Electives in Africa

Tanzania

Where did you go?
Tanzania – Mbozi mission hospital – rural mission hospital near Mbeya Mnazi Mmoja Hospital – Stone Town, Zanzibar

How did you organise it? 

Scouted hospitals with good reviews and contact details on the electives network and emailed the hospitals to arrange a placement(they take a while to reply!)

Why you would recommend it? 

Great experience, got to do lots at the first hospital and travel lots at the 2nd.

Never been to Africa before and Tanzania is a good introduction!!

Why you would not recommend it?

The bucket showers and squat toilets in the rural hospital

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Zambia

Where did you go? 

MonzeMission Hospital in Zambia

How did you organise it? 

Through contacts on the electives network, but if you arrange it through one of the doctors you don’t have to pay the admin fee (contact me for details)

Why you would recommend it? 

  • General medicine as well as specialties experience.
  • Good amount of supervision.
  • Lots of paediatric cases in medicine, surgery and once a month orthopaedics.
  • You can deliver children.

Why you would not recommend it?

You don’t get left alone (e.g. you can do pre-rounds and there will be a doc to review it) which might not be what some people want.


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