An elective represents a unique opportunity for medical students allowing them to experience healthcare in a setting unfamiliar to that in which they are accustomed to studying,and also provides the opportunity for medical students to develop their skills by observing and participating in healthcare overseas.Classically, students embark on elective placements abroad, often in the developing world or other countries where scientific, social, economic or cultural standards differ from those found in the country where the student's medical school is situated.
Aside from providing experience of differing practices, electives also allow students to encounter medical conditions they are less used to seeing at home. In addition, students often retrospectively describe how their placements broadened their horizons with regards to the social issues affecting healthcare in developing countries.
Structure and Organization
An elective is usually undertaken in the penultimate or final year of study of a medical degree, often after students have finished their final exams.The university usually specifies the dates during which an elective can be undertaken by students.
Electives can be entirely self-arranged, but this can be complicated, as it requires the student to organise travel, accommodation, the placement itself. Because of this, many students recruit the services of organizations which specialise in organising medical electives and will take care of most of the arrangements for the placement.
We understand the specific needs of healthcare service providers at every level of experience and design placements that offer focused and well-rounded elective opportunities. Our airm is to help you grow as a healthcare service professional. We offer a life-changing opportunity to experience medicine in a manner every health care professional who wishes to makde a difference needs to. Our mandate means we take our many obligations seriously, first maong them being to provide students with the best possible placements. Students aim for this elective placement is to practice clinical medicine within the context of a hill tribe culture and indenfify the common diseases that affect the populations. Students will have an opportunity in history taking, procedural skills, physical exams, medical tests, blood staining, giving injections; both IM, IV, drips, blood grouping, clinical decisions concerning patient care and patient admissions. Furthermore, students will experience how doctors work in an environment where resources are limited and to develop their own clinical skills. These will sometimes prove to be a challenge due to the translation that would be required from tribal dialect to English.
We see 60-120 sick villagers a day in a village clinic with two days follow-up-clinic set up. We usually set up 3-6 clinics per week as we stay 3 days in each village. We carry quite a list of drug collections with us along with a few medical test kits including portable ECG, microscope.
We see around 250-350 sick villagers a week and cover 3-5 villages in a week, and operate in 3 sub-districts in Chiang Rai region, northern Thailand, where we cover around 50 or so villages.
Food and Lodging:
You will be staying in a bamboo house with a host hill tribe family. 1-3 volunteers will be hosted in a bamboo house depending on the size of the house; more room more volunteers, less room less volunteers.
All the bedding like blanket, pillows and mosquito net will be provided.
3 meals cooked in a hill tribe style will be served every day, consisting of rice and a few varieties of dishes, depending on the situation different types of meat will be served: fish, pork, chicken, eggs and beaf. But most of the time we reply on vegetables, eggs and grains; beans and lentals.
Chilli is always served a typical hill tribe dish.
Vegeterian food can be easily arranged upon request.
Medical electives can be extremely expensive, with the overall cost often running into thousands of pounds. Most students fund their electives personally, but financial help is occasionally available in the forms ofbursaries, prizes or scholarships, either from the student's university or from societies or private companies. In these cases, the sponsor will typically require that the student undertakes some form of project whilst on their elective to justify the expense.
Expense for food and lodging:
It is 250 US$ per week per volunteer plus funding the medical project
For more information on fuding kindly visit our website stated below.
Every student need to apply for the placement at least 2-6 months in an advance before he or she comes for it.
Every student need to fill up the online application on our website
Every student need to confirm his or her placement by paying 100 US$ through PayPal
Every student need to apply for a grant or funding from any resources where the funds are available
Areas of focus:
156 Moo 4 Pon Nam Kham
T.B Doi Han, Chiang Rai Sub District
Chiang Rai, Changwat Chiang Rai, Thailand 57000
Start and end dates:all year round
Duration:Less than 3 months
Time commitment:Full time (30-40 hours/week)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons Evenings Late nights
Days of week:Weekdays
Extra details:Fee required
International volunteer options:International volunteers welcome