Physician’s Assistant internships in Peru are perfect for medical students wanting a first-hand experience of healthcare in the stunning city of Cusco. Interns are placed in clinics, shadowing and assisting local doctors and nurses in a range of departments.
Interns are placed in general practice primary health centers, which form part of the Peruvian Ministry of Health’s program for supporting the unemployed. The centers provide all manner of general health services, and also have specialist departments in psychology, gynecology, dentistry, and laboratory.
Physician’s Assistant interns typically observe and assist doctors, assist with laboratory work, and can help nurses with taking patient’s weight, height, and administering vaccinations. Health campaigns are occasionally held throughout the year as well.
Interns who spend four weeks or more on the program can have the option of diversifying their experience, by combining time at a public clinic with time at a private clinic or social work project as well. You can also assist on medical outreach campaigns, providing basic healthcare such as vaccinations. These can be arranged with your local team in Cusco.
Fully qualified or advanced medical students are encouraged to organize workshops at social education programs, bringing healthcare education to the community.
All Physician’s Assistant interns must bring their own scrubs and evidence of their level of education.
Physician’s Assistant interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Shadow and assist doctors and nurses in medical clinics
- Learning about general medical care, as well as specialist work in psychology, gynecology, dentistry, and laboratory
- Support in administrative work
- Organize and run health workshops and campaigns in the community
Professional development opportunities:
- Practice and develop Spanish language proficiency within a professional setting
- Learn and understand healthcare in Peru
- Gain understanding from local doctors and nurses
- Experience how healthcare is provided to people from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- Monday - Friday, 4 hours per day
- Assist in medical clinics providing healthcare to disadvantaged communities
- Receive dedicated guidance and individual learning from experienced professionals
- Experience Cusco, one of the world’s most popular tourism cities
- Polish your Spanish language skills
Types of host organizations:
- Medical clinics
|“This trip and internship have changed my life! The internship has given me insight into the medical world and also helped me in improving my Spanish. Working in a clinic, I was able to gain valuable medical experience, but also benefit the community that was served in the clinic. This experience has changed my outlook on the role of medical professionals, and has helped in my decision to pursue my career as a Physician Assistant. The culture in Peru is amazing, and I hope to go back in the future!” - Katie Gomez, USA|
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Please note: The medical internship programs (Physician’s Assistant, Dentistry, Midwifery, Psychology and Physiotherapy) have an extra surcharge of US$15 per week, for extra supervision, materials and logistics involved. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you when you apply.
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- All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
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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$50 per week to be sufficient.