Get work experience in the Medical Sector in Chile
Are you interested in improving your Spanish skills and learning about the Chilean healthcare system?
If so, Chile Inside can offer you this perfect combination! Due to the high demand of programs in the medical field, we created this special program allowing participants to gain insight into the Chilean healthcare system while studying Spanish.
Our Medical Shadowing program is for medical students and other healthcare professionals who would like to become a part of a new medical environment and learn Spanish. In addition to observing the procedures and processes of medicine, participants are encouraged to compare the similarities and differences in the medical field between Chile and their home country.
The program follows the schedule: Mondays to Fridays you will participate in a private Spanish course for half of the day in Santiago then spend the other half of the day (only 2 to 4 afternoons per week) immersed in the everyday activities in a hospital or clinic.
Curious to find out more? Keep reading for additional details about this unique opportunity!
Healthcare in Chile is operated through two parallel systems- the public system and the private system.Theoretically, healthcare is guaranteed to all Chileans, regardless of their ability to pay. Compared to other South American countries, the Chilean system is highly advanced and modern in terms of the amount of medical professionals and the clinical standards.
The national healthcare system provides basic coverage and medical services to all levels of society even though there is a difference between the services provided in the public and private systems. The public services fall behind the private in terms of sufficient specialists, hospital supplies, modern facilities, etc. On the other hand, the private clinics provide luxurious treatments in state of the art facilities using modern technologies. Of course these clinics that meet or exceed international standards of care come at a price only accessible by those who can afford the care, which is a relatively small percentage of the population.
The Medical Shadowing program is designed for healthcare professionals and medical students who would like to gain a new perspective of medicine by working with Spanish-speaking populations and learning about healthcare systems outside of their home country. The program was created specifically for these individuals that have the desire to learn in a Latin American country but lack the time to dedicate to an extensive program.The goal of the program is to allow students and professionals to observe the daily medical practices of a doctor in various disciplines within the medical field. Apart from this, students will learn medical vocabulary through their private course in Santiago, facilitating their communication in the work place.
The program also aims to create awareness of the healthcare situation in South America, which is represented on each end of the spectrum in Chile. It is encouraged that participants witness the advanced services provided in the private system as well as the public system which lacks in resources and services.
Note: If you are looking for a professional internship in the medical sector, please read the information about our Internships in Chile.
Participants may select a field of medicine that most interests them. Chile Inside will then match students with professionals practicing in that field to act as mentors for the duration of the program.Participants will actively observe their mentor and other medical professionals interacting with patients in Spanish exposing the patient-physician relationships in Chile. Students are assigned to shadow in either a public hospital, a private clinic or in a medical consultation office.
The program is divided between the Spanish course and the Medical Shadowing. The Spanish course consists of ten or twenty lessons per week. You are required to take private lessons to ensure that your teacher can adapt the lesson to the requirements of the program (medical vocabulary). During two to four mornings per week, you will participate in the Medical Shadowing.
The program costs include the following services:
School enrolment fee USD 40. Application fee for the medical shadowing placement USD 100. One week accommodation counts 7 days.
Prices are subject to change.
Please send your application documents at least six weeks prior to your desired program start date.
Please send us your resume, the accurately completed registration form and a cover letter indicating your area of interest regarding the Medical Shadowing. At the time of sending us your application, a one-time registration and handling fee of USD 100 will also be due. With all these elements we will begin to create your application profile that corresponds to the Chilean standards in order to place you in an adequate program.
We also need a transcript from Medical students that states the highest or current level of medical education they have completed or are currently enrolled in and/or a photocopy of the medical license for medical professionals.
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