Gain exposure in a busy
hospital setting in
Vietnam

Assist with the 4,000 daily patients

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  • Duration
    2-8 weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Monday
  • From
    £340
  • Duration
    2-8 weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Monday
  • From
    £340

Vietnam Medical Experience

Are you looking to gain medical experience in a busy hospital setting in the centre of Hanoi? We have partnered with the leading hospital in capital, the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital. Established in 1969, the hospital serves a population of over 30 million people across central and Northern Vietnam.

This busy hospital currently has 1,500 beds and organises services for 1,500 inpatients and between 3,000 and 4,000 outpatients every single day. With so many patients passing through the hospital, you will be exposed to a wide variety of illnesses and is the perfect setting to gain vital first-hand experience of the healthcare system in a developing country.

Thanks to the rapid economic development, the health care in Vietnam has significantly improved over the last 30 years. However, despite these huge advances, there is a severe shortage of trained staff when compared to many countries across South East Asia. This has led to many medical facilities being overstretched and crowded, with just 8 physicians per 10,000 patients.

Suitability

Who is it for?
Medical students
Departments available
Out-patient, physiotherapy, oncology, nephrology, endocrinology, haematology, cardiology, gastroenterology, surgery, neonatology, intensive care, accident and emergency, infectious diseases, psychiatry, anaesthesiology, surgical recovery and neurology.
Elective placements
Medical, nursing and physiotherapy

Collaborating with the Medical University of Hanoi, along with international volunteers like you, the hospital also trains local medical students, specialists, sub-specialists, general practitioners and more.

During your time on the placement, you will get to shadow and assist the professional medical staff where you will get an unparalleled experience. You will be involved in the day-to-day activities of the hospital, observing the doctors and nurses where you can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice. You may have the opportunity to partake in some or all of the following:

- Participate in bed-side interactive teaching sessions, grand ward rounds, ward classes and small group discussions
- Attend casualty nights to observe acute case management
- Attend lectures / seminars / symposia
- Visit clinics and intensive care units
- Observe surgeries at the operation theatre
- Visit units such as endoscopy
- Visit the blood bank and outpatient department
- Attend regular clinical meetings

With an extensive list of departments you will have the opportunity to witness a variety of cases that are a large contrast to what you may find in your local hospital at home. During your time at the hospital, you may be able to gain exposure in following areas; out-patient examination, physiotherapy rehabilitation, respiratory diseases, malnutrition, oncology, nephrology, endocrinology, haematology, cardiology, gastroenterology, surgery, neonatology, intensive care, emergency, infectious diseases, psychiatry, anaesthesiology, surgical recovery and neurology.

Whilst volunteering in Vietnam, you may come across several diseases, illnesses and defects not normally found in the United Kingdom. These can include health defects consequent of Agent Orange, tuberculosis, respiratory infection, malnutrition and tropical diseases.

Your varied role and ever-changing scenarios within this busy hospital will ensure no two days are the same! You will be within the hospital from 8am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and we generally advise to be assigned to one department for a minimum of one week.

Our Vietnam medical experience is the perfect programme for university students who are currently studying anything medical related. Whether you are just looking for experience to enhance your C.V and career or are looking to organise an elective placement overseas, this programme is ideal for you. Our UK and local teams are able to complete any paperwork required by your university or other scheme.

Please note, your level of involvement within the hospital is dictated by your medical experience, duration of the programme and your willingness to get involved. During your time in the hospital, it is solely down to the medical staff that oversee the programme as to whether or not you can get involved in any hands-on procedures.

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