Mount Meru Regional Hospital is a large public hospital located in the city center of Arusha. Students of medicine, dentistry or radiology can complete an elective placement here and join the team at one of Tanzania’s biggest hospitals in the Northern Region!

At Mount Meru Hospital you can do your healthcare elective or internship and experience how healthcare is provided in a busy public referral hospital in one of the bigger cities in Tanzania. You will support local staff in managing the large patient numbers despite scarce resources while gaining valuable work (and life) experience. Elective placements and internships are possible for students of medicine, dentistry and radiology. Did you know that Arusha is also referred to as the "Safari Capital" of the country? You will have the opportunity to explore the Tanzanian culture from one of the biggest cities in the northern region!

Hospital profile

At a glance

Departments available for internships:

General medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology (including mother and child pre- and post-natal care, family planning), Paediatrics, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Radiology, Pathology, Mental Health, Anaesthesia, Physiotherapy, Laboratory, Intensive Care Unit, Care & Treatment Centre (CTC) for HIV/AIDS patients, and pharmacy.

City: Arusha
General practitioners: 29
Specialist physicians: 17
Assistant physicians: 8
Nurses: 225
Other especialists: 1
Annual outpatients 144
Total of beds: 240

Hospital Description

Mount Meru Regional Hospital in the city centre of Arusha is the main public and regional referral hospital for the Mount Meru, Arusha and Lake Manyara regions. All smaller district hospitals and many private hospitals refer patients to this large hospital, which is located opposite of the Arusha International Conference Centre.

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Internship profile

Typical day and tasks of an intern

Students of medicine and nursing can do an elective placement or internship at one department or they can rotate through several departments. They will be attached to a supervising physician or nurse who decides which examinations and treatments the student can carry out under their supervision, including drug administration, wound care, taking vital signs, giving vaccinations and assisting with other tasks. The usual working hours are Monday to Friday from 08:00 am to 3:30 pm including one hour of lunch break. If you want, you can also work on Saturdays and Sundays, and you can do night shifts.

Interns/elective students/volunteers should bring their own scrubs (white, green or blue), closed shoes (colour doesn't matter). It is furthermore recommended to bring one's own hand disinfection liquid and one's own stethoscope. Those who want to join surgery should please bring green or blue surgery scrubs, face mask and medical hair nets.

Supervisors available

You will be assigned a supervisor from your field who will look after you during your elective. If your university / school has special requirements regarding the supervision of your elective, please let us know so that we can inform the hospital.

Requirements

Minimum age:


18

Maximum age:


99

Minimum qualification of the intern:


You must already be enrolled as a student / trainee in medicine, dentistry or radiology at a university or corresponding training position.

Application process

Documents required:


Please contact us for an overview of all necessary registration documents.

Application instructions:


As soon as you have sent us your complete application documents, we will submit your application to the hospital and can usually give you a confirmation within 2-3 work days. Then you decide whether you want to take the place. Before that there are no costs for you.

Costs

  • 2 weeks 736 USD
  • 4 weeks 976 USD
  • 8 weeks 1622 USD
  • 3 months 2272 USD
  • 6 months 3938 USD
  • 1 year 0 USD

This includes:


* Single room accommodation at shared apartment in Arusha, shared with other foreign interns/volunteers
* Weekly hospital supervision fees (50 USD per week)
* Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
* Access to Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
* Preparation Session via Skype; together with further participants
* Arrangements for your Residence Permit, Work Permit or similar permit and other official permits (if required), but not the official government fees for it/them
* Pick-up and Transfers from/to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on arrival and departure
* Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
* Orientation and Introduction in Arusha
* Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
* 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
* CO2 compensation of your long-haul flights: Costs for 10 seedlings of indigenous trees that we plant on the slopes of Kilimanjaro
* Local SIM Card with 10.000 TSH air time
* Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
* 15% Discount for Safaris, Kilimanjaro Climbs, Excursions and Watersports Activities offered by "Budget Safari Tanzania"

This does not include:


- Meals,
- Travel to/from Tanzania (you can book it on your own or we can assist you),
- Official fees for Visa,
- Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you can book it on your own or we can assist you),
- Personal Expenses,
- Vaccinations,
- Local Transport.

What to bring:


Interns/elective students/volunteers should bring their own scrubs (white, green or blue), closed shoes (colour doesn't matter). It is furthermore recommended to bring one's own hand disinfection liquid and one's own stethoscope. Those who want to join surgery should please bring green or blue surgery scrubs, face mask and medical hair nets.

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