Medical Work Experience Abroad
If you want to know what being a doctor is really like, our medical placements in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean are the perfect way to find out.
Make sure you put your gap year to good use – whether you are looking to gain valuable medical work experience to put on your UCAS application, stand out in your university interviews or an in-depth insight into working in a hospital, there is no better way to learn more about medicine than shadowing clinical experts carrying out their day-to-day duties.
A Gap Medics placement is all about shadowing – being alongside carefully selected doctors and health professionals is the ultimate way to discover what being a doctor is really like. If you are interested in a specific field, we have opportunities in a huge range of departments including paediatrics, surgery, orthopaedics, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology, urology, oncology, neurology, physiotherapy and radiography.
Your placement will include…
• Hospital work experience
• Shadowing doctors
• Personal mentors
• Small student groups
• Global health tutorials
• Exclusive housing
• In-house catering
• 24/7 In-Country support
• and more!
Our placements are available every week of the year, perfect if you are thinking of travelling for longer or need to fit around work commitments. What are you waiting for? Get out of your comfort zone and have the adventure of a lifetime with Gap Medics.
We combine beneficial and unrivalled experience in an international healthcare setting with the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, where you can meet friends from around the world. Broaden your medical experiences and take the first steps towards your future career!
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The core of any Gap Medics placement is the opportunity to shadow doctors and other health-care professionals on the front line of patient care. You will spend each week in a different department, mentored by an expert in that particular field.
You’ll spend at least 23 hours per week shadowing doctors and observing procedures each day. On top of this, there will be opportunities to attend departmental meeting to discuss patients’ progress. If you are keen to see more, just ask!
• Clinical shadowing
• Established hospital partnerships
• Varied specialist departments
• Learn more about tropical medicine
Before you travel, we will provide you with extensive information on which departments you will be working in, and who your mentor will be. Each mentor is carefully selected for his or her teaching skills, as well as their enthusiasm for, and commitment to the programme. You will shadow your mentor alongside a few other students. Groups are kept small to ensure that you have plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
Your mentor will guide you through each step of your hospital journey, taking the time to explain each case to you in as much detail as possible. Your questions are an important part of the teaching and learning experience, and our mentors welcome them, so don’t be afraid to ask about a case, condition or treatment.
• Professional mentors
• Global health tutorials
• Small student groups
• Experiential learning
Ensuring you have a worthwhile and enjoyable experience is our top priority. To make sure that you get this, we provide accommodation in our own private houses, complete with tropical gardens, large social areas and supportive staff who will create a real family atmosphere. Our houses are the perfect place to relax, eat, sleep, study and make friends from around the world!
No matter what destination you choose, you will share a room with four or five other students. Bedrooms are simple, yet comfortable, with bunk beds, mosquito nets, en-suite showers and western toilets.
Safety and security are of paramount importance to us. We select the towns where we run our programmes due to their friendly, welcoming feel and the areas where our houses are located are known for their safety.
Mealtimes are central to the friendly, family feel of our houses. High quality, nutritious food is cooked up by our in-house caterers and served in our large, social dining areas. To cater for all tastes, a mixture of local and international dishes are served.
Depending on where you are staying, you’ll get to try some delicious regional specialities. In Africa, the chef’s plantain stews are popular, whilst green curry and pad Thai always go down well in Thailand! If you have specific dietary requirements, our caterers will do their best to meet them.
Barbecues are a Gap Medics tradition. A real event at all of our houses, it’s a great opportunity to mix with other students and let your hair down whilst the chef grills up a storm!
• Fresh ingredients
• Seasonal produce
• Locally sourced
• Varied meals
• Sustainable waste management
Our overseas staff teams are a central part of your Gap Medics experience. From the moment you arrive, our friendly, enthusiastic and supportive team will make you feel right at home. Our staff will pick you up from the airport and accompany you to the Gap Medics house. Once you’re settled in, they will ensure that you are equipped with all the local knowledge you need before you start your placement.
All of the houses have a programme manager, at least one placement coordinator, a caterer, a housekeeper, a female night manager and several security guards. From helping you find your way around the hospital, to preparing tasty food for you, they will ensure that you feel part of one big family from the moment you arrive!
• 24/7 in-country support
• Local knowledge
• Female night manager
• Extensive training
La Romana, Caribbean
With stunning beaches and lush plant life in abundance, it’s difficult to imagine a more beautiful location than La Romana. Join us for a placement here, and be part of the newest Gap Medics adventure.
This exciting, eclectic coastal city is a hive of activity day and night - from horse riding on the sand and snorkelling through coral reefs, to enjoying art and architecture in Altos de Chavón, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to filling your downtime.
Pula is located beneath the seven hills, on the southern tip of Croatia’s Istrian peninsula. Turquoise sea, rugged beaches and pavement cafes make this an idyllic location, with spectacular Roman ruins adding to its charm. Friendly locals and laid-back beach town vibe make Pula a sure-fire hit with visitors.
Night markets, street food, hill tribes and elephant trekking are just a few of the many attractions synonymous with the vibrant city of Phitsanulok, the base for our programme in Thailand. Set in the heart of the northern hill country, old city walls and bustling markets soon give way to mountainous jungle, perfect for exploring on your weekends off!
These destinations are suitable for ages 18+. Under 18 destinations are available, please see our website for details.
Safety and support
We send thousands of students overseas every year. Our service is designed to ensure that you have a safe, educational and unforgettable trip.
We select our countries for their safety and positive attitude towards visitors. Programmes are located in small towns and friendly cities, with low crime levels. You will stay at our very own private Gap Medics houses, which provide a safe, secure and friendly environment.
• Safe destinations
• Secure accommodation
• Supportive staff teams
• Female night manager
• Contact with head office
Gap Medics offers international medical work experience for school and university students. Shadow doctors, nurses, dentists and midwives for 1-8 weeks, all year round.
If you are interested in international hospital work experience in medicine, nursing, midwifery or dentistry, Gap Medics can help.
Gap Medics provides year-round medical work placements to students from all over the world. Our programmes in Tanzania, Croatia and Thailand give you extensive insight into the world of healthcare and greatly strengthen your personal statement and university admission interview. Get out of your comfort zone and have the adventure of a lifetime with us.
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