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Global Health Internship

This rotation is designed to enable participants to holistically experience the Zimbabwe healthcare system.

What's the programme about?

The global health programme takes place at four different hospitals across the country. Students will experience the facilities provided by a private boutique hospital in the leafy Harare suburbs, two of the largest public hospitals in the country as well as rural hospitals run by religious missions. This rotation is designed to enable participants to holistically experience the Zimbabwe healthcare system. What you gain at the four hospitals in terms of your learning and observational experience will be vastly different. The rotation encompasses surgical specialities, laboratory analysis, pharmacological and radiological services, as well as rehabilitation and integrative medicine. We will always prioritise your first choice of rotation, however, this is subject to the availability of physicians within your chosen specialty. Your Tiritose Placement Advisor will give you the options available during the time of your booking.

You can choose from the following available clinical rotations:

  • Departments: Neurosurgery – Urology – Dermatology – Physiotherapy – General Internal Medicine
  • Neurology: including the clinic and psychiatry unit – Obstetrics – Gynaecology – Paediatrics – Pathology
  • Clinics: Endocrinology – Internal Medicine – Infectious Diseases – HIV
  • Units: Stroke – Renal – Burns – Intensive Care – Leprosy Centre – Opportunistic Infections
  • Schools: Nursing

Some of the hospitals have a 24/7 casualty department that caters to all emergencies. There are also outpatient departments that review patients status and admit or discharge them.

Who should apply?

If you’re interested in tropical medicine, you’ll learn about the prevention and treatment of malaria, tuberculosis and schistosomiasis. We do absolutely take precautionary measures when it comes to preparing programme participants though – so your own risk exposure will be minimised. If you’re a medical, nursing or physician assistant student, you’ll be involved as both an observer and an active participant in the diagnosis and treatment of infections that present challenges to Zimbabwe’s people and health care system. Zimbabwe’s medical professionals are, however, cost conscious and well-versed in adequately treating their patients’ conditions despite the developing conditions within their institutions. You’ll see their knowledge, resilience and strength under pressure at work first-hand if you participate in one of our programmes.

WHAT CAN YOU DO AS AN INTERN?

  • Practice taking a comprehensive or focused medical history based on the symptoms and reasons why the patient is at the facility
  • Complete clinical examinations of the patient(s) and screen for signs of illness
  • Prepare differential diagnosis reports
  • Present assessment and treatment management plans
  • Practice cost-conscious medicine
  • Attend weekly grand rounds and interact with local Zimbabwean healthcare students
  • Work at least 150 hours in total throughout the duration of your global health internship experience

HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Doctors, nurses and physician assistants will rely heavily on the medical history and physical examination results you record as there are limited resources available in Zimbabwe for extensive testing or imaging studies. Therefore, the knowledge you’ve gained at home will help result in more comprehensive analysis and diagnosis.

You will be participating in the provision of healthcare to a patient population that is quite unique. Each new person you meet will be very different from the individuals you have worked with in your home country, as their needs are shaped by their daily struggles and ability to overcome local challenges.

What are the benefits of signing up?
  • Work alongside healthcare professionals in a developing country with its own unique strengths and challenges.
  • Experience public and private medical facilities.
  • Participate in treating patients in urban and rural healthcare settings.
  • Learn how the Zimbabwe healthcare system functions and how different or similar the system is compared to your own.
  • Learn from people who overcome barriers and create solutions without overly relying on a developed system.
  • Learn about the cultural limitations of practicing medicine in Zimbabwe.
  • Strengthen your resume and the competitiveness of applications for continuing education.
  • Gaining unique global experience by putting what you’ve learned to good use in a practical setting outside of the framework of your local environment.
Here's a layout of a typical day in the programme
TimeActivity
07h30 Surgical Operations
09h45 Hospital rounds
10h30 Tea Break
11h30 Outpatient Department
13h30 Lunch 14h30 Outreach Immunisation and Antiretroviral Therapy Clinic
13h30 Lunch 14h30 Outreach Immunisation and Antiretroviral Therapy Clinic
16h30 Home Time
Where will you stay?

Harare Accomodation

Intern accommodation is in a leafy suburb of Mt Pleasant in Harare. It is a shared house with communal areas such as the kitchen, dining room, lounge and the garden. There is a swimming pool, an orchard, borehole water, solar hot water boiler, washing machine, Wi-Fi and cable satellite TV with over 100 channels.

Intern accommodation at the rural hospital is in a double story, thatched house with a lot of character. The rooms are shared, and it is within 300m walking distance to the hospital. There is a basketball court and old tennis half court that we now use to project films as our very own village cinema. 

We really make sure that you feel at home, and smoking is only allowed in the designated areas away from the house.

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What do you need to apply?

Tiritose supports volunteers and interns coming to Zimbabwe and ensures that the experience is equally rewarding for yourself and our programme.

Intern – education /skills/work experience required

  • Only students currently enrolled in medical school or Residency are eligible for the programme as it is clinical in nature.
  • Experience within a medical or health setting would be beneficial.
  • Positive, can-do attitude.
  • Skills:  Communication, organisational, reading and writing.
  • Students or residents need to be comfortable with rural village life if they choose the rural hospital option.

You’ll need to send proof of your:

  • Education, skills and work experience in the form of a CV, documentation from your school and reference letters.
  • Current enrollment in a professional, accredited, medical or healthcare programme of education

We’ll also need:

  • A list of references we can contact to confirm your experience, organisational skills and reading and writing ability – especially when it comes to interacting with patients and taking histories to have an initial online interview with you to assess your communication skills

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WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

With us, you can gain real-life global health experience. Complete your clinical rotation internship in Zimbabwe and learn how to apply your skills in a setting where you can really make a difference to the patients and your clinical skills. The unique experiential learning programme we offer will allow you to become part of a dynamic healthcare team.

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