Thanks to Global Pre-Meds I was able to shadow physicians in the Emergency Medicine department at Hospital Doctor Arístides Fiallo Cabral in the Dominican Republic. It was an extremely eye-opening couple of days. We were confronted with an array of cases ranging from something as simple as a bruised leg to something as complicated as Pulmonary Edema! There is always something happening in the ER! Discussions were held about the pathway to becoming a doctor in DR, how their healthcare system differs from the US, common diseases in the area and numerous other topics. Besides this, the program did a phenomenal job at giving us students a well-deserved break. Many times as Pre-Meds we halt ourselves from taking a moment to relax given how fast paced our daily routines are. Global Pre-Meds provided medical exposure as well as moments to sit by the pool or go for a swim at the beach! One of my favorite parts was connecting with Pre-Meds from all over the world and seeing where each of them are on their journey. I met students about to begin college, in undergrad, in a gap year and about to start medical school! Someone even received their MCAT score during the trip (yes she killed it and we all screamed)! I will never forget this experience!