With us, you can gain real-life global health experience. Complete your clinical rotation internship in Zimbabwe and learn how to apply your skills in a setting where you can really make a difference to the patients and your clinical skills. The unique experiential learning programme we offer will allow you to become part of a dynamic healthcare team.
The global health programme takes place at four different hospitals across the country. Students will experience the facilities provided by a private boutique hospital in the leafy Harare suburbs, two of the largest public hospitals in the country as well as rural hospitals run by religious missions. This rotation is designed to enable participants to holistically experience the Zimbabwe healthcare system. What you gain at the four hospitals in terms of your learning and observational experience will be vastly different. The rotation encompasses surgical specialities, laboratory analysis, pharmacological and radiological services, as well as rehabilitation and integrative medicine. We will always prioritise your first choice of rotation, however, this is subject to the availability of physicians within your chosen specialty. Your Tiritose Placement Advisor will give you the options available during the time of your booking.
You can choose from the following available clinical rotations:
- Departments: Neurosurgery – Urology – Dermatology – Physiotherapy – General Internal Medicine
- Neurology: including the clinic and psychiatry unit – Obstetrics – Gynaecology – Paediatrics – Pathology
- Clinics: Endocrinology – Internal Medicine – Infectious Diseases – HIV
- Units: Stroke – Renal – Burns – Intensive Care – Leprosy Centre – Opportunistic Infections
- Schools: Nursing
Some of the hospitals have a 24/7 casualty department that caters to all emergencies. There are also outpatient departments that review patients status and admit or discharge them.
We strive for the internship experience we provide to be beneficial to both participants and the institutions, medical professionals and patients our interns work with. We want to ensure a win-win situation for all. Therefore, because we thoroughly screen our institutional partners and programme facilitators, we also need to do some screening and preparation work when it comes to selecting participant.
If you’re interested in tropical medicine, you’ll learn about the prevention and treatment of malaria, tuberculosis and schistosomiasis. We do absolutely take precautionary measures when it comes to preparing programme participants though – so your own risk exposure will be minimised. If you’re a medical, nursing or physician assistant student, you’ll be involved as both an observer and an active participant in the diagnosis and treatment of infections that present challenges to Zimbabwe’s people and health care system. Zimbabwe’s medical professionals are, however, cost conscious and well-versed in adequately treating their patients’ conditions despite the developing conditions within their institutions. You’ll see their knowledge, resilience and strength under pressure at work first-hand if you participate in one of our programmes.
WHAT CAN YOU DO AS AN INTERN?
- Practice taking a comprehensive or focused medical history based on the symptoms and reasons why the patient is at the facility
- Complete clinical examinations of the patient(s) and screen for signs of illness
- Prepare differential diagnosis reports
- Present assessment and treatment management plans
- Practice cost-conscious medicine
- Attend weekly grand rounds and interact with local Zimbabwean healthcare students
- Work at least 150 hours in total throughout the duration of your global health internship experience
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Doctors, nurses and physician assistants will rely heavily on the medical history and physical examination results you record as there are limited resources available in Zimbabwe for extensive testing or imaging studies. Therefore, the knowledge you’ve gained at home will help result in more comprehensive analysis and diagnosis.
You will be participating in the provision of healthcare to a patient population that is quite unique. Each new person you meet will be very different from the individuals you have worked with in your home country, as their needs are shaped by their daily struggles and ability to overcome local challenges.
- Work alongside healthcare professionals in a developing country with its own unique strengths and challenges.
- Experience public and private medical facilities.
- Participate in treating patients in urban and rural healthcare settings.
- Learn how the Zimbabwe healthcare system functions and how different or similar the system is compared to your own.
- Learn from people who overcome barriers and create solutions without overly relying on a developed system.
- Learn about the cultural limitations of practicing medicine in Zimbabwe.
- Strengthen your resume and the competitiveness of applications for continuing education.
- Gaining unique global experience by putting what you’ve learned to good use in a practical setting outside of the framework of your local environment.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
We offer flexible accommodation arrangements depending on your budget. Our basic packages include accommodation such as homestays with local families, shared rooms or single occupancy rooms in student dormitories or backpackers’ lodges. We can also discuss custom packages that can house you or your group in hotels, private apartments or homes booked just for you. As part of your application, please advise us of the type of accommodation you prefer. Some of the options available are listed below and you can browse through the photos to get a sense of the ambiance.
Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme.
Intern – education /skills/work experience required
- Only students currently enrolled in medical school or Residency are eligible for the programme as it is clinical in nature.
- Experience within a medical or health setting would be beneficial.
- Positive, can-do attitude.
- Skills: Communication, organisational, reading and writing.
- Students or residents need to be comfortable with rural village life if they choose the rural hospital option.
You’ll need to send proof of your:
- Education, skills and work experience in the form of a CV, documentation from your school and reference letters.
- Current enrollment in a professional, accredited, medical or healthcare programme of education
We’ll also need:
- A list of references we can contact to confirm your experience, organisational skills and reading and writing ability – especially when it comes to interacting with patients and taking histories to have an initial online interview with you to assess your communication skills
Should you wish to extend your stay beyond the initially-offered 4 weeks, we are here to make the experience you’re looking for happen! We’re here for you and we can also customise longer-term placements!
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