Gap Medics is a specialist company dedicated to arranging pre-health shadowing programs for students applying to medical school, nursing school, and other health degree programs. Our head office is in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, with our US office being located in San Francisco, CA. Students join us from all over the world--particularly from the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Our programs offer students aged 16+ genuine insights into the work of health professionals in Tanzania, Thailand, and Czech Republic. Our comprehensive support services are designed to make these opportunities as safe, convenient, and secure as possible and draw on our experience placing thousands of students in healthcare settings around the world.
MaríaAge: 19-24FemaleBarcelona, SpainUniversity of BarcelonaIringa, Tanzania-July 201508/24/2015
Chelsea ShannonAge: 18 or youngerFemaleUnited KingdomOtherPre-Midwifery Experience In Tanzania, Iringa08/22/2015How could this program be improved?
The Only Think I Would Want To Be Improved Would Be Some Of The Midwife's At The Hospital Weren't Always There To Give You The Experience You Wanted. I Only Really Loved One Of The Midwife's, Which Was Sister Monga She Was So Friendly And Amazing.
DanielleAge: 19-24FemaleSheffieldSheffield Hallam UniversityIringa Project - Tanzania08/21/2015How could this program be improved?
I think that the Gap Medics team should promote longer stays on the Gap Medics placement. I thought that two weeks would be enough but I was definitly not ready to go home. I was worried about being home sick but when I got there the staff are so amazing and there was always something to do. I didn't feel homesick at all.
SaskiaAge: 18 or youngerFemaleEnglandOtherThe Best Thing I've Done08/11/2015How could this program be improved?
I don't think there was anything I would change about the programme, despite the pool being a little chilly once you were in the water it wasn't much of a problem.
AnonymousAge: 19-24FemaleukOtherResponse from Gap MedicsGap Medics has successfully sent more than 7,000 students abroad in the past five years to experience very valuable, high quality hospital work shadowing experience which helps them in their future careers. We ask them all to complete a quality survey and the vast majority rate us extremely highly. Our location in Croatia is rated by them as scoring 4.6 out of five - so more than 92% rate it with top marks. We promise students more than 23 hours of work shadowing with an experienced mentor, and this is what we delivered for this student but unfortunately she decided to leave after just one shift. Normally this is delivered across five days, but in this case it was three eight hour shifts to match the work pattern of her mentor, but this can be a typical work pattern for a midwife. All accommodation, food and drink is covered as part of our booking, students get a cooked breakfast and evening meal five days a week and food is provided so they can take a packed lunch with them to the hospital. At weekends they can prepare their own meals as many students choose to go away on excursions. Some students choose to eat out during the day, but that is their choice. This student was only with us two nights but she did not raise concerns such as the noisy bedroom with our staff while she was there so we could have addressed them. Our staff did attempt to get her to stay so she could experience the full programme, but she decided to leave for personal reasons. As she joined us at a time when we were changing accommodation in Pula there may have been some small inconsistencies in the information she got in advance and we could have explained the shift working more fully, so apologise if these aspects did not meet our usual excellent standards on this occasion, and for the delay in getting back to her but I wanted to check out the situation thoroughly If she had stayed with us and raised these issues so we could have corrected them I am sure she would have found, as thousands of other students do who travel with Gap Medics, that she would have had a rewarding experience that would have been very helpful in becoming a midwife.