Gap Medics: Pre-medicine programs

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Our pre-medicine internships are designed to help you understand the realities of life as a doctor. In small student groups – with guidance from a carefully selected mentor – you’ll spend your time shadowing medical staff in a real clinical environment.

One day you might be observing surgery in the operating theater, the next you might be in the outpatient clinic; we’ll place you in departments we know will give you the best and most varied experience. If you’re interested in a certain specialty – such as surgery, oncology or pediatrics – let us know, and we’ll do our best to incorporate it. Most of our partner hospitals are large and busy, providing plenty of scope for learning about different specialties. Students who visit Mafia Island will have the opportunity to gain experience in a unique rural community setting.

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  • Impact 8.8
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 9.4
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Student
10/10

my time in Iringa

I was in Iringa, Tanzania for about four weeks and loved just about every minute of it. I learnt so many things and had so many great experiences. It was hard at times, seeing the things the people over there have to deal with on a day to day basis. but the support and friendship offered to us by the staff and other students was invaluable. I wouldn't do it any other way.

Yes, I recommend
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hcpw
9/10

'A trip of a lifetime'

If you are looking for a trip of a lifetime then look no further. This trip has truly opened my eyes, not only in the field of medicine but in the world as a whole.

The medical experience I gained over in Tanzania was a focal point of my interviews for medical school this year. However I was glad I had time before my interviews to consolidate my thoughts as when I first got home I couldn’t stop talking about everything I had seen!

You will experience first hand the reality of a lack resources in health care as well as a variety of tropical diseases. You really are involved from day one and there is such a variety of medical issues to discover, from the intriguing science behind some cases to the ethics of how cases are dealt with. As well as actually seeing patients on ward rounds you will have the chance to be lectured by the doctors on a variety of medical conditions. The intimate groups of teaching are a fantastic way to learn more about individual diseases. I saw and learnt more than I could ever have imagined.

Outside hospital hours, you stay in lovely accommodation in Iringa. The house is well equipped for your stay and there is a wide variety of food to eat. Akiba the chef is fantastic at cooking a variety of local cuisine, allowing you to feel you have tasted Tanzania and also cooking food from your homeland to stop you missing home! The staff out in Iringa are so welcoming and friendly and are great at providing you with all the information you need as well as always being there to chat when you need to.

I would rate this trip as one of the best experiences of my life. If there is anything that I would advise it is that perhaps you need to be emotionally prepared for this experience. You see some things that are very difficult and that will stay with you for the rest of your life but that in my opinion will open your eyes to the world of medicine and inspire you do something in the future.

This really is the trip of a lifetime!

Yes, I recommend
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Mazunga
9/10

Mambo!

The four weeks i spent in Iringa, Tanzania this summer just gone has been the most memorable, educational and confronting experience of my life.
Everything from the food, to the other students, to the African doctors we were shadowing was fantastic, although intense at times. With the wide variety of disease, injuries and surgeries there was always something new to see and learn as well as a few lectures a week from one of the doctors.
Seeing and learning about the general society of Iringa, outside the hospital, is also something that i will never forget. We were given enough free time to make the most of the local craft stalls, safaris and various other tourist attractions
It would not have been nearly as rewarding without the support and friendship we found in the staff at gapmedics and for that i thanks them. This was my first trip overseas, so a litle daunting, but they were with me every step of the way.
I highly recommend this program to anyone looking for the trip of a lifetime!

Yes, I recommend
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Amanda
9/10

Amazing experience

This experience has given me a tremendous insight into the lives as a doctor. I am more than certain that medicine is the career for me now!! I will always remember what doctor Hope has said: Don;t just be any doctor, be a good doctor.

Yes, I recommend
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GC
10/10

words can't explain...

Literally the best time of my life, every moment was incredible and i learnt so much not only about medicine but life too. Nothing to fault and if anyone is interested just book don't question it staff are so supportive both in england offices and there in tanzania. You meet amazing people and see things you wouldn't ever imagine! 100% worth every penny! I have already recommended it to people and they have loved it too. I want to go back!!!

Yes, I recommend
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Canucker
10/10

Best Summer Ever!

Before I even begin my review, I'd like to say that just as I was wrapping up writing my inital review my lovely computer thought it would be a great time to crash, causing me to lose the entire review I had just spent all that time working on. However, that said, Gap Medics is truly such a wonderful program that I simply had to take the time to start all over again. So, take two, here we go.

My month with Gap Medics was easily the best month I've had thus far. I had amazing opportunities to observe medical procedures that you would otherwise likely not get to see until well into medical school, while also living and travelling in a beautiful place surrounded by amazing people.

Both the hospital (I was at Iringa Regional) and the Ngome Health Centre were absolutely amazing places to learn about medicine in a developing country. The doctors I worked with were extremely knowledgable, dedicated and hard-working, and not only willing, but happy, to teach you all about their work. You will definitely want to bring a notebook with you so that you can write all of the valuable information you will be given while on placement... and also, depending on who your mentor is that week, you might even be tested on it!

All of that said, Gap Medics is not at all a purely 'work trip'. While there, I made incredible friends from all over the world, lived and travelled in the magnificent and culturally rich Iringa region, spent hours at Neemas and Hasty Tasty (don't worry about finding them; somebody in your house will know where they are), learned some basic Swahili (you get lessons at the house some evenings), fell in love with the adorable children at the orphanage, and even had the chance to go on a wonderful safari! One thing I can guarantee is that you will never get bored. And if you are ever unsure what to do or where to go, Mdoe, Jerry, Hassan, Baptiste, or any of the other wonderful staff members will be right there to help you out.

I would strongly recommend Gap Medics to anybody interested in medicine. It provides you with a vast wealth of knowledge, a chance to see what life is really like for people in a developing country, and a safe place where you can grow as a traveler, student and person.

Yes, I recommend
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Sacha
10/10

An amazing experience! I would recommend it to anyone!!

I had te most amazing time in Tanzania with the GapMedics program. Although I only went for one week I learnt so much from the hospital staff, program managers and local people. We had the chance to experience medical work and the local culture in equal measure. The houses were perfect and I had great fun with all the people there, including the project managers who were really helpful and friendly. We even had the chance to go on safari at the end of the week which was fantastic - we saw loads of animals including lions, elephants and giraffes! I would Definitly recommend it to anyone interested in a career in nursing, medicine or dentistry!

Yes, I recommend
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AB
10/10

BEST TIME OF MY LIFE

Tanzania helped me decide that I really wanted to be a doctor. It taught me so many skills and ideas that I would've never gained from just going to school. It gave me a real life experience of what the medical world is like and convinced me that I was committed to entering this profession. By gaining work experience in the UK, I don't think I would have experienced, done as much or seen as much as I did at Iringa Regional Hospital (e.g. post-mortem, child birth, c-sections etc.). The mentors were great. I thank everyone at Gap Medics for this eye openining experience. I made the best friends ever in Tanzania and had the best time of my life. Never to be forgotten!

Yes, I recommend
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Alice
10/10

Gap Medics Tanzania = Amazing!

I spent an amazing month in Iringa! The staff at Iringa were incredible and the house was sooo much fun! I learnt so much from the hospital and gave me a whole new outlook on things!! Last year I got four rejections from medicine, this year I had three interviews and three offers plus knowing that medicine is definatly for me!!

Yes, I recommend
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Jonathan
9/10

Absolutely Fantastic Time

The food was fantastic and the staff were extremely friendly. Baptista was unbelievably organised and ran the entire operation with great efficiency and I never had to worry about anything. The mentors were competent and the experience was extremely educational. I made many friends and loved every moment. The extra hospital activities were fantastic such as the safaris.

Yes, I recommend
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Alice
9/10

Anyone aspiring to a career in medicine, dentistry or midwifery needs to undertake this placement.

The work experience not only allows you to compare these somewhat primitive hospitals in Tanzania to our modern day counterparts in the UK, but it also provides new friendships, one and a lifetime experiences and spurs you on even further towards your dream career.

I didn't know exactly what to expect; I knew that the work experience would be different to that in the UK, but I never imagined that I would witness and experience such amazing and wonderful events during my placement.

To me, the greatest aspect of the trip was comparing the hospitals in Tanzania to that of those in the UK: How doctors diagnose, how patients are treated, the training of nurses, the illnesses encountered, etc. Adding all this to the new friends I made on the trip, made the work experience unbeatable.

My friends had warned me that many people studying medicine are very studious and aren't very 'fun'. This trip has proven my friends wrong. Whilst in Tanzania, you not only get to undertake work experience placements, but you also get the opportunity to go on safari, got to markets, visit orphanages, etc with all your future peers in medical school. Spending time with such down to earth, eager people, really encourages you to persue your dream of a career in medicine because you know, that when you go, you will meet more amazing people such as them.

The house itself was lovely; African inspired names for houses, jungle themed curtains, a bbq area in the garden, fresh, african food and charming housekeepers made the house a delight to live in. Although the solar powered showers sometimes proved to be a bit tempermental, I cannot complain about the living quarters.

It goes without saying that getting into medical school is difficult. In order to get in, you need to show your dedication and demonstrate that you are really series about the profession. What better way to show your determination than to fly outside of your comfort zone, enter a completely different country, even continent, and enter the wilderness that is a Tanzanian Hospital.

Yes, I recommend
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arico
10/10

Great opportunity to expand

I enjoyed my time spent in Tanzania and still talk about it all the time. I would recommend this program to anyone who is questioning their desire to enter into the medical field. Also, it was a great experience to expand the ability to work with a diverse group of people since many of the students come from all over and of course the doctors are from Tanzania. This gives a great perspective on the Tanzanian culture along with the medical community in general.

Yes, I recommend
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Nilltav
10/10

Awesome experience

This trip was so awesome it's almost impossible to describe it in words. I learnt so so much from the staff the doctors and the people around me. It was truly invaluable. You discover a side of medicine that you never see in developed countries and gain very valuable and necessary insight into the profession. To be honest Gap Medics and my trip to Tanzania was the main reason I got all four interviews and my offer for my favourite university this year. The universities were so intrigued with my experience with gap medics. People GO on this trip it was the best two weeks of my life and because of it I will be going to med school!!!

Yes, I recommend
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Tara
9/10

Pre-med Placement Tanzania

Like any aspiring pre-med student, I was desperately looking for work experience. Being only 17, Gap medics seemed like the perfect organization; All through the booking process, the Gap medics team was very helpful and patient, eager to answer all of questions, however trivial they were.

Upon arriving in Dar Es Salaam, I was greeted by M’doe who was very excited to see me. The next day, after meeting two other students, we took the bus up to Iringa.
The Gap medics house was brand new and very homely; I was introduced to the students who had been there for a while. We then had a delicious homemade pizza made by our very talented cook, Debora.

During a typical hospital day we would always work in pairs and ward rounds began at 9 am. We’d arrive in time to meet the doctor who would go from patient to patient whilst he explained in detail what was wrong and what the appropriate treatment of. My favourite placement was in surgery. We mainly observed surgical procedures which were explained fully as the operations continued. On one occasion I plucked up enough courage to ask Dr Simkoko, the attending in OBS/GYN, if I could scrub in on a procedure. Twenty minutes later, I was helping the doctor hold clamps, swab and I even cut the umbilical cord during the C-section!

At two o’clock, after lunch, one of the doctors would give us a one hour lecture on any given subject, may it be post/op procedures or how to deal with a trauma patient. On one occasion during a lecture we practiced stitching on a leg of beef. After the lecture, we would usually go to the internet cafe or the Neema cafe for a delicious slab of cake.
Not only did I meet some incredible people, the experience gave me the opportunity to travel to travel on safari and to Zanzibar. From a more academic point of view this trip will definitely enhance my personal statement and give me a “hands-on” insight into what a medical career would be like. The whole month was unforgettable and has pushed me to work even harder towards becoming a doctor. I am looking forward to returning next year for an even longer stay.

Yes, I recommend
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Sophie
10/10

An amazing experience I will never forget!

Going to Tanzania was one of the best decisions I've made. The experience in the hospital was so good: I got to help out in surgery and circumcisions. I have gained valuable knowledge and skills that will undoubtably help me in the future. The staff are all really friendly and willing to offer help whenever you need it. I have made friends for life and I will never forget the amazing time I had out there!

Anyone considering a career in medicine should 100% go to Iringa!

Yes, I recommend

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