Medical Placement in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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15 people
Code: 111
Health Education and Public Services, Internships
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Gain work experience by aiding a local hospital that serves the community here in Ho Chi Minh.

This project offers the rare opportunity of hospital work and practice alongside English-speaking Vietnamese doctors in Ho Chi Minh. Your level of interaction will depend upon your experience, confidence and qualifications. It is an ideal project for students in the medical profession.


This program is based in a Government operated hospital, serving the community of Ho Chi Minh.

Your main responsibilities will be a daily check-up of all patients, monitoring patients’ situations and exchanging advice with doctors, as well as assisting and consulting with them. Observation, recording and analysing will be a key part of this project.

Upon arrival, you will discuss with the hospital director and his assistant the full extent of your role during your placement. You will be paired with an English-speaking, Vietnamese doctor, whom you will "shadow" for your entire placement. Participants are allowed to be involved with medical issues and give their opinions, which will always be taken into consideration.

The hospital has an x-ray room, a children's ward, an adults ward, as well as an operating theatre, all of which participants will be actively involved in. The exact roles played will depend upon the hospital’s needs at the time. But you may expect that the longer you participate in this program, the more responsibilities and tasks will be assigned to you.

After gaining experience through your contribution to the hospital, you will be awarded a certificate at the end of your stay to reflect your accomplishments!

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

This program starts every week.

During 2018

This program starts every week.

Aims & Objectives
  • Offer effective treatment to citizens from Ho Chi Minh
  • Give you experience and develop your pre-existing medical knowledge
  • Exchange practices with the permanent medical staff at the hospital

If this is your first week, you will start with a full introduction to all the staff and the hospital. At this point, you will also discuss your upcoming role at the project and be introduced to the equipment and the hospital’s current operating procedures. You will also be designated a full-time doctor, whom you will "shadow" throughout your entire placement. This doctor will be fully qualified and will be fluent in the English language.

Tuesday to Friday

This is when you will begin your medical placement. Depending upon the needs of the hospital at the time, you will; assess patients, perform medical procedures, and observe surgery sessions and x-rays. The hospital also has regular meetings, which you will attend to discuss the needs and how the hospital’s performance can be improved.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Arrival

Passport copy required:        On Arrival

Resume copy required:        On Arrival

Required qualification:        Medical Background

Additional Requirements
  • You must have an established medical background - studying medicine, nursing, etc.
  • You will need to submit your documents to the hospital
  • You must have an established medical background - studying medicine, nursing, etc.
  • You will need to submit your documents to the hospital
Additional Equipment
  • Scrubs
  • Close toe shoes (no flip flops allowed)

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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