Medical Internships in the Philippines
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Bogo City or San Remigio
- ROLE: To gain meaningful work experience alongside skilled local staff observing cases less common in North America
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospital, health office, or rural health units
- MAIN DEPARTMENTS: Rural Health Units, Dentistry, Obstetrics, Dispensary and Treatment Unit, Laboratory, Consultation, Records, Nutrition
- REQUIREMENTS: Interns must have completed at least 1 year of medical related studies or training
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
- START DATES: Flexible
Interning with Projects Abroad on a Medicine project in the Philippines allows you to gain a large amount of meaningful work experience. You will work alongside skilled and talented local doctors and nurses, who will be eager to help you learn more about healthcare in a developing country. By observing their work and asking questions, you will be able to enhance your medical knowledge.
While the local facilities are basic and generally of a good standard, as a Medical intern you are likely to encounter some diseases and conditions that are less common than in North America and Europe. The standard of patient care and the role of patients’ families may also be different to what you are used to in your home country.
Interns must have completed at least 1 year of medical related studies or training to participate on a medical internship in the Philippines.
Interning Abroad in Medicine in the Philippines
Our Medicine interns work in the Bogo District Hospital, the City Health Office (CHO) in Bogo City, or at rural health units in San Remigio. Each placement is based in Cebu Province. On arrival you will be introduced to your project supervisor, who will show you around and introduce you to other staff at your placement. By interacting with the doctors, midwives, and nurses, you will learn about different conditions and treatments, and can discuss the cases with them.
Interns have the opportunity to shadow doctors in a number of different departments in the district hospital or the CHO. At the the rural health units in San Remigio, you can work alongside the following staff members: a municipal health officer, a public health nurse, a sanitary inspector, and several midwives. These rural health units are often the only source of free healthcare for disadvantaged communities. The units provide services in maternal and child care, general outpatient care, dental care, family planning, nutrition advice, disease control, health education, and environmental sanitation.
Interns without previous medical experience shadow the local medical staff and have a mainly observational role. Interns with more experience will find that your exact role will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff.
Did you know? The Philippines faces a “triple burden” of disease—not only are there high rates of communicable diseases and neglected tropical diseases, but the rate of non-communicable diseases (such as heart disease and obesity) is rising.
Through showing initiative and building a good rapport with your colleagues, you can get more involved with the doctors and patients with whom you are working. Interns may also have the opportunity to get involved with the medical team’s community outreach project in various remote villages, but this depends on your placement and whether or not one is organized.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Philippines Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
The doctors and staff were very willing to explain procedures and medical conditions to me. In the three weeks spent there I built very strong friendships with the staff and I was able to shadow them to learn about their work. I was therefore given the opportunity to get hands on experience. This included wound dressing, vaccinations, pre-natal check-ups and taking someone’s blood pressure. Read more...
Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis. Most interns work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free. You also have the option to work night shifts.
When you're not working, you will live with a local host family who will provide your meals and a taste of Filipino hospitality. In your free time there is plenty to do in and around Bogo City and Cebu.