Global Medical Health Internship

This rotation is designed to enable participants to holistically experience the Zimbabwe healthcare system.


What's the programme about?

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.

What are the benefits of signing up?
  • 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.
Here's a layout of a typical day in the programme

Where will you stay?
What do you need to apply?

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

programme highlights

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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.





07h30Hearty breakfast
08h00Arrive at work & get cracking
10h30Tea Break
11h00Staff Meeting
13h00Lunch Hour
14h00Continue cracking on the tasks for the day
16h30Home Time