Medical Internships in Nepal
Doctors are figures of great respect in Nepal, often coming from the highest caste. Students do still need to be proactive and work creatively around the language barrier, as many patients do not speak English, but for those that make the most of the free Nepali lessons provided at the Work the World house, there is plenty of opportunities.
We partner with the largest government subsidized institution in the area, offering large, lively wards and an outpatient’s clinic hosting 700 people per day. There are excellent internships available for work in General Medical, Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Maternity. There is also the chance for proactive and competent students to get involved in daily clinics or ward rounds, or scrub-in for theatre.
We have a good relationship with a number of medium to large private hospitals that offer slightly better patient care and treatment. The costs involved are often minimal, but that excludes huge numbers of patients that cannot afford to pay anything for care. Although there is still a lack of equipment, previous students have reported better levels of English and more chance to focus on specialties that are not readily available in the public sector. Many private hospitals also double up as teaching centers, and there are some great learning opportunities for students in General Medicine, minor and major surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology and Emergency. For those interested in neonatal care, there is also the opportunity to work in the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the area.
Church funded hospitals
We work closely with a church funded project that provides care for leprosy patients. It also offers neuro-rehabilitation treatments, giving students the chance to work with both rare disease and injuries that are not common at home. It is incredibly popular and we limit numbers to just one or two students.
Opportunities to make more of your elective
If you are spending more than four weeks in Nepal it is definitely worth thinking of splitting your time across two internships. The social system affects the level of care patients receive and spending time in both government and private hospitals gives you an increased understanding of Nepalese healthcare in its entirety.
Village healthcare experience
City life is only one side of healthcare in Nepal. Rural villagers have more battles still. We have developed a unique Add-on to your internship that complements your experience, taking you to a remote village to work in a local health post. You will live with a family and spend afternoons with your guide getting involved in traditional ways of life. Read more on our Nepal Village Healthcare Experience page.
Steeped in culture and set upon the majestic background of the Himalayas, Nepal is an extraordinary country.
Yi Wei, University of Queensland 2012Read More
I think working in the health post really brought on our clinical abilities – having a limited set of tools our skills in clinical examination and deduction were really tested and they improved greatly.
Isla Young, University of Manchester 2012Read More
It was a great learning opportunity and I experienced doctors’ rounds, post partum care, deliveries, active labor care, and caesarian sections. It seems amazing now how different and yet similar things are between my own country’s practices and those in Nepal; while culture and resources are very different, the work, dedication, passion, and care for patients are the same.
Katie Doerler, Oregon Health and Science University 2012Read More