MEDICAL MISSIONS OVERSEAS

Plan My Gap Year offers a full range of medical mission placements. Challenge yourself in a new environment as you gain more in-depth medical work experience than you might at home. PMGY’s medical mission network includes BaliEcuadorGhanaIndiaPeruSri LankaTanzania & Vietnam.

PMGY’s placements for medical students provide invaluable work experience opportunities in hospital, clinic and outreach settings. Share your own skills to people who need the most support. Partake in volunteer work under the guidance of local doctors through medical outreach programs and community days.

Develop a global perspective to medicine and healthcare as you work with healthcare systems of different cultures and backgrounds. Observe practises that challenge what you’ve learned and witness a huge range of unfamiliar cases and infectious diseases. You’re in control of your medical mission, so choose the departments, placement settings and destination that works best for you.

FIRST-HAND INSIGHT INTO GLOBAL MEDICAL PRACTISES OVERSEAS

 

WITNESS MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICINE

 

OBSERVE DIFFERENT CULTURAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS CARE

 

SHADOW QUALIFIED DOCTORS IN A RANGE OF DEPARTMENTS ABROAD

 

CUSTOMISE TO GET THE MEDICAL EXPERIENCE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU

 

IMPROVE YOUR RESUME & ENHANCE YOUR FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

BALI MEDICAL MISSION

Head to Tabanan General Hospital in Bali for your mission. Home to 500 patients each day, shadow medical staff across core departments. Examples include paediatrics, surgery and ICU. Partake in community health programs in Tabanan including a holistic healer, local birth clinic and an elderly project. Overcome the language barrier to learn about the Balinese healthcare system.

FROM 435 USD

2-16 WEEKS

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ECUADOR MEDICAL MISSION

Head to South America to hone in on your clinical skills. Witness a unique healthcare system as you encounter traditional beliefs. Specialise your time in any of the 8 wards at the public hospital. Work alongside department heads during inpatient rounds, provisions of care and consultations. Staff have limited English, so basic Spanish is beneficial to communicate effectively.

FROM 675 USD

2-12 WEEKS

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GHANA MEDICAL MISSION

Shadow doctors on their daily rounds at a government hospital in Kumasi. They will teach you about Ghana’s prevalent diseases such as Malaria and Typhoid. Learn about their diagnoses, management and treatment. Outside the hospital, complete health checks in rural villages in outreach work. Raise awareness of key health issues in Ghana by supporting education campaigns.

FROM 465 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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INDIA MEDICAL MISSION

Develop medical experience in India in the ultimate medical mission. Work alongside local staff to support Delhi’s poorest communities. Build cultural connections and learn directly from doctors as you assist in slum outreach health campaigns. Shadow clinics and consultations and conduct basic health checks. Observe surgeries and compare hospital standards to home.

FROM 360 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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PERU MEDICAL MISSION

Shadow doctors during consultations and treatments in a clinic-based setting on your medical mission in Peru. Additionally, assist doctors and nurses with community health programs around Cusco. The better your Spanish, the more doctors can communicate and build trust with you. Get hands-on experience helping with blood pressure checks, health screenings and immunizations.

FROM 705 USD

4-12 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA MEDICAL MISSION

Undertake your mission in the Galle District of Sri Lanka. Experience medical placements in government and private hospitals. Learn about traditional Ayurveda medicine and Sri Lanka’s mental health system. Get hands-on checking vital signs at a village clinic and preparing herbal medicines. Witness consultations and procedures and ask doctors questions about what you see.

FROM 420 USD

1-12 WEEKS

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TANZANIA MEDICAL MISSION

Observe professional doctors, rotate departments and sit in on patient consultations on your medical mission. Experience first-hand the life of a doctor in Tanzania at a large government hospital. Ask questions and make notes as you learn about different medical procedures. See how medical staff adapt to the challenging circumstances of a lack of funding and resources.

FROM 540 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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VIETNAM MEDICAL MISSION

Develop insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system on your medical mission. Experience the day-to-day life of being a doctor in Hanoi as you shadow medical staff on their daily rounds at a paediatric hospital. Attend ad-hoc workshops at the hospital to learn from traditional doctors. Develop a deeper understanding of medical practices and their challenges in Vietnam.

FROM 630 USD

2-8 WEEKS

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UNIVERSITY MISSION PARTNERS INCLUDE

PMGY Medical Volunteer abroad on a University student elective on the PMGY Gap Year Volunteer Abroad Programs

WHY COMPLETE A MEDICAL MISSION ABROAD?

As a medical school student abroad, you will gain an insight into global medical practises in the developing world. Medical students will learn first-hand about the roles of medical staff in high patient arrivals and under-resourced healthcare systems. You will witness major differences in the fundamentals of medicine. Customise your placement with the help of local staff to get the clinical placement that is right for you. Completing an international medical mission is sure to be a great boost to your resume and future prospects. Develop a deeper understanding of global health, whilst also enjoying an unforgettable adventure.

WHAT DO OUR MEDICAL MISSIONS OFFER?

PMGY offers medical mission placements in a range of destinations. Medical students will undertake clinical placements in under-resourced hospitals and community healthcare outreach programs. Your eyes will be opened to the unfamiliar practices that healthcare systems in the developing world are accustomed to. Witness different cultural attitudes towards care and how religious beliefs can also influence practise. Choose the departments you wish to rotate through as you shadow doctors and medical staff on their day-to-day tasks.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PMGY MEDICAL MISSION?

Experience Building – Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set as you gain unique insight into your professional field.

 

Soft Skills – Become more confident and resourceful in an environment outside of your comfort zone.

 

Work Experience – Immerse yourself in a unique and adventurous work experience.

 

Increase Your Network – Build a global professional network on your overseas mission.

 

Improve Future Prospects – An overseas placement will provide a great boost to your resume and future job opportunities.

 

Travel – Structured travel opportunities provided in your free time.

 

Most Affordable – PMGY ensure that we provide a fully structured, tailored, affordable and inclusive experience.

 

Gain Perspective – Experiencing a healthcare system in a developing country will give you new perspective and appreciation on healthcare provisions in your home country.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS AND INCLUSIONS OF A PMGY MEDICAL MISSION?

We pride ourselves on providing the most affordable and best value for money medical missions overseas. For example, a 4 week medical mission overseas with PMGY will have a total cost of –

 

Bali – 1,029 USD
Ecuador – 1,119 USD
Ghana – 894 USD
India – 909 USD
Peru – 954 USD
Sri Lanka – 999 USD
Tanzania – 1,134 USD
Vietnam – 1,284 USD

 

Only a 249 USD Registration Fee from the fees above is required initially. This will confirm your spot on the medical program. Your remaining balance is due 60 days before you travel.

 

Included in the fees – Airport pickup, 3 meals a day, all accommodation, transport to/from project, in-country orientation, volunteer placements, medical donations, 24/7 International & Local based support, dedicated PMGY travel mentor, volunteer handbook, live pre-departure webinars, financial protection, regular program inspection, support with university paperwork and an International Certificate of Completion.

HOW LONG IS A MEDICAL MISSION WITH PMGY?

The length of your international medical experience is entirely up to you! Our minimum time requirement is 2 weeks but we have options for up to 6 months. Medical students typically join us on a medical mission overseas for 4 weeks.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY ON A MEDICAL MISSION OVERSEAS?

Your workday will usually start around 9am and finish at 2pm, Monday to Friday. There is always the option to extend your afternoons at the hospital. You will have lunch usually at around midday at the placement or on return from the hospital at the Volunteer House. The exact schedule will be discussed during your orientation.

 

Your daily routine at the hospital begins with you shadowing the supervising doctor as they conduct their rounds. You will learn about each patient’s condition and the course of treatment that is being applied. Use the doctor-patient consultation time to ask lots of questions and make plenty of notes. You will also get experience assisting nurses with patient care and keeping patient files updated.

 

Depending on the department, you may get the chance to practise working with the medical equipment. This would be under strict doctor supervision and examples include learning how to take X-rays. The mornings are when the hospitals are at their busiest. Consequently, make the most of your time during the morning routines. Afternoons are quieter, but this is a good chance to get to know the staff and patients better. Furthermore, you can be more inquisitive about the procedures you have witnessed. Alternatively, delve deeper into the background of the country’s healthcare system and its medical practices.

 

From time to time, you will break away from your regular hospital schedule to take part in medical outreach work. The team will set up a healthcare station led by local doctors at a community centre or local school. Spend the day supporting healthcare professionals with free health checks and consultations in communities that need it most. Expect to see over 100 patients benefiting from much needed free primary health care on each outreach program.

WHAT TYPE OF MEDICAL PLACEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

Placements for medical students come in a range of hospital and departmental settings. General medicine, surgery, maternity, A&E, ICUs, anaesthesiology, OBG, and paediatrics tend to be the most popular departments. However, your mission can include more specialist areas like traditional medicine, cardiology, neurology and oncology. Choose to specialise in certain areas or rotate across the departments. Work in medical outreach settings alongside specialist doctors providing practical health checks and treatments to vulnerable communities.

 

Working in under-resourced and over-capacity clinical placements as part of your mission will be a huge eye-opener. More specifically, you will learn first-hand how healthcare staff come up with creative solutions to medical problems in the most challenging of circumstances. This is an exciting opportunity to gain insight into all aspects of medicine.

HOW HANDS-ON WILL MY MEDICAL PLACEMENT BE?

Your level of involvement on an international medical mission is dictated by a range of factors. First of all your medical experience, but also the duration of your mission and willingness to get involved. The medical staff are accountable for you whilst you’re under their supervision. Ultimately, it is completely up to them if you are permitted and want to get involved in hands-on procedures.

 

Previous medical students have been given the chance to undertake some basic hands-on involvement at the project. This includes completing basic consultations and health checks under the supervision of local staff. For example, running free malaria tests, treating wounds and infections and conducting health screening of patients. However, to reiterate we can never guarantee or endorse hands-on experience should you choose to get hands-on. Such a decision ultimately lies with the medical staff.

CAN PMGY SUPPORT WITH MY MISSION PLACEMENT DOCUMENTATION?

PMGY can complete paperwork for medical missions overseas once your place has been confirmed on the program. Additionally, project staff in-country can also sign-off any paperwork that is required by your course tutors. However, while our team will do their best to complete any paperwork, we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to comply with every learning objective and requirement of your university/college. PMGY regularly receives medical students on our projects globally, with ties to some leading universities and colleges.

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