Electives in Argentina for Medical Students
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Cordoba or Unquillo
- ROLE: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous medical training
- REQUIREMENTS: You must be a student studying medicine and you must speak intermediate Spanish. If you are not an elective student, please go to our standard Medicine in Argentina project page
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
If you are in medical school you can do an Elective placement with Projects Abroad in Argentina as part of your degree requirements. You will gain valuable medical experience working alongside skilled doctors at hospitals in or close to Unquillo or Cordoba.
We work with supervising doctors who have experience working with North American and European students. They will be happy to test out your knowledge and share their expertise. How much responsibility you are given is up to your supervisor. Within the hospitals you will be given the chance to shadow doctors and nurses, help to take patient histories, observe surgery, and attend medical lectures with medical students, depending on your chosen specialty.
You must be a student in medical school to do an Elective placement. You will be required to bring proof that you are a medical or dental student with you to Argentina, along with any transcripts or certificates that state your previous areas of experience. This paperwork, along with your attitude and performance, will determine your role. As with any job - and certainly those in the medical profession - proving your knowledge and reliability will ultimately determine the level of responsibility you are assigned and how much you gain from your experience in Argentina.
An intermediate level of Spanish is required to ensure that you can interact fully with both the local staff and the patients.
Medical Student Electives in Argentina with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad are experienced in organizing students’ Elective programs. We are able to coordinate with your university and we have local staff who will help ensure your time abroad fulfills the requirements of your Elective placement.
Students on a Medicine Elective work in rotations at different hospitals in and around Unquillo and Cordoba, enabling a broad and varied experience of different medical departments. You may also base yourself at just one hospital if you wish.
You will have the opportunity to experience medical procedures in both busy multi-disciplinary government hospitals, and the smaller “Dispensarios” that operate on certain days in more rural communities. The exterior of the hospital buildings may look slightly neglected, but the facilities within and the healthcare provided are generally of a decent standard, on a par with many hospitals in North America.
Although we cannot guarantee hands-on work in Argentina, by showing enthusiasm and becoming a valued part of the team, you may well find you are entrusted to take part in various basic procedures. In the community on an outreach project, you could find yourself giving a child a general health check, assisting in administering vaccinations, and giving advice on nutrition or pregnancy prevention.
You will live with a host family in close proximity to the hospital where you are working. There is much to do in Cordoba and the surrounding area, and there are always plenty of other Projects Abroad volunteers for social activities.
Medical Student Electives in Argentina are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.