Medical Placement

Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam

Only 480€ per week!

Have an eye-opening observational experience at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh.This program is ideal for persons currently working or studying in the medical field.

Get your scrubs on for this rare opportunity to shadow local medical professionals and gain insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system. You will experience a new culture and new working environment, as you are guided through different tasks and activities.

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand

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Program Description

This program is based in a government-operated hospital, serving the community of Ho Chi Minh. Observation, recording and analysing will be a key part of this project, as it is a hands-off experience.

It’s important to note that these institutions are bound by government regulations and cannot allow international participants to perform tasks independently. For this reason, this project is best suited to pre-medical or medical students hoping to gain more insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system. 

You will have the opportunity to shadow nurses, doctors, and therapists. Depending on your choice and availability, your daily tasks may consist of medication preparation, blood pressure measurement, basic triage and wound care.

The hospital has an x-ray room, a children’s ward, an adult ward, a physiotherapy department, as well as an operating theatre, all of which participants may be actively involved in. You may also have an opportunity to observe staff in the acupuncture and occupational/physical therapy departments.

It is important to keep in mind that the English level of the placement staff does differ, however you will always be supported by an English-speaking coordinator from the local team. Participants are allowed to be involved with medical issues and ask the staff questions.

After completing your observational experience, you will be awarded a certificate to reflect your learning accomplishments!

Aims & Objectives

  • Gain insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system
  • Observe the medical practices of local staff at the hospital in Ho Chi Minh
  • Broaden your perspective of international medical care and treatment

Schedule

Monday

If this is your first week and you have signed up for Culture Week, you will start with an orientation with fellow participants consisting of a tour of Ho Chi Minh’s cultural icons, Vietnamese language and culture classes. If you did not sign up for Culture Week, you will be given a brief orientation on Monday and begin your placement on Tuesday.

Tuesday to Friday

At the beginning of your placement, you will start with a full introduction to the hospital. You will also discuss your upcoming role, as you shadow and observe local medical professionals in a variety of settings throughout the hospital in Ho Chi Minh. You may have opportunities to participate in basic triage, wound care, blood pressure measurement and medication preparation.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Arrival

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: On Signup

Required qualification: Medical Background

Additional Requirements

  • You must have an established medical background – studying on a pre-medical track, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, or working in a relevant field.
  • You will need to submit your qualifications ( Medical study transcripts) and CV/Resume and a copy of your passport by email to the local team at least two weeks before beginning the program. Your documents will be sent to the hospital for review.

Additional Equipment

  • Blue Scrubs (any shade)
  • Closed toe shoes (no flip flops allowed)

Location

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is located in the southeastern region of Vietnam and is the country’s largest city. During your stay, you will be living in a dorm on college campus right in the center of the city.

About the Accommodation

The accommodation is located on a campus in a college dorm. As such, it follows certain campus rules such as a night curfew.

We also have a room reserved as an “office”, where you can go to if you want some peace and quiet. We have books and magazines available here for you to borrow.

There is the nice local café next to our dorm. A beautiful and peaceful place where you can enjoy fresh juices, snacks etc..

   Note:   Please be aware that this accommodation has a 23:30 curfew

Food Arrangements

Basic Vietnamese meals are provided on campus. Food include some western dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread.

Facilities

There are many taxis around our campus. You can easily catch one from the main road to reach your destination of choice in Ho Chi Minh.

There are several ATMs in the area where we stay. The nearest one is about 10 minutes walking distance from our campus.

All necessary amenities can be found in the city, remember we are located in the country’s capital after all!

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Here are some interesting places to visit in your free time/weekends!

Within Ho Chi Minh

As a large city, Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer from shops to Vietnamese water puppet shows. Here are a few suggestions:

AEON Mall

For those who fancy some retail therapy.

Dam Sen Water Park

No explanation really needed here!

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Built in the 1900s by Taoists and Buddhists, this is one of the most impressive and atmospheric temples that Ho Chi Minh has to offer.

Dong Khoi

This is a lively and character filled stretch of shops and bars.

Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve

Located 40km from Ho Chi Minh City, is a listed biosphere reserve by UNESCO and is an important wildlife sanctuary in Vietnam.

Mui Ne/ Vung Tao beaches

Lay back and relax on these beautiful white sand beaches.

Hue

As an ancient capital of Vietnam it is now considered to be the country’s cultural capital.

Ba Den Mountain

Popular for its beautiful temples and theme park, this mountain is found in the Tay Ninh province of Vietnam.

Sapa

Here you will find the iconic rice terraces set amidst rolling hills.

Hanoi

As the capital of Vietnam, although smaller than Ho Chi Minh, it has a lot of cultural history.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Mekong Delta
  • Phan Thiet

Quick Facts

Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Population: 92 million

Capital: Hanoi

Language: Vietnamese

Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)

Time zone: UTC +7

Country Information

Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometers. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.

One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast food chains that seem to be taking over the world.

Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.

Climate

Due to the country’s land mass, its climate varies from region to region. On average, temperatures range from 22-27°C year-round with a generally warm and humid climate. Although temperatures don’t vary much in the southern parts of Vietnam, the northern areas can get quite cold during the winter.

Tropical monsoons can be expected between October and April in the centre of Vietnam and from May to September in the north and south. Outside of these rainy seasons it remains almost completely dry.

Culture

Although Vietnamese culture is rooted in the ancient indigenous Dong Son culture with wet rice agriculture as its economic foundation, certain aspects of its culture have Chinese influence. In more recent times, the country has been exposed to Southeast Asian, European and American culture as well as their media.

Having said this, it is safe to say that Vietnam has not yet absorbed as much western culture when compared to some of its neighbours.

Gastronomy

Vietnamese cuisine is heavily influenced by the Asian principle of 5 elements which correspond to the five elements: wood (sour), fire (bitter), earth (sweet), metal (spicy) and water (salty). This yin and yang principle is an art of balance to make food beneficial to the body.

Traditional Vietnamese cooking is known for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, plentiful use of herbs and vegetables and what’s more, it is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.

Typical dishes might include rice vermicelli noodles, jasmine rice, dried shrimp, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame seeds, and bean sprouts to name a few!

Transportation

There are plenty of transport options in Vietnam and it is, on the whole, fairly cheap to move around.

Air travel

Vietnam has 21 airports. Prices do vary depending on when flights are booked, but it is still a cheap option and the best way to travel quickly over long distances.

Bus

A common way to travel for longer distances (locally, taxis are usually the preferred option). You should try and buy tickets from the bus stations where possible as the price will be fixed and reasonable. If tickets are bought during the journey, you run the risk of being overcharged.

Taxi

Taxis are mostly metered and very cheap. They are the most popular way to get around in the towns/cities especially when carrying luggage!

Rickshaw (Cyclo)

Practical way of getting around but not so effective with luggage. You will need to bargain a price beforehand.

Motorbike taxi (Xe Om)

Similar to the Cyclos. Make sure to set a price beforehand to avoid being overcharged.

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