Opportunities are available to intern in a clinica located in the urban center of Madrid. The clinica offers quality local care for patients who come to its facilities and offers a broad portfolio of services including:
- Anesthesia and Resuscitation
- Plastic, Pediatric, Maxillofacial, and Thoracic Surgery
- Child Endocrinology
- And more!
This medical international internship in Madrid program will provide the candidate the opportunity to shadow a nurse, doctor or surgeon. Initially, the candidate may do minor tasks associated with patients and patient care, and will be given more responsibility once his/her capacity is determined. For some, this will be mostly observation. For others, this can be a realization of medical duties. Logically, much depends on the candidate, their level of Spanish, past internships, etc.
This is an amazing opportunity to experience first-hand how the medical profession operates in a foreign country, and to appreciate how the policies and procedures differ in Europe as compared to the United States. A minimum of low-intermediate to intermediate Spanish is required for this sector.
Read a review from a candidate:
“I shadowed a surgical team in the orthopedics, sports medicine, and trauma department. It was a bit difficult to adapt because of my lacking Spanish skills (this will happen with ANY internship abroad program), but it was an absolutely amazing experience. I felt like I was immersed in real Spanish life – culture, food, work. I came into the clinic and literally sat in the operating rooms while I watched back-to-back surgeries. I saw total knee replacements, rotator cuff repair surgeries, ACL reconstructions, meniscectomies, and much more. Whenever I had questions, the surgeon was willing and ready to answer. The surgeons really made me feel welcome, even including me for a team dinner during my first week!”
Shadow a Surgeon:
Shadow a Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, a prestigious research facility and state of the art surgery center. This is a skilled doctor who feels it is a big part of his work to mentor, so come on over to Madrid, nursing, medical and surgical interns! At least low-intermediate Spanish required, especially for shorter programs. 2-month program minimum required.
Read what our candidate wrote:
“I had an amazing internship experience! I had specialized my internship through a connection with a maxillofacial surgeon in Madrid. I spent three weeks in the maxillofacial department and three weeks in the gynecology department. In the maxillofacial department, I was able to examine patients during consultations and observe consultations, department-wide conferences and surgeries. I learned a lot about the specialty and about new ways doctors are treating head and neck cancers. The most interesting thing I saw was a free-flap surgery. The patient had mandibular cancer, so he/she needed to have a whole section of mandible removed. The doctors then took out most of his/her fibula and reconstructed it into a mandible. Using microsurgery techniques, the surgeons attached this new “mandible” to the existing jaw. In the gynecology department, I was given the opportunity to complete a medical school student rotation. I spent one week in the paritorio (delivery ward), one week in consultas (consultations), and one week in urgencias de maternidad (maternity emergency ward). I saw over 10 live births (cesarean, vaginal, and forceps deliveries), a laparoscopic hysterectomy, and various gynecological/obstetric issues. Not only did I learn about the specialties in which I worked, but I got to learn everything in Spanish, which enhanced my vocabulary and speaking skills. I went into the program understanding 60-70% of Spanish and speaking about 30% and left the program understanding almost 100% of Spanish and being able to Speak 60-70% of the time. Who knows how much I would have improved if I got to stay longer! So, I would highly recommend staying for more than two months if you have the chance.”