just one of hundreds, but your odds of suffering from medical conditions like that in UK are low.

In our partner hospitals throughout the locations we operate You’ll find things like:

Tropical diseases like malaria, dengue fever, and Chagas
Insufficient pain management (women giving birth without pain relief)
Traditional, herbal and home remedies have more trust than modern medical treatments
Highly advanced cases (lack of primary options for healthcare for the majority of patients)
Massive lack of staff and equipment in under-funded hospitals

And the social, religious as well as cultural environments in which they occur. Being familiar with tropical illnesses means your recognition of unfamiliar conditions can be improved. Experience in dealing with a shortage of resources (tests such as diagnostic equipment, tests, etc.) makes your clinical judgement improve.

2. Be More Confident and Resourceful

Independence, confidence and determination. These qualities need to be evident if you wish to make it as a doctor.

3. Make yourself more employable

Acquiring experience in the field is vital for your career development.

One study showed that ‘… graduates who have studied abroad as part of their degrees are 24% more likely to be employed three years after graduation, compared to their non-mobile peers.’ Certain studies suggest that as much as 88% of medical students travel overseas for their elective placements. Since more and more medical students go abroad the best way to stand out is to be focused on providing a quality medical experience.

4. Make sure you are properly travelling

A medical elective Kenya is an opportunity that is not often available to get out and explore.

This is a chance to experience something that you’ve never experienced previously, and may never take into consideration. Our destinations aren’t your usual holiday destinations as they provide the opportunity for a truly authentic travel experience.

5. Make your personal and professional network

Australia, America, Hong Kong Hong Kong, Australia, America, the Netherlands, Belgium, Singapore.

It is a great opportunity to connect with other medical students around the world. Additionally, you will meet students from different disciplines in healthcare. Nurses, midwives, radiographers, physiotherapists, pharmacists…

In your hospital of choice If you’re attentive, you’ll be able to meet the best specialists department heads, department head, or hospital administrators. You’ll get to meet lots of people and form a lot of new friends.

But if you’re clever about it, you may also create worldwide professional connections.

Many of your fellow students have gone on to become extremely successful in their field. It doesn’t hurt to have people like that in your contacts. The old saying, “it’s not the things you know, it’s whom you’re familiar with’ doesn’t seem true. However, the “who you know aspect is 100% correct.

6. Improve your communication and language abilities

The UK is increasingly multi-ethnic, bilingual and multi-cultural.

Engaging with and treating patients from diverse cultures and speaking various languages will be a element of your work. If you go on one of our placements you’ll gain a lot of experience doing just that. The majority of patients in our partner hospitals are from rural areas. They will speak little English if they speak it at all.

The supervisors as well as some hospital staff members will speak English So they’ll help translate for you. But if you want to establish rapport with patients, you’ll need find ways to connect directly with them.

7. Refresh your understanding of the NHS

We are often criticized for the NHS However, it’s usually due to a lack awareness. Looking at what could be as they are with the NHS as your point of contrast will make you think.

When you come home after a long trip, you’ll gain a new perception and a better appreciation of the UK’s healthcare system.