Medical internships cater for your experience, with placements for pre med or senior students available. Learn from local doctors and nurses, shadowing them and assisting in rural clinics, schools, elderly homes or on disability programs.
While Guatemala has a public healthcare system, many people - particularly poorer families in rural areas - have trouble accessing critical health services. Medical internships can play a significant role in providing healthcare to those who otherwise may not get it. This is a tailored medical internship for college students at all levels, where your placement assignment and duties reflect your experience, internship duration, and level of Spanish language proficiency.
Medical Internships for pre med students
Pre-med interns or students in the early stages of medical school / health sciences are placed in health support schools, elderly homes, and programs for individuals with disabilities. Placements are around the city of Antigua, and surrounding communities such as Tecpan.
Interns shadow and assist local doctors and nurses, and can help with administering medicine, treating small ailments, keeping medical records, conducting health workshops, and assisting with various therapies.
Medical Internships for medical students
Medical students in their third year or above may be placed in rural clinics, interning alongside local doctors and nurses. Clinics are scattered throughout wider Antigua, or even in the Mayan highlands.
Interns can help to prepare and present health and hygiene workshops in schools, helping to measure patient vital signs or run vaccination campaigns, shadowing doctors in appointments, pharmacy assistance, or in laboratory diagnostics. Local clinicians often organize medical outreach programs to bring healthcare to rural villages, and if these coincide with your internship then you may be able to assist, teaching indigenous families about basic health measures and nutrition.
Note that specific internship activities will always depend on each intern’s experience, so the level of responsibility you’re given will vary. Short-term interns can expect to have an introductory experience, as it is standard for every intern to spend time establishing foundations to build upon. Interns with a greater command of the Spanish language will be more able to interact with patients.
Medical interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Shadowing doctors and nurses in:
- Elderly homes
- Disability programs
- Rural clinics
- Administering medicine
- Treating ailments
- Measuring patient vital signs
- Keeping medical records
- Preparing and conducting health workshops in schools or communities
- Pharmacy assistance
- Laboratory diagnostics
- Vaccination campaigns
Professional development opportunities:
- Work in real world situations
- Shadow and learn from experienced doctors and nurses
- Learn about industry standard techniques and drugs
- Interact with patients
- Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm
- Get medical experience relevant to your level of study
- Experience a variety of medical work
- Help communities to get better access to healthcare
Types of host organizations:
- Rural health clinics
- Elderly homes
- Disability programs
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- All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges. International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of US$75.
- * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
- Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
- Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program.
- Language lessons.
- Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$40 per week to be sufficient.