(Under 18? please visit our hospital placements for students aged 16-17 page)
Our hospital work experience placements for gap year students and undergraduates considering graduate entry medicine offer an unparalleled insight into the world of clinical medicine and surgery – putting you on the front line, shadowing experienced doctors in their day-to-day work across Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
Our track record providing placements for more than 10,000 students, helping them begin their journeys to become the next generation of health professionals, together with our world-class student support service, has given us an unrivalled reputation.
Gap Medics placements are all about being immersed in a real-life hospital environment. You’ll don your scrubs and spend each week in a different department, following your mentor across a range of clinical settings, such as the operating theatre, inpatient wards, emergency and intensive care units and consultation rooms.
“I have completed various hospital placements in England, but none have ever been as interesting or rewarding as the experience I had with Gap Medics. I had wanted to do a placement like this for a long time and finally decided to book onto the programme after completing my Biomedical Science degree. I am so glad I did!
“Not only was the hospital placement fantastic, but the staff members at Gap Medics made the placement unforgettable. Since completing the programme, I have secured a place to study medicine, and I definitely believe my experience at Gap Medics helped. My time overseas was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I have absolutely no regrets and only amazing memories!”
Relevant medical volunteer work is a great way to spend part of your gap year if you’re looking to re-apply to medicine with a stronger C.V. Doing this abroad not only doubles as a perfect opportunity for some adventurous travel, but also provides a fascinating introduction to some of the incredible diversity in global healthcare delivery.
Our placements are popular with current undergraduates studying biomedical sciences, access to medicine, and even unrelated courses with a view to converting to medicine, during university holidays (placements can be from one week to as long as you like).
Dr Kozina works in the busy internal medicine department at our 500-bed partner hospital in Pula, Croatia.
As the Head Assistant of Clinical Cytology, Dr Kozina spends her days very close to the microscope. A typical day shadowing Dr Kozina could see you observing her as she evaluates body specimens for the detection of cancer, pre-cancerous changes, and other benign conditions. You may also watch as she performs fine needle aspirations (FNA), a very important method of sampling superficial or deep-seated lesions. As a mentor, Dr Kozina loves to teach students and wants to inspire you! She is also very happy to answer any questions you have about the world of medicine.
The value of this experience – how it can help inform your future career choices and enhance your UCAS application to medical school – is ultimately down to the effort you put in. We will provide you with a uniquely valuable opportunity to experience the clinical world first-hand; approach it with an open mind, take in everything around you, and find your own ways to use it to demonstrate what you’ve learnt on your personal statement and in interviews. That’s what medical schools want to see.
Whether you’re on a gap year or one of our short holiday placements, life’s meant to be fun! With students from around the world, private swimming pools, bbqs, communal chillout rooms and anything from paradise beaches and dug-out canoe safaris to ski resorts and trekking with wild gorillas nearby, our homes from home really make the adventure.
Each of our programmes is run by the local Gap Medics team – a dedicated bunch of super fun people employed specifically to give you the best few weeks of your life! We even have an in-house chef, and a housekeeper to clean your room while you’re out at placement 🙂
Monika is our placement coordinator for Pula and can usually be found buzzing around the corridors of our busy partner hospitals and clinics. Hands-on, enthusiastic, and dedicated, Monika will make you feel at home at the hospital in record time. To help settle you in, she will brief you on what to expect while on placement and introduce you to your mentors. Monika wants to make sure you’re comfortable at the hospital, so she works closely with your mentors, monitoring how you’re doing on a daily basis - and making sure you relax after your shift!
You can choose any weekend of the year to start your placement, and stay for one week or as long as you want. Start with our simple online Application Form, and we’ll just need a registration fee of £290 to secure your place on the programme and let you access our full preparation service, including your personal Student Experience Manager in our Newcastle Head Office.
The remaining cost of your placement depends on the destination you choose and number of weeks (see our Prices page). This covers a comprehensive package that includes your hospital placement, professional mentoring, global health tutorials, accommodation, food and 24/7 support from our UK and overseas team.
Croatia has a universal healthcare system with top-notch facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, and highly trained specialists. Croatians often suffer from the cardiovascular, metabolic, and degenerative diseases commonly encountered in the Western world, so popular departments for placement include everything from cytology to vascular and thoracic surgery.
The variety of specialist department placements available in Croatia contributes to its reputation as one of our top destinations for students hoping to shadow in clinical environments similar to those in the UK.
The Dominican Republic has one of the best healthcare systems in the Caribbean and is graced with a year-round tropical climate. Unfortunately, the warm weather also comes with a high incidence of mosquito-borne illnesses, like dengue and malaria. In addition, a high rate of motor vehicle accidents contributes to busy trauma centres throughout the country. Accordingly, popular departments at our Dominican partner hospitals include both the emergency and inpatient departments.
In addition to our career-centred programmes in Santo Domingo, we offer a community health project facilitated by our non-profit partner hospital.
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