My name is Jennifer Glancey, I’m from the UK and I’m on a gap year before studying Law with Spanish at University. When looking into experiences and programs to do in my gap year, I came across Adelante Abroad and I knew it was the perfect program for me. Adelante’s program allowed me to do
5 Benefits of a Medical Internship Abroad
A medical internship abroad can provide huge benefits, here are 5 reasons you should seriously consider doing one:
Visiting Seville was one of the most delicious trips in my entire life (my mere 22 years of life). Don’t plan on visiting if you’re watching your carb intake, but if you’re a fan of bread, pasta, and desserts, you’re in for a treat. The food is to die for.
1. Get hands-on experience you simply CAN'T get in North America
Medical standards and practices are different (well, more lenient, for lack of a better word) in Europe and Latin America in comparison to North America. So who stands to benefit from that the most? YOU. You’ll be exposed to so many different things/getting hands-on experience in ways that would be impossible in any kind of medical internship in the U.S. or Canada. By comparison, in order to be a medical intern in North America, you need to complete medical school and already have a medical degree. Which brings us to our next point:
2. Boost your CV and Resume
If you’re still an undergrad looking to apply for medical school, think about how far ahead of the curve you’d be after completing an international medical internship! You’ll have real, working experience in the hospital, doctors office, operating room, you name it! Just by putting that kind of experience on your CV or resume, you’re guaranteed to stand head-and-shoulders above nearly all other applicants. It’s also an ace in your pocket when your interviewing for medical school.
3. Learn, become more fluent in another language
There is a huge need for medical practitioners to be fluent in another language in order to best serve certain populations. Spanish speakers in particular are needed in states like California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona. Becoming fluent just makes you that much more marketable when you’re ready to enter the workforce.
4. Gain meaningful experience in a specialty you're interested in
There are plenty of internships you can do across a wide range of fields; that way, you can make the most of your experience. We’ve placed individuals in nursing, EMT, paramedic, pharmacy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy internships. In addition, we’ve set up interns with placements where they can shadow surgeons of different specialties.
5. See the world!
If you could travel and see the world while remaining career oriented and working toward your future goals, wouldn’t you do it? Our programs provide a great opportunity to accomplish all of these things!
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We recently had a chance to catch up with our former intern abroad candidate Jasmine Wilson for our alumni candidate spotlight. Jasmine was a Speech Pathology intern in Seville, Spain with Adelante abroad in 2019. Find out about her experience in Madrid and what advice she has for future candidates below. Speech Therapy Intern with Adelante
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