Make your med school application shine with our HOSA Dominican Republic special

July 22, 2016

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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“I would definitely recommend doing a Gap Medics placement to anyone who’s interested in pursuing a career in healthcare; it’s a really educational, exciting and fun experience.” Haydn Maclean

Enhance your application to med school with our special project in the Dominican Republic, specifically for high school juniors and seniors. Normally our gorgeous destination in La Romana is reserved for older students but because of the high demand for places (and in collaboration with our friends at HOSA) we’ve opened it up for two weeks just for you! If you want to kickstart your pre-health career in style then this is your chance…

About the program

Here at Gap Medics we specialize in crafting the perfect pre-health programs for anyone interested in a career in medicine, dentistry, nursing or a range of different allied health professions. Whether you are set on becoming a doctor already or simply looking to have your eyes opened to a future in healthcare, a two-week shadowing program is the perfect way to see exactly what this might entail without committing to the time and financial outlay of a full degree. Later, if you do apply to med school, your experience with us with give your application that all-important edge.

While you’re with us you will shadow a dedicated health professional in your chosen specialty, and be assigned a personal mentor who guides you throughout, answering any questions you have about cases, hospital facilities and more. All students will also attend global health seminars to learn more about the economic and social issues facing health professionals in their host country.

“I was amazed by the scope of medicine that we were able to witness.” Jeong Ha Lee

About La Romana

Framed by sun, sea, sand and palm trees, our base in La Romana is one of the most stunning settings on earth. Combine your life-changing medical internship with activities such as horse riding, snorkelling, hiking, and exploring art and architecture.

One of the most famous features of La Romana is the Altos de Chavon. Designed by architects and cinematographers to mimic a 16th Century European village, at first it feels like the strangest thing to be perched atop a hill in the Dominican Republic. However, you’ll soon feel right at home as the buildings have been claimed as part of La Romana’s rich cultural heritage and house an array of different artists, potters and weavers. There is also a 5000-seat amphitheatre, a museum devoted to La Romana’s history and a choice of restaurants, bars and boutiques. You mustn’t miss it!

A perfect destination within easy reach

You may feel like you’re on another planet in La Romana, but in reality it’s not far from home at all. Direct flights are available from New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago and more, so your life-changing experience is only a few hours away.

Whilst you’re with us you’ll stay in accommodations exclusively for Gap Medics staff and students, which is kitted out with comfy rooms, plenty of social spaces and even a swimming pool to cool off in after a long day on placement.


Sound good to you? Register with us to secure your spot, and let the fun begin!


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Gap Medics provides year-round hospital work experience for people aged 16 and over. Our shadowing placements offer a unique insight into the work of doctors, nurses, midwives, and dentists – helping students to focus their career aspirations before embarking upon medical training.