What will I do at my medical placement in China?
You’ll work in a hospital and shadow doctors to expand your practical medical knowledge. Here are a few of the activities you will be involved in:
- Shadow and learn from qualified medical staff in one of the most established hospitals in Shanghai
- Learn about medical specialisations by interning in different departments in the hospital
- Explore traditional Chinese medicine and how it is used in today’s modern society
Your work will be split in three main areas:
Observe doctors during rounds and consultations with patients
Find out what it is really like to be behind the desk in a doctors consultation when shadowing the local medical staff. You’ll follow the doctors closely and you can use this opportunity to ask questions about cases and the work they do. They'll also teach you how to diagnose and treat the diseases and conditions you see.
Learn about medical specialisations by interning in different departments
You’ll gain medical work experience in China by shadowing medical staff as they treat patients in different departments around the hospital. This will give you a better idea of which specialisation you’d like to pursue in the future. Seeing and learning about various procedures in different departments will give you plenty to talk about in interviews and essays.
Learn about traditional Chinese medicine
While working with the doctors in China, you’ll learn more than modern medical techniques. You’ll have the chance to learn about traditional Chinese medicine.
The Chinese believe that two opposing principles, yin and yang, must remain in balance within a patient’s body. They believe that an imbalance between yin and yang is what causes disease. You'll see techniques like acupuncture and cupping, and learn about the uses for different herbs.
Where will I be working in China?
As a medical intern, you’ll work in some of the most established hospitals in China, based in Shanghai. Although one of the oldest hospitals in Shanghai, it is modern and has departments that cover nearly every ailment. You’ll shadow doctors as they cater to the public in and around the city.
With its neon lights, high-rise buildings, and the 24 million people living within its borders, Shanghai is one of the busiest cities in China.
Medical electives for students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
China is a vast country so it’s no surprise that it offers a wide variety of different tourist activities. While you’re volunteering, there will be plenty for you to do in the evenings and over the weekends.
What’s extraordinary about China is the contrasts of ancient and modern, rural and urban. You’ll find gleaming skyscrapers, like the Oriental Pearl Tower, only a short distance from the tranquil Yuyuan Garden.
There’s plenty to explore in the city, but it’s also worth taking a trip to the countryside. There you can trek along the breathtaking silk route or visit a Buddhist monastery.
A trip to China wouldn’t be complete without touring the country’s many natural wonders and World Heritage Sites. This includes the Great Wall of China, the Yangtze River, and the Terracotta Army.
With plenty of other volunteers in China, you’ll have the opportunity to travel with others and explore as a group. Or, if you prefer, you’re welcome to do your sightseeing independently.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in China
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