Doing an internship overseas can be one of the most eye-opening and rewarding experiences; both academically and culturally. Many students decide to do an internship in a country other than their own to experience medicine from another perspective. The diversity of placement options alongside a different experience of medicine is what appeals to students who are looking for a structured, varied and fulfilling placement. You will be exposed to unfamiliar pathologies which are endemic in Argentina whilst also encountering common conditions at a much later stage of presentation.
We tailor our placements to your course, stage of study, academic requirements and most importantly, your interests. You will be working alongside experienced healthcare professionals and learning about different methods of treatment that will greatly enhance your medical knowledge. Our supervisors are staff in each department who have experience working with international students and are keen to forge the cultural and skills exchange which inevitably take place.
Your level of responsibility is led by your stage of study and your supervisor. We have found that students who attend placement daily, show enthusiasm and ability have been more involved and encouraged to carry out basic procedures, under the shadowing of their supervisor and hospital staff.
General Medicine, General Surgery, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology tend to be the most popular areas, but there is often the opportunity for niche interests as well. Due to our close relationships with our partner hospitals, we are able to cater for more specific specialties and have fulfilled requests such as paediatric oncology, infectious diseases, dermatology and cardiology also.
In order to get the most out of your placement, we recommend a minimum level of Intermediate Spanish. Ease of communication is important; both between your supervisors and hospital staff and patients also. Most hospital staff don’t speak English, but will be keen to supplement your language with medical terminology you may not have encountered before. We strongly recommend signing up for our Spanish course if your level is lower than Intermediate. Aside from the language element, it’s a great cultural introduction to your time in Mendoza and Argentina too.