Student Andy McKinlay shares his experience in Arequipa, Peru.

4 May 2018

Second year UQ medical student Andy McKinlay travelled to Arequipa in Peru as part of his overseas medical placement with Work the World. 

"I spent four weeks in two departments: Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OBG) and Internal Medicine. Being alongside mothers from labour to delivery made OBG an amazing experience. In Internal Medicine, I spent time with a different specialist each day. I gained experience with cardiology, respiratory, gastrointestinal, mental health, and neurology.

There was also no shortage of fun things to do here, I fell in love with Peru! It was such a diverse country, with some of the friendliest people I had ever met.

Work the World, the organisation with whom I travelled, was so well established in the liveable and lovely city of Arequipa.

The resources and support of the staff were spectacular, the atmosphere was one of fun and teamwork, and the hospital was a unique and valuable learning environment."

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Work the World tailors healthcare elective and placement opportunities for students and professionals, with the chance to experience unique and diverse cultures.