Shadowing a DoctorMarch 12, 2014
If your career plans involve any specialty within the medical field, whether as a doctor, nurse or medical assistant, doing a medical placement in a developing country is something you should consider. This is an eye-opening experience for all prospective medical students. Working in a hospital in a third world country will make you more aware of the challenges faced by these hospitals that continue to dispense healthcare despite drastic lack of funding and severe shortage of qualified healthcare professionals. An experience like this will help you make up your mind about whether or not this is the right career for you and will also allow you to gain invaluable insight and skills that will make you stand out from the crowd on your CV.
Medical placement programmes are not just for those who wish to study medicine, it is also useful if you are planning to go to university to study dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy or any other healthcare related field.
Choosing your medical placement programme
Which medical placement you choose is entirely up to you. Gap Medics takes care of all of your travel and accommodation requirements, so that’s not something you need to worry about. However, there are a few other factors that you may want to take into consideration when choosing a programme.
In addition to offering you a unique clinical experience, these placement programmes also offer you the unexpected opportunity to travel to exotic destinations where you can actually spend time with the locals, experience their culture and cuisine and also indulge in some exciting sightseeing. While a placement in Chiang Mai is an excellent option for scuba diving enthusiasts, Tanzania may be your preferred destination if going on an animal safari is something you’ve always dreamt about. For ski-lovers, a placement in the Czech Republic offers many opportunities to indulge in your favourite sport.