A rare specialist internship for ophthalmology students! Ophthalmology interns in Tanzania assist and observe trained medical professionals in eye clinics, learning from patient consultations and gaining practical experience managing and treating issues such as glaucoma and cataracts.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
Ophthalmology internships in Tanzania offer highly specialized learning experiences in eye clinics, which can be incredibly hard to find. These valuable lessons will put your theoretical understanding into practice, and kick start your career in ophthalmology.
Interns work closely with qualified medical professionals at eye clinics in hospitals around Arusha, where you’ll observe and assist in all aspects of their daily duties. You’ll gain a first-hand understanding of patient interactions, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma. Interns also gain practical knowledge into how clinics are run, learning from experienced staff and observing healthcare in action.
Interns should come prepared to experience a medical environment that will likely be very different to what you’re used to at home. Healthcare in Tanzania can be under-resourced, and you may experience a degree of culture shock as a result. Interns are encouraged to be professional and empathetic at all times.
This internship is conducted in English. Most patients you’ll work with will be able to speak at least basic English, however, for those that can’t, you’ll be able to receive a debrief from your supervisor afterwards.
It is important to be aware that the Tanzanian government requires international interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution to their health/medical placements. The amount of this contribution varies. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, it’s recommended that interns budget, at most, US$50 per week. All Ministry of Health contributions are made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator.
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 Legal Support internship with a safari in the Serengeti national park.
Ophthalmology interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Observing patient consultations
- Assisting with basic assessment and treatment techniques
- Assisting with clinic administrative duties
Professional development opportunities:
- Understand how to conduct assessments, diagnosis and treatment plans
- Build your knowledge of symptoms and treatments for a range of conditions
- Gain an understanding of managing patient relationships
- Develop communication skills in a professional environment
- 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 to Friday, 9am - 5pm
- Learn from experienced ophthalmologists as they go about their regular duties
- Gain practical understanding of how to assess, diagnose and treat a range of conditions
- Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Types of host organizations:
- Eye clinics
- Ophthalmology departments in hospitals
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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 Medical and Education 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.