For those practising or aspiring to practice medicine, hospital internships are a unique option to provide in depth experience within a rural hospital in a developing country. Depending on current skill levels, you can transfer pre-existing medical knowledge where possible and provide overall assistance to this understaffed hospital facing the many challenges found within developing countries.
Observe and absorb knowledge through shadowing qualified in house medical staff. See first hand treatments you may not have access to seeing in your home environment.
The hospital aims to offer affordable health treatment to the inhabitants in this area and is normally inundated with patients suffering from all types of common and uncommon medical conditions.
Many options are available for volunteers depending on your skill level. You’ll spend the first couple days observing and being assessed for your experience level which will be discussed and agreed to with the head doctors or nurses in order to optimize your contribution to the hospital.
We are able to offer experienced participants with daily roles as nurses and doctors. You will begin by observing and monitoring hospital practices and carrying out daily tasks around the hospital, helping out where needed. After this, you will progress to a more “hands on” role at the hospital.
In accordance with Cambodian law, this program will always supervised by a registered doctor. The hospital director and many of the staff have a decent level of English. Participants will also be accompanied with a coordinator, who will ease the process of cultural exchange on both sides. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and current needs. This specific program is designed to give participants the maximum level of interaction in the hospital.
Details of the Hospital;
- 84 beds
- 6 doctors, 20 nurses, 2 mid-wives
- Maternity ward
- This hospital is known as level 2 hospital. Some diseases they can’t treat here so they need to transfer to other hospitals that are on level 3.
- Mainly emergency operations happen here, such as appendectomy and Cesarean Section.
You are also able to head out into the community to educate the local children about personal hygeine, such as hand washing and dental care.
Samraong is a rural village, located North of Siem Reap and right on the border with Thailand. The city of Siem Reap is about 120 km away from Samraong, currently about 4 hours by car, depending on the condition of the road. During raining season the trip may take considerably longer. The rural location allows greater cultural immersion and to really live like a local and gain a deeper travel experience.
- Gain insight into the Cambodian healthcare system and practices
- Observe and shadow local medical professionals at a rural hospital in Cambodia
- Broaden your perspective of overseas medical care and treatments