Electives in China for Medical Students
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Chengdu and Shanghai
- ROLE: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous medical training
- REQUIREMENTS: You must be a student studying medicine. If you are not an elective student, please go to our standard Medicine in China project page
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals
- ACCOMMODATION: Shared volunteer apartments
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Medicine Elective students interning in China with Projects Abroad get the chance to work with exceptional doctors. The placements are in modern hospitals that are very well equipped with up-to-date facilities.
On your Medical Elective in China, you will most likely be working in a large training hospital in Chengdu or Shanghai. Both cities have hospitals that are large enough to allow students to work in one hospital while broadening their medicine experience in different areas.
You must be a medical student to do an Elective placement. You will shadow one of our supervising doctors who all have high levels of spoken English and are experienced in working with North American and European Medical students. They will be eager to test out your medical knowledge, as well as give you the benefit of their training and experience.
Medical Electives in China
You will have the opportunity to observe surgery, assist on ward rounds and discuss specific cases with your supervisor, depending on your chosen specialty and Elective requirements. You are likely to work in close proximity to Chinese medical students, who are always interested to learn about medicine and life in general in North American and Europe.
Our Projects Abroad country staff can coordinate with your university prior to your departure to ensure the specific aims and objectives for your elective can be fulfilled.
You will live with other volunteers in a centrally-located shared apartment. There is much to explore and discover in Shanghai or Chengdu, and our volunteer community is traditionally lively and varied.
Medical Student Electives in China 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.