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Whether you are currently working toward your undergraduate degree or have already graduated, you are ready to dive into a postgraduate physician associate programme. With a great need for trained health professionals of all skill levels throughout the country, it is your ambition to answer that call with your knowledge and drive. But do you have the real work experience you need to support your application? Furthermore, have you begun to consider all the options available when it comes to specialism?
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+ programme alumni). Whether you seek insight for your university interviews or confidence in your career choice, our pre-university work experience programme will place you right in the heart of an international hospital or clinic to observe real physicians at work.
Our physician associate programme is open all year, and you can attend for as many weeks as you like (we recommend two). Programmes begin on Sundays and end on Saturdays, leaving ample time for you to arrive at and depart from your destination.
“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!”
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.
With one of the top healthcare systems in Asia, Thailand offers universal coverage to its citizens. But while the country has developed a reputation for its medical tourism industry, which offers specialist medical services to foreigners at a cost, there is some disparity in the availability and provision of healthcare for locals.
In some areas of Thailand, the tropical climate contributes toward mosquito-borne illnesses and parasitic infections. Diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis also remain prevalent. These factors make both general medicine and surgery popular departments for placement in Thailand, as they provide comprehensive insight into some of the country’s primary health concerns.
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 La Romana, we offer a community health project facilitated by our non-profit partner hospital.
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 busy facilities around the world that offer a variety of specialist departments for 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 programme.
Each week, we will place you in a department carefully selected by us to ensure you receive the most relevant and comprehensive observational opportunities. If you have an interest in a specific medical specialism, simply indicate your interests on your application and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Your department mentor will be a professional clinician working in 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 surgeries in the operating theatres. We work very closely with our partner hospitals to ensure that our mentors are fully qualified and understand the educational aims of our programme.
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.
Dr Hernandes is an orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in performing spinal surgeries and procedures. He has been working at Hospital Buen Samaritano for over two years and spent a significant period of time on the traumatology ward before specialising in orthopaedic surgery. If you are assigned to Dr Hernandes, your day will begin with a number of consultations where he will explain each case to you in detail. Later in the day, you will have the opportunity to witness Dr Hernandes perform surgeries and procedures in the operating theatre.
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 physician associate programme.
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.
Edwige, commonly known as Edwin, is our friendly and smiley placement coordinator in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he previously worked as an English and French teacher and also as an interpreter. He has been living in La Romana for nine years already and is our newest recruit to the Gap Medics team. Edwin makes sure that all of our students are introduced to their mentors and is ready to help you navigate hospital life in the Caribbean.