Cases You Can Observe
Our programs are based in the Dominican Republic because of the excellent opportunities hospitals here offer to experience both mainstream cases that are common around the world and more specialist tropical medicine.
It’s likely you’ll have at least one opportunity to observe surgeons at work in the O.R. In most of our partner hospitals, orthopaedic, gastrointestinal and E.N.T. procedures are all relatively common, and our specialist trauma hospital (the largest in the country) also offers more advanced surgeries including neurological and maxillofacial.
If you’re with one of our maternity mentors, there’s a good chance of being invited to see a natural delivery, as well as experiencing the ante- and post-natal functions of the hospital and the neonatal I.C.U. Caesarean sections are relatively common, and consent is often given for students to attend.
One of the great advantages of shadowing a doctor abroad is the opportunity to experience medical conditions you’re unlikely to see at home, and Dominican Republic allows students to experience cases such as malaria, dengue fever, malnutrition and many more.
Your mentor may sometimes use quieter times between patient cases to provide informal teaching of basic clinical skills, allowing you to practice with your peers in a safe, controlled setting.