Electives in Nepal for Medical Students
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Kathmandu and Chitwan
- 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 Nepal project page
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals and clinics
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
- START DATES: Flexible
Taking your Medicine Elective in Nepal will give you the opportunity to work with highly skilled and experienced practitioners, while also working in under resourced hospitals and clinics with basic facilities.
You must be a medical student to do an Elective placement. Our placements are very busy and you will learn a lot by shadowing the doctors. You will have the chance to gain an understanding of health care in the developing world, as the facilities are generally quite basic when compared to those in the west.
Students work at a variety of placements in hospitals and rehabilitation centers for disabled children in the Kathmandu Valley or Chitwan, which is around 6 hours from Kathmandu.
You can choose to work in a referral center dealing with functional mobility of physically disabled children. We also have placements in the field of trauma, orthopedics and rehabilitation, and also in a teaching hospital that provides low cost healthcare to the local community. Medical interns will also have the opportunity to attend monthly lectures or workshops.
Please note, the role of all medical interns is observational. Because volunteers are not licensed medical professionals in Nepal, the government does not permit them to do practical work in hospitals. You will, however, get involved with practical work during outreaches.
Medical Student Electives in Nepal with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad will communicate with your university where required to ensure your requirements for your Elective can be met. Our in country staff are experienced in supporting Elective students. Your placement will depend upon your medical specialty.
Elective students working at one of our hospitals may be able to take part in outreach programs, which are organized by the hospital. These programs take place on a monthly or bi-monthly basis outside of the rainy season (June to September) and offer free health checks and basic medication to suburban or remote communities in Nepal.
Elective students working in Chitwan may have the opportunity to visit local schools to lead health and hygiene classes.
While interning in Nepal you will live with a local host family or in a hostel (depending on your placement). When you aren't at work there is plenty to keep you occupied in Kathmandu or Chitwan. The surrounding areas are fantastic for hiking or cycling, and you can take part in a number of adventure sports. Projects Abroad staff and interns are always around too, in case you require some company that reminds you of home.
Medical Student Electives in Nepal 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.