There are a variety of medical specialities that would be a great opportunity to explore in Nigeria as a medical student. Let’s quickly look at Trauma and Orthopaedics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology as an example. Trauma and orthopaedics is a speciality that is ever evolving in Nigeria, Flying Doctors Nigeria has been effectively running for several years and this would be an amazing experience for a medical student to get involved in. Obstetrics and gynaecology is a speciality also allows students to get hands on experience, with the WHO Millennium Development Goals, maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality goals of Nigeria, this is an area of medicine that is open to innovation. As well as this, medicine in Nigeria has an undertone of infectious diseases throughout all specialities.
In addition to the exposure to medicine in a different country, this is an opportunity to fully embrace the culture that surrounds you. Nigeria is a country rich in resources and culture; even for those of Nigerian heritage living outside of Nigeria, a medical elective in Nigeria will be a cultural experience. Nigeria is buzzing with beautiful food, languages, practices, colours and climate.
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