A RIGOROUS MEDICAL SERVICE-LEARNING OPPORTUNITY THAT WILL ENGAGE YOUR HEART, HAND, AND HEAD
In this intensive hands-on medical service learning experience that will challenge you to grow beyond your comfort zone, engage your passions and expose you to some of the realities of life as a healthcare provider for underserved communities. Make headway in your journey towards a vocation in healthcare via a curriculum created by faculty from Duke and John Hopkins University and find out whether you have what it takes for a future in the field.
This programme is run exclusively in conjunction with our US non-profit partner Global Public Service Academies (GPSA).
- Connect your knowledge to practice: build on what you've learned in school with lessons from trained professionals and put this into use as you facilitate health screenings,including vaccinations and nutritional interventions (e.g. how to measure infant height and weight, how to measure blood pressure, heart rate, etc.); conduct community health trainings on hygiene or nutritional education; or perform other important volunteer tasks
- Gain invaluable exposure and insights into the realities of healthcare as you shadow nurses and doctors at clinics, hospitals and rural health posts
- Understand a different culture while you spend your time working at a local clinic and undergo extensive training on healthcare delivery and local culture
- Gain deeper insights into what it’s like to be a doctor or healthcare professional making a difference to underserved communities, and with hope, gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their motivations to be in the healthcare profession
- Participate in a GPSA conference at the end of the programme where students and faculty will present their observations, findings and community impact in a professional conference format
- Train and work with extraordinary faculty and undergraduates from some of America’s best universities, including Duke University and Johns Hopkins University
- Pre-departure advice and support for participants from Asia
- Accompanying first aid trained and certified and Ministry of Education registered instructor from Singapore
- Transportation from the beginning of the programme to the end, including airport transfers, buses, boats, or other conveyances.
- Emergency evacuation insurance
- Most meals (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner will be provided daily)
- Technical and Cultural Training
- Textbooks and lab supplies
- Social activities
- Field support from GPSA
- HQ support from GPSA US office
FEES DO NOT include:
- Travel Insurance
- Health Insurance – you must show proof of health insurance including international coverage
- ESTA (US Visa)- 14 USD
- Health vaccinations: Participants must show proof of immunization for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Chickenpox,
- Tetanus (within 10 years), Typhoid, and measles. Your doctor will likely recommend additional vaccinations and treatments.
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GPSA for Health is open to students 15 - 19 years old (Including older students who have not yet attended college) of all nationalities.
Students need not have any previous experience in medical training, but must demonstrate a passion for this field in their applications and have two references that can vouch for them.
The course is open to outstanding students in and outside of America, and is extremely competitive.
"I HAD HOPED TO GAIN MORE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE AND LEARN HOW LIFE WAS LIKE IN A MEDICAL PROFESSION. I MANAGED TO GET LOTS OF CLINICAL EXPERIENCE BY SHADOWING NURSES AND DOCTORS, AND EXPERIENCED FIRST HAND MANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS, WHICH I HAD PREVIOUSLY ONLY READ ABOUT."
“GPSA IN ST. VINCENT SHOWED ME THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC HEALTHCARE, AND THE NEEDS OF IMPROVEMENT IN THIS AREA IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. THIS MADE ME WANT TO PUT IN EFFORT TO BRING ABOUT A CHANGE IN THIS. IT IS A VERY ENRICHING EXPERIENCE THAT ONE WOULD NOT GET IN ONE’S HOME COUNTRY.”
100% OF PARTICIPANTS AGREED THAT THIS PROGRAMME:
- MADE AN IMPACT ON THEM
WAS THEIR MOST TRANSFORMATIONAL EXPERIENCE
HAS INSPIRED THEM TO DO MORE COMMUNITY WORK
IS WORTH RECOMMENDING TO FRIENDS
* Sample statistics from participants surveyed in 2013