Global Pre-Meds | High School Doctor Shadowing Program

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The Global Pre-Meds High School Program is a two-week residential experience for students aged 16, 17 or 18 who hope to pursue careers in medicine or healthcare. It provides direct experience of the hospital front line by allowing students to observe clinical procedures under close supervision from a medical doctor with no physical contact between students and patients.

As well as providing valuable clinical shadowing experience, the program is designed to challenge students and help them stand out as future health professionals.

The program has been updated for 2020 to operate safely in a COVID-19 resilient way at the organization's flagship location in Dominican Republic.

Highlights
  • 40 hours doctor shadowing experience
  • Stand out on college applications
  • COVID-19 resilient program
  • Clinical Experience Certificate & recommendation letter

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Fantasia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Dominican Republic Shadowing!

My trip to the Dominican Republic to shadow within the hospital and clinic was phenomenal. From the time I was inquiring to the time I went to book my trip I had full support. And it did not stop there! I was met at the airport by a friendly face and other young adults coming to shadow as well. I felt completely safe the entire time and well informed about the area. I absolutely adored being able to connect with the foster children in the compound next to ours as well after rounds at the hospital

What was your funniest moment?
Seeing doctors sing during surgery to ease tension
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Dalila
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing shadowing work experience in Croatia^^

My shadowing-a-doctor experience in Croatia was unforgettable! Someone could ask, why was my experience unique? Well, globalpremeds gave me a real insight into the life of both a vascular surgeon and a Transfusion med doctor; this experience broadened my horizons and enriched my knowledge of medicine, considering both the hard work carried on in a lab and the team-oriented work environment and challenges witnessed in the OR. Plus, this experience helped me build and strengthen my personal statement for UCAS!!!!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be proactive, enjoy every moment with an open mind
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Mekleet
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a lifetime

I went to the Dominican Republic through Global Pre Meds, summer of 2019. Global Pre Meds was such a great experience. Through this program I got to see surgeries and deliveries close up! The mentors were so kind and informative, and the living situation was amazing. I got to meet so many new people and the staff were so kind! Also the food was delicious. If you want to pursue a career in any health related field I definitely recommend this program! You won’t get this kind of experience anywhere else.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I got to be in the room during surgeries and deliveries. It was such an amazing experience
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Minami
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

an experience of a lifetime

Last summer I had the amazing opportunity to spend a full week in the Dominican Republic with this program.
During my stay I was able to make friends from all over the world while observing various surgeries up close and even learning some medical techniques (ie suturing on pig feet and learning to cast). The mentors at the hospital always explained the procedures to us and constantly checked on our well beings (Inside the hospital was humid and hot so they would make sure we have water or that weren't not feeling ill from watching all the surgeries)
Aside from the medical aspect of the program, the staff makes sure that the students can still enjoy the beaches of the DR and provides various excursions for us to participate in. My favorite was the horse riding excursion where we were able to swim in an underground cave at the end! There is also a cruise at the beginning where we can go swimming in the ocean with the fish!
All the Global Pre med staffers were kind, welcoming and extremely helpful throughout the whole process
you just gotta experience it for yourself to know how life changing this program is :)

ALSO THE FOOD IS GOOD SO DONT WORRY :) and theres a local grocery store called JUMBO that you can go to to buy snacks and other goodies.

What was your funniest moment?
(I am going to change funny to favorite in the question)
Honestly my favorite favorite memory from my trip is the small moments I've exchanged with the other students and staff. Everyone here is so friendly that it felt like we were one big family by the end.
I remember on my second night my roommates and I were exchanging different phases like rubbish vs garbage and laughing our butts off in our room.
By the end of the trip everyone got so close with each other that we were crying during our departures :(
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Vasiliki
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A life changing experience

This programme changed my whole view on medicine. From a very young age I knew it was a probable career path for me, but this trip is the one that made me 100% sure of my decision to go into university for medicine. I got to view a different health care system from my country's and I saw the many differences , but also similarities with which doctors tackles patient issues with the little resources available to them. If that wasn't enough, every afternoon, whether you chose to stay at the house or go out to the programmed excursion of the day was an absolute blast. I would definitely do it all over again if I had the chance.

What was your funniest moment?
After the two weeks during which everyone had an impeccable time, it was our last night together with the friends I had made for life. We were now a small family, all of us, and everyone was crying and hugging each other. Then, we decided that this was not helping anyone and we were just wasting our last moments together. We had a pack of some single-use gloves that we had forgotten to donate to the public hospital, so someone had the idea to blow into them, make them into balloons and write our thank you's for the staff. We left them in the kitchen and everyone was so happy in the morning.
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

best program

I went on this trip last year for two weeks and it was one of the best trips I have ever had. Between the staff, teachers, and the other students there I felt completely supported and I had so much fun. I totally want to go back in college!! Being in the OR for four hours everyday is definitely something that not many high schoolers get to experience, and being in both the surgery and the maternity ward was so interesting. Other than being in the hospital, the staff always had something for us to do. Whether that was ATVing, going to the beach, or going into town was up to us!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I got to hold a gallbladder! I also witnessed a massive benign tumor removal that quite literally flew across the room!
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Maia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The most amazing 2 weeks!

The 2 weeks I spent in the Dominican with global pre meds last year was the best 2 weeks of my life. All the staff at the house were lovely, always on hand if you needed anything and the food every night was super tasty! The medical experiences I had we’re incredible, being able to witness births, amputations, general surgery and so much more alongside knowledgable mentors taught me so much. My mentors were absolutely amazing and always willing to answer questions and push you to get the most out of your time there. I loved the additional learning opportunities such as the public health talks and Spanish lessons back at the house. Right from the first day I met so many amazing people from around the world that I’m still in regular contact with now! The evening and weekend activites, quad biking, the boat party (so so good), horse riding, roller skating, Santo Domingo city tour were fab. For the medical shadowing, experience of a beautiful country and just the new people you’ll meet, I honestly could not recommend global pre-meds any more!!! - Maia Cole

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Walking into Heathrow airport by myself about to travel to a country I’d never been to not knowing anyone I’d be living with! I quickly felt alright when I found the other girls wearing the global premeds T-shirt’s and we all got along instantly
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Charlotte
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One of the most amazing experiences out there for wanna-be med students!

Last summer I spent one week shadowing doctors in a hospital in the Dominican Republic. I can honestly say it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life; I was able to watch caesareans, leg amputations, hernia repairs and other general surgeries. I also got taught how to take blood, blood pressure and how to suture. If you want to study medicine I can think of no better way to learn whether you are up for the challenge of being a doctor! Besides the medical aspects, the accommodation and food were really nice and I thoroughly recommend the experience.