Medical Internship Program

Medical Internship Program

We are looking for motivated individuals with a desire to help others receive the healthcare services they deserve. If you wish to learn more about healthcare in a developing country, gain more experience, or just hope to help those less fortunate, then a medical internship in Nepal is for you!

Program Overview

If you are looking to learn more about healthcare in a developing country, gain various shadowing and volunteer experiences, or to simply help those without access to proper medical care, then this medical internship is for you! We are looking for motivated individuals with a desire to help others receive the healthcare services they deserve. Among many things, students will be shadowing Nepali physicians (or other healthcare professionals) and directly interact with Nepali patients under supervision. They will keep a notebook to write down thoughts and lessons they learned each day, and will be required to submit a final report reflecting on the internship on the last day. This internship is a great opportunity to learn about the hospital dynamics in Nepal and gain a global perspective on healthcare!

 

Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Cultural immersion
  • Gain a new perspective on healthcare
  • Direct patient interaction
  • Scribing experience
  • Clinical hours
  • Potential experience with assisting with procedures
  • Increased sense of empathy

Program Itinerary

Week 1-2

We will be picking you up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and driving you to your hotel, where you will stay for two nights. After two nights, you will be transported to live either with a host family or in a volunteer house. During the first few days, you will be participating in several orientation programs and tours to familiarize yourself with Nepali culture and adapting to a new work environment. After familiarizing yourself with Kathmandu, you will be able to briefly rotate through your selected specialties to gain a sense of familiarity with what specialties you would like to focus on for the remainder of the program. Students may be paired together depending on physician availability. Towards the end of the two week period, students will choose up to three specialties that they would like to focus on for the remainder of the program. It should be noted that although preferences will be taken into consideration, there are no guarantees as to which specialties students may receive. Assignments will depend on physician availability.

  • Arrival and transport to hotel
  • Orientation: Culture, history and basic conversational and medical Nepali language class
  • Walking tour in the heart of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal
  • Arrival and transport to homestay or volunteer house
  • Guided tour of the hospital
  • Team building exercises with fellow interns
  • Meet the project supervisor
  • Get familiar with the public transit system with one of our program coordinators
  • Begin shadowing different specialties for a 1-3 days to gain exposure to different fields of medicine
  • Work with program coordinators to design plan for the remainder of the program
Week 1-2
Week 3-7

Week 3-7

The next nine weeks will be divided depending on how many specialties a student has been assigned. Students with multiple assignments will have these nine weeks divided equally between specialties. The way in which students will spend time with their specialties will depend largely on the individual physician’s preferences and relationship with students. There are a variety of ways that students may become involved in their specialty, such as through shadowing, scribing, and potentially even assisting the physician in procedures. Within certain departments, students may be able to have unique or increased opportunities, such as assisting nurses or being an observer in the operating room. Listed below are some examples of opportunities students may have in different specialties.

Emergency Department rotation

Emergency Departments are hospital units where you can seek urgent medical care and treatment. Most major public hospital EDs are open 24 hours a day and have highly trained physicians and other healthcare professionals on-site to deal with emergencies. Students will:

  • Learn about patient management
  • Attend rounds with physicians
  • Assume the role of a medical scribe
  • Learn about individualizing further treatment or admission
  • Assist physicians and nurses as required

Surgery rotation

Students will have the opportunity to shadow physicians and watch ongoing surgeries inside operating rooms. Here, the student may:

  • Assist in triage of patients
  • Attend rounds and review patients' progress with physician supervision
  • Assume the role of a medical scribe
  • Shadow physicians during patient consultations
  • Work closely with other healthcare professionals
  • Learn about individualized discharge plans

 

 

Week 8-11

Rural Clinic rotation

Students here will have the opportunity to leave Kathmandu and go to a clinic in rural Nepal and experience healthcare in a new light. It should be noted that the Rural Clinic rotation has very limited availability and can only be done as a student’s last rotation. Students with substantial experience with direct patient interaction are preferred. Please note there will be a large language barrier and cultural difference from Kathmandu.

  • Volunteer in local clinic, administering first aid to locals
  • Volunteer in free health screenings by measuring vitals, blood pressure, and BMI
  • Assume the role of a medical scribe
  • Shadow physicians during patient consultations
  • Observe the strong and unique physician-patient relationships formed in a small community setting
  • Weekend excursions to explore the rural area

 

List of Project Sites

  • Sahid Memorial Hospital
  • Kanti Children Hospital
  • BP Smriti Hospital
  • Dr Iuwa Mura Hospital
  • Man Mohan Hospital

 

A typical day may go from 8am-1pm or 11am-4pm. Students may generally choose to stay on-site if they choose. In the afternoons/evenings, students will generally have free time to explore and bond, but the program will provide weekly educational seminars during this time as well. These seminars are over a variety of topics, including personal anecdotes from Nepali health care professionals, research presentations, Q&A sessions with Nepali healthcare professionals, and resume workshops to name a few. Weekends can be used to unwind or to continue working with physicians, which is up to the student’s discretion. The program will provide optional monthly weekend get-a-way trips, which will take students to a resort near Kathmandu called Kotdanda, located in the Himalayan mountains!

 

Throughout the internship, students will be required to keep a notebook to detail what they have learned each day. The information from this notebook will be used to create a short presentation/report that will be presented at the end of the program.

Week 8-11
Week 12

Week 12

In the final week of the program, students will be expected to complete a presentation or report about their experiences. Students may continue working with physicians during this time if they so choose, provided that they still complete their report or presentation by the deadline. For the last few days of the program, students will have time to continue exploring Kathmandu at their leisure. Finally, students will be picked up from their hotel and be driven to Tribhuvan International Airport for departure.

Program Details

PROGRAM AVAILABLE DATES

Every Sunday All Year Round

STARTING/ENDING POINT

Kathmandu, Nepal

LEARNING GOALS

Leadership, Playing with Kids, Immerse with local

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

English

CLIMATE

Moderate Temperate

GROUP SIZE

Minimum 2 to maximum 8

SPACES AVAILABLE

LIMITED SPACE, Join Group

HOURS EARNED

60-80 hours

EXPLORE | DISCOVER | GROW WITH GAP YEAR NEPAL

BUILD AND CUSTOMIZE MY OWN PROGRAM


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What's Included

Our Assistant
Our Assistant
  • Proper Program Information
  • Pre Departure Information
  • Unlimited information
  • Meet with Locals
  • Weekend Trips
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Emergency Support
Upon Arrival – Included
Upon Arrival – Included
  • Airport Pickup
  • Transfer to Homestay
  • Orientation and City Tour
  • Accomodation with most meals         
  • 24/7 Support
  • Organized Programs
  • Guidance and Supervision 
Excluded
Excluded
  • International Flights
  • Nepal Visa Fees
  • Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunch
  • Airport Drop
  • Other Tours and Events
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