International Medical Internships in Togo
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Lome
- ROLE: To work alongside trained doctors and experience the medical field from the perspective of a developing country
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals, clinics, and HIV/AIDS centers
- MAIN DEPARTMENTS: Pediatrics, Psychiatry/Psychotherapy, Dentistry, Radiology, Obstetrics, Maternity, Ears, Nose and Throat, Dermatology, Chemical Pathology, Orthopedics, Pathology, Hematology, Anesthesia, and Neurology
- REQUIREMENTS: Interns must speak basic French
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Projects Abroad offers medical internships for interns at hospitals, clinics, and HIV/AIDS centers located in the Togolese capital of Lomé. Medicine interns will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of treatments and will also provide much-needed support to patients. Whatever your experience, you will have the chance to work in a range of medical settings. The placements are well-equipped by local standards and will give you a full experience of medical practice in a developing country.
The hospitals and clinics where we work provide an excellent backdrop for learning and improving your medicine and healthcare skills. You will find yourself coming into contact with conditions that you would not normally see in Europe or North America, such as malaria, and typhoid, on an almost daily basis.
Interns on all medical related projects in Togo need a basic level of French. Most of the staff and patients do not speak English and it is vital that you can understand and communicate in French while you are working in the hospital.
Interning Abroad in Medicine in Togo with Projects Abroad
Interns with no experience in the medical field are welcome to join us and work with doctors and nurses in small private clinics. Here you can observe and learn from consultations and minor surgeries. You can also spend time in the laboratory, pediatric, and maternity wards.
Did you know? The use of traditional medicine remains popular in Togo. Every town has a herbalist, and medical checkups are usually acompanied by a visit to the local voudou house or fetish priest.
Medicine interns who have some experience and are already studying medicine, work at one of two public hospitals. There is the opportunity to work in a variety of departments including pediatrics, psychiatry/psychotherapy, dentistry, radiology, obstetrics, maternity, ears, nose and throat, dermatology, chemical pathology, orthopedics, pathology, hematology, anesthesia, and neurology.
There is also the option to volunteer at HIV/AIDS centers, which give free treatment and consultations to patients. Here interns help to raise awareness and teach about safety, acceptance, and tolerance.
Upon arrival you will meet the Projects Abroad Medical Coordinator, who will act as your supervisor. He will introduce you at the hospital or clinic, discuss your interests with you, and confirm your schedule in agreement with the medical staff at the hospital or clinic for the duration of your stay.
Outreach Work in Togo with Projects Abroad
Interns joining our medical related projects in Togo will have the chance to attend regular medical outreach visits to care centers, where children with minor wounds receive treatment. Interns also run educational awareness talks on topics like hygiene, dental care, and HIV/AIDS. Depending on the number of interns and their specific skills and qualifications, we also sometimes run visits to more rural villages to treat specific complaints or give educational presentations.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Togo Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
While interning as a Medicine intern in Togo, you will stay with one of our local host families. You will be able to meet and socialize with other Projects Abroad volunteers and explore what the local area has to offer with them.
I was able to perform procedures and consultations under the guidance of my experienced mentors - allowing me to build confidence in my abilities. The staff was also incredibly good fun – playing practical jokes on me, teasing me about my sunburn, jokingly trying to marry me off and wearing the kilts I made for them – all day! Read more...
Medicine internships in Togo 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.