My medical elective is scheduled to start in a little over three months and I thought I was pretty sorted. I was to go to a wonderful little place in India. Everything except the flight tickets were good to go.
Guess it’s kind of a good thing I delayed purchasing the tickets, because those plans have now come to an end – for reasons beyond my control.
I should have known it was too easy.
Problem is, all the international electives have been filled up by now. Hah, did you know that Oxford and Harvard are filled up until the 2013/2014 season?
And those that aren’t filled up only accept LCME-accredited schools. Which translates to USA and Canadian. Which means not me.
And those that do accept South African students for electives are in countries that don’t speak my languages. I don’t have an issue with learning, but it’s kind of useless trying to take a history from a patient in English when they’d much rather speak to the French/Czech/German doctor.
And those that would have me, and speak a relative amount of English, like these quaint little clinics in Rwanda and Malawi… they’re poor. And need a financial contribution… which I don’t have.
So. It’s a bit of a disaster. I really wanted a taste of medicine outside of South Africa for this elective. I’m going to be stuck working here for at least six years after graduating, so some perspective wouldn’t hurt.
If you have any suggestions, now would be the time. I can work with the language barrier to some extent. And I can obviously pay for accommodation and such; but I’m a student. I don’t have a trust fund hidden somewhere.