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Electives in Jamaica for Medical Students

  • PLACEMENT LOCATION: Mandeville and St Elizabeth
  • ROLE: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous medical training
  • REQUIREMENTS: You must be a student studying medicine and you should be in your fourth year of studies at least. If you are not an elective student, please go to our standard Medicine in Jamaica project page
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals and health clinics
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

Medicine and Healthcare interns participate in a medical outreach at in Jamaica.

Taking your Medicine Elective with Projects Abroad in Mandeville, Jamaica will give you a great deal of valuable work experience alongside some of the most skilled and inspirational doctors in the country. As Jamaica was one of the first countries to develop a national health service, you will work in hospitals and clinics that are well equipped. You will still find your time here challenging as you will be exposed to patients suffering conditions and diseases you would not be used to at home including rare cancers, sickle cell anemia, TB, malaria and dengue fever.

You must be a medical student to do an Elective placement. Depending on your chosen specialty, students on a Medicine Elective can spend time working in both in-patient and out-patient services, in general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. The Health Department and health centres offer a variety of services including an adolescent health clinic, wellness clinic, child health, curative health, family planning and health program and sexually transmitted infection clinics.

Your role will be mainly observational. You can get more involved with the doctors and patients by showing initiative and developing a good work ethic with your co-workers. Your supervisor, a qualified doctor, will ensure that you work in a variety of areas during your placement, and learn as much about medical practice in Jamaica as possible.

Medical Student Electives in Jamaica with Projects Abroad

Medical Elective intern checks the blood pressure of a patient in Jamaica

Elective interns in Jamaica should be in at least their fourth year of medicine studies. Medical students based in Mandeville work at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Percy Junor Hospital or at health centres in and around Mandeville. In St. Elizabeth, interns work at the Black River Hospital or a variety of health centres.

Whatever your specialty, Projects Abroad will be able to help ensure your requirements for your Medical Elective are met and will coordinate with your university where necessary. Our staff is very experienced in working with students on Elective placements.

Our Medical Project Officer organizes regular workshops for our Medicine students. These meetings will provide you with a deeper insight into the healthcare system in Jamaica. They will also provide an opportunity to become familiar with the most common illnesses in the country and to discuss and share the work that you do at your placement.

While on you Medicine Elective, you will live with a local host family, who will provide your meals and a real taste of Jamaican hospitality. There is plenty to do in and around Mandeville with our lively, diverse volunteer community.

Medical Student Electives in Jamaica are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.

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