We ask that Medical Electives provide a short report upon their return. This helps us be aware of any issues we can help with and also provides invaluable information and insight for future electives with some guidance.
Please find below a number of excerpt from past Electives reports. Thanks to those who have provided them.
My experience in Nepal was not only medical; living in a country with a completely different culture broadened my outlook on several aspects of life.
In Gorkha, my colleague and I stayed with a local family, which was a brilliant cultural experience I feel very privileged to have had and which allowed me to learn about Nepal in a very real way. They were incredibly welcoming and lots of fun.
The 18-year-old son had had a pituitary tumour some years ago and as a result has not yet been through puberty. His treatment cannot be provided in Nepal; he must travel to Delhi to receive the massively expensive hormone injections that he needs. Although reasonably well-off by Nepali standards, the family can barely afford the treatment. This highlights how difficult it is for people with chronic conditions which require years of medication.
At the risk of sounding clichéd, my experience highlighted how lucky we are in the Western world to have access to basic amenities such as clean water and electricity, as well as to excellent healthcare. See Full Report
The first couple of days were a bit confusing while we worked out what was going on and where, but everyone was very helpful and we soon found our way. The family were friendly and good fun, our room was fine and the food delicious. It was difficult to communicate at times, but we got used to having conversations in half Nepali and half English, and we learned a lot about the Nepali culture.
Overall we have a great time, and will recommend this placement to anyone else we know of who would like to come to Nepal. It was a wonderful experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! See Full Report
My host family were wonderful, from the first moment when I was presented with a bunch of flowers to the very last tearful day when we said goodbye.
Meeting the doctors was certainly interesting – I was able to understand a little of their rapid conversations in Nepali, and pretty soon got an idea of the feelings of inadequacy and disappointment that many people (as became clear over the next few weeks) have surrounding the health service.
There were some CMA students helping out in the clinic, who seemed to have very little knowledge of how to talk to patients, so I wrote out a proforma for taking a good history and photocopied it to distribute among the students