Gap Medics

Provider

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.

Gap Medics Pre-Health Shadowing Programs

Programs from Gap Medics

Program Reviews

  • Betsy
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Washington, D.C.
    Best 2 Weeks of My Life
    07/15/2015

    I am a 17-year-old high school student from Washington, D.C. who wants to become a surgeon. My peers know me as the girl whose life revolves around emergency medicine and is following a dream on a daily basis by volunteering at our local fire station. I am always striving to learn more.

    One night, I was researching 'Medical experiences abroad' and came across Gap Medics. I requested information and was contacted right away. The next step was convincing my parents to let me go to Tanzania. It was hard at first, but they know my dream and always support my decisions.

    I spent the next 10 days in Africa where I was lucky enough to assist in operations at Morogoro Regional Hospital. While shadowing my talented mentors, I realized without a doubt, this is what I am meant to be doing with my life.

    My placement was a wonderful experience and everyone was very kind and willing to teach me. I was even called in for a night shift surgery to help assist two doctors perform a bone repair on a teenager my age.

    Towards the end of my placement, I also went on safari. This was such a great way to complete my perfect trip. Also, the friendships that I made in Africa will last forever!

    Thank you Gap Medics for such a wonderful experience.

    How could this program be improved?

    As a picky eater, I did not eat much.

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  • Jen
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Oxfordshire, England
    Amazing
    06/04/2015

    Gap Medics gave me an amazing experience in Thailand, combining shadowing doctors in a different health care setting to at home with seeing a country and experiencing a culture I hadn't before. The Gap Medics house was brilliant. Even though it's 40 minutes from Chaingmai city centre, the taxis are cheap and great fun so it isn't a pain at all. The food at the house was great and all the staff were lovely! Chiangmai Mai is a great city with great nightlife. I'd definitely recommend doing this placement.

    How could this program be improved?

    Wifi at the house would be good.

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  • Rhian
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Cardiff, South Wales
    Cardiff University
    Amazing experience!
    06/04/2015

    I stayed at the gap medics house in Chiang Mai, Thailand for 4 weeks in August last year and I'm so glad I did! All the staff at the house from the cooks and gardeners to the placement team were really friendly and happy to help with whatever they could! I met lots of new people and we did lots together whether it was organising a group trip to the temple or the Chiang Mai bazar to just hanging out in the pool or playing table tennis! The only thing I wasn't crazy about at the house were the lizards and cockroaches that occasionally found themselves in my room, but obviously that can't be helped!
    I got the opportunity to travel down to Phuket and the Phi Phi islands due to a long weekend we had because of a bank holiday and that was a fantastic opportunity to explore Thailand! I also went on the hill tribe weekend which i would definitely recommend.
    I had a range of really good nursing placements - from Theatre to Outpatients and the labour ward and nursery! One week I requested my placements to be changed slightly as I had been to many of the departments the week before and my placement co-ordinator Mike sorted it out with no problem. I got to witness operations being performed (although I was only allowed into the OR for one of them), observed a baby clinic, helped care for babies straight after birth, and observe patients in ICU. Some of the staffs English isn't the best but Gap Medics do try and put you with those who have good English and so this didn't cause me too much of a problem.
    I really enjoyed everything about this experience and I felt it gave me a really good insight into different treatments and cultures ahead of starting my university degree. I would recommend it to anyone!

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  • Cymran
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Uk
    Recommend to all
    06/03/2015

    Best two weeks experience I had received met some amazing people who I am still in contact with and had an overall enjoyable time- anyone thinking of organising a trip with gap medics go for it you will not regret it!!

    How could this program be improved?

    Accommodation could be improved slightly and more evening activities

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  • Megan
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    London
    King's College London
    Very valuable dental experience
    06/03/2015

    I spent two weeks at the Gap Medics house in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in August of 2014. Some staff met a group of us at the airport and took us back to the house. They were all friendly and helpful throughout my stay, which really made the experience great.

    The Gap Medics house was just fantastic in my opinion. Small apartments and the larger house surround the gardens (with cosy seating areas), a large sheltered outdoor eating area, and the swimming pool. The staff are always available to answer any questions you may have, or help you with something. My only criticism of the service at the house is the food. Although, the cooks were lovely and friendly ladies, the food just was not to my liking - too oily! But I think most people liked the food so it could have just been me. With that said, it doesn't cost much to eat out at a restaurant in central Chiang Mai but you will have to get a group of people to share the taxi bill to get there and back. I did this a lot, with a few other people.

    I have mostly praises for the experience I gained at the dental clinic and hospital. The dentist and dental nurses were all friendly and happily allowed you to observe all the procedures. At the clinic, another student and I got to assist the dentist with moisture control during some procedures.The only drawback being that the staff at the dental clinic speak very limited English, so you really have to be observant and note things done and perhaps look it up in a book later or on the internet! But the experience is still very useful.

    The best experience was at the dental department of the hospital in Chiang Mai. The three dentists spoke English very well, so were able to explain what they were doing during procedures. They prepared a few activities for us as well. We got to remove the carious region of an extracted tooth using an air turbine handpiece with bur tip and do an amalgam filling; carve a wax model of an incisor to the correct dimensions and morphology; practise suturing; and practise the 'surgeon's knot' to improve manual dexterity.

    I would recommend going on the Hill Tribe trip on the weekend. Just amazing!! Riding elephants through the jungle and white water rafting. You get to know everyone on the trip a lot more too. I really loved getting to know so many people from around the globe and exploring the city in my free time. It's a fantastic experience.

    How could this program be improved?

    The quality of the food at the house has to be improved. Perhaps cook with unused cooking oil for each meal? I have no idea about the cooking practices in place but any improvement is welcomed.

    It would have been great to spend more time socialising with everyone at dinner time instead of traveling to the city centre for food! The city is like 1 hour away by taxi btw

    Photos:
    On Hill Tribe weekend
    View of rice fields, while riding elephant :) - Hill Tribe weekend
    Dental hospital in Chiang Mai
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