Hospital Placements In Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is our most popular program for midwifery placements, and is convenient for even a one-week placement with direct flights from airports across the US. Being on Atlantic Standard Time also makes it easy to stay in touch with family back home.
Experiencing the way maternity teams work in the often challenging conditions of a less developed country provides a fascinating insight into global healthcare, and our busy partner hospitals are likely to allow you to observe both natural and surgical deliveries.
At certain times of year, we host Community Healthcare placements on our Dominican program, giving students the chance to travel out to “batays” (villages that house workers on the sugar plantations, often with very limited access to healthcare) with medical teams and public health workers. Although you would be unlikely to observe actual deliveries on these visits, education and primary care of expectant and new mothers forms an important part of the teams’ work.
Our Caribbean House
Our permanent base in the Dominican Republic is the truly spectacular Gap Medics House just outside La Romana on the south coast, set around our tropical garden and huge swimming pool (all exclusively for Gap Medics students).
To one side of the pool, the main house comprises a largely open-plan ground floor with dining area, relaxed living space and a large social kitchen. The upper floor and the second building, to the other side of the pool, house the large airy bedrooms shared between four or five students, each with a private bathroom and all fully air conditioned.
As with all Gap Medics houses, we recruit, train and manage our own full-time team of helpful and enthusiastic local people – including a chef, housekeeper, groundskeeper, student coordinators and female supervisor on duty overnight. For added peace of mind, we have security guards on the gate 24 hours a day to ensure that only authorised Gap Medics students and staff have access to the property.
Your free time in
Covering more than half of one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, Dominican Republic is a beach-lover’s dream! A short boat ride off the south coast, where we are based, the islands of Saona and Catalina are ringed by truly spectacular white sand beaches and warm, shallow turquoise waters. Our local staff organise afternoon trips from the house, following on from your morning in the hospital and getting you back in time for dinner.
Across the island on the north coast, Cabarete is world-famous for its near-perfect kite surfing conditions and has a vibrant social scene. It makes a great weekend trip for the more adventurous, with lots of accommodation for all budgets along the beach, and dozens of kite surfing schools offering introductory courses and equipment hire.
Further inland, there are jungle covered mountains to explore, adventure activities from zip lining to kayaking to quad biking, and of course the wonderfully laid back and welcoming Caribbean culture.
Our local team, under the leadership of Regional Director Chantal, are always on hand to organise safe and age-appropriate free time activities.
- Clinical shadowing placement
- Full-time Personal Mentor (a doctor, nurse or other health professional)
- Safe, secure, fully-serviced accommodation in the Gap Medics House
- Personal support and guidance before and throughout your placement
- Tasty home-cooked meals
- 24-hour support and supervision
- Organised community volunteering
- Official Reference for academic applications
- A true adventure!