A project perfectly designed for medical students or people with a medical background to gain experience abroad! Are you looking for voluntary work during your gap year that will broaden your horizons and help people who really need it? Based at a government run hospital, where you will be working alongside experienced, English-speaking doctors, this project is designed to give you an active hands-on role in the care of the patients. A suitable role will be assigned to you, depending on your level of skills, qualifications and experience. This will be discussed with you by the hospital director and his assistant when you arrive. For the duration of your stay, you will shadow the practices of an English-speaking Vietnamese doctor, observing, recording and analysing symptoms, diagnoses and treatments. Staff will encourage you to share your opinions which will be valued and considered, even if they are not acted upon. While putting your previously gained theoretical knowledge into practice, you will build upon existing skills and develop new ones. Facilities at the hospital are limited but include an x-ray room, children’s ward, adult’s ward and operating theatre, all of which will become familiar to you during your stay. For those participants who stay on for longer periods, there will be opportunities to gain more responsibilities at the hospital. Regardless of the length of time spent on the project, each participant will receive a certificate at the end of their stay as a record of their accomplishments.
During your first week on the project, you will take part in an introductory session where you will meet the staff at the hospital and be shown around the facilities. Procedures and equipment used will be fully explained to you and you will meet the fully qualified, English-speaking doctor that you will be shadowing while you stay. Staff at the hospital will discuss your medical background and decide with you the role that you will take on.
Tuesday to Friday
On the Tuesday of your first week, you will begin your medical placement. As well as being suitable for your level of experience, your duties will be responsive to the needs of the patients and the hospital. This could involve assessing patients, performing medical procedures to treat ailments, or observing practices in the operating theatre or x-ray rooms. In addition, you will be expected to attend regular meetings at the hospital where you will take part in discussions about practices and routines and how they could be improved.