Electives in Hue

Nursing Electives

Vietnam is a great choice if you want to get a range of clinical experience. You can spend some time in departments like OBG, NICU, cardiovascular, orthopaedics, surgery, and paediatrics. Following the theme of broadening your experiences, you can also shadow doctors to learn more about the healthcare system as a whole. Moving back to departments, you can undertake your clinical placement in A&E, psychiatry, oncology, gastrointestinal endoscopy, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility centre — whatever takes your interest. As with our other destinations, you can actually split your placement across multiple departments, so ask us about this when you enquire.

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Medical Electives

In Hue, you can spend time in A&E, OBG, internal medicine, and general and orthopaedic surgery among others. Oncology is particularly insightful. Modern ‘Western’ medicine remains unregulated in some areas, so you could even see cases of arsenic poisoning in infants who have ingested unregulated baby formula. Vietnam sees a large number of tropical disease cases such as malaria and dengue fever. You may also see cases like chronic malnutrition in paediatric patients, and high volumes of patients involved in RTAs.

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Midwifery Electives

If you compare Vietnam to the UK, Vietnam has a high infant mortality rate. But in the last ten years, local specialists have done a lot of work to bring the numbers down. While you’re on placement here you’ll spend time in our partner hospital’s OBG department where you’ll see this work being done. You can get involved in areas like prenatal and postnatal care, and live births. In the birthing unit, you can see how differently local midwives approach breech births, pre eclamptic shock and undersized babies. You can also get experience in the ‘high risk unit’ where staff treat mothers with diabetes, hypertension, abnormal bleeding and miscarriages.

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Physiotherapy Placements

You’ll do your physiotherapy placement in our partner hospital’s rehabilitation department. The department houses physiotherapy, speech therapy and OT. Physiotherapy is the largest of the three areas, with a busy outpatient service. You’ll see a lot of patients from some of Vietnam’s most economically disadvantaged areas. The caseload is diverse and will prove eye opening. You’ll see post-surgical patients, paediatric patients, and patients presenting with cerebral palsy (and other neurological conditions), spinal conditions (including spina bifida), and severe burns. You can also get involved in clinical rounds and even emergency consultations.

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Paramedic Science Electives

Spend time in our partner teaching hospital’s A&E department on your placement in Vietnam. You’ll see cases like RTA’s and trauma, and unfamiliar tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever. Many patients travel in from some of Vietnam’s most rural areas, so the patient demographic is mixed. You’ll also see how modern practises complement ancient traditions.

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Radiography Electives

Your radiography placement in Hue takes place in a busy radiography department spanning three floors. You’ll find the MRI and CT scan units on the ground floor. This floor is mostly inpatients who have had head trauma, a stroke, or are suffering from cancer. Inpatient X-rays are on the first floor, which also has a busy sonography area. The second floor deals with outpatient X-rays, and this floor also has its own sonography area. You’ll see some fascinating cases and practises while you’re here, like injecting contrast into patients’ biliary tracts through the ribs while under X-ray instead of CT.

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Pharmacy Electives

If you spend time in our partner institution in Hue, you’ll learn how a Vietnamese hospital pharmacy runs from top to bottom. The way this works is through participation. You’ll help dispense outpatient medicine, help take stock of pharmaceutical supplies, provide drug information, refer to patient records, and visit specialised wards — like oncology and cardiology — to see what role the Vietnamese pharmacist plays. You can choose to get some experience in the renal pharmacy, the OPD pharmacy, the drug stores, the inpatient department pharmacy, or all of the above.

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The Work the World House

The Work the World house is a big part of your experience in Vietnam, and your home away from home.

What's more, you'll live with other healthcare students from all over the world, giving the house a social atmosphere.

Our house in Hue offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city. The garden is beautiful, with a stream, an ancient wishing well, and a swimming pool for good measure.

The house is located in the centre of the Hue, within walking distance of the famous imperial city.

Cross the bridge over the Perfume River, and you can find some of the city’s best bars, lively markets, temples, and street food vendors galore.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Your in-country team will take you on an informal visit to the hospital before you start your placement. They’ll introduce you to key department staff — including your supervisors — and get you settled in. You’ll often see the in-country team in the hospital. They’ll visit you while you’re on placement, the aim of which is to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Before you begin your placement, we assign your supervisors. Building a relationship with them allows you to see the local healthcare system from the perspective of a local practitioner.

We’ve got all bases covered and offer support throughout your clinical placement as and when you need it.

Prices

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Vietnam Hue

£1240 £1390 £1540 £1690 £1840 £1990 £350

*Prices above are in addition to a £300 registration fee.

VILLAGE HEALTHCARE WEEK

You’ll see one side of the Vietnamese healthcare system during your city-based placement. The other, you’ll see if you choose to undertake this additional week in a rural setting with your official Work the World guide and interpreter.

In the mornings, you’ll head to the local clinic to learn how local professionals employ resourcefulness to get around a lack of equipment. Your afternoons will be filled with cultural activities that will immerse you in the rural way of life, like learning local traditions through participation, and cooking regional specialties.

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"Other interesting cases included a tibial puzzle flap repair on a patient with a snake bite"

Amy Ross, Queen’s University Belfast 2019

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"Choosing this experience allowed me to see first-hand the different practices used in rural and urban regions"

Marine Sowerby, University of Liverpool 2019

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"If you keep an open mind and accept that the culture is different, you will have an amazing time!"

Rita Luz, St George's, University of London 2019

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"In some ways it’s so similar to our services and procedures back home, yet in other aspects, it’s worlds apart."

Lily Bennett, Anglia Ruskin University 2019

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"I learnt the whole process on how to treat patients presenting with snake bites"

Paulina Paksaite, University of Bath 2019

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