Are you a medical or nursing student, eager to travel abroad and serve society while learning through your experiences? Well, this is your chance then… Doing something good for the society always gives a feeling of satisfaction – and for doctors & nurses, that feeling can be felt every day, by lessening the pain of others while treating them with utmost love and care.
For a moment, even if we keep the social work and all the goodness associated with a medical service, interning for a medical project abroad can immensely boost experiential learning, as you’ll be actively engaged with a healthcare system and work with experts, as opposed to the system of learning in a classroom. One of the biggest benefits of experiential learning for medical students is that it allows them to learn the practical aspects of any knowledge that they have obtained from the theories and textbooks. Being a medical intern abroad will also escalate your potentials and help you to stand ahead of your peers.
If you are still in doubts, then we’ll help you to understand this better. Here’s why medical, pre-med and nursing students should be a part of medical internships abroad:
The most important aspect of a medical internship is that it gives you a chance of working with professional doctors and nurses, who are experts in their field. As a medical, pre-med or nursing student, you can learn a lot by shadowing them, at a hospital or healthcare center, where they have to deal with hundreds of patients, each day. You’ll learn how to quickly act in an emergency situation and also the tactics of dealing with different kinds of patients. Being surrounded by experienced medical practitioners will surely charge you up and inspire you to do better work. You can also clear your doubts and seek help from them, as and when required.
While interning at a healthcare center/ hospital, you’ll get to choose your departments varying from orthopedics to cardiology, gynecology to physiotherapy and much more. While shadowing the doctors in that particular department, you’ll understand whether the work suits your interest or not. It’ll be a good way to find out your areas of interest and also to understand more about the skills you possess. Once you finish your internship and gain ample first-hand work experience, you can go back and study further, specializing in that particular area which you’re interested in.
In today’s date, peer learning is considered to be something extremely valuable, and you’ll know its value only when you’re there, working along with other medical students. During the sojourn, the entire team of interns usually live together under one roof, eat together, travel together, and of course, work together. It’s one of the best places where you have the opportunity to share your knowledge in the field of medicine with those from different parts of the world. While interning, you will get to know about the healthcare systems and other medical issues that persist in their regions. You can also share your skills and ideas with them, and end up learning from them as well.
Most of the medical internship opportunities are provided in Third World countries, where the availability of resources is limited. However, the medical staff who functions at hospitals in these regions have paved their way to make the best of whatever resource they have in hand. This will be a great learning for you to groom yourself to work even in the toughest of the conditions. You can even interact with the doctors and nurses in order to get a better insight into how things have changed in that particular country, over the years. Also, your contribution will be immensely valued by the staff as well as the patients.
If you are interning with a group of other medical students, then you might get a chance to organize healthcare/ dental camps in the outskirts of the cities or in some rural areas where there’s usually no proper medical set up. You can also organize for vaccination camps as well as medical awareness camps. All these would be a brilliant way of learning, which you may otherwise not get to experience. You can meet the locals, talk to them, know more about their problems and possibly work on finding solutions to ease their pains. You can also guide them to live a good life, teach them about sanitation and provide them with adequate support.
Well, it’s not just about work, but interning abroad also gives you the opportunity to explore a new destination. You aren’t just another tourist there, but a traveler who’ll be in constant touch with the locals. You’ll get to visit the local markets, know about their culture and lifestyle, binge on the local cuisine as well as explore the heritage sites, monuments, and other popular destinations. What is more interesting is that you’ll get to visit the remote areas and villages, which are not the typical tourist destinations, but have a distinct beauty of their own to explore.
Particularly for medical students, experiential learning is very important as I’ve mentioned at the beginning of the article. To say the least, having an international internship experience with a reputed organization will boost your career tremendously, and keep you ahead of all your peers. It’ll be a star on your CV and the experience will help you from time to time, while dealing with patients, at different stages of life. It’ll definitely be one of the best learning experiences you’ll ever have!
You’ll also be emotionally benefitted from this service and experience that you’ll gather. Being a part of a good cause will give you an immense self-satisfaction and make you feel good about your actions. This will leave a positive impact on your physical and emotional health, keeping you happier than others. Doing something good for someone else will help you combat depression, stress or any other adversities. It’ll also encourage and inspire others, to follow your footsteps and take up something as worthy as this. Maybe you can encourage your seniors to join the medical volunteering program abroad, which also is equally worthy.
Find out the difference between Medical Internships and Medical Volunteering, here!
Medical internships have the dual benefit of committing to the service of the most vulnerable communities while providing an opportunity to develop both personally and professionally. If you are a pre-med or medical student who aspires to be a part of a good cause and serve people across the borders, then you must take the step and opt for a medical internship opportunity abroad. To understand the benefits better, you have to be a part of it.
We can also offer customized medical internships and volunteering opportunities for student groups who are keen to work abroad together. For more information about medical internships, drop us a mail at [email protected] and our Program Advisors will get back to you!
Riyanka is a traveler who is keen on exploring different parts of the world. She’s a travel blogger who’s equally passionate about photography. Her quest is to turn all her journeys into beautiful stories. Being a die-hard ‘mountain-aholic‘, her favorite destinations are all around the Himalayas! She can spend days gazing at the snow-capped mountains, binge on Maggi and lemon-honey-ginger tea, and reading Ruskin Bond books.
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