The Good Shepherd Mission Hospital provides health care to the Lubombo Region on the eastern border of Swaziland, in Siteki. This 125-bed rural hospital is managed by the Catholic Diocese in partnership with the Ministry of Health. The 15 doctors, in various specialties, allow students extensive patient contact and procedures, with assistance. With the strong Community Health emphasis, Students help at a remote community clinic, and visit with the Home Based Care team. Medical Students may also give tutorship to nursing students.
The Ophthalmology department is well known in the region and attracts patients from neighbouring countries. This unit facilitates the elective administration, yet students may rotate in the disciplines of their choice. The weekly student academic meeting focuses on the cultural context of Medicine. Hospital staff are from all denominations and students will experience faith in action in the practice of medicine. This is a friendly and caring hospital community, set in a malaria-free and safe area, where English is spoken.
Accommodation is either in the hospital or at a nearby farm. Opportunities for Christian outreach are extensive, as this also serves as a base for several Christian NGO's. Students may benefit from extra-curricular involvement in these NGO's: Development work, Women's projects, Agriculture and Orphan care. Students are invited to fellowship with Christian clinicians and families at the weekly evangelical bible study, in a home. For those not exploring the countryside on weekends, there's a large choice of churches to attend. With up to 5 Medical students at a time, both local (South African) and International, there is almost always good company!
Medical students of any clinical stage are welcome to apply for electives of at least 4 weeks, but senior students are given first option. Consideration is also given to senior Nursing and Para-Medical students. Pre-clinical students who are passionate about rural medicine may apply. Research or Audit projects are encouraged.