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Medicine in South America

Volunteer and Intern in Medicine in South America

Volunteer and newborn Medical volunteers interested in traveling to South America are ideal candidates to be medical interns in a hospital or clinic. Volunteering in medical internships in South America is an exciting way to explore the field of medicine. Medical interns in South America are directly integrated into the daily routine of the local medical hospital or clinic, where the work is multidimensional and fascinating.

There is a wide variety of departments within the hospitals and clinics that our medical volunteers can investigate while they are interning in South America. From physical therapy to surgery, you can explore whatever field you find the most challenging and compelling.

"Two incidents in particular left incredible marks on me. The first involved an impoverished boy who was petrified of the dentist’s office. I helped him overcome his fear by sitting beside him and demonstrating the procedure that he would experience. Another experience that I learned from entailed a painful extraction on a woman who was given minimal anesthesia. Although my Spanish language skills were limited, compassion can be expressed universally. Unlike in Canada where dentists have cutting-edge technology, the hospital’s resources were restricted and the conditions were unsanitary. Nevertheless, I helped promote healthy gums and teeth by teaching patients how to brush and floss properly."
Kristina Kefalas – Medicine and Healthcare, Dentistry in Argentina

Medical Internship in South America

Volunteers with a mexican doctor Medical internships in South America are filled with various opportunities for volunteers who are interested in medicine. Volunteers who decide to participate in medical internships in South America will have the chance to see medical procedures, help in clinical and hospital work, and gain precious medical knowledge and experience.

There is usually no prior experience needed to be a medical intern or volunteer. All that is necessary is an interest medicine. High school students interested in becoming doctors, pre-med undergraduate college students, medical school students, students who want to take a glide year and doctors are all people who are qualified and wanted for these medical internships in South America.

"I am currently studying physiotherapy with five months left before I graduate. With this experience I was fortunate enough to be given the placement in the Burns Unit at hospital Vediema. Also because I had experience I was given more responsibility. My placement involved doing physiotherapy with children aged from only a few months to 15 years of age."
Siobhan Ni Cheidigh – Medicine and Healthcare, Physical Therapy in Bolivia

High School and College Interns in Medicine in South America

Medicine volunteer assisting doctor in emergency ward Students of all academic backgrounds and interests are welcome to participate as a medical intern in South America because there are generally no prerequisite courses or experiences. High school and college students who want to become doctors, are on the pre-med undergraduate track, are in medical school or are taking a glide year before starting medical school might be particularly interested in doing a medical internship in South America.

Many of the volunteers have found doing medical volunteer work in South America to be tremendously rewarding. Medical interns are often given the opportunity to learn new medical techniques that they would not have been exposed to until their second or third year of medical school. Medical internships in South America give the volunteers the chance to do important volunteer work in new and different countries that need help and to obtain new knowledge in medical techniques and practices.

"Three days a week we would then enter the Operating Theatre to observe various procedures such as cholecystectomy, appendectomy and hip replacements. The Operating Theatre staff were very friendly and gave me permission to enter theatres where surgeons from different specialities (e.g. orthopaedics) were performing other procedures. As a medical volunteer, you do more than just watch; you are encouraged to get your hands dirty too!"
Olivia Raglan – Medicine and Healthcare, Medicine in Mexico