Whether you’re on your way to becoming a doctor, surgeon, dentist, nurse or midwife, our experience in delivering specialist, supportive placements means we can offer a holistic but results-driven elective.
Brighton, UK (PRWEB UK) 6 November 2012
Final year medical electives have long been both an important part of medical students’ training. If they opt to travel overseas, students also have an unparalleled opportunity to gain real insight into healthcare in different environments and communities – but in recent years questions have been raised as to the impact on the hosting communities, in particular developing communities.
Volunteer organisation Projects Abroad has bags of experience in running meaningful volunteer programmes, including established programmes for specific groups of volunteers, such as those with particular skills or those who fall into specific categories – including medical electives. This year the company has taken the extra step of appointing a dedicated Medical Electives Coordinator – a move that will assure students of the importance the company attaches to maximising the benefit to both students and the communities in which they work.
“Our medical programmes literally span the world, from South America to Africa and China,” said Lauren Dumbleton, the new Coordinator. “As a company we have been operating for over 20 years, bringing together skilled and general volunteers with the communities who most need them. Our message to students seeking help with tailor-made medical volunteering placements is: ‘It can be a stressful and competitive process – so let us do the hard work for you. Whether you’re on your way to becoming a doctor, surgeon, dentist, nurse or midwife, our experience in delivering specialist, supportive placements means we can offer a holistic but results-driven elective.”
Years spent developing placement programmes that bring real value to overseas communities (as well as to volunteers) has given Projects Abroad insights into the key contributors to a successful medical elective. These include clear daily timetables, a modularised programme, well-qualified supervisors, links to primary care, plus supportive environments including suitable accommodation and a social environment. Depending on their medical specialism and their preferred destination, students can also access interpreters and gain insight into traditional practices and medicine.
Established in 1992, Projects Abroad is a leading organiser of volunteer projects, work experience and gap year placements. With a flexible approach and experienced in-country staff Projects Abroad has now helped over 50,000 volunteers achieve their goals by working with developing communities in over 30 destinations worldwide.