FAQs for our Caribbean elective
What specialties and services are available at the private and public hospitals ?
- General Medicine
- General Surgery
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Accident & Emergency
- Community Health
- Internal Medicine
Can I spend time in more than one specialty ?
Depending on your time at the hospital and availability it is usually possible.
Will there be other medical students there?
Yes there are always other elective students as well as resident medical students as 3 American universities have medical students based on the island. No more than 4 elective students should be allocated to one specialty.
Will I be able to get hands on?
It may depend on what specialty you are on as to how much you can do, but if you show you’re keen and enthusiastic you should be able to do most things you do as medical students in the UK. If you are there for 4 weeks you may be able to do 2 specialties, or if you are there for longer the opportunity may be there to experience more !
Does the hospitals have PEP (HIV Exposure treatment) ?
Yes it is readily available free of charge, you do not need to bring a kit with you.
How long are the electives placements available at the hospital?
We can offer elective placement for between 4 to 12 weeks. Our most common length of elective is 6 weeks.
What’s covered in the cost?
We cover the cost of your hospital placement, and take care of all of the paperwork. We can also guarantee you an elective placement in St Vincent due to our relationships with the three medical centers on the main island.
Your accommodation is also covered in this cost. We use a couple of different houses in St Vincent depending on the number of students we have at one time. Our standard accommodation option is a large sea view villa. This property is a safe and secure with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, balcony, living room and plenty of communal space. It is a two minute walk to the beach and close to the bus stop to get to the hospital.
We also have an in country team who are on hand to help you throughout your stay. They will be there to meet you at the airport (your airport transfers are also included) and then help get you settled in. If you need help or support during your stay they will be to assist. Khari, our Caribbean Director, can also help you plan and book trips like swimming with turtles in the Tobago Quays and climbing an active volcano.
To welcome you to paradise we also provide a sunset cruise. Take to the water and enjoy a Caribbean sunset with plenty of rum.
You will also be supported by our UK team to help with all your pre-departure questions and queries. Following your elective they will also be on hand to help if you need paperwork signing off and cost breakdowns for your University.
How far in advance to I need to apply?
The earlier the better, it depends on demand for places at the hospital how many students can be accepted each month , a lot of students apply a year or more in advance. However some have applied at shorter notice and we’ve been able to arrange their elective.
What if the hospital can’t fit me in on those dates?
The private hospitals in Arnos Vale will take students and cover most specialties, there will be very few other students there so less competition to get involved. We have recently added 10 doctor medical centre and clinic, also in Arnos Vale. We also recently partnered with the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Football Federation to increase medical support and training for coaches and players at Schools, Clubs, Leagues and National levels.
What is the currency and do I need to get it before I come over?
Eastern Caribbean Dollars (or EC for short) is the national currency, but shops and restaurants will accept US Dollars. We would always recommend EC as you will get the correct exchange rate when making a purchase. There are plenty of banks and ATMs in St Vincent so you can withdraw money at any time to avoid having to carry around large amounts of money or source it before you travel.