Hospital Antonio Lorena (Projects Abroad) Cusco, Peru
This elective is organised by Projects Abroad.
Antonio Lorena is one of the biggest hospitals in Cusco and aims to provide services to those who do not have the means to pay for medical services. Within this placement there are a number of specialities available, such as gyneacology, dermatology, pediatrics, endocrinology, surgery, cardiology, urology, etc. In the area of emergency there are also the specialities of: trauma, gyneacology, pediatrics, surgery. It is also a hospital where many Health Centres send their patients in need of major surgery, big emergencies and specialities.
On our medical placements, your role is that of an intern. You will be assigned to a doctor who will act as your supervisor. You will learn though observing what the doctors and nurses do but they will also be happy to answer any questions you have. Please appreciate though that all the medical staff here are very busy.
Although you will find that you spend a lot of time learning through shadowing staff, it is sometimes possible to have a more active role. If you show enthusiasm and initiative, and you manage to develop a good relationship with the medical staff, you may find that you gain enough trust to be given more to do. As with any job – and especially in the field of medicine – you must prove yourself to be trustworthy before you are given responsibilities.
You will begin work at 8am and work continuously until 1pm. You will normally work with a doctor. There are options available to work in the afternoon shift and in emergency.