Every Sunday all year round
From 2 weeks to 6 months
Accomodation £10, Food £8, Transport £6
The Travelteer Medical Elective programme works in partnership with both government and private hospitals in Sri Lanka. This programme gives UK medical students direct access to Sri Lanka's healthcare system.
Now entering its second year, the Travelteer Medical Elective programme allows medical students access into one of the biggest government hospitals in Sri Lanka, providing a true insight into one of the busiest medical environments in the world. Students will get to experience most departments of their choosing, sharing teaching with Sri Lankan medical students for an unforgettable experience.
Learn directly from doctors in private Sri Lankan hospitals - this is a great opportunity for volunteers to gain an understanding of private healthcare systems in Asia. Volunteers will have the opportunity to shadow consultants throughout clinics, surgery lists and ward rounds. Our medical administrator will rotate volunteers through different hospital departments for a broad range of experiences - Sri Lankan private hospitals provide a structured observational and informative approach, giving deep insight into private medical facilities in Asia.
Your role at this hospital will be purely observational, learning from doctors and other medical staff. You will be able to witness consultations and procedures, however, there might be an opportunity for you to get involved in hands-on activities. You will usually be assigned a specific clinical member within a certain department to mentor you. You will witness a variety of cases which offer a fantastic contrast to what you might find during placements in UK hospitals as many patients may not have access to a General Practitioner like in the UK. Whilst here, expect to take on clerk roles and triage new patients, many of whom will speak very little English. The opportunity to see how a Sri Lankan hospital functions is a fascinating and eye-opening experience!
We are using local clinicians to set up community clinics that help local people access healthcare at a primary care level, as this is currently unavailable to most Sri Lankans. Many people in Sri Lanka do not have regular access to basic healthcare. Working on this project gives you a great opportunity to get in-depth clinical exposure and gain a deeper understanding of health care systems in the developing world. Treatments here can be very basic and really highlight how undeveloped some aspects of the Sri Lankan healthcare are. This is one of the most authentic experiences of Sri Lankan healthcare and really is worth getting involved with.
Our aim is to provide UK medical students with an insight into Sri Lanka's healthcare system and gain hands-on experience in new environments. Fundraising from this project goes directly into helping set up sustainable clinics that will help disadvantaged communities.