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Volunteer and Intern in Medicine in Asia

Medicine & Healthcare volunteer doing a check up on a baby in Asia

Medical Volunteering in Asia can be incredibly rewarding because you will have the special opportunity to learn about a new culture and do important volunteer work. For volunteers who are interested in medicine and healthcare there are medical internships in many different Asian countries such as Nepal and China. Medical volunteering in Asia allows volunteers to work in local hospitals or clinics, where they can investigate medical subjects they are interested in or passionate about.

Medical volunteers in Asia can generally work numerous different fields such as maternity, Physiotherapy, nursing, or surgery. Whatever you want to learn about there is an opportunity for you to get hands-on experience that can be helpful in future academic or occupational pursuits.

"I began each day by going to the emergency ward, consisting of four beds and an examination table, to see how I could be of help there. After I had finished there, I moved on to sit in on consultations, and by the end of my trip I had worked with a Cardiologist, an Internist, an Orthopedic Surgeon, and an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. I was also able to assist the Anesthesiologist during a hysterectomy. Most of the cases we dealt with during ward rounds were COPD, UTI, and hypertension, but I also saw ailments that aren't very common in the Western world, such as duberytrens contraction, malaria, and tuberculosis."

Jeff Kiser
Medicine and Healthcare, Medicine in Nepal

Medical Internship in Asia

Medicine volunteer with a patient in a clinic in Asia

Medical interns in Asia have the extraordinary chance to get medical training and experience without usually needing any prior experience or prerequisite classes or degrees. The only things volunteers need in order to participate in a medical internship in Asia are a passion for medicine and a strong desire to help people.

Hospitals and clinics in Asia are not generally equipped with high-tech and cutting edge equipment, so medical interns are needed to help the local staff with both routine work and special assignments.

High School and College Interns in Medicine in Asia

Male volunteers dressed in hospital scrubs on their Medicine project in Asia

Pre-med students, high school students, students in medical school, licensed doctors and glide year students are all ideal volunteers for medical internships in Asia. There is normally neither education nor experience requirements necessary to participate as a medical intern in Asia. The only thing that is essential is an interest in medicine. For students interested in pursuing a future career in medicine like high school students who want to become doctors, pre-med students or medical school students they have the opportunity to get some real medical experience that would not be available to them until their second or third year of medical school.

"Who would have thought that a 4th year pharmacy student from the University of British Columbia would be assisting in surgery halfway around the world in Mongolia? In some minds, the two just do not add up. I have always wanted to be a surgeon. Becoming a pharmacist is a stepping stone in the greater scheme of ultimately becoming this health care professional. An outstanding résumé is needed in order to be admitted into medical schools in North America. The majority of applicants will have worked in a lab or a hospital and have done hundreds of hours of community service. A few will have travelled abroad (most likely to Africa or Central America) and volunteered in some sort of humanitarian project, such as building homes or teaching in schools."

Edward Chien
Medicine and Healthcare, Medicine in Mongolia

Traditional Medicine Internships in Asia

Medical interns who are interested in learning about new cultures and types of medicine should consider the traditional medicine internships in Asia. These medical internships combine western styles of medicine with the local medical techniques. Some of these local medicines have been passed down from generation to generation and sometimes have deep roots in the culture and belief system of the native people.

Many of these more natural remedies are alternatives to the more westernized drugs like Aspirin or Pepto-Bismol. Medical volunteers could learn a lot from watching these local doctors dispense their more traditional medicine. You may discover a different outlook on life that might change how you view the world.

"If you join a program like this you will see a medical and healthcare system that in many ways reflects the West, but is interspersed with local influences. You may find a doctor trained in Europe who will not carry out an operation because of the position of the stars and you will come across tropical diseases rarely encountered in the West and conditions that have not been diagnosed until very advanced stages."

Emma Gordon
Medicine and Healthcare, Medicine in India

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