International Medicine Internships in Mexico
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Guadalajara
- ROLE: To rotate around various different departments learning from the expertise of skilled local staff
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals
- MAIN DEPARTMENTS: Gynecology, Hematology, Pediatrics, Pathology, Anesthesiology, and Surgery. There are also several other departments available which are listed below.
- REQUIREMENTS: Interns must speak basic Spanish
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
If you are looking to gain medical experience in a hospital setting and shadow qualified doctors and nurses, Projects Abroad’s Medicine Project in Guadalajara, Mexico is a great fit for you. This internship is also a wonderful cultural exchange opportunity, as you will be living and working in a Spanish-language environment. A placement in Mexico is ideal for students on a gap year, those looking for a summer program, or as part of a semester abroad for pre-meds.
As an intern, you will work at a city hospital in Guadalajara and observe local medical staff at work. These hospitals are fast-paced, facilities are generally of a high standard, and doctors and nurses welcome interns with a range of experience, as long as you are proactive and eager to participate. It is often the case that you will work with a local medical student as well. By showing initiative and building a good rapport with your colleagues, you may be able to get more involved with the doctors and patients with whom you are working.
You need to be a minimum of 18 years of age and should speak basic Spanish to join our Medicine internship in Mexico. Many interns who lack confidence in their Spanish language skills join a Teaching, Care Project, or Spanish Language Course before starting their Medicine internship. This allows them the opportunity to brush up their language skills before interning at the hospital.
Interning in Medicine in Mexico with Projects Abroad
We can organize placements in various hospital departments for interns. The main departments are gynecology, hematology, pediatrics, pathology, anesthesiology, and surgery. We can also organize placements in additional departments, including emergency response, internal medicine, orthopedics, obstetrics, surgery, plastic surgery, and physiotherapy.
During your internship, you will have an on-site supervisor who will ensure that you work in a variety of areas during your placement and learn as much as possible about medical practice in Mexico. There is also the opportunity to specialize if you wish.
Once a month, our staff organizes a medical outreach at a community centre. Here, you will work alongside medical professionals to provide treatment and care to underprivileged communities. During busy months, however, there may be as many as ten outreaches where people from different areas will be invited to. All interns receive training before the outreaches.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Mexico Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
“Being in Mexico, I garnered experiences that I would never have been exposed to in my home country. I immersed myself in the Spanish language, increasing the speed and capacity at which I learned. I made lifelong friends from other countries and truly lived in the Mexican culture. I worked with patients and learned surgical techniques, studying the many parts of medicine through practice rather than just reading what to do in a book. I got the chance to travel a beautiful country with so many different landscapes and unique activities to experience. But most of all, I discovered how rewarding the medical industry can be.” Read more...
While interning in Mexico you will live with a local host family. Here you will be able to improve your Spanish in leaps and bounds if you wish, and immerse yourself in Mexican day-to-day life. In your free time and over weekends you can explore Guadalajara and the rest of the country with the other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns.
Medicine internships in Mexico are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Mexico.
All volunteers participating on standard projects in Mexico have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment Project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our Sea-Turtle and Coastal Conservation & Environment Project in Mexico page. You may also be interested in our Combinations option which allows you to combine not only projects, but also destinations.