Medical Work Experience Abroad
If you’re interested in a career in health why not join Gap Medics and study your electives abroad while volunteering on a community health program. It’s a great opportunity for you to learn alternative skills and methods otherwise not available to you in your home country. You will be entrusted with the medical needs of entire communities, so a professional attitude is mandatory.
Participate in medical work experience abroad and you will expose yourself to traditional, native medical practices. Shadow a local healer and learn their methods of curing from locally sourced plants and trees. Volunteers for Gap Medics taking their electives abroad are encouraged to use the clinical skills learned in the classroom and in training in community health programs so you will be very much involved in the treatment of patients. You might find yourself observing surgeons in theater, shadowing nurses in wards and organizing office admin so that records are kept and stored for later reference.
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Medical work experience abroad is a wonderful way to gain first-hand experience and insight into the local health care system of your desired country. There are projects in India, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and many more. Why not take part as a Gap Medics volunteer on a community health program if you want to study your electives abroad while doing something really good.
Gap Year Medicine Volunteering
Volunteering on a medical elective on your gap year in medicine, physiotherapy or veterinary science is a grand way to gain experience in your chosen career path while traveling the world at the same time. You’ll also be making a really positive difference regardless of where you volunteer whether it’s at a veterinary surgery in Mongolia or at a hospital in India.
If you volunteer for Gap Medics as one of your medical electives abroad, it’ll also look great on your CV, pushing you above the crowd in what is a competitive job market.
There are many types of medical project you can work on and many varying ways in which you can help in, plus extensive medical internships and jobs available at present. Whatever stage of your medical career there are electives here that will be invaluable, unique and unusual experiences that you might never get to try otherwise.
Medical Internship (Thailand/Belize)
Use your medical education to join Gap Medics and come and intern in Thailand or Belize for your electives abroad, and develop your skills and experience in a range of settings and encounter medical services in the developing world.
As a medical intern you will be able to observe the challenges facing local staff and communities. You will be able to see a range of illnesses and ailments common in the developed world, but also challenges presented by regional ailments. You will shadow local medical professionals who will share their diagnosis, treatment and experiences with you.
There is so much you can do. You can become a Children’s Hospital Volunteer in South Africa, and assist the patients in a hospital dedicated to sick and injured young children. Maybe you will find that working with children is your true calling in the medical profession. It might be something you haven’t considered before, but volunteering opened up a whole new area of medicine for you.
Role of the Volunteer
The role of the volunteer who joins Gap Medics desiring to take electives abroad depends to a great extent on their skills and experience. Medical students duties may include administering medication, giving vaccinations, taking vital signs and providing general health care, shadowing lead practitioners and providing assistance on daily routines. Those with specialist skills can be placed as required in areas including: Urology, Gynecology, Dermatology, Pharmacy, Dentistry, ER, mobile clinics and General Practitioners. Your abilities will be sized up by the local team and feedback given to you regarding your progress. Please be aware that any treatment will be at the discretion of the local team and your role will be determined by the skills, aptitude and attitude displayed during your placement.
If you have an interest in a specific area of medicine, then just let the right people know and you will be placed in line with that. Some electives are designed especially to provide hands on experience to student prior to graduating.