Gap Medics’ hospital work experience programmes are designed specifically for Year 11, 12 and 13 students and take you to the front line of clinical medicine and surgery, safely shadowing experienced doctors in their day-to-day work with patients.
As the UK’s leading provider of pre-university healthcare placements, they’ve hosted more than 11,000 students and provide unrivalled student support. Placements are available in exciting locations across Europe and the Caribbean, giving an invaluable insight into diversity in global healthcare.
Their programmes are most popular during the summer holidays and October and February half terms, but are open to students every week of the year.
A Gap Medics placement will challenge you, that’s the point. From day one, you’ll be in your scrubs alongside your mentor in the wards, consulting rooms, operating theatres or specialist outpatient clinics. What you ultimately gain from that experience will be down to the effort and commitment you put in, but their job is to give you the best possible opportunity to shine.
Medical schools in the UK increasingly look to what students have done beyond the classroom to assess their long-term suitability as future doctors, and first-hand medical work experience can be an important foundation for your UCAS application and university interviews.
The Famous Gap Medics Social Life!
One of the things that makes their programmes unique is their houses – safe, secure, lively, and enormous fun! You’ll live with like-minded students from around the world, who quickly become friends you’ll keep for years to come.
From their local Manager to the in-house Chef, and Student Coordinators who are employed purely to make sure you have lots of cool stuff to do, the Gap Medics team will ensure you have the experience of a lifetime – in and out of the hospital.
How They Prepare Your Hospital Placement
Around the world, Gap Medics work with hundreds of clinical mentors in dozens of partner hospitals. They put a huge amount of work into the personal relationships that let them ensure every mentor is fully-invested in the educational aims of the placements, and they pay mentors directly for every student they receive (in addition to the fees they pay the hospitals) to create a genuinely sustainable programme from which everyone benefits.
Your Student Placement Manager in their UK office will work with their local team in your chosen destination to match you to exactly the right placement before you go, based on your age, career ambitions and personal preferences.
Most of their partner hospitals offer opportunities to shadow doctors in internal medicine, general and orthopaedic surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology, emergency room and outpatient departments.
Some also offer specialist departments such as neurology, cardiothoracic surgery, oncology and ophthalmology. So whether you’re looking for a general introduction to hospital medicine and surgery, or something more specific, Gap Medics are here to help!
How To Get Your Hospital Work Experience
Placements are available every week of the year, and registration is a simple online Application Form. They need a £290 registration fee to guarantee your place and give you access to the full preparation service, including your personal Student Experience Manager in their Newcastle Head Office.
Gap Medics provide a comprehensive package including your hospital placement, professional mentoring, global health tutorials, accommodation, food and 24/7 support from their UK and overseas team. The cost depends on where you go and how long for (see their Prices page) and the full payment isn’t due until 90 days before your placement start date.