Elective Abroad Nursing Program Details
Elective Abroad is a leading organizer of medical, nursing, and healthcare electivesand volunteer placements in Africa. We have been working for over 2 years with teaching hospitals, rural hospitals and community health centers in Africa to provide current and aspiring medical and healthcare students a rare opportunity for a hands-on learning experience, cultural exchange, and medical volunteering in Africa.
We have programs for medical, dental, physician assistant, nursing, midwifery, premedical and public health students. Our nursing program is designed for nursing students in nursing programs at accredited colleges and universities.
The program integrates various learning components such as group discussion sessions; time spent in hospitals shadowing doctors and nurses and observing and even assisting in some procedures; and volunteeringin community projects. The program is ideal for nursing students seeking any of the following:
- A unique way to meet a nursing program clinical elective requirement.
- An independent study project abroad.
- Opportunity to integrate various theoretical concepts and knowledge in a clinical setting with substantial hands-on experience
- Opportunity to observe and practice delivery of nursing care based upon the goals of health restoration, maintenance and promotion
- A means to volunteer in underserved communities in both hospital settings and community based projects
- Experience healthcare in a developing world setting
The program is well structured, supervised, and is deliveredby qualified doctors and nurses.
Participants are evaluated at the end of the program and those who have met program requirements receive a certificate ofcompletion. We also complete required forms and documentation for students seeking college credit.
In addition to meeting program requirements, a reflection paper is required for participants seeking college credits. The program is typically in batches of 4 weeks long with about 100 to 120 program hours which is equivalent to approximately 3 to 4 college credit hours
Elective Abroad Program Objectives
Elective Abroad’s medical students’ program objectives are designed to provide participants with opportunities to enhance the various components of their medical education in a clinical setting and with extensive hands‐on experience that they would not get in their own countries. Our program objectives adopts the Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies framework.
Our program places a strong emphasis on developing the competence of our graduates in patient care. This involves fostering the ability to provide compassionate, effective, and evidence-based care to patients across a diverse range of medical conditions.
Through hands-on clinical experiences and simulation training, our residents learn to assess, diagnose, and manage patient needs with a focus on individualized and patient-centered approaches. The goal is to instill a commitment to the highest standards of clinical care, emphasizing patient safety, empathy, and collaboration within interdisciplinary healthcare teams.
The acquisition and application of medical knowledge are fundamental components of our program. We strive to equip our residents with a deep understanding of basic and clinical sciences, ensuring a solid foundation for clinical decision-making and problem-solving..
Our curriculum integrates the latest advances in medical research, technology, and evidence-based medicine to keep our graduates at the forefront of medical knowledge. Through a combination of didactic sessions, case-based learning, and research opportunities, residents are challenged to continuously expand their medical knowledge throughout their training.
Practice-based learning is a cornerstone of our educational philosophy. Residents are encouraged to actively engage in self-directed learning, critically appraise their own clinical performance, and identify areas for improvement. Regular feedback from faculty, peer collaboration, and reflective practice are integral components of this competency.
We foster an environment where residents embrace a commitment to lifelong learning, staying abreast of emerging medical literature and evolving healthcare practices to continually enhance the quality of their patient care.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Effective communication is paramount in healthcare, and our program emphasizes the development of strong interpersonal and communication skills. Residents learn to communicate complex medical information clearly and empathetically to patients, families, and other healthcare professionals.
Through role-playing, mentorship, and direct patient interaction, residents refine their abilities to establish rapport, navigate challenging conversations, and work collaboratively within interdisciplinary teams, ensuring optimal patient care outcomes.
Professionalism is a core value instilled in our residents throughout their training. Our program emphasizes the importance of ethical behavior, integrity, and accountability in all aspects of medical practice. Residents are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct, including respect for patient autonomy, cultural sensitivity, and a dedication to upholding the principles of medical ethics.
By cultivating a culture of professionalism, we aim to graduate physicians who are not only clinically competent but also exemplify the highest ethical standards.
Understanding and navigating the complexities of healthcare systems are crucial aspects of modern medical practice. Our program equips residents with the knowledge and skills to engage in systems-based practice, addressing the broader context in which patient care is delivered. This includes an awareness of healthcare policies, resource utilization, and advocacy for patient welfare.
Through exposure to healthcare management principles and quality improvement initiatives, residents are prepared to contribute to the enhancement of healthcare delivery systems and promote positive changes for the benefit of their patients and communities.