We know the reasons you may want to go on a placement with us might be different from the next student. Whatever your motivation or area of interest — medicine, nursing, midwifery or dentistry — we have you covered. Find out how we have changed the lives of some of our past students with these reviews.
Mostafa completed a dentistry placement at one of our busy partner hospitals in Pula.
Dentistry at its finest.
During the summer of 2017, I had to make one of the most vital educational decisions for my future in healthcare, to go down the medical or dental path? When making an imperative decision, one must consider all likely outcomes, and in order to make an appropriate determination one must have familiarity, and be there in first person to fully gain a perspective of what it takes to become a healthcare professional. Consequently I started my search online for dental placements around the world and ruling out the feasible opportunities. Then I came across Gap Medics in Pula, and was surprised because I didn’t know the organisation had a dental placement; following my reminiscences of my Gap Medics placement in Tanzania three years ago I decided it was the right choice.
As the date came closer I didn’t know what to expect, even though it wouldn’t be my first time with Gap Medics, I knew that it would be a completely different experience given that it was over 18, also in a more developed country. My first impression of Pula and the Gap Medics Fort House was incredible, the staff were very welcoming and informative, the city was beautiful and although I was running on a few hours sleep I wanted to immediately explore and get to know other students.
The placement itself was eye opening to the field of dentistry, the only experience I had with dentists was when I was on the operating chair filled with pain and regret. However the Microdental Clinic owned by Dr Dean Medica changed my attitude towards the dental profession, as I observed Dr Medica perform various procedures from basic fillings to bone restructure orthodontic surgery, I realised the richness of the craft and the necessity of having an artistic point of view. Another revolutionary aspect of dentistry that became apparent was the increasing use of new technology; Dr Medica used a microscope for most of the procedures, his view was projected onto a monitor so leaning over and disturbing the workspace was not an issue.
Closer to the end of the placement, I appreciated the fullness of the trip, I made everlasting relationships with students around the world who come and go regularly throughout the summer; and was given the opportunity to experience a whole new culture through delicious food and remarkable sites. The Gap Medics House and staff made the experience extraordinary and unforgettable, being constantly positive and motivating students to discover the city and to use their time wisely, as this truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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