Healthcare or Medical Work in Nepal
This hospital where we usually place volunteers and interns is located in the center of Kathmandu city, which is very popular and good hospital; there are about 20 to 30 patients per day in different departments. Our volunteers and interns can visit and share experience in different departments or interested fields.
Hospitals and clinics place interns of different skill levels and desires. Our interns have the opportunity to work in a variety of different medical departments, including the following:
- OPD Services
- Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and Imaging
- Cancer prevention
- Record keeping
- Medical Library Assistance
- Dental Care
We are looking for motivated individuals with a desire to help others receive the healthcare services they deserve. If you wish to learn more about healthcare in a developing country, gain more experience, or just hope to help those less fortunate, then a medical internship in Nepal is for you!
You will see firsthand how a developing hospital runs with a lower technology standard than the western world, and how the doctors and medical assistants interact to complete tasks. If your interest is there, this placement provides you with the opportunity to learn about Nepali heath care from the ground up.
The success of your internship experience is dependent upon you and what you want out of it. A proactive attitude and a willingness to help are essentials in making the most of your time spent as a volunteer in Nepal.
As a pre-med student, your opportunity to do hands on work with the patient is more limited, but some doctors will show you how to conduct routine examinations as well as signs and symptoms to look for in emergency patients. It really depends on your attitude with the doctors. The more interest you show in them and the hospital, the more interest they usually show in you and your learning. This is a great opportunity to learn about the people working in the hospital and their various backgrounds. The more friends you make (with nurses, doctors, or medical assistants), the more opportunity to learn and observe from various procedures that they notify you about.
Overall, any participant in this program should be outgoing and friendly with the medical staff in their placement. This will open opportunity to you inside and outside of the hospital. The Nepali people are very friendly and really open up if you are willing to learn some Nepali and engage them with it. For times when the hospital is slow, it is a great chance to learn about Nepali culture and make friends that are willing to include you in procedures when hospital gets busy. If you approach this internship with a good attitude, it will be a productive and much more complete experience.