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Bugando Medical Center, Mwanza

Internship and Volunteering Possible
Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, situated on Lake Victoria in Tanzania is the largest hospital in Western Tanzania. It has departments of General Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Urology, ENT, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Psychiatry. Elective placements and internships are possible at all departments. As a teaching hospital of the University of Bugando, the hospital also offers final year rotations.

Project Details

Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) is the tertiary referral hospital of the Lake Victoria Zone and Western regions, serving a population of around 13 million people.
The 900-bed hospital was built by the Catholic Church and was officially opened in 1971. Since 2003, it is also the teaching hospital of the Bugando University College of Health Sciences. The hospital accepts 5th and 6th year foreign medical students for electives and final year rotations. The hospital has exchange programs with several foreign universities, including Cornell University New York, North Western University Chicago, University of Salzburg/Austria and University of Würzburg/ Germany. There are foreign physicians and students who work permanently at Bugando Medical Centre.
The hospital has departments of Internal Medicine, surgery, pediatrics, gynecology/obstetrics, psychiatry and anesthesia.
There are currently two resident doctors from the US at internal medicine who will mentor elective students in this ward; other departments have English-speaking Tanzanian doctors and staff. The psychiatry ward is rather small (one chief psychiatrist and an assistant). Students can combine several departments during their elective/final year rotation.
Students usually work Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Every morning starts with a one-hour meeting, where the program for the day is discussed.
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Location: Mwanza, Tanzania
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Month
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Swahili
Hotel, Guest House
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Specialist, General Physician, Nurse, Therapist
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
Relevant training or fourth year of medical studies
Further Contribution To Project: Yes, 40 USD per week contribution to hospital; plus one time enrollment fees of 55 usd
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: Professional Specialist in Medicine, Nursing, Therapy
Further Contribution To Project: None
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

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