We use the following principles to inform the expectations and activities of our medical volunteers, interns and placement partners:
- Medical ethics and appropriate behaviours are universal. Even if specific medical practices differ from country to country, we expect all our medical volunteers and interns to meet universal standards of medical ethics and behaviour.
- Local medical professionals at our placements are best qualified to make judgements on the treatment of patients, and the level of involvement of medical volunteers and interns.
- Primary responsibility for the care of the patients lies with local medical professionals at our placements. Volunteers and interns observe and assist only under the supervision and direction of these professionals.
- Volunteers and interns should only conduct medical procedures or activities they are qualified, experienced and confident to perform.
What we expect of medical volunteers and interns
In general, we expect medical project participants to:
- Be responsible at all times
- Observe and learn, and respect the experience and knowledge of local medical professionals
- Be committed to ensuring the best possible medical care for patients
- Respect the privacy and wishes of patients and colleagues. In particular, photographs and videos should not be taken or shared (including on social media) without the consent of patients, colleagues and Projects Abroad, and should never reveal sensitive or personal information, including medical conditions or treatments.
- Be sensitive and mindful of cultural differences, and observe and respect the perspective of local medical professionals and patients.
You can have a look at our Medical Ethics Policy guides our participants on how to behave on a medical project.