Shadowing a Doctor

September 17, 2016

We had the most amazing summer and welcomed over 1,300 students on our programmes across the globe! Here are some of their highlights.

Takeoff and landing


Our students are the most dedicated globetrotters. In total, those who joined us this summer travelled over 14 million miles. That’s equivalent to over 560 times around the equator!

Reem Hassan joined us in Africa from Kuwait and, despite the long journey, couldn’t help but land with a smile on her face.

I had a layover for two hours at Nairobi International Airport. I entered the bathroom and as I was washing my hands, I met a girl coming to Gap Medics who was on the same flight as me. As I walked out of the bathroom, I saw another student wearing the Gap Medics shirt! We stood in a small circle to chat. A few minutes later, another two Gap Medics students passed by on the same destination. Even though it was almost midnight, I was way too happy to feel tired.”


A sensational shadowing experience


However far they’ve travelled, our aspiring health professionals are desperate to get stuck in and meet their mentors as soon as they possibly can. For many, this means getting used to the unique and unfamiliar challenges of a busy hospital or clinic – and possibly seeing the first surgeries or births of their lives.

This year, budding midwife Chelsea Millett completed her second placement with us, rejoining the team in Africa for an intense four weeks of shadowing.

“My trips with Gap Medics have made me 100% sure that midwifery is the career for me. Being able to witness birth in a developing country and compare it to what I’ve seen at home in England was truly amazing. I learnt so much, from the antenatal care all the way to postnatal.”


Fantastic cultural activities


From Buddhist temples to stunning roman architecture, we choose our destinations for what you can see outside the hospital as well as within it. Todd Cooper, who travelled with us to Croatia this summer, said ‘kayaking 7 kilometres through the Adriatic Sea at midnight to see the full moon on a beach with good drinks, music and people was amazing!’. Another student, Rob, couldn’t believe that he got to see elephants on safari at Ruaha National Park: “such gentle giants! I felt very honoured to have been able to watch them in their natural habitat.”

There are so many things you can do when you come away with us – enjoy museum visits in Warsaw, walk through traditional evening markets in Phitsanulok and if catching a glimpse of the Big 5 isn’t enough for you in in Africa, you can relax beside the pool or even dive in with your scrubs on to celebrate the end of a long week at work.


Friends for life

imageedit_36_8341865837Choosing to study medicine can sometimes feel like choosing a long road of late night studying, early lectures, exams, and very little rest. That’s why there’s no better feeling than meeting dozens of other like-minded people who have chosen the same path as you.

Luke Barlow has just come back from his trip and said: “the people, staff, accommodation, placement and activities were all incredible. I made life long friends, and saw life changing things. I was never bored, and never felt unsafe.”

We know that a Gap Medics friend is a friend for life, and it looks like this summer was no exception!

It was so hard to choose our favourite photos from the hundreds that you tag or send to us every day – our video shows you only a few of the best. If you’re developing serious jealousy symptoms after watching it, get in touch today and start planning an adventure of your own – our placements run 52 weeks a year and with destinations across four continents, we’re sure there will be something to suit you.

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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.