This program is for those intending to take one gap year before returning to medical school or graduate school with an intense interest in medical practice in resource-poor settings. The program includes 15 months living and working on public health and clinical care in rural Guatemala and Belize optionally followed by up to one year living at home (in the USA) helping to direct and train others as they plan and prepare for their time in Guatemala and Belize. Medical Fellows are expected to lead groups of high school students for multiple periods during their experience.
This is a great opportunity for those wishing to pursue a medical career with a passion for global health. You’ll gain first-hand experience with healthcare in a poor, rural setting. As a GPSA Medical Fellow you will strengthen your resume by indicating your passion for your chosen career. You’ll also get intensive Spanish language training in a full-immersion program, including a Spanish-speaking homestay.
The GPSA Medical Fellows program starts on May 22, 2017 in Guatemala and continues in Guatemala, Belize and West Virginia until August 1, 2018. During this period the Medical Fellow will live and work in rural and semi-urban parts of Guatemala, West Virginia and Belize to deliver and improve medical care in the communities. The Medical Fellows will have periods where high school students are on the ground under the Medical Fellow’s supervision. The Medical Fellow will give live and electronic lectures on topics of public health interest based on their experiences in the communities.
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Requirements & Commitment
- 40 hours per week