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 – June, 2020
Booking status: Registration CLOSED (Apologies, May-June 2022 program cancelled due to uncertainties creared by Covid 19). Next program 2023
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.
Program Fee*: USD 3500 (Including shadowing, mentoring, breakfast, all the teaching and mentoring). Excluding lunch, supper and flights to and from South Africa to USA and back.
Registration closing date: March, 2022
*The Program includes 15 days of:
- Daily shadowing of medical professionals with intensive medical mentoring
- Daily group reflections and written reports on the clinical activities of the day
- Teaching sessions on how to prepare for medical professional schools
- Letters of recommendation
- Trauma research opportunities
- Accommodation and breakfast
Program Schedule Johannesburg
|/ The Union-Netcare Emergency Medicine Clinical Shadowing Program 2022 /|
|Thu May 16||Arrival O R Tambo International Airport and transport to Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge, Muldersdrift|
|Fri May 17||Rhino and Lion Park|
|Sat May 18||Visit to Cradle of Humankind|
|Sun May 19||Transfer to Greenfields Guest House Alberton|
|Mon May 20||Orientation day – Union Hospital Board room – Apprentice Doctor|
|Tue May 21||Netcare Education Faculty Of Emergency And Critical Care (FECC)|
|Wed May 22||Union/Milpark Trauma Units – rotations Emergency Car/Ambulance/ICU/O.R.|
|Thu May 23||Union/Milpark Trauma Units – rotations Emergency Car/Ambulance/ICU/O.R.|
|Fri May 24||Netcare Emergency Helicopter Station – Rand Airport / Museum|
|Sat May 25||Tours: Jhb. / Soweto|
|Sun May 26||Tours: Jhb. / Soweto|
|Mon May 27||Simulation training sessions Apprentice Doctor|
|Tue May 28||Rotations Union / Thelle Mogoerane / Clinton Hospital|
|Wed May 29||Rotations Union / Thelle Mogoerane / Clinton Hospital|
|Thu May 30||Rotations Union / Thelle Mogoerane / Clinton Hospital|
|Fri May 31||Rotations Union / Thelle Mogoerane / Clinton Hospital|
|Sat June 1||Final shopping / End of Program / Prepare for departure|
|Sun June 2||Departure to USA via OR Tambo Airport|
Register now – don’t delay – limited spaces. Registrations deadline March, 2022!
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.
Attendees of previous programs having a great time during the 4 days of intensive medical and surgical skills traning!
10 reasons why you should attend The Union-Netcare Emergency Medicine Clinical Shadowing Program 2022:
- 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.
- Two 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 March, 2020!
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
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, Studied medicine at 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, Studied Optometry at Salus University Pennsylvania College
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, Physician Assistant
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- studied medicine at 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 – registrations close on March, 2020!
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, 2022
- Registered applicants will receive invoices for the tuition fee from Apprentice Corporation for an amount totaling$3500 (USD)
Apprentice Doctor will invoice you for the *registration fee of $350
Apprentice Doctor will invoice you for settling the program fee – due April, 2022 ($3500)
*Non-refundable except in the unlikely event of cancellation of the event due to insufficient interest.
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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