Pokhara functions as a busy commercial hub for the region and has a diverse community. Our excellent relationship with several key hospitals and healthcare centres enables us to offer a wide range of clinical opportunities.
Students on placement in Pokhara have access to big, busy wards and the chance to work in key departments or smaller, niche clinics. Whether you are keen to scrub in for theatre or work with leprosy rehabilitation, there are all manner of options available.
Doctors are highly respected in Nepal as they tend to originate from the highest caste, but Nepali people are often very shy when it comes to talking to foreigners. You will need to be proactive to overcome this, but just a small effort on your part can lead to incredibly rewarding results. There is plenty to be learnt from the very dedicated teams who face a constant battle to deliver healthcare in one of the world's poorest countries.
We accept anyone on, or who has completed, a medical undergraduate course at the time of their elective.
What have students been treating recently in Nepal?
- Rheumatic Heart Disease
- Post viral glomerulonephritis
- Organophosphate poisoning
- Trauma (resulting from RTCs and falls from trees!)
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Pulmonary TB
- G6P deficiency
- CMV hepatitis
- Abdominal examinations to assess fetal lie, presentation and engagement
- Breech birth
- Ovarian cyst
- Ectopic rupture
- Bicornuate uterus
- Cleft lip / palate
Recent blog articles about medical electives
Rebecca Rowe's case study
I quickly learned the importance of family and communities to the Nepali people. Patients were always surrounded by their full extended family and should a patient pass away the whole village community would arrive at the hospital to pay their respects.
It was very interesting to see how doctors work with limited resources trying to give best treatment to the patient
Katherine Biggs and Aimee Magnarelli, New York Institute of Technology 2015Read More
This has been an experience unlike any other I have had in the past.
Nicoletta Frankenstein, Wright State University 2015Read More
The kindness and camaraderie amongst the staff is like that of a family ready to open it's arms to any learner
Natasha Mehta, Wright State University 2014Read More