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.
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
After I put on my short white coat, just like the other nursing students (they function like the interns in the U.S), I walk out onto the ED floor and stop in front of the first bed.
Osman Bhatty, American University of the Caribbean 2014Read More
My trip was amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. At the end of my time all I wanted was more time in Nepal and with the department in my hospital.
Aimee Monahan, New York Institute of Technology 2013Read More