Medical Electives

Many Medical Elective students from Universities in the UK as well as overseas, have undertaken elective placements in Gorkha since the programme was set up in the 1990s by GDS founder Joy Leighton. We continue to work with Doctors and staff at the local Gorkha Municipality Hospital who are willing to host Elective programmes through GDS.

Following difficulties after the 2015 earthquakes when the hospital was damaged and the subsequent demolition of the hospital in 2019, limited placements continued and the hospital is currently being re built with planned reopening 2021.

Though the regional hospital in Gorkha remains small with limited facilities, medical elective students can expect to see a range of common and rare infectious and non-infectious diseases, including advanced forms of conditions that would be treated early in Western countries, or congenital conditions not picked up due to lack of antenatal screening.

Linda with Doctor from Private hospital – also willing to accept volunteer

We have also developed links with a private hospital Apollo which provides opportunity for additional experience.

Placement minimum of one month are available for up to TWO electives only at any one time and are selected through an application process.

Doctors in Gorkha at both the Government funded Municipal Hospital and the small private hospital nearby, are keen to welcome medical students wanting to undertake their elective placement with them.


If you are interested in undertaking a medical elective placement in Gorkha through GDS and would like more details then please contact us

Former Electives – for further reports and comments see Volunteer Feedback

Eamonn Foley undertook 4 weeks Medical Elective in May/June 2018. He worked alongside Nepali Medical Students from Kathmandu who he found invaluable in helping with translation and was able to share many experiences and also saw the delivery of new heart monitoring equipment funded through GDS. Eamonn was also able to work on other GDS projects such as the Hygiene programme and meet sponsored children providing invaluable feedback Eamonn commented ‘The kindness shown to me by the Medical students, Sarita’s family and the whole local committee of GDHEDS was truly overwhelming. The perfect scenery and simpler way of life build around habit and routine was relaxing and a lovely change. I learnt a great deal about the importance of basic medical practice. The necessity of perfecting Histories and Examinations in the absent of diagnostic tests, and the just how greatly pain its perception and management can be altered by cultural beliefs.  see Eamonn’s full report.