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DAVID McCAFFER
British

Medical Work Experience Internship in Accra, Ghana

         

As far as the medical experience goes, there's only so much textbooks can do for you. Just being here has increased my knowledge tenfold and I've learnt new skills such as taking blood and doing different lab tests etc.

Living in Ghana itself is an amazing experience; the culture just forces you to make some changes to your personality just to get by. I've never been used to people just coming to me and talking to me in the street, it will be weird going back to where that's not quite as acceptable.

The diversity of what I'm doing is definitely the top plus. There is so many things I can do in the hospital and can do each of them for as long or short as I like. So I really am getting an all round learning experience. If medicine is your thing I would definitely recommend this project. And experiencing such an interesting culture as the Ghanaian culture.

This placement would suit somebody interested in medicine, obviously, but really a caring person who isn't afraid to just be a nuisance and ask plenty of questions about what's going on around them, because the people here are more than happy to answer them all.

Can you describe a typical day?

You can't really describe this place with a typical day, things are happening all the time! As far as hours, the standard is 8am to 4pm with lunch whenever you want to take it and going back to work after you've finished chatting with the rest of the friendly staff.

The administrator at the hospital suggested doing 2 weeks in the lab, pharmacy, dentist and wards but has no problem at all with you finding other staff members willing to take you on for however long you like such as the xray, treatment room & going round with doctors.    

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