International Medical Internships in Mongolia
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Ulaanbaatar
- ROLE: To work alongside trained local doctors, assisting with daily tasks and observing different conditions and treatments
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Large and small hospitals, family clinics, traditional medicine, and outreach work
- MAIN DEPARTMENTS: General Medicine, Pediatrics, Maternity, Traditional Medicine
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Interning on a Projects Abroad Medicine internship in Mongolia can be eye-opening. The facilities are generally basic and patients often travel long distances to receive care. As an intern you will experience a variety of conditions alongside skilled and inspirational doctors working in an developing country.
Medicine internships in Mongolia are based in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. You can work in either a family clinic, a smaller general hospital providing mid-level care or a large specialized hospital providing high-level care including surgery.
You will find medicine and healthcare is practiced in Mongolia similar to North America. The doctors will help you achieve as much as possible during your internship by welcoming you in a variety of different departments. There are also a number of private complementary medical clinics where you can spend some time as well. This will provide a broad experience.
Medical interns in Mongolia must be a minimum of 18 years old.
Interning Abroad for Medicine in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
The supervisors on our Medicine placements in Mongolia have a lot of time for enthusiastic interns. While Mongolian law prohibits interns from treating patients directly, you can help provide basic observations. Other tasks might include helping to prepare equipment for surgery, transferring patients to surgery, observing surgery, and checking on patients post-surgery. By showing enthusiasm and gaining the confidence of the doctors and nurses by proving your ability, you may earn yourself a more hands-on role.
“Going to Mongolia was the best educational experience that I could have asked for. I gained so much medical knowledge and hands-on experience within just five short weeks. Not only did I have a great time volunteering at the hospitals, I also had the exciting opportunity to travel to the countryside on the weekends, learn a lot about the culture, make a lot of new friends, and eat a lot of exotic and interesting things. I highly encourage anyone who is interested in traveling and volunteering in the medical field to consider Mongolia.” Read more...
Projects Abroad organizes regular medical outreaches for medical interns in order for you to gain a greater understanding of the Mongolian healthcare system. You may be involved in assisting with basic medical check-ups at a community center for homeless people, or assisting with a hand hygiene campaign at one of the local hospitals. During outreaches you will also take food to local families, blankets to care centers, and help run soup kitchens.
We also offer monthly workshops providing interns with lessons about traditional treatments, the history of the Mongolian healthcare system, and practical lessons on basic medical procedures, such as how to check blood pressure.
While you intern in Mongolia on our Medicine project, you will live with a welcoming Mongolian host family in Ulaanbaatar. There is much to see in the area and you can experience it with others as part of the Projects Abroad volunteer community.
Did you know? Before the 1920s Mongolians had no medical services other than what was provided by the lamas, who employed herbal medicines and prayers for recovery from illness. During the socialist period Soviet doctors introduced modern Western medical practices and equipment and taught basic healthcare.
Medicine internships in Mongolia 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.
Professional medical volunteers are welcome on this project, although you would have to register for a license, and will hold a teaching role during your time abroad.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Mongolia.
While you’re in Mongolia, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Nomad Project in Mongolia page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.
Although it is not required for you to speak Mongolian to volunteer in Mongolia, learning a few basics is always helpful. You can also choose to do the Mongolian Language Course before or during your placement.