3 AMAZING COUNTRIES.
Our hospital work experience takes place in the UK, Thailand and India. 3 wonderful countries with some fantastic hospital experience to be had, whatever your discipline. Your choice shouldn't necessarily be based on hospitals as we'll ensure whichever destination you choose, you'll have the greatest experience of clinical shadowing that there is. After all, thats why you are joining us. Some of our destinations include an organised, escorted full in country travel experience too so choose your favourite and the one that best suits your needs below.
We want you to feel right at home when you're away with Premed Projects. We also want you to enjoy some amazing local cuisines, have some great areas to socialise with other students, get a great nights sleep, have a comprehensive staff team on hand 24/7 and give your parents & loved ones complete peace of mind when you're away with us. We also want to open your eyes to life as a healthcare professional and help you secure that elusive place in medical school or your chosen profession. And here's how we do it.
PREMED PROJECTS IN THE UK.
The United Kingdom. Home for many of our students and a very popular choice with international students too. Hospital work experience takes place in London, world famous for healthcare and medical schools. Work experience takes place in several different hospitals & universities during your stay and you'll visit and be lectured by med school admissions tutors, practicing doctors and current medical students. And there’s not a lot of med school applicants that can boast that kind of experience.
On your downtime there's so many things to do in London. A city steeped in tradition, where famous buildings such as Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament sit side by side with modern monuments, immaculate parks, stylish shops and delicious cafes.
Hospital experience in London is an experience you won't forget.
WHERE YOU'LL LIVE.
We want your stay with Premed Projects to be as enjoyable as possible. A huge part of the experience is sharing it with like-minded students and after a long day in the hospital we want you to feel relaxed and at home.
All Premed Project accommodation is kitted out to ensure you have everything you need during your stay with us. On our London hospital shadowing programme we've simple but stylish accommodation awaiting you. You will share a single sex room with other students and there will be up to 32 students on the project with you too, making for a great atmosphere! All rooms are simply but comfortably furnished so you can be sure your free time outside your hospital placement is going to be every bit as enjoyable as your time spent within the hospitals.
Downstairs you'll find a cafe and chill out areas too, perfect for that UKCAT cramming. once a week we have full use of a cinema room where we can all get together and watch the latest releases. The popcorn's on us!
Your breakfast is served every morning from 07.30am where you'll have the choice of everything from smoothies, overnight oats, pastries and the occasional English fried breakfast too. Evening meals are prepared 7 days a week with choices ranging from Katsu curries, superfood salads, duck spring rolls, ravioli and more pizza choice than you can shake a stick at. If you have any dietary requirements we're more than happy to cater to these. We're very used to having students needing Halal food, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices and you'll find these at every mealtime. When you're working during the week, you'll either eat in the doctors canteen if in a hospital, the student union if we're at med school that day or we'll prepare you a buffet lunch fit for an aspiring medical student to eat!
YOUR STAFF TEAM.
The UK team is headed up by our very own Michael who also works in the Premed Projects Head office too. Michael's team consists of hospital co-ordinators, security, a catering team and project assistants. We won't cramp your style and you'll have lots of time to socialise with your fellow students but it's good to know wherever you turn there's sure to be someone on hand to make sure you have a safe, stress free experience. It's our aim to allow you to concentrate on your hospital shadowing experience while we take care of the rest.
Below is a sample itinerary of a two-week project in London. Your itinerary may shift around a little depending on Doctors schedules, and which group you are placed in but once you are signed up to join a Project, your full and detailed itinerary will be sent out at least two weeks before your start date. At the end of your 2-weeks with us, you'll have a tonne of hospital work experience, have some volunteering experience under your belt, be ahead of the game when it comes to your UCAS submissions and be a medical school interview master. In other words, you'll have everything and more that you need to apply to medical school. If you are attending a 1-week Premed Project then your itinerary will be a condensed version of the below, without the sightseeing so you'll get to pack in as much work experience as possible!
Sunday – You will be collected at either Kings Cross railway station or Heathrow airport ( your choice ) by our friendly Project Leaders and transferred to the accommodation with all of the other arrivals. You will then have a couple of hours to unpack, freshen up and get to know your roommates before everyone gets together for Project briefing. During the briefing we will talk you through everything you need to know from meal times to curfews and the all-important Wi-Fi password. Then it’s time for our first family feast!
Monday - The aim of the day is for the whole group to spend time together, get to know each other, see some of the best sights London has to offer and have lots of fun! In the morning we will have a guided tour from one of London’s best accredited tour guides seeing everything from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace. In the afternoon we will become part of London's gruesome history and travel back in time to an age of adventure, uncovering the dark secrets that lie beneath the worlds most famous and haunted bridge on the London bridge and tombs experience before heading to the old operating theatre, one of the worlds oldest operating theatres, dating back hundreds of years.
Tuesday - After a hearty breakfast we will travel to an NHS University Hospital in Central London. The morning will be spent in the medical school, learning about the different routes into medicine, having a clinical session with some current medical students and taking a tour of the campus to get a feel for life as a medical student in London. You will spend the afternoon in the hospitals main dissection room. As anatomy is the basis of medicine, this is an amazing opportunity. Don’t forget to take your notebook!
Wednesday – The whole day is spent at an NHS hospital beside the river Thames getting an introduction to clinical skills from the doctors. Then it’s back to the accommodation for a delicious dinner followed by a movie night in the cinema room… sweet or salty?
Thursday – The first step to saving lives is to become a qualified first aider! At the end of today you will be certified for three years through training at a university in central London (that looks pretty good on your personal statement!).
Friday – It’s time to learn all about palliative care with some hands-on work experience spending the day with nurses and GP’s in a private nursing home & hospice situated in Wimbledon.
Saturday & Sunday – Yay for the weekend! Have a lie-in, you’ve earned it, but don’t waste too much time as there is sooo much to do in London. Shopping in Covent Garden, a musical in the west end… speak to your Project Leaders and they will make sure you make the most of your free time!
Monday – Back to work! We are back at the NHS hospital in Central London spending the day with the hospitals head neurologist. The day will entail a combination of lectures and interactive seminars on things like stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinsons disease, illustrated using case histories, scans and specimens. He will also take you on a tour of the neurology lab and talk you through some of the samples he is currently inspecting through the microscope.
Tuesday & Wednesday – The next two days are at a NHS hospital in North London. You will be scrubbed up dissecting once living organisms and learning everything you need to know about anatomy in the setting of the operating theatre.
Thursday - In the morning you will receive a lecture on clinical disciplines, what options are available and what will be the best choice for you. After lunch you will be at London’s largest institute for the study of tropical medicine where a senior researcher will give you a fascinating insight into global health and alternate careers in medicine.
Friday – It’s your last day on the project and time to make sure you have all the necessary skills to make a successful application to medical school. You will spend the day at one of London’s best medical schools learning how to write the perfect personal statement to ensure you get an interview and how impress the panel to secure your space in medical school. The day will be led by Junior doctors and third year medical students who have all sat on medical school interview panels, so they really know what they’re talking about. Tonight we all go out for the last supper, followed by some bowling to make the most of our very last night together.
Saturday – It’s time to say goodbye. We’ll arrange your transfers to Heathrow, or escort you to Kings Cross station to make sure you get home safely, ready to tell everyone about your awesome summer! (I feel emotional already).
PREMED PROJECTS IN THAILAND.
Thailand. The country it's impossible not to fall in love with. I mean it's just jaw droppingly beautiful. From the mountainous north to the famous beaches of the south, Thailand has it all and there's a reason 25 million people will visit the country in 2017 alone. Our Thailand project is the most comprehensive package we offer as it includes everything during your 2-week stay including weekend and evening activities. Hospital experience wise we'll also show you several different hospitals during your stay with us from larger private hospitals in Bangkok to smaller more rural hospitals in the countryside too.
You'll start by arriving into Bangkok, before we take you straight to the charming northern hillside town of Chiang Mai for your first week spending the week shadowing doctors in both government hospitals and larger private hospitals too. During your middle weekend we move south to the ever colourful Bangkok. You'll spend time over the middle weekend at an elephant sanctuary before continuing your hospital shadowing in Bangkok for the second week of your amazing placement.
One of the most famous countries in the world for food, Thailand has a rightly deserved reputation for culinary excellence.
We'll introduce you to Chiang Mai with a bowl of Khao Soi, noodles bathed in a curry broth and topped with satisfying crunchy noodles. Slurping definitely allowed. Your staff can cater to a range of dietary requirement and will rustle up thick luxurious green chicken curries, still sizzling satay sticks, fresh and zesty bowls of Pad Thai and the most colourful salads you've ever seen.
You'll of course get a full, cooked breakfast each morning and a selection of pastries and fresh fruits to get you all set up for a long day in the hospitals.
Thailand's also a great place to be a vegetarian with beautifully prepared vegetable curries and tangy bbq tofu all there to tempt you.
It wouldn't be a trip to Thailand without getting involved in street food, there's some weird and wonderful food to be had in markets and lining the streets of Chiang Mai and Bangkok and our staff team know the very best places to try, and they also know the stalls that aren't going to leave you regretting your choices the next day!
YOUR STAFF TEAM.
We are very proud that we have partnerships with 7 first class Hospitals in Thailand and strong relationships with Hospital directors in the country. Your exact project itinerary will be sent to you a few weeks before departure. Below is a sample itinerary of a 2-week project with us so you know exactly what to expect.
Sunday - Arrival into Bangkok airport anytime between 8am and 6pm. Our friendly staff team and Project manager Carrie will be awaiting your flight arrival and will be wearing a Premed Projects T-shirt (as will you!) and holding a sign. They will collect you and all 30 students in the project group & we'll go to our overnight accommodation, situated close-by the airport. Tonight we all get to know each-other and get some rest before we head to Chiang Mai in the morning.
Sunday - This morning we're all headed back to Bangkok and we'll take another short flight down to the capital and get checked into our accommodation. After settling into our new surroundings we'll take you and the group to Jatuchak weekend market, the largest market in Thailand. Whatever you have dreamed of seeing, tasting or buying in Thailand, we guarantee you'll get it here, with the help of your expert Thai staff team of hagglers of course :-)
Monday - Today the hospital work experience continues with you spending the day at Thamasat University Hospital in Bangkok, again you'll rotate around various different hospital departments including Paediatrics, Obstetrics and gynecology, A&E, Radiology and Cardiology in small groups. After a long day, it's back to the accommodation for a rest then out to one of our favourite Thai restaurants for dinner.
Friday - Today being your last day, you'll have one more morning at Thamasat Hospital before we have our big Bangkok tour day where you and your new friends will take in all the sights that Bangkok has to offer. After a river cruise, we'll have our farewell dinner overlooking the spectacular Temple of the Dawn and then it's time to head back for some rest before your departure the next day.
Saturday - There's just time for a breakfast brimming with fresh fruit, yogurts, pastries and pancakes before we have to say our goodbyes. We'll of course escort you and your fellow students back to Bangkok airport where you'll fly home. And just like that you've spent 2-weeks in 7 different hospitals, had over 50 hours of medical work experience, met lifelong friends from all over the world and had insight into your future career that few others than boast.
WHERE YOU'LL LIVE.
As our Thailand programme is an all inclusive package and being based in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai, you will stay in 2 different houses during your stay. You'll be away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of town and instead be situated in a quiet suburb of the city, your sanctuary after a hard days work in the hospitals. You' be sharing your room with 2-3 other students in comfortable accommodation with 30 students in total on your chosen dates.
As with all our accommodation you'll find plenty of space to socialise, relax and feel at home in.
Your Project manager is called Carrie ( far left ) and she grew up in Austin, Texas, USA. Carrie is used to working with students interning in hospitals and is very enthusiastic about working with students abroad and encouraging them to get outside of their comfort zone and experience life abroad and other cultures. Ably assisted by (from left to right) May, Rose, Jao and Bent and a comprehensive team of hospital co-ordinators, transport co-ordinators, security and catering teams, they will ensure you have a safe trip and get more hospital work experience than you ever thought possible. Our staff team will make sure you'll never be far away from any support you may need. This is your Premed Projects family during your project, and you couldn't wish for a friendlier more competent group to make your Thailand work experience any better.
Monday - Today we all head straight up to Chiang Mai via a quick (6o minute) internal flight which is all provided in the project price.
At the Premed Projects accommodation we'll let you unpack your things and we'll have a full morning to explore and see the sights, sounds and smells of Chiang Mai. We'll give you an orientation until noon, explaining the history of Chiang Mai and getting you comfortable in your new surroundings.
After a delicious lunch break in the blissful shade of the famous walled city we'll take an expert city tour of all the famous landmarks and then we'll all head out and sample Chiang Mai's famous markets for some street food as a light snack, taking in a temple or two on the way and then back to the house for the evening welcome banquet and Project Manager briefing. Then it's an early night in preparation for your first day in the hospital in the morning.
Tuesday- After a 7am start and a breakfast fit for a hard days work you'll begin your hospital shadowing. You will be taken to Mai On Hospital where you'll be given an orientation and introduction to the week from the director of Chiang Mai's 2 largest hospitals. Mai On Hospital is a small provincial hospital which serves the outlying population of Chiang Mai and you'll spend the day seeing all departments shadowing doctors here. After a break for lunch at 12pm you'll continue your hospital rounds until approximately 4pm. Arriving back at the Premed Projects house, we'll have dinner all together at 7pm and tonight you can relax in the house after a long hospital day reflecting on your first of many memorable hospital experiences.
Wednesday - After breakfast, your hospital shadowing starts today at 8.30am where you will spend the day in Maharaj hospital ( this is the training hospital for Chiang Mai university and the largest hospital complex in northern Thailand.) You will meet with the doctors and be split into smaller groups, rotating around the hospital seeing everything it has to offer. We take lunch all together at the hospital and then visit Chiang Mai university medical school. From there you and the rest of the group will visit the famous Doi Suthep temple and visit a local hilltribe village before a relaxing Thai meal near our accommodation.
Thursday - Delicious breakfast, then more hospital shadowing, this time at McCormick hospital which is a medium sized private hospital which offers an excellent standard of healthcare. Tonight we visit the night bazaar in Chiang Mai for some of the tastiest food your'e ever likely to have & a chance to stock up on some bargain souvenirs for you ( and your parents.... )
Friday - After breakfast today you'll be in Rajavej hospital, a private hospital where you'll once again gain an incredible insight into healthcare. From shadowing healthcare professionals in every department from paediatrics to surgery and everything in-between, you'll have a great day here rounded off by a talk from the medical director on Thai healthcare. Tonight you'll have a traditional Thai massage to unwind after a hard working week and a group banquet feast!
Saturday - Did you know that Chiang Mai is famous for it's elephants? After today you'll most certainly see why. You'll spend the day at an elephant rescue centre, feeding and exercising them by riding the elephants through the jungle under the watchful eye of their carers before bathing them in a mountain stream. After you have said your goodbyes to these incredible gentle giants, we'll spend the afternoon lazily bamboo rafting down a river before stopping off on the riverbank for some of the freshest seafood you are likely to ever come across. Tonight we head back to our accommodation and for an early night as tomorrow we are off to Thailand's capital city - Bangkok.
Tuesday - Back at Thamasat Hospital, we'll spend longer shadowing healthcare professionals for the full day before visiting taking a guided bus tour of the City of Angels.
Wednesday - After grabbing a quick breakfast it's straight onto the National Children's hospital where you'll be spending the day. You'll be introduced to the children and spend the day shadowing the doctors and nurses here in all the departments of the hospital. Tonight we have dinner overlooking Bangkok's Chao Phraya River, watching the sunset before heading back to our accommodation.
Thursday - You and the rest of the group head to the National Police hospital today to see yet another incredible insight into healthcare. This 700 bed state of the art facility is your workplace for the day and promotes medical research in Thailand and beyond. Shadowing here will make you understand why Thailand is at the forefront of global medical research. Tonight you'll get the chance to visit Thailand's biggest mall and we'll all have dinner back at our house.
PREMED PROJECTS IN INDIA.
India. The very name evokes strong images of flavoursome food, colourful cultures and boundless adventures. We chose to offer medical work experience in India as its a country of contrasts. You'll see both from the bright lights of Delhi and world leading healthcare facilities to the other end of the scale in rural government hospitals where patients & doctors are humble and perform near miracles given their often limited resources.
We're based in Palampur around a 8 hours drive north of Delhi which you'll with you and your fellow students & our staff making the journey via our private minibus. Palampur is a wonderful town, located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. World famous for its towering snow capped mountains and tea plantations, you'll be surrounded by extensive colourful natural beauty. Due to this, it's a cooler climate than you may think for India with temperatures during summer being around 25C during the day. The city has derived its name from the common word "pulum', which means plenty of water and we chose here as our base as it's a serene small town offering sights like you've never seen before, safety and of course some first class hospital work experience. You and you fellow students work in the large government based hospital here and there's ample opportunity to experience nature reserves, waterfalls, the tea plantations, mountain trails and many more wondrous sights.
It would be a great shame not to sample some delicious Kangra tea when in Palampur as the plantations are right on your doorstep. Sip the fresh, flavourful brew every morning before breakfast under the serene surroundings of the snow capped mountain peaks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided for you & you'll never go hungry.
The regions cuisine is an amalgamation of Tibetan and Punjabi Cuisines, resulting in some serious lip smacking flavour. We'll provide you with a series of food options each day with options including freshly grilled fish, traditional chicken curries & hot steaming Momo and noodles proving very popular with our students. Throw in a generous dose of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and red chillies & you've got yourself food heaven right here.
India is a great place to be a vegetarian too and you'll find some of the finest vegetarian curries being rustled up in our kitchen every day by Jeevan and Sharan, our catering team.
YOUR STAFF TEAM.
Your staff team are on hand to support you in everything that you do on a premed projects placement. Saurabh is your Project manager on the ground in Palampur making sure we exceed your expectations on your hospital shadowing placement, the food you eat is even better than you had hoped, you get to experience some unforgettable sights and we keep you safe and sound. He is ably assisted by our head chefs Jeevan and Sharan, several Project co-ordinators, transport co-ordinators, security staff and of course, at least one UK school teacher and trained first aider & usually members of our UK head office team too. Your staff team will become a part of your project so much so that we're sure you'll have a tear in your eye when it comes to saying goodbye.
Tuesday - After breakfast, your hospital shadowing starts today at 8.30am and when we return to the house for dinner and a Premed Project lecture given by a local doctor between 8pm and 9pm about healthcare in India.
Wednesday - Delicious breakfast, hospital shadowing, dinner and a Premed Project lecture back at the house at 8pm.
Thursday - Breakfast followed by hospital shadowing then late afternoon we'll take a faculty led tour of the local medical school in Palampur then dinner and a Premed Project lecture back at the house at 8pm.
Friday - After breakfast and your hospital placement we'll have dinner in town and take a guided tour of the tea plantations.
During your second week you'll spend another full week in the hospital shadowing, have another 2 Premed Projects lectures and experience another action packed week during your project.
On the Saturday of your second week, we'll escort you to Delhi airport in our private minibus and it's time to say your goodbyes to your fellow students and our staff and reflect on an incredible, intensive 2-weeks of intensive hospital work experience.
WHERE YOU'LL LIVE.
The Premed Projects house in Palampur is located in a sought after suburb to the east of the town and surrounded by lush green tea plantations to the rear and side of the house. You'll be sharing a room with 3 other students in single sex rooms with western toilets and facilities. The house has an enclosed terrace to the front which is where you'll find your fellow students chilling on big comfy sofas, getting competitive over a selection of board games and getting to know each-other better. The Premed Projects house is where you'll spend a large portion of your time so we want it to feel like a home away from home for you and your fellow students.
Saturday - Arrival into Delhi airport. After booking you'll receive all the project notes and support from our head office via phone and email where you'll find out the exact arrival times. Our friendly staff team and Project managers Rohit and Nishi will be awaiting your flight arrival and will be wearing a Premed Projects T-shirt (as will you!) and a sign. They will collect you and all 30 students in the project group & after a quick freshen up and some delicious street food, you will stay at a private guesthouse in Delhi tonight.
Sunday - After breakfast you and the group are taken by private minibus to the Premed Projects house in Palampur which takes approximately 7 hours with a rest break on route. You will have a welcome dinner & project briefing with our staff and you fellow project students before the hospital shadowing begins the next day.
Monday - After a 7am start and a hearty breakfast, its time to start your hospital shadowing experience at 8.30am. You will be taken to our partner hospital where you'll be given an orientation and introduction to your personal hospital mentor for the week. After a break for lunch at 12pm you'll continue your hospital rounds until approximately 3pm. Arriving back at the Premed Project house, we'll have dinner all together at 7pm and tonight is a city tour for you and your fellow students to get orientated..
Saturday & Sunday - Weekend breakfast is served at 9am (you've earned a lie in!) and this weekend you'll have a choice of things to do. You can choose to spend the weekend at the house, go on an organised trip, perhaps trekking in in the nature reserve or a visit to the Taj Mahal? If you're super keen and would like to spend a little longer shadowing in the hospital your Project manager will make all fully escorted arrangements, whatever you choose to do.