In October 2011, ten Swansea medical students visited the Gambia for two weeks as part of their accredited clinical apprenticeship. This was a move away from the very successful informal student exchange to a more formalized arrangement, with structured learning outcomes and oversight from a UK clinical tutor.
We spent two days each rotating through specialities at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in Banjul, covering paediatrics, obstetrics & gynaecology, general medicine and surgery, where we attained some insight into each area and how each department worked within the hospital.
Two days were spent at the Medical Research Council and one further day at a community health centre that had been set up by the Global Fund.
Read more by downloading the 2011 trip report.