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Medicine Elective Placements in Tanzania

Medicine Elective Placements in Tanzania

If you are considering choosing Tanzania for your Medicine Elective you will help people in some of the poorest medical institutions in the developing world while also achieving the experience required for your studies.

Projects Abroad is experienced in co-ordinating Elective students and will liaise with your university to make sure your placement fulfils the objectives of your Elective module. Our in-country staff will be on hand to support you pre-departure and while you are on your placement. They can help with queries and with paperwork you may need to complete.

In Tanzania you will be allocated a supervisor. They will be a qualified doctor who will mentor you while you are carrying out your Elective. They will spend time with you discussing various case studies and answering your questions.

Options for Elective Students

Projects Abroad works with both small health clinics and large government hospitals in Tanzania, allowing students the unique opportunity to work in a variety of different departments and to work closely alongside local doctors and nurses. Medicine Elective students can be placed in one of a variety of medical institutions in and around the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania and in the town Moshi.

Where you are placed will depend upon your chosen specialism. This will be arranged by our local staff before you arrive. There are many different departments in the majority of the hospitals we work with including maternity, general medicine, surgery, paediatrics, palliative care, working with HIV patients and in the laboratory.

Your Role in Tanzania

You will start by observing the doctors and nurses; however, you may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions. It is important to build up trust and a good relationship with the local doctors.

Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in the West. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients. Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis, however most Medicine Elective students work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.

Projects Abroad also organises regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medical students and volunteers in both Moshi and Arusha. These provide you with the opportunity to carry out valuable work in a community based environment and will give you a greater understanding of the medical system in Tanzania. You will be serving communities who would otherwise not have access to medical care.

You will stay with a local Tanzanian host family. They will welcome you into their family and you will experience the real day-to-day life of the community. You can spend your free time exploring the area with the Projects Abroad volunteer community.

Please be aware that most universities have deadlines by which time your Elective application paperwork must be completed. If your university needs information on the hospital or clinic in which you will be placed, or requires forms to be signed by your project supervisor, we strongly advise completing our application form at least one month before this deadline. We can only provide this detailed information once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.

 

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