Medical and Health Care Internships
Cape Town witnessed the world’s first-ever human heart transplant in 1967 and remains a center of medical excellence today. However, it is the challenges faced by the South African health care system that provide a fascinating and unique environment for international pre-med students, medical students, and health care professionals to learn. While the country experiences a high incidence of infectious diseases typical of developing countries (HIV/AIDS, TB, parasitic infections) South Africa is also grappling with increased levels of ‘chronic diseases of lifestyle’ commonly found in more developed countries, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
We offer two programs:
1. Clinical Health Care Program at Victoria Hospital (4 weeks)
A one-of-a-kind experience, Connect-123's Clinical Health Care Program at Victoria Hospital introduces pre-med and medical students to the challenges and opportunities of providing world-class medical care at a public hospital in South Africa.
Over 4 weeks, students rotate through the departments (including paediatrics, infectious diseases, tropical diseases, ICU, oncology, and cerebrovascular), join ward rounds, observe surgeries, attend lectures, and travel to community health centers and clinics.
The program fee for our 4-week Clinical Health Care Program in Cape Town, including the training fee, is $2,395.
The application process is competitive and only 5 spots are available per month. Please download the Clinical Health Care Program Application Form and ask us for start dates, generally the first Monday of each month. Please also ask us if you are interested to come for a longer period, combining the Clinical Health Care Program with a customized Medical Internship Program below.
2. Customized Medical Internship Programs (any duration)
For students and medical professionals looking for a customized internship experience, there are opportunities to provide non-medical care to pediatric patients at a children's hospital as well as to help with medical research and public health-related projects. Examples include impact assessments for a new vaccine, and research into the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. Public health interns have played vital roles in many projects including childhood accident prevention campaigns within hospitals and local communities, and a rural/urban cohort study on non-communicable diseases. Connect-123 customized health care and medical internships in Cape Town offer an array of opportunities for various health care fields.
Our wide network of hospitals, clinics, research institutes and private health care practitioners can also offer opportunities in nursing, physical therapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy and other disciplines.
The program fee for our customized medical internship program in Cape Town, which covers any duration (typically from 1 to 6 months), is $1,795.
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