This is an incredibly rare opportunity for medical students to experience emergency medicine, including surgery. Emergency surgery interns are placed in hospitals and clinics in Arusha, and observe both simple and complex procedures being carried out. You’ll work closely with local surgeons with trauma systems, International Red Cross and field experience all across Africa.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
As an Emergency Trauma & Surgery intern, you’ll gain first hand understanding of the requirements of emergency medicine in an African environment. These internships are designed and led by the Medical Internship Program Director in Tanzania, and are perfect for medical students looking to gain experience in emergency rooms and surgical departments, which are often reserved only for experienced medical professionals.
Interns are placed in public hospitals around Arusha in Tanzania, specifically within emergency wards and surgical departments. You’ll assist local surgeons and experienced emergency doctors who have experience with the International Red Cross, lecture in universities and contribute to trauma interventions all across Africa.
Interns complete a fixed rotation to observe surgeries and gain an understanding of how emergency and surgical departments manage patients and staff in an unpredictable environment. You won’t be active in surgeries or trauma treatments yourself, but you are able to reflect on procedures with doctors afterwards to learn about how they are carried out and ask questions.
The types of surgeries you can experience will vary greatly, depending on the needs of patients. They can include fractures, burns, suturing, POP surgeries, chest drain insertions and many others. Interns learn about pre-surgical preparation, including proper scrubbing, gowning and doffing, and become familiar with the basics of surgical theaters. You can also experience post-operative care.
Medical care in Tanzania can be different to the western world, where hospitals are more developed and better resourced. However, the healthcare interventions you’ll experience are based on modern medicine and are highly relevant to your future career in medicine.
Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist countries, and as an intern you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city of Arusha and popular surrounding areas. The world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro National Park are popular day trips for interns at the weekend, and there are opportunities to combine your medical internship with a sahari in the Serengeti national park.
This internship is conducted in English.
Emergency Trauma & Surgery interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Trauma treatment
- Observing surgeries and recovery
Professional development opportunities:
- Learn from an experienced local trauma and surgical doctor
- Learn the practical application of the ABCDE approach to emergency medicine
- Experience pre-operational preparation and post-operative care
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- 8am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Due to the unpredictable nature of emergency medicine, interns may be required to work outside normal hours at short notice.
- Learn how emergency surgery and trauma medical teams operate in Tanzania
- Observe both simple and complex procedures being expertly executed by African surgeons, and learn from surgeons afterwards
- Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Types of host organizations:
- Public hospitals
- Emergency rooms
- Surgical departments
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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It is important to note that internship fees in Tanzania do not include Ministry of Health contributions / placement donations. These vary depending on the placement and length of the internship and must be contributed in-country. For more details, contact your Program Manager.