Join a medical internship in China and learn directly from doctors in a large city hospital. You’ll shadow doctors and other medical staff on their rounds and observe their work with patients. We’ll teach you about the diseases and injuries you see, and walk you through their diagnosis and treatment. This is a great way to add work experience to your CV and expand your practical medical knowledge.
In China, you’ll spend time in your chosen hospital departments. You can use the experience to explore specialisations and think about which one would be a good fit for your career. You’ll also be able to learn about traditional Chinese medicine.
You’ll work in the heart of Shanghai and live with other interns and volunteers in a shared apartment. Seize the opportunity to make new friends, explore the local sights, and eat as many dumplings as you like.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
You should have completed at least one year of medical related studies or training.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Medical Electives for Students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
What will I do at my medical placement in China?
You’ll work in a hospital and shadow doctors to expand your practical medical knowledge. Here are a few of the activities you will be involved in:
- Shadow and learn from qualified medical staff in one of the most established hospitals in Shanghai
- Learn about medical specialisations by interning in different departments in the hospital
- Explore traditional Chinese medicine and how it is used in today’s modern society
Your work will be split in three main areas:
Observe doctors during rounds and consultations with patients
Find out what it is really like to be behind the desk in a doctors consultation when shadowing the local medical staff. You’ll follow the doctors closely and you can use this opportunity to ask questions about cases and the work they do. They'll also teach you how to diagnose and treat the diseases and conditions you see.
Learn about medical specialisations by interning in different departments
You’ll gain medical work experience in China by shadowing medical staff as they treat patients in different departments around the hospital. This will give you a better idea of which specialisation you’d like to pursue in the future. Seeing and learning about various procedures in different departments will give you plenty to talk about in interviews and essays.
Learn about traditional Chinese medicine
While working with the doctors in China, you’ll learn more than modern medical techniques. You’ll have the chance to learn about traditional Chinese medicine.
The Chinese believe that two opposing principles, yin and yang, must remain in balance within a patient’s body. They believe that an imbalance between yin and yang is what causes disease. You'll see techniques like acupuncture and cupping, and learn about the uses for different herbs.
Where will I be working in China?
As a medical intern, you’ll work in some of the most established hospitals in China, based in Shanghai. Although one of the oldest hospitals in Shanghai, it is modern and has departments that cover nearly every ailment. You’ll shadow doctors as they cater to the public in and around the city.
With its neon lights, high-rise buildings, and the 24 million people living within its borders, Shanghai is one of the busiest cities in China.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
I was very lucky to have been able to see 2 thyroid surgeries, 1 gastrectomy and a couple of outpatient surgeries in my two weeks. They were truly an eye-opener and have definitely strengthened my desire to become a surgeon in the future.
Medicine Internship in China
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