A Simply Amazing Opportunity for all Aspiring Medical Professionals in the USA & Canada!
Program Type: Residential Program for college pre-health students
Venue (Primary Hospital): Union Netcare Hospital, Alberton, Gauteng, South Africa
Classification: Emergency Medicine Shadowing Program for Pre-med students
Dates: May 20 – June 10, 2018
Booking status: Registration NOW open (scroll down to register)
Eligibility: Aspiring Health or Medical Professionals who are currently Pre-health students in the USA or Canada.
International applications also accepted. A maximum 10 students will be selected, to ensure effective mentoring.
Tuition Fee*: USD 5250
Registration closing date: March 2, 2018
*The Program includes 21 days of:
- 12-hour daily shadowing of medical professionals with intensive medical mentoring
- Daily group reflections and written reports on the clinical activities of the day
- One-on-one evaluation and feedback on the competitiveness of the participants for professional schools
- Letters of recommendation
- Accommodation, breakfast and lunch
- Trauma research opportunities
Program Schedule Johannesburg
|The Union-Netcare Emergency Medicine Clinical Shadowing Program 2018|
|Sun May 20||Arrival O R Tambo International Airport and transport to Lodge in Alberton|
|Mon May 21||Orientation day – Union Hospital Board room (Apprentice Doctor)|
|Tue May 22||Simulation day – Netcare Emergency and Critical care training college Midrand|
|Wed May 23||Union Trauma Unit – rotations Emergency Car/Ambulance/ICU/O.R.|
|Thurs May 24||Union Trauma Unit – rotations Emergency Car/Ambulance/ICU/O.R.|
|Fri May 25||Union Trauma Unit – rotations Emergency Car/Ambulance/ICU/O.R.|
|Sat May 26||Tours: Jhb. / Soweto|
|Sun May 27||Tours: Jhb. / Soweto|
|Mon May 28||Union Trauma Unit – rotations Emergency Car/Ambulance/ICU/O.R.|
|Tue May 29||Union Trauma Unit – rotations Emergency Car/Ambulance/ICU/O.R.|
|Wed May 30||Fly to Cape Town|
|Thu May 31||World-renown Cape Town’s Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital|
|Fri June 1||World-renown Cape Town’s Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital|
|Sat June 2||Tours: Cape Town|
|Sun June 3||Tours: Cape Town|
|Mon June 4||Rotations Baragwanath / Natalspruit / Optimed|
|Tue June 5||Rotations Baragwanath / Natalspruit / Optimed|
|Wed June 6||Rotations Baragwanath / Natalspruit / Optimed|
|Thurs June 7||Visit Maropeng and Sterkfontein caves (Cradle of Human Kind)|
|Fri June 8||Breakfast Moyo Restaurant, then visit the Pan-African Health Expo|
|Sat June 9||Safari Rhino and Lion Park|
|Sun June 10||End of Program Departure to USA|
Register now – don’t delay – limited spaces. Registrations deadline January 31, 2018!
Attention: All pre-med and pre-health students/aspiring doctors/aspiring medical professionals:
- Experience a once in a lifetime, unforgettable clinical shadowing experience in South Africa – a country rich in African wild-life with a belligerent history and with an amazing diversity of culture!
- Shadow emergency medical professionals, doctors and surgeons at the Netcare-Union Level 1 Trauma Unit in Alberton near Johannesburg.
- Visit the only street in the world where 2 Nobel Prize Winners resided – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
- See a wide range of African wild-life.
- See the picturesque Cape Town – rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
Attendees of previous Programs having a great time at the Emergency Medicine and Critical Care simulation facility!
10 reasons why you should attend The Union-Netcare Emergency Medicine Clinical Shadowing Program 2018:
- Attend the Union Netcare Level 1 Trauma Unit – unit of excellence.
- Shadow emergency medicine professionals (paramedics, emergency medicine physicians, trauma surgeons etc.)
- Visit the Netcare Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Simulation Lab and get a hands-on experience
- Get a solid foundation regarding sterility and hygiene in a healthcare setting and learn how to scrub for surgery.
- Meet like-minded students and exchange ideas and information
- Get an international perspective on medicine and healthcare.
- Experience the African bush and the amazing variety of wild life it has to offer.
- Three weeks of medical immersion is sure to impress any pre-medical program/medical school selection committee
- Visit historic places of interest – like the Apartheid Museum, Nelson Mandela’s house etc.
- Visit the Cradle of human kind.
- Add an Apprentice Doctor® certificate to your resume
Register now – registration close on January 31, 2018!
Dr Anton Scheepers, a practicing Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon, will lay a foundation with a number of workshops:
- Sterility and hygiene in a healthcare setting
- Scrub for surgery
- Pulse Oximetry
- Heart Sounds
My time in South Africa and Zambia have had a profound impact on my professional development. Both trips are often the first topics of conversation in interviews that I have conducted, it helps me stand out from the pack and has gotten me the opportunity to be a lab manager at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. I am also, currently in the process of applying to medical school. My time in Africa has taught me a great deal about medicine and helped me develop a worldwide view healthcare. Additionally, I have made an immeasurable amount of long lasting personal relationships. This vast network of friends and future colleagues could help to pave the way for multiple advancements in the field of science. My involvement in these trips have helped me grow and mature and have provided me with the greatest blessings in life. It’s not often that you hear that about a clinical shadowing internship but it is absolutely true. These programs helped me to develop a world view and expanded my horizons and positioned me to become a global future leader. I don’t know any two programs that better exemplify this vision. Chirayu Patel, Research Technician, Wake Forest Medical Center
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The clinical shadowing experience in South Africa was a wonderfully enriching experience that opened up the world of global health to me. I was able to learn firsthand from a variety of health care providers in intimate, rural clinics as well as more fast-paced settings. The program allowed us to explore the rich culture of the South African people, and examine the way cultural and socioeconomic context plays into factors such as access to healthcare and the physician-patient relationship. Each night, we came together for in-depth case discussions that challenged us to approach patients from different perspectives. What an inspirational, eye-opening journey for any student aspiring to enter the healthcare profession. Susan Zhao, First year medical student, University of North Carolina Medical School, Chapel Hill
The clinical shadowing trips to South Africa and Zambia were enriching experiences for those interested in the medical field. Having attended each of the trips, once as a pre-med student and again as a senior medical student, I feel that experiences from both viewpoints offered a great opportunity for learning as well as worldly reflection. Three years later, as a fourth-year medical student, I was invited back to attend the Clinical Shadowing in Zambia trip as an adjunct instructor. Not only did I feel my experience as a medical student was valuable to the students, but it was also a priceless experience for myself. Being able to help teach the students and serve as part of their introduction to clinical medicine was greatly rewarding, but it also reminded me how far I’d come in my own education. Not much earlier, I was once in their same shoes. Being able to assist in medical care, namely surgical procedures in Zambia was very exciting. I remain incredibly grateful for the opportunity to become integrated in the hospital’s day-to-day activities. Yet again, my experience shed light on the differences in the American healthcare system versus Zambia’s healthcare structure. As a current surgery resident, I take what I have witnessed in Zambia as a daily reminder of how much is taken for granted in the US healthcare system.
Having participated in the program twice, I have gathered different things from each time. I greatly wish that we had a medical student or physician attend my first trip. I continue to have mentoring relationships with many of the students from the Zambia trip, as well as some that I met briefly that attended the South Africa trip. Overall, the clinical shadowing program was an amazing experience and I would jump at the opportunity to attend again in the future, if possible. Cori Rogers, Medical Resident, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana
I traveled to Africa the summer of 2014 to work in clinics in Johannesburg and Soweto. The trip that I took to Africa helped set me on the right track for cultural sensitivity and tolerance, which are critical to being a great clinician. You have to connect with all of your patients in order to properly manage their health. Today, I am in my second year and fourth semester of professional school at Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry. I have made top marks in clinical assessments, and I know to connect well with my patients, as well as my peers and professors. This trip to Africa helped set me up for that. This trip is eye-opening and life-changing, as I’m sure all of my peers who have participated would agree. Lariesa Schwab, 2nd year, Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Studying abroad in South Africa allowed me to expand my education and begin developing a globally-minded outlook. Being across the world for several weeks demanded mature qualities – no longer could I count on my parents for the little things!
Having an interest in medicine, I was immediately fascinated by the cultural differences between the United States and South Africa relating to health care. The exposure to these unique conditions drove my passion to pursue a career in medicine even more.
One clear takeaway from this experience was the motive to enter a career in medicine. Too often in Western civilization there are many physicians that pursue medicine for the wrong reasons. The experience in South Africa reinforced the concept of caring for individuals without the financial motive. That, I have discovered, is what truly drives my passion to serve in medicine.
Without this incredible opportunity, I would have lacked the motivation it takes to get accepted and complete medical school. Because of this experience, I know I must improve the quality of life and make a difference for those who are in need. Before this trip, working in the medical field was merely an aspiration – now it is my calling, my passion, and my future. J. Tyler Ramsey, Postbaccalaureate IRTA Fellow, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
This program provides a once in a lifetime experience. The trip opened my eyes up to a world all to unknown to most of my peers. Since this trip I have traveled to over 14 different countries, mostly developing, and it spurred a passion for rural primary care and understanding people despite race, creed, culture, or religion. The memories, the lessons learned, the patients met, and the part of my heart that will always be filled with this African culture could only come from a program as this one. I begin Physician Assistantship school this upcoming January. If it were not for this trip I would not be the man I am today. Nicholas Austin, 1st year, Physician Assistant Student
The trip to South Africa was the single best experience that I have encountered in regards to comparing our health care and cultural system to that of a Second World’s system. It was truly an eye opening experience that I would encourage anyone with the possibilities to enroll in. Since then, I have become more aware of the cultural differences when I encounter minority patients throughout my rotations in medical school. Stefano Cardin, Third year medical student, University of South Carolina Medical School
Pursuing a career in health/medicine is demanding and the selection process is highly competitive. If you are sold out on becoming a great medial professional – you cannot afford to miss this opportunity for anything!
Register now – registration close on January 31, 2018!
The Registration and Section Process:
- Register and submit the letter of recommendation
- Your application will be screened, largely based on eligibility (college student from North America) and letter of recommendation.
- We will then get back to you within 24 hours to inform you whether your application has gone through or not
- If you are accepted, you need to pay the deposit within 24 hours of your acceptance to secure a spot.
- The balance should be paid by April 1, 2018
- Registered applicants will receive invoices for the tuition fee from Apprentice Corporation for an amount totaling$5250 (USD)
Settle the registration fee – payable on receiving invoice ($250)
Settle the program fee due April 1, 2018 ($5000)
Looking forward seeing you there!
Prof Chishimba Nathan Mowa, Dr Anton Scheepers and the Apprentice Doctor Team
In association with the Union Netcare Trauma Unit – Alberton, South Africa
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