Squads Abroad is excited to introduce the Global Medical Academy (GMA), an immersive 9-day medical experience in under-resourced rural communities in Belize and Panama. This program offers high school students and faculty a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the healthcare field among a cohort of like-minded peers. The program is open to groups of 3+ high school juniors and seniors traveling with one faculty or chaperone.
The Medical Academy brings teachers and students into the world of international medicine, offering you a life-changing chance to gain hands-on experience, discover global healthcare challenges, and make a tangible difference in underserved communities.
Participants will develop a valuable set of skills, including patient triage, vital sign monitoring, physician shadowing, and exposure to pharmacy operations. Through your hard work, you will play a pivotal role in a globally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to improving global health.
Why Choose GMA?
- 30+ Hours of Hands-On Experience: You will dive into the trenches of rural healthcare, assisting medical professionals in mobile clinics and learning the ropes of patient intake, triage, consultations, and much more.
- Get a First-Hand Look into Healthcare Abroad: Discover the unique needs and challenges of global healthcare through firsthand experience in Belize and Panama.
- Leave Your Mark on the World: Contribute to a globally recognized non-profit organization, making a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of patients in need over rural communities.
- Boost Your Medical Resume: Develop in-demand skills like patient interaction, vital sign monitoring, physician shadowing, and pharmacy operations, setting your CV apart from other college applicants.
- Forge Lifelong Friendships: Connect with like-minded peers from across the globe, sharing unforgettable experiences and building a network of future medical heroes.
- Immerse Yourself in a New Culture: Not only will you get medical experience, but you will go beyond the clinic walls and explore the vibrant tapestry of local traditions, landscapes, and customs, broadening your horizons and fueling your passion for travel.
What to Expect:
- A Safe, Organized and Professional Experience: We will take care of the logistics, from airport greetings to comfortable accommodation and delicious meals, so you can focus on what matters – gaining medical skills and making a difference.
- Pre-Clinic Preparation: Before entering the clinics, you will receive comprehensive training on medical procedures, cultural sensitivity, and safety protocols, ensuring you are fully prepared for the adventure.
- Clinic Days: Put your newfound skills to the test, working alongside healthcare professionals and directly impacting the lives of patients in need.
- Cultural Explorations: Unwind and discover the beauty of your chosen destination, participating in unique excursions and immersing yourself in the local way of life.
The Global Medical Academy isn’t just a trip; it’s a transformation. You and your team will develop invaluable skills, gain real-world experience, and contribute to a globally recognized non-profit. Plus, you’ll return home with a suitcase full of memories that will fuel your medical aspirations for years to come.
Who Can Join?
GMA is open to all high school juniors and seniors with a passion for medicine and a thirst for adventure. Applicants must be CPR/First Aid certified and willing to embrace new challenges and cultural experiences. All students must travel in groups of 3 or more alongside one teacher, faculty member or chaperone.
Dates and Destinations:
Choose from two countries and 4 dates: Panama (June 9-17 & June 23-July 1) or Belize (June 16-24 & June 30-July 8).
What are the next steps?
Secure your spot by February 30, 2024 before the programs are full. The program fee of $3590 per student includes airfare and all program expenses. One faculty member or chaperone can travel for free with the group.
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