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Electives in Mexico for Medical Students

  • ROLE: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous medical training
  • REQUIREMENTS: You must be a student studying medicine and you must speak basic Spanish. If you are not an elective student, please go to our standard Medicine in Mexico project page
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

Projects Abroad medical volunteer and local Mexican doctor examine a patient

Students on a Medicine Elective project in Mexico will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience. You will work in city hospitals in Guadalajara that are well equipped and close to the standards of North American and European hospitals.

You must be a medical student to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad will help organize your placement in collaboration with your university. We will ensure it meets the aims and objectives of your elective placement requirements. We are also available to help with any pre-departure paperwork you may need. When in Mexico, you will have a supervisor who will mentor you during your stay. They are qualified medical staff and will ensure that you learn as much as possible about medical and healthcare practice in Mexico. They will answer your questions and be available to discuss specific case studies with you.

As a student in medicine, you will chose which departments you wish to work in depending on your preferred specialty. Departments include gynaecology, hematology, paediatrics, pathology, anesthesia, and surgery. You will take on a mainly observational role. The level of hands-on work you get depends on the hospital and your previous experience. By showing initiative and building a good relationship with your colleagues, you may be able to get very involved with the doctors and patients with whom you are working.

Medical Student Electives in Mexico with Projects Abroad

Students are required to speak intermediate Spanish to join our Mexican Medicine Elective program. If you are unsure as to whether your Spanish is good enough for the program please give us a call. Many students who lack confidence in their Spanish language skills join a Teaching, Care, or Spanish Language Course project before joining their Medicine Elective program. This gives them the opportunity to brush up their language skills before the medical part of their placement.

While you are in Mexico you will live with local host families. Here you will be able to really improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in the Mexican day-to-day life. You can explore Guadalajara with the very active Projects Abroad volunteer community.

Medical Student Electives in Mexico 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.

All volunteers participating on standard projects in Mexico have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our Sea-Turtle and Coastal Conservation & Environment Project in Mexico page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

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