This is a unique opportunity to work alongside, shadow & observe healthcare professionals in both public and private medical facilities, located in both rural and urban areas, including community outreach programmes. During this internship, you will have first-hand access to Zimbabwe’s theatre rooms to observe surgical operations, watch doctor’s consultations with patients, and participate in clinical rounds. The programme will also expose you to the business side of running a medical practice, creating a holistic approach to a world-class internship. There is no better way to enhance your résumé if you intend on going to medical school.
The capital city of Zimbabwe is Harare, home to Parirenyatwa, the country’s largest public hospital as well as several small private hospitals and clinics. When the private facilities are at capacity, patients are referred to the public hospitals.
Given this fluid exchange of patients between the public and private systems, students will have the opportunity to do observerships at both public and private facilities so they can have an appreciation of the differences in services and resources available in the respective clinical settings.
- Observe medical doctors and taking notes during clinic
- Assist doctors with patient filing
- Observe physicians in theatre during surgery
- Accompany physicians during post-operation rounds
- Compile a research report based on your area of interest
- Work alongside healthcare professionals in a different country
- Involvement in both public and private medical facilities
- Experience city and rural healthcare facilities and ways of practicing medicine
- Observe neurosurgery, urology, dermatology and physiotherapy, internal medicine, and general practice
- Observe the business side of running a medical practice
- Meet a diverse range of people from all walks of life
A DAY IN THE LIFE
The programme is located within a local Zimbabwean community, and so it is important to learn to live like a local.
Intern accommodation greatly depends on the budget. Tiritose offers from homestay (with a local family), backpackers (shared rooms or single occupancy), dormitories, shared or single apartments, house shares, and hotel stay for both individuals and groups. Please indicate the type of accommodation you prefer when applying to this programme.
To keep the costs low, it is advisable to share rooms. The houses, apartments and hostels are equipped with satellite TV and internet. A laundry and cleaning service is also provided.
We really make sure that you feel at home, and smoking is only allowed in the designated areas away from the house, apartment.
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
- Potential student of medical or health-related programmes.
- Experience within a medical or health setting would be beneficial.
- Positive, can-do attitude.
- Skills: Communication, organisational, reading and writing.
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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