Medical Volunteering Abroad

December 3, 2013

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Today more and more premed students are choosing to gain valuable experience in the field of medicine by participating in voluntary medical placements in developing countries. If you are planning on pursuing a career in medicine you will find that these medical placements offer your numerous short and long term benefits. Here are just a few:

Medical placements provide unparalleled real-world knowledge and experience that you would never be able to get anywhere else. It gives you a behind-the-scenes look into what being a doctor really is like so that you can decide one way or another whether this profession is really the right one for you. It also helps you take a close look at the different specialties within the field so you have a better idea of where your interests lie.

Participating in a medical placement also gives you the edge when it comes to getting admission into medical school. Most applicants who apply to med school would have got impressive grades and to compete with that you need to have something more. Interviewers look for more than just grades. They look for something that shows them that you are truly interested in medicine and that you are making an informed choice because you know what you are getting into. It’s surprising how many students who have not had any immersive medical experience actually give up school mid-way because it was not in the least bit what they expected or they were simply overwhelmed with the sheer amount they were expected to study and to achieve.

Besides adding to your professional growth and development, a medical placement abroad also helps you grow personally. You get a change to travel to interesting countries and experience the local cultures, cuisine and language. During the course of your placement, you also get the opportunity to interact with professionals from across various cultures and get useful insight into how medicine is practised in different parts of the world, especially in developing countries.

All of these experiences give you a more rounded view of the world and will also help you become a better doctor.    

Where medical volunteering could take you and what you can expect

Gap Medics offers you medical volunteering opportunities in a few select countries, chosen as much for the professional experiences they provide as for the incredible travel opportunities within the country. We offer placements in Thailand, Tanzania and Czechoslovakia where you would dedicate your time to shadowing doctors in a hospital, assisting midwives in local clinics or caring for children in the orphanage. All of our placements offer plenty of immersive medical volunteering opportunities together with the chance to strengthen your med school application with first-hand experience.   

When you book with Gap Medics, all of your travel arrangements and accommodation at your destination are taken care of so you can focus entirely on getting the most out of your experience without having to worry about anything at all.