About us

“In 2014, more than 3,000 students from the UK, USA, Australia, and many other parts of the world will undertake Gap Medics programs. They will gain first-hand experience working in hospitals under the mentorship of experienced doctors, nurses, dentists, and midwives. They will live in our safe, secure, and sociable Gap Medics houses, eat great, local food prepared by our own full-time caterers, and be supported by our staff team from the moment they arrive until the moment they leave.

“In short, they will be immersed in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will better their understanding of their chosen career path, develop them as people, and provide an invaluable asset on their university applications.”

- Dave Brown, Director

Gap Medics is a specialist company dedicated to providing year-round hospital shadowing programs abroad to students aged 16+ with the aim of helping them gain valuable experience before applying to medical school.

We offer short-term programs in Tanzania, Thailand, and Czech Republic for aspiring doctors, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, and midwives. These programs are designed to give students practical insight into the work of healthcare professionals before they begin their clinical training. Whether they are seeking to improve upon their applications or to provide focus and context to their interviews, Gap Medics students get an early look into their future careers before committing themselves to years of study. 

Coupled with the excitement and adventure of overseas travel, Gap Medics seeks to provide a global understanding of the hospital environment. Around 50% of our program participants join us in Tanzania. This East African country offers the unique opportunity for students to gain in-depth insight into the day-to-day work of healthcare professionals in a developing nation. At each destination, we strive to enhance students’ awareness of the culture in which they will be working by providing Global Health Tutorials specific to their host country.

Our head office is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, but we welcome students from all over the world. We also have an office in San Francisco, CA. Since 2005, we have placed thousands of students under the mentorship of trusted healthcare professionals in a number of foreign destinations. Our comprehensive support services draw upon our years of experience, ensuring that our programs are as safe, secure, and structured as possible.

Professional staff teams run all of our overseas programs, with each member having expert knowledge of the local area. All in-country staff are employed and trained directly by our UK team and—unlike many other organizations—we do not outsource our operations to third parties. Even the individual who meets students upon arrival at the airport is part of the Gap Medics family and can be distinguished by our distinctive, branded T-shirt.  

Students gathered at the top of Gangilonga Rock enjoying the views.

Our story

Our story began in 2005, when we placed a small group of medical students under the supervision of doctors for shadowing experience in Ghana, West Africa. By 2009, our programs in Africa, Asia, and South America were hosting over a thousand students every year…Read More

Ethical policy

We believe we have a strong social obligation to support the communities in which we work. We are also passionately committed to minimizing any negative environmental impact that our operations may have…Read More

"As a Mom, I really appreciated the fact that they were met at the airport on their flight into Tanzania and that you were so responsive to questions I had via email. Jenna and Jesse made great friends with other students and were able to travel to Zanzibar with a group and go on a safari with another Gap Medics student. All in all, it was a great experience. Your staff should be commended for a job well done!"

Denise Gaalswyk, whose 20-year-old daughter traveled with us to Tanzania