We know the reasons you may want to go on a shadowing internship program with us might be different from the next student. Whatever your motivation or area of interest — medicine, nursing, dentistry, midwifery or physician assistant (PA) studies—we have you covered. Find out how we have changed the lives of some of our past students.
Chloe completed a medical placement at one our busy partner hospitals in La Romana
I’ve always known I wanted to be a doctor, and when I discovered Gap Medics online one day, I instantly knew it was something I wanted to take part in. In the summer of 2017 I traveled to La Romana, Dominican Republic, and experienced some of the best 2 weeks of my life. I spent my time not only interning in the public hospitals in this region, but also meeting other students from around the world, also interested in medicine and experiencing the amazing culture!
My time in the Emergency Room and ObGyn departments were incredible and extremely humbling. Although I had some prior shadowing experience, nothing compared to the amazing things I saw at Francisco Gonzalo and Antonio Musa Hospitals. In addition to the many procedures and different patients I witnessed during this time, being able to view the conditions of the hospitals was one of the most significant parts of the entire trip. The mentors I had were also extremely helpful, always explaining procedures and making us even more excited for the following day!
After placement, being able to talk to fellow students about what everyone saw and then going on an activity (such as horseback riding to a cave or heading to the beach!) was so much fun. I loved how everyone shared the same dedication towards medicine and health care even though we were all from separate areas of the world! I guarantee you’ll make life-long friends while on a Gap Medics trip, making the entire experience that much more worthwhile and memorable.
If you’re not sure whether or not medicine is right for you, I definitely recommend taking a Gap Medics placement. My trip was so eye opening, and confirmed to myself that I definitely wanted to pursue medicine when I’m older. With great Gap Medics staff and students, hospital shadowing time, and an awesome location, the weeks you spend on your placement will be unforgettable!