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Surgical Oncology Program

An Experience of a Lifetime

Elective Abroad Surgical Oncology 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.

At Elective Abroad, we understand the significance of surgical oncology in the fight against cancer. Our Surgical Oncology Program offers you a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience, learn from experienced surgical oncologists, and contribute to the care of cancer patients in Kenya and Tanzania.

During your program, you will have the chance to work in renowned hospitals and cancer centers, witnessing the multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and participating in surgical procedures. Our program is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of surgical oncology, patient management, and the challenges faced in resource-limited settings.

Here are some key highlights of our Surgical Oncology Program:

  • Clinical Experience: You will have the opportunity to observe and assist surgical oncologists in various clinical settings, including operating rooms, outpatient clinics, and inpatient wards. You will gain hands-on experience in surgical procedures related to cancer treatment, such as tumor resections, lymph node dissections, and reconstructive surgeries. 
  • Multidisciplinary Approach: Gain exposure to the multidisciplinary nature of cancer care by collaborating with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and other healthcare professionals. You will participate in tumor board meetings, where treatment plans are discussed, and have the opportunity to learn about the integration of different modalities in cancer management. 
  • Patient Care: Learn about the comprehensive care of cancer patients, including pre-operative evaluations, post-operative management, and long-term follow-up. You will have the opportunity to interact with patients, provide support, and witness the impact of surgical interventions on their lives. 
  • Research and Education: Engage in research projects and educational activities related to surgical oncology. You may have the opportunity to participate in clinical research, case discussions, journal clubs, and attend conferences or seminars. These activities will enhance your knowledge and contribute to the advancement of surgical oncology. 
  • Cultural Exchange: Immerse yourself in the rich cultures of Kenya and Tanzania. Interact with local communities, learn about their perspectives on cancer, and gain a deeper understanding of the social and cultural aspects of cancer care. This cultural exchange will broaden your perspective and make your experience truly transformative. 
  • Beautiful Locations: Kenya and Tanzania offer breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. When you're not engaged in your surgical oncology placements, you can explore national parks, visit historical sites, or relax on pristine beaches.

This program allows you to combine your passion for surgical oncology with the opportunity to experience the beauty of these African countries. The Surgical Oncology Program is suitable for medical students, surgical residents, and individuals interested in pursuing a career in surgical oncology. Whether you're looking to gain practical experience, learn about cancer care in resource-limited settings, or contribute to the fight against cancer, this program offers a rewarding and transformative experience.

Join us on this incredible journey of learning, cultural exchange, and surgical oncology. Expand your surgical skills, challenge yourself, and make a lasting impact in the field of cancer care. Apply now for the Surgical Oncology Program and embark on a life-changing experience in African healthcare.

Note: Please be aware that due to the evolving nature of healthcare systems and global circumstances, specific details and availability may vary.

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.

Patient Care

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.

Medical Knowledge

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

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.

Systems-Based Practice

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.

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