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We are working with several clinics in Cusco to offer medical internships.

A private clinic providing medical care to poor people in and around Cusco

Around 40 patients of all age groups that otherwise wouldn’t have access to affordable quality healthcare are treated daily. The clinic is non-profit and patients just have to pay a small amount for the diverse medical services such as medical attention, physiotherapy, dentistry, vaccinations, psychiatry, pharmaceuticals and general check-ups the clinic provides. There is, however, no capability to hospitalize patient and therefore there are no beds available. In addition to modern approaches of medicine, the clinic also provides herbal remedies. The clinic doesn’t receive any funding from the government. Most of funding is received through personal donations and there are some donations of medicine from Germany. There are about 20 members of staff working at the clinic having a variety of medical specialties.

The tasks you will be doing depend greatly on your level of Spanish, experience and area of specialty. Interns with less experience shadow the doctors and learn from observation. You can also assist the nurses in the triage or in the pharmacy. Former interns taught about hygiene and teeth brushing and helped with first aid. Also, it is possible to measure blood pressure, height, temperature etc. If you already have medical experience and your level of Spanish allows this, you can have your own patients. As such, it is possible for interns to get a reasonable insight into a variety of departments and to learn a lot about the medical profession.
Working hours are from 8am – 12.30 pm in the morning or from 2.30pm – 6pm. Also, there are frequent trips to different communities (Humanchacona, Churo, Pamcarguaylla, Accoracay) where a team (one doctor, one dentist, one nurse and an employee from the pharmacy) build small medial outposts to treat people that are unable to come into the city for medical attention. If there are spaces available, you can join them and get a completely different impression of medical help in Peru.

A private hospital for the higher class population of Cusco

A lot of tourists go there as the majority of doctors and nurses speak some English. Daily about 80 to 100 patients are treated and there is the possibility to hospitalize them in one of the 50 beds the clinic has available. In total, there are 20 nurses and laboratory staff working at the clinic. Also, there are about 60 doctors of which 15 are working full-time. The others either switch between different hospitals or have their own medical practice. There are about 30 different specialties of which the most important are Cardiology, Gynecology/Obstetrics (20-25 deliveries per month) and Neurosurgery. Also, the clinic performs a lot of surgeries.

The tasks you will be doing depend greatly on your level of experience and area of specialty. Interns with less experience shadow the doctors and learn from observation. You can also assist the nurses in the triage or in the pharmacy. If you already have medical experience and your level of Spanish allows this, you can have your own patients. Thus, it is possible for interns to get a reasonable insight into a variety of departments and to learn a lot about the medical profession. Working hours are from 9am – 1pm in the morning or from 3pm – 7pm.

A state clinic providing medical care to poor people mainly of the San Jerónimo area of Cusco

Around 150 patients of all age groups that otherwise wouldn’t have access to affordable quality healthcare are treated daily. The clinic is a joint venture between the Ministry of Health and the local population. Patients have to pay a small fee for the diverse medical services such as general medical attention, dentistry, vaccinations, psychiatry, emergency, child health, maternal health, laboratory, pharmaceuticals and general check-ups the clinic provides. Also, there are about 16 beds for observation, where patients can stay from 12 hours up to one day, also for mothers giving birth. The majority of patients come in the morning. There are about 20 members of staff working at the clinic having a variety of medical specialties and there are various medical students from Peruvian universities doing their internships.

The tasks you will be doing depend greatly on your level of experience and area of specialty. Interns with less experience shadow the doctors and learn from observation. You can also assist the nurses in the triage, topico (small surgery) or in the pharmacy. Former interns taught about hygiene and teeth brushing and helped with first aid. Also, it is possible to measure blood pressure, height, temperature etc. As there are about 40 deliveries every month, it is possible to assist in these if you are willing to work some extra hours, mainly in the evenings. It is possible for interns to get a reasonable insight into a variety of departments and to learn a lot about the medical profession. Working hours are from 8.00am – 2.00pm in the morning or from 2.00pm – 6.00pm.

Programma Details

  • Programma
    • Internships
  • Plaats
  • Individueel programma of groepsprogramma
    Individueel

Wat is inbegrepen

  • Accommodatie
  • Gastgezin
  • 24/7 noodondersteuning
  • Assistentie bij inschrijving
  • Global Competence Certificate
  • Begeleiding
  • Oriëntatie voor vertrek
  • Oriëntaties tijdens je uitwisseling
  • Oriëntatie bij terugkeer
  • Individuele contactpersoon
  • Onthaal op de luchthaven
  • Assistentie bij visa-aanvraag
  • Stageplaats

Waar ben je zelf verantwoordelijk voor

  • Vlucht / internationaal transport
  • Lokaal transport
  • Kosten voor visa en paspoort
  • Medische verzekering
  • Inentingen
  • Project Materials