December 23, 2013
Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.
A gap year is a wonderful period of time. It’s a time to relax and refresh yourself as you unwind after the nonstop pressure of having to study and do well through your school years. It’s also a time to travel and explore new countries and different avenues. If you are planning on applying to medical school, this is the time to participate in spend some time doing a medical placement in a developing country, which can do much to shore up your med school application.
Travelling to a foreign country can be very exciting but when everything is unfamiliar and you are miles away from home it can also be daunting. At times like these a little preparation can go a long way.
If you are planning on travelling abroad during your gap year, this useful advice and information that we’ve put together will help make it the best and safest it can be.
Before you set off, make sure you get comprehensive medical and travel insurance. Take time to shop around and make sure that the insurance you choose is the right one for you. Consider all the activities you may be doing and make sure you’re covered for these. It is a good idea to get a policy that also covers all medical costs, including an air ambulance. It may seem unnecessary when you are healthy and in your home country but without proper insurance in a foreign country, you could face a nightmare situation of having to pay the costs of any emergency yourself, including expensive medical bills. All of that can quickly add up.