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. Students join us from all over the world--particularly from the US, Canada, UK and Australia. Our programs offer students aged 16+ genuine insights into the work of health professionals in Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Poland, Croatia and Thailand. 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

  • Joanne
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Perth, Australia
    Other
    10/10
    Phitsanulok, Thailand Review
    03/21/2016

    I cannot stress enough how great this program is! Not only is it a beneficial academic experience, the social and personal growth aspects are prominent. By the end of my two week stay I had made friends who I am still in touch with. The weekdays consisted of shadowing surgeons in specific departments, seeing surgeries I never thought I would at such an early stage in my studies. Additionally, we attended global health sessions, visited an orphanage and explored the city we were in. The balance of work and fun in this program is perfect!

    How could this program be improved?

    Improve the global health lessons.

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  • Janneke
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Other
    10/10
    Brilliant experience
    01/22/2016

    Although Africa is an area of great poverty, it was brilliant to be part of a hospital that aimed to help all people in need. There was a wide range of economic statuses staying at the Morogoro Hotel and I was ecstatic to be a part of giving medical aid to all of these people. Furthermore, every person was so grateful and respectful to our mentors and us, which just made the whole experience more enjoyable.

    The experience was invaluable to my outside the classroom learning, as I got to learn practical skills, people skills and more in depth information about diseases that were prominent in the Morogoro area.

    The people we were spending time with both inside and outside the hospital also made a huge impact on the enjoyability of my time there. The house staff were so lovely and welcoming - it felt like we were all a family by the end of the week. The mentors in the hospital were all very helpful, (but by far Dr. Alex in the surgery department was the best), so I got to learn a great deal, and I didn't feel uncomfortable about asking questions.

    I was in a surgery placement and I couldn't have asked for more than what I got. I got to see so many close-up surgeries and interesting cases - I really felt part of the medical team.
    On a side note, it is not all fun and games, as there are many tragic stories that come with the placement, but it cannot be helped, and I am glad I could see the more difficult side of the job.

    I am looking forward to joining the programme again.
    My only regret is not staying for very long!

    How could this program be improved?

    Perhaps a longer working day, or a longer time at the night shift.

    Photos:
    At the orphanage
    In theatre
    Video Review:
    A short clip on my trip
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  • Chloe
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Perth, Western Australia
    University of Western Australia
    9/10
    Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Tanzania
    01/14/2016

    A week in paediatrics involved ward rounds presenting cases such as malaria, tuberculosis, anaemia, pneumonia etc, sitting in on outpatient clinical practice (where we would sometimes ask questions ourselves in Swahili), and learning in the neonatal clinic. My mentor was helpful, provided you demonstrated initiative and asked questions. I also enjoyed learning from 5th year medical students also doing rounds.
    Obstetrics and gynaecology was exciting! Plenty of cesarians; a highlight was catching the baby, cutting the cord, weighing it, assessing its health and tending to after care. Around 6 natural labours throughout the week as well, which was incredible to be apart of. I also participated in the ward rounds of antenatal patients and gynaecology patients, and I can't forget watching a total abdominal hysterectomy...where I was kindly granted permission to dissect the tumour.
    The staff are beautiful, as is the country. Food is delicious, bring warm clothes as it gets windy at night! Houses are more than comfortable! Would recommend this experience, definitely get your money's worth with midweek entertainment at night, Swahili lessons and global he lath tutorials as well!

    How could this program be improved?

    More gynaecology rounds while waiting for deliveries. Also being more involved in natural labours if possible.

    Photos:
    The baby I caught, performed health assessments on and cared for. A very happy and healthy baby boy!
    Beautiful Esther, a little girl I met at the orphanage during afternoon free time
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  • Daisy
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    England
    10/10
    Best Experience Ever
    11/19/2015

    If you have the opportunity to go on a gap medics placement, do it! For me it was such an amazing experience. I made great new friends from all over the world and had valuable time in hospitals watching amazing things. You really will have the time of your life!

    How could this program be improved?

    Nope, I really do think this program is perfect.

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  • Jemini
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Preston
    University of Manchester
    2/10
    Worst Experience of My Life - Croatia
    10/27/2015

    On arrival in Pula the programme manager and the housekeeper met me. Although the housekeeper was very welcoming, the programme manager was not, as when I arrived at the Gap Medics house he gave me a very brief tour of only half the house and just left me to it. I understand that food is not provided at weekends but he made no effort to explain where I could buy food considering I had a long journey.

    Food was a serious issue as Gap Medics gave me the impression that there would always be some sort of food in the house. However, this was not the case most of the time. There were no bottles of water and no one explained whether I could drink the tap water. In the end I had to drink the tap water from the bathroom. During meal times there were also no fruit juices, etc. Breakfast was okay, but most of the time not sufficient. Often there were days where there would be no milk or the milk would be warm. On one particular day there were no teabags even after reminding the chef on the previous day to buy them. There would always be fruit in the house but it was always rotting and never edible and the food in the fridge had clearly been there for a very long time therefore I was always scared to eat anything. Lunch option was ridiculous, as you had to make your own lunch, which was 2 pieces of small bread and a piece of cheese every day. There was never anything to eat in the day. The kitchen was dirty and very small and I was expected to wash my own dishes, which seems unfair seeing as I paid so much for the placement! However, the evening meal was great!

    Gap medics gave me the impression that someone would always be in the house at all times. However, this was not the case and the programme manager would often leave for 'an hour or two' this meant that if I needed anything there would be no one to contact. I think this is ridiculous as there is no form of security! Also, when Leila came to stay, she didn't even ask my name or introduce herself, therefore once again I felt like there was no one I could approach.

    Taxis were a big issue. I understand on the first day that we had to walk to the hospital so we can get a local tour but the next few days taxis were not provided unless is was 'very hot or raining' This is really unfair seeing as everyone the previous week were provided with taxis! The hospital was around a 45 minute walk, which meant I arrived sweating as it was very hot and I felt uncomfortable and faint all day due to being so tired. There was no sense of organization. I couldn't deal with this and ended up having to pay for the taxis myself.

    Although I saw some pretty valuable things on the actual placement, the mentor didn't understand English properly. The nurses always talked about us students in Croatian as they believed we didn't understand. They were rude to us and deliberately blocked our views. Most of the time there was nothing going on and I had to sit around doing nothing. This is so unfair considering how much I paid for the actual placement! I believe the staff should be more welcoming!

    The whole placement seems very overpriced and not worth half of what I paid for it. I don't understand why we should have to pay extra costs for things like scrubs and the return taxi to the airport. There are a lot more hidden costs than Gap Medics make out.

    I sent my complaint to Gap Medics but they have not done anything about the issue therefore I am going to escalate this further. My overall experience of the trip was much worse than I expected. My friends are looking to travel with Gap Medics soon and it is a shame that I will have to share my experience with them. I also requested a breakdown of the cost I paid to see where the money is actually going, but again I was ignored!

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