Medical electives and healthcare internships are available all over the world. Of course, we believe that one of the best destinations for your medical elective is South America and specifically Peru. You will be visiting one of the most beautiful countries and regions in the world. Furthermore, you will see and participate in health care in a developing country and develop Spanish language skills that that you may use throughout your health care career.
Peru & South America
Peru is a stunning country which boasts the Andes mountains, Amazon rain forest and great beaches on a coastline of 1500 miles. It is still a developing country, but is a quickly advancing. Whilst many of the population of around 33 million remain in poverty, a growing middle class and education sector are helping to reduce poverty levels each year.
In most cities such as Trujillo, Cusco and Arequipa many beautiful colonial buildings from the times of the Spanish Conquistadores remain. Travelling further back in time, the country is full of fascinating archaeological sites from the Inca and Moche cultures.
Aside from its rich history, the natural beauty of the country is second to none. Amazing destinations include the citadel of Machu Picchu, the fortress of Kuelap, the glaciers of Huaraz, and the condors of the Colca Canyon which is over twice the depth of the Grand Canyon in the USA.
Many participants on our Peruvian programs are fortunate to have the time to see more of what South America has to offer. Popular destinations include travelling to see the mountains of Ecuador and Bolivia, and the cities of Argentina.
Most electives around the world provide the opportunity to see and experience health care in the destination country. A South America medical elective offers the added opportunity to develop Spanish language skills. Peru is considered by many to have the clearest spoken Spanish and is an ideal destination to learn the language.
At The Medical Elective Network the Medical Spanish program provides an opportunity to quickly develop your language skills, regardless of your existing level of Spanish. Our structured CME accredited program in Trujillo is taught by a team of teachers including medical professionals. This immersion language program is combined with hospital rotations and family accommodation ensuring you live and breathe Spanish.
Clinical Rotations in Peru
In Peru you will have the opportunity to participate in a healthcare environment quite different to your home country. You may rotate in your preferred area of medicine and see conditions and untreated illnesses you may not have encountered before. We work with a number of hospitals in Trujillo. These include hospitals in both Peruvian government health care systems and non governmental organizations.
Health Care Missions
We work together with visiting international surgical teams who provide free operations for people with very limited resources. If you are here during one of these missions you will have the opportunity to participate. Aside from working with visiting teams, each month we also hold several Community Health Fairs with local partners such as the Peruvian National Police, prison service and local authorities.
Where will you stay?
This is an important but often overlooked question when considering medical electives in South America or elsewhere. It is important to know where you will be living and also what is the quality of accommodation like. Are you near the hospital? Is the area safe? Will you be sharing a room? These and more questions have to be considered.
Whilst our program participants maybe working in hospitals with few resources and also visit very low income parts of the city, we feel it is important that whilst here they have comfortable accommodation. All have private rooms (most with private bathrooms), in professional households close to our language school.
Your South American Medical Elective
Each month we recieve healthcare students and professionals from across the world. For each person we provide a tailored experience on their South American healthcare elective.
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