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You may be young, but your ambitions are strong – you love newborns and the science of birth, and your heart is set on becoming a midwife. Getting a coveted space on your favourite midwifery course is your top priority, but do you have the real-life work experience you need to impress admissions panels and prove to yourself, once and for all, that midwifery is the career for you?
At Gap Medics, we know that a global education can make all the difference to a student’s development, both as an individual and an applicant (just ask any of our 8,000+ program alumni). Whether you seek insight for your midwifery interviews or confidence in your career choice, our pre-university work experience program will place you right in the heart of an international hospital or clinic to observe real midwives at work – with real mothers and newborns.
With support at our core, you and your family can rest assured that you are getting the most immersive work experience available in the most appropriate environment for your age. Our exclusive guest houses, friendly staff, and comprehensive pre-departure services provide the perfect foundation for the educational adventure of a lifetime with new friends from around the world.
Our midwifery program is open all year, and you can attend for as many weeks as you like (we recommend two). Programs begin on Sundays and end on Saturdays, leaving ample time for you to arrive at and depart from your destination.
“At the age of sixteen, I spent two weeks undertaking a work experience placement in the obstetrics and gynaecology wards of a Gap Medics partner hospital. To say this experience was amazing would be the biggest understatement of the century!
“My first day at the hospital was truly unforgettable. Although confronting at times, there was no better feeling then seeing a mother’s face the first time they saw their baby. It didn’t matter if it was their first or third child, the amount of love and adoration brought me to tears.
“As my placement went on, I began to learn how to weigh, wrap and even perform APGAR tests on babies. This is something I did almost everyday. Sometimes I even got the chance to have a sneaky cuddle or two with the babies before handing them back to mum!
My Gap Medics experience changed me and confirmed my ambitions to be a midwife. I can’t thank everyone enough—the Gap Medics staff and my parents in particular—for making this unforgettable trip possible.”
Poland has a publicly funded healthcare system, with its hospitals benefitting from cutting-edge equipment and resources - making it an excellent destination for students looking for work experience in hospitals similar to those in Australia. Our recent partnership with a large maternity hospital also makes Poland one of our go-to destinations for aspiring midwives. This 227-bed facility is one of the busiest hospitals in Poland and has a number of labour rooms and specialist departments for students to explore.
The population, location, and climate of many Caribbean islands plays a huge role in shaping the types of cases that their health professionals are faced with. The heat brings tropical diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, which are important considerations for healthcare providers working in birth medicine.
While the departments in the Dominican Republic are understandably more traditional than in Australia and resources can sometimes be limited, students who join us can expect the same high-quality mentorship as anywhere else. You will be paired with your own dedicated mentor who will be there to answer your questions and explain complex cases - what better way to learn while gaining a global perspective on midwifery?
You will be placed in a Gap Medics partner hospital or clinic the Monday after your arrival, and you will spend weekdays shadowing your dedicated mentor in healthcare. We partner with hospitals around the world that offer busy maternity wards for our students to explore. Our partner hospitals undergo a rigorous vetting process before they are able to host our students, ensuring an unbeatable standard of quality when it comes to the educational value and academic rigour of our program.
Your department mentor will be a professional nurse or midwife working in birth medicine. They will help you get the most from your experience by providing clear guidance and supervision as you learn to break down barriers in the patient wards and observe everything from Caesarean sections to antenatal care. We work very closely with our partner hospitals to ensure that our mentors are fully qualified and understand the educational aims of our program.
You will also attend global health tutorials throughout your placement. Our hospital mentors host these informal sessions at the Gap Medics house, focussing on the local cultural, social, and economic factors that will help you understand and interpret what you see in the hospital each day.
Miss Zielińska completed her training for obstetrics and gynaecology in Barcelona. She began working in the clinic of our partner hospital in Warsaw nearly two years ago.
Since then, Miss Zielińska has found her niche in the obstetrics department. With Miss Zielińska as your mentor, you are likely to have the opportunity to observe expectant mothers throughout all stages of labour. You may even have the chance to observe more complicated deliveries that require Caesarean section.
We believe that all members of our staff have a responsibility to protect and care for our students, and our greatest pride is the relaxed family environment that we create to help foster your education and exploration. In addition to chefs, housekeepers, night managers, and security teams, Gap Medics houses also employ dedicated placement coordinators to help support and guide you throughout your midwifery program.
Your placement coordinators will brief you at the Gap Medics house, accompany you to the hospital, and introduce you to your mentors. As experts on our destinations and offerings, these friendly individuals also love to advise our students on local travel opportunities and facilitate exciting and inclusive on-site activities – so if you fancy a game of volleyball, a traditional barbecue, or a table-football tournament, they will have you covered.
Maryla grew up in the Polish city of Krakow, and has a fantastic knowledge of all things Warsaw - especially having lived and worked there since graduating university in 2012.
Maryla looks after students in three of our largest departments at MSW Central Hospital in Warsaw – paediatrics, general surgery, and obstetrics and gynaecology. Her close friendships with our mentors in these departments help keep everyone smiling even on the busiest days. She’s always ready to help and is never more than a phone call away should you need anything.