Electives in Sri Lanka for Medical Students
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Towns between Negombo and Colombo
- 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 Sri Lanka project page
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
If you choose Sri Lanka as the destination for your Medical Elective, you will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience in a variety of hospital departments. The facilities are generally of a basic standard, but staff are hardworking and dedicated. You will learn a lot from your time here.
You must be a medical student to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad is experienced in coordinating placements for elective students. Our in-country staff will be on hand to help with any inquiries or paperwork, and are on hand to support you during your stay. When you are in Sri Lanka, you will be assigned a dedicated supervisor, who will be a qualified doctor. They will be your mentor and will ensure they are available to discuss specific case studies and answer your questions.
They will also ensure that you have the opportunity to learn as much as possible, providing you with a well-rounded understanding of medicine and healthcare in Sri Lanka and in the developing world in general during your placement.
Your exact role within the hospital will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. The departments you chose to work in will depend upon your chosen specialism. Departments include general medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, maternity, ENT and pediatrics. It is also possible to spend a few days working in neurology, the mortuary, rheumatology and the chest clinic.
There are also opportunities to spend time at a hospital specializing in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
Medical Student Electives in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad also organizes regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medical elective students and interns. This provides you with the opportunity to carry out extremely valuable work in a community based environment. On a monthly basis, you will travel to a local town to carry out basic medical checks on the local community, while being supervised and supported by qualified doctors.
For very little effort on our part I feel we made an actual difference. This is a rare feeling as medical student. We diagnosed several new diabetics and also admitted a couple of patients who were particularly unwell. I also received many intense grillings from the senior doctor, as if it wasn’t hot enough. Read more...
There will also be the opportunity to visit schools and centers to give presentations and raise awareness about various healthcare issues. In addition to this, Medical Elective students have the opportunity to attend a monthly seminar held by a local doctor to provide more information about any procedures you have observed at the hospitals and answer any questions you may have.
You will live with a local host family while in Sri Lanka on your Elective project. In your free time you will be able to explore the coast and towns of the region with the Projects Abroad volunteer community.