The Medical Elective Network was developed by Kevin Hurley, who has lived in Peru since 2009 with his wife, Gladys, and their children. Kevin is originally from the UK where he worked, among other things, in social housing management in London. Gladys is from Trujillo and qualified as a midwife 20 years ago.
In 2011 we began offering internship programs for medical students. This has now expanded to other areas of health care with both professional and student participants coming from a variety of backgrounds and countries. Today we have a mixed team including language teachers and health care professionals, working to ensure participants develop their medical Spanish skills as quickly as possible.
The purpose of the organization is to provide professionals and students with a structured internship program that is focused on developing health care Spanish skills. We also believe it is import that participants have a choice of hospitals and comfortable accommodation options.
Today our medical Spanish program and clinical rotations have CME accreditation. We also fund and run a social project, Abuela’s Kitchen, providing free meals for elderly people in extreme poverty.
We manage and fund our own community health campaigns as well as support those of partner organizations. Whilst on your elective you are welcome to participate on health campaigns.
The Medical Elective Network pays fees and donations to the hospitals and clinics we work with. This income goes back into the services that they provide. All our partner medical facilities are non-profit or state hospitals caring for those with limited resources. We pride ourselves on being flexible. Each participant is different and looks for the experience that meets their personal and academic needs.
Please let us know what your ideal elective is to ensure the program that works for you. Take a look at the testimonial page to see what elective students think of us and our work.
The team, includes both health care and education professionals. We are a small friendly team that have been working together since 2011. Beyond the full time staff the team includes drivers and home stay families.
Each year a growing number of people come to us via word of mouth, reflecting the quality of the experience provided by our team.
Do take a look at some of our testimonials to see what participants say about individual team members,