Elective in Zambia
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The appeal of experiencing medicine in rural Africa is quite capivating and in this respect, Zambia has a lot offer. For both students and qualified doctors alike, local and foreign, the challenges are often great, the learning curve steep, frustations abound but most often all this outweighed by a sense of satisfaction with every little help offered and the immense appreciation in turn that the local people have for you. The local doctors/expats are often quite experienced and have a lot to offer; sometimes the kind of life saving things that no textbook will teach you! Most often, people describe their overall experience as humbling and a confidence booster. Most people would want to do it again if circumstances permitted!
The work aspect aside, the sheer beauty of Zambia makes the whole experience even more memorable (Zambian Tourism website if you want to know more)
Where you choose to do your elective depends on several factors including whether you want to see typical conditions that are only commonly seen in a big hospital or whether you want more hands on experience; the kind you really get in a rural hospital, whether you want to be in or close to a city or deep in rural Zambia, e.t.c. Suffice to say that most places need you to apply well in advance of your planned elective as some of the more popular institutions (e.g. UTH in Lusaka (Govt) and St Francis in Katete (Mission)) have long waiting lists.
You would need to apply to the institution directly. In most rural areas, accomodation will be available whilst in the cities, one often needs to arrange their own accomodation.
Click on the map on the right hand column to have a look at some of the hospitals