Each internship is tailored to your level of experience and interests. You will could experience a wide variety of departments, such as General Medicine, Gynecology/Maternity, Infectious Diseases, ENT, Obstetrics, Psychiatrics, Neurology, Pneumology, Oncology, Urology, ICU, Ophthalmology, Stomatology, Emergency, and Surgery.
The hospital staff request that you spend a minimum of two weeks in each department. Your supervisor at the hospital, the Director General, will then assign you to work with the specialist doctors within the different departments. We will do our best to place you according to your preferences, but cannot guarantee every department will be available all of the time.
Your role at the hospital will vary depending on your education and experience level. Usually, you will shadow the local staff upon arrival before switching departments. If you show enthusiasm and develop a good relationship with the medical staff, you may find that you gain enough trust to be given more to do. As with any job – and especially in the field of medicine – you must prove yourself to be trustworthy before you are given responsibilities.
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The hospital’s facilities are basic and the treatment standards will probably be different from what you are used to. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients. Normal working hours are from Monday to Friday from 8am to 12pm. Volunteers do not work at the hospitals in the afternoons or evenings, as many of the doctors do not work during that time. It is sometimes possible to arrange extra hours from 2pm to 5pm to help the nurses or do additional work with patients.
Interns who want to work longer hours can also request to work with the Public Health Project on some afternoons. This is a great opportunity to experience the diversity of healthcare available in Cambodia.
Medicine interns in Cambodia stay in one of the Projects Abroad apartments in Phnom Penh. You can spend your free time with our Projects Abroad volunteer community exploring what Cambodia’s capital city and the surrounding areas have to offer.
While you’re in Cambodia, you might also consider joining a 1 week Culture & Community Project. For more information, please visit our Khmer Project in Cambodia. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.