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.
We have a close partnership with a physiotherapy hospital that provides care for a broad range of patients who require rehabilitation as a result of degenerative disorders or after serious injuries. The hospital also offers treatments for neuromuscular disorders meaning students will have the chance to work with rare disease and injuries that are not common at home. It is incredibly popular and as always we limit the number of students who can attend, so be sure to get in ahead of time.
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.
The kindness and camaraderie amongst the staff is like that of a family ready to open it's arms to any learner
Natasha Mehta, Wright State University 2014Read More
After I put on my short white coat, just like the other nursing students (they function like the interns in the U.S), I walk out onto the ED floor and stop in front of the first bed.
Osman Bhatty, American University of the Caribbean 2014Read More
My trip was amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. At the end of my time all I wanted was more time in Nepal and with the department in my hospital.
Aimee Monahan, New York Institute of Technology 2013Read More