What position do you hold at Gap Medics, and what made you want to work there?
Senior International Operations manager - I loved the idea of students being able to confirm their passion and interest before committing to spending the next few years studying and learning. I also knew I wanted to pursue a career in operations as it would allow me to be involved in all of the day-to-day aspects of a company.
Describe the main responsibilities you have.
To set up, run and manage our overseas programs. I am involved in everything from the initial meetings with the hospital to arranging the company for the daily transport for the activities and everything that comes in between.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
No two days are ever the same, and you can never predict what is going to happen next meaning you often find yourself in the most bizarre situations. Like your driver in Thailand getting lost and dropping you off at a random giant white marble temple in the middle of the jungle, which then becomes a full day activity for the students once you work out how you got there.
Any amazing moments?
I have been fortunate to also be able to shadow some of our health professionals whilst setting up the program and watching cardiac surgery has to be up there on the list, alongside going on safari and being able to see a huge herd of elephants in the wild!
What do you think makes Gap Medics unique?
The focus is on the whole experience and everyone in the team really wants to make sure that the students see and learn as much as they can in the hospitals. Also, that they are able to build relationships with their mentors and get to know them as well as the family environment we create with the local staff teams and many international students.
Why do you think students choose us?
Safety and peace of mind, we take student safety very seriously and have everything in place in our overseas destinations so that the students and parents can feel comfortable and allow them to make the most of the exciting opportunities available to them, such as night shifts in the ER, safari's, cliff jumping, and relaxing on the beach and everything else!
What advice would you give to anyone considering a placement with Gap Medics?
Do it! When you arrive, be as proactive and open-minded as you can, these are real hospitals that we work with and there is a lot to see and learn in a setting that can be completely different to what you are used to. Make the most of the opportunity to see healthcare from another point of view!