Medical Gap Year Experience
If you are planning on embarking on a medical career or you're looking to get further 'hands on' experience during your studies, then a Medical Gap Year could be a valuable and rewarding option to consider. Gone are the days of ploughing your way through year after year of studies, in fact prospective students are now encouraged to take part in volunteer medical programs by medical schools as a way of maturing and preparing themselves for their course. The Gap Year experience will also allow you travel the world, as well as potentially earning you some money!
Volunteering on a Medical Project could take you to many different countries, and you don't need to be an aspiring brain surgeon to sign up. Placements could include Nursing in Africa, Midwifery in Asia, Dentistry in South America or Physiotherapy in Australasia, the world is your oyster, and luckily there are a number of specialist gap year companies on hand to help you plan the experience no matter what your level of qualification or your desired medical profession.
Medical gap years are a good mix of learning and giving something back. You will be learning valuable new skills to take forward into your future studies and beyond, as well as providing huge benefits to the local community by giving vital aid to those that need it most. Many companies offer varying lengths of placements depending on your trip criteria, so whether you have a spare month or whole year, you can be sure to find a project to suit you.
Once you return from your project, be sure to update your CV and notify your desired Medical School or Healthcare employer. It's important they understand you spent your gap year in a medical environment and by providing them with examples of your hands on experience, you'll be giving yourself the best opportunity of securing that dream job or course placement.