I chose Merida in Mexico because I wanted to improve my Spanish and after a bit of research, I realised that there is also lots to do in the area!
The Work the World house I stayed in was amazing and in a really nice area. The area itself was safe and quite central with regards to finding things to do in the evenings and weekends. There were always other people in the house who wanted to do activities and explore and everyone was so friendly.
The hospital where I was based for my placement was very different to the UK. There were fewer resources, very little pain relief, and patients had to make do a lot of the time with what the doctors could provide.
Under supervision, I had lots of opportunities to suture, do blood gases and venepuncture.
There were often 40-50 beds in the corridors due to a lack of space, and I saw procedures carried out in ED that would have been carried out differently in ED in the UK; such as inserting central lines without ultrasound guidance as an example. Under supervision, I had lots of opportunities to suture, do blood gases and venepuncture.
there were a lot of patients that presented to the hospital late, meaning the disease was extensive and severe.
The doctors and nurses were helpful and although many spoke very little English I was able to get by well and communicate what I wanted to achieve from my placement.
One case which has stayed in my mind was when I assisted with removing a necrotic area of skin from a patient’s hip to reveal that underneath was all pus and bone - there were a lot of patients that presented to the hospital late, meaning the disease was extensive and severe.
I would 100% encourage people to try a hospital placement in Merida. It’s an incredible city and the hospital contrasts massively to what we are used to in the UK. It has made me appreciate the healthcare in the UK more and I have improved many of my practical skills too!