Exchange Conditions of SLEMSA

Working Conditions
Languages
English
(Excellent)
Required
Languages Remarks

Language used for communication with patients is either English or Krio. Local Krio language is an added benefit.

Clerkship Type
- Clinical Clerkship
A clinical clerkship is defined as the rotation of a student in a clinical department of a hospital or clinic, such as Dermatology and Pediatrics.
Required level of studies
must have completed preclinical years-ie must have completed studies and past exams in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, hematology, pharmacology, microbiology.
Graduated students allowed
yes

Even if accepted by the hosting country, students must be still enrolled in university by the time the Application Form is sent.
Clerkship Duration
4 weeks, 8 hours a day, 5 days per week
Dress code
Formal
What to Bring
- White coat
- Stethoscope
- Lamp
- Reflex Hammer
- Surgical Scrubs
Academic Quality
This program is not a travelled based program but an academic program in which students form temperate regions are allowed to come to Sierra Leone to have clinical hands on experience in tropical diseases, to appreciate our health care system-its excellence and flaws- and to also experience a totally different culture from theirs.


Background

The College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) is the first and only medical school in Sierra Leone. It was founded in 1988 by the Sierra Leonean Government with support from the Nigerian Government and the World Health Organization (WHO). Following the 2005 University Act, COMAHS was incorporated as one of three constituent colleges, alongside Fourah Bay College (FBC) and the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), into the University of Sierra Leone (USL). USL is owned by the Government, and its Chancellor is the President of Sierra Leone. COMAHS is mandated to train doctors, nurses, pharmacists, biomedical scientists and laboratory technicians to improve Sierra Leone’s health system.

COMAHS recently developed a five-year strategic plan to transform into a top university in West Africa. Currently, however, there are challenges: courses are limited because of staff shortages; equipment and supplies are outdated or not available; and space is limited resulting in many able students—who have the necessary exam scores—denied admissions and or going abroad to study.

Planned support

To begin to address these gaps, WHO has been requested by the MOHS, with close to $3.3 million in funding from the World Bank and the African Development Bank, to support COMAHS to achieve its strategic objectives by assisting with the recruitment of teachers and key senior staff, specifically a Deputy Vice Chancellor and 18 instructors in basic sciences (4 positions), basic medical sciences (5 positions), pharmaceutical sciences (2 positions), clinical sciences (4 positions) and nursing (3 positions). WHO will also supporting COMAHS to procure teaching materials and upgrade and rehabilitate ICT and other equipment. The time period for this support is 2016-2017.

Nightshifts
No
Special Remarks
for rotation in med/surgery the following are required:white coat with name and med school year printed on it; full set of scrubs preferably blue; stethoscope, tape measure, BP machine and cuff and a timer); for rotation in obgyn, paeds (in addition to above bring a paed/neonatology stethoscope, appropriate BP cuff size for paeds/neonates, pinard or doppler for FH rate)
Towns
Calendar

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Cities Remarks
There is only one medical university for Sierra Leone and it is located in Freetown.
Calendar Remarks
all months are now open for students to apply, if you like it dry then i would suggest coming in Jan through May and November and December. if you like a bit of rain then May through June is fine, if you prefer thunderstorms and heavy heavy downpours then July through October are the months for you
Disciplines
Disciplines

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Disciplines Remarks
Students are allowed to rotate in one or two disciplines.
General
Pocket money
400 SLL
Boarding
- Host family
Lodging
- Host family
Social Program
sightseeing of beaches and mountains, cultural fridays...and more!
Student with disabilities
No
Couples
yes
Link to ExPlore Page
Special Remarks
www.slemsa.org;
facebook.com/slemsaSL
Application Form
Deadline
5Months
Unilateral fee
400 EUR
Payment details for unilateral fee
payment on arrival!
Visa requirements
All students coming from outside West Africa require visas and it is wise that you check with the immigration services to confirm steps for application of visa 8 weeks before arrival. You can check Sierra Leone's Foreign Affairs website through this link: http://www.slhc-uk.org/?page_id=644 or simply use the VSL services (https://www.visitsierraleone.org)
NB: VSL will get you a visa in record speed time
Link to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (or any other website that provides official information on visa)
Special Remarks
Card Of Documents
Standard documents
- Health Insurance(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Passport copy(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Proof of Enrollment(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Recommendation Letter(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Photo(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- SCOPE Terms and Conditions(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Language certificate(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- LC Application form(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Liability Insurance(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Vaccination Card(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Motivation Letter for Department 2(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
Special documents
- Motivation Letter for Department 1(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
- Curriculum Vitae(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
Upon Arrival documents
- Immunisation Record(*) These documents are required to be sent with Application Form
Format
- Card of Document
The standard documents are the basic documents that the students are asking for and the special documents are less important, as only some Local Committees ask for them. So it's mandatory to upload the standard documents, but not the special ones. (Students do it when asked for by the LEO/NEO.)
The upon arrival documents are hard copies documents that the students are requested to take with them in the host country.”
Immunization requirements
All immunization should be up to date!

Insurance
As NMO we ask for Health Insurance. However, this insurance CANNOT be arranged in our country, and should be arranged in your home country.

Deadline
8 Weeks

Special remarks

Immunization card showing recent or valid hepatitis B, MMR, yellow fever shots.

Please endeavour to be on your malarial chemoprophylaxis before arrival and throughout stay of rotation!


Card of Acceptance
Deadline
8 Weeks
Special remarks
will be given within 1 month after review
Card of Confirmation
Deadline
4 Weeks
Special remarks
should be sent 4weeks before arrival
Cancellations
Deadline
8 Weeks
Special remarks
Cancellations are allowed 8 weeks before agreed rotations are to commence
Substitutions
Deadline
4 Weeks
Special remarks
Substitutions are allowed even up to 4 weeks before arrival as long as the substitute can fulfil all required fields before arrival.
Additional Information
Update Date
07/16/2018 19:21
Validation Date
07/16/2018 00:00
Special remarks