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Electives in Sri Lanka for Pharmacy Students

  • Placement location: Panadura and Horana
  • Role: To observe and assist local medical staff while using your pharmaceutical training
  • Requirements: You must be in pharmacy school
  • Types of placement: Pharmacies in hospitals
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Local communities benefit from medical outreaches run by volunteers

Complete your Pharmacy School Elective in Sri Lanka while using your previous training and knowledge to bring much needed improvement to medical services in a developing area. Sri Lanka has dedicated and hard-working medical practitioners, but are often understaffed with facilities that are basic and underdeveloped. By taking part in our Pharmacy School Elective, you will provide local medical staff the help they need at hospital pharmacies, and gain valuable practical experience working alongside skilled professionals.

In order to take part in this project you have to be a Pharmacy School student.

Your role on the Pharmacy School Elective in Sri Lanka

During your placement you will be allocated a supervisor who will oversee all of your work and tasks. Your supervisor will always be available to provide you with assistance and information you might need. You will spend most of your time at a hospital’s pharmacy, but will also take part in outreach projects in local communities. The following is a list of some of the key responsibilities you will have:

  • Observing and assisting pharmacists as they dispense medication
  • Packing medication
  • Capturing medicine data
  • Raise awareness on important health issues in local communities, by delivering presentations at schools and community centres
  • Providing prescribed and free medical care in local communities

Depending on your level of training and experience, your supervisor will allocate further responsibilities to you.

There will be a monthly seminar for all medical volunteers who wish to gain any additional insight into the medical field in Sri Lanka. These seminars are great opportunities for you to ask questions you might have, and to meet fellow medical volunteers in your area.

Sri Lanka is a beautiful tropical island nation with a rich cultural diversity. By staying with a host family you will get to experience living as a local, and will receive inside information about the best Sri Lanka has to offer, such as its beaches, national parks, wildlife, hiking trails, bazaars, and historical sites.

Most pharmacy programs have deadlines for your Elective application paperwork. If your pharmacy program needs information on the hospital where you will be placed, or requires forms to be signed by your project supervisor, we strongly advise completing our application form at least one month before this deadline. We can only provide this detailed information once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.

If your school has no set requirements, we still advise that you apply as early as possible.

If you are not a Pharmacy School Elective student or would like to take part in another medical project, please see our Medical Internships page.

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