COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COLLEGE PROGRAM
July 4 – July 18, 2020
in Poznan, Poland
Applications are now being accepted
What is FutureDocs Abroad?
This is an overseas honors program, reserved for the most dedicated students who aspire to work in the medical field. It is an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to gain real-life experience in gross anatomy labs, operating rooms, medical treatment rooms, and shadowing doctors. Students will spend a minimum of 70 hours in the hospital and other medical facilities experiencing the day-to-day lives of doctors.
FutureDocs Abroad puts students into an intense medical environment overseas, where every single day they are taking part in exactly the activities that medical students experiene as they observe physicians. It allows passionate and qualified undergraduate students an opportunity to experience right now what they’ve only been able to imagine!
Gross anatomy; in the anatomy lab working with an anatomy professor, learning about the anatomy and proper dissection of human cadavers, and practicing those dissection techniques on full cadavers.
Observing surgery; spending hours and hours with physicians and surgeons watching surgeries, debriefing with them, and understanding exactly what life in the operating room is like.
Shadowing physicians; going out into the wards, emergency room, clinics, spending time with physicians across dozens of specialties to truly understand what it’s like to be a doctor. Watching them interact with patients, handling real-life situations, and administering treatment.
A Gobal view of medicine; something that students may not have the chance to witness before medical school and one that is invaluable. Seing and understanding how medicine is practiced differently and with different tools and resources will give students an appreciation for medicine that simply cannot be found in the United States.
Students’ passion, commitment, focus, knowledge, vision for what they want to do with medicine, and their determination to never give up will be secured.
What are the requirements to attend?
FutureDocs Abroad is an honors only program and therefore requires that all undergraduate attendees have a 3.5 GPA current or cumulative, weighted or unweighted. All attendees are required to submit GPA verification before the program begins. Additionally, you must be at least 18 years old by July 4, 2020, and be enrolled in a four-year higher education program.
Will this program help me get into medical school?
FutureDocs Abroad is designed to give students experience in a real-life hospital setting and give them an opportunity to see and understand medicine in a way that is simply not possible in the United States.
When applying to medical school, students have to have an incredible story to tell. One that is going to put them ahead of all the other applicants with a diverse and relevant resume that demonstrates, over time, a passion for, commitment to, and knowledge of the field.
FutureDocs Abroad gives students that undeniable competitive advantage. They come back focused, incredibly motivated, and most importantly, with a fantastic set of experiences and a story to tell in their medical school applications and those ultra-critical live admissions interviews.
How can I be assured of safety and security?
FutureDocs Abroad takes safety and security very seriously. The program staff is always available to our students. If any student has a problem or concern, we’re always there to help and offer support. Each student will have a dedicated chaperone as well as other staff members who will be available 24/7 throughout the program.
Poznan is as safe as any American city.
In fact, on a scale of 1 to 5 rating their level of danger (with 5 being the highest), the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, are all — according to the U.S. State Department — class 2 countries.
Poland is 1. This is a country that is actually ranked as safer than we are.
That said, as with travel to any international destination, general awareness, staying within the group as required by program policies, and our experienced staff will greatly reduce the likelihood of any safety concerns. All students will be trained on safety and security measures as well as plans of response should a safety concern arise, either locally or elsewhere within the country.
What does the tuition for FutureDocs Abroad include?
The tuition for FutureDocs Abroad 2020 is $6,800. It includes all program costs, international air travel, accommodations for the duration of the trip, chaperones, three daily meals, and your personalized FutureDocs Abroad Achievement and Leadership Certificate (mailed to you after the program), as well as any local transportation and international health insurance.
All international travel plans and accommodations will be arranged by the FutureDocs Abroad Team and are included in the Tuition.
Tuition does not include recommended trip cancellation insurance, domestic airfare to the departure location for international travel (or other domestic transportation methods), passport fees, vaccinations, health records or tests, spending cash for souvenirs or snacks or airline baggage fees.
What is the refund policy for FutureDocs Abroad?
Enrollment may be canceled for a full refund of Tuition paid if a request is made in writing within 30 days of the first payment, regardless of whether that first payment is a full or partial payment. Refunds can take four to six weeks to process.
Beyond 30 days after the first payment, Tuition, including all deposits and payments paid, is non-refundable and non-transferable. Unless otherwise stated in the Terms and Conditions or if the program is canceled by FutureDocs Abroad, no money will be refunded to the student. We strongly encourage families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.
What vaccinations or immunizations will I need?
It is required that all students be up to date on all routine immunizations stated on the CDC website, including DTaP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, MMR, and Varicella (Chickenpox). Note: Immunization fees are not included in the Tuition.
Requirements for Poland: All students are required to have an epidemiology check-up for salmonella and shigella. This can be done at your doctor’s office.
If students are taking any prescription medicines, they should pack enough for every day they are away from home (15 days), along with an additional three to four days’ supply. Students are required to keep all prescription medications in the original prescription bottles and to always carry those bottles in their carry-on luggage. Be sure to check TSA guidelines if the medicines are liquids.
Do I need a passport?
Yes. Students will need a passport valid for 6 months after the date we return to the United States. The passport must have at least one blank visa page. We strongly advise students to check or apply for their passport as soon as possible, as it can take four to six weeks to receive a new passport. Note: Passport fees are not included in the tuition.
Requirements for Poland: All students will need a passport valid through January 18, 2021 for entry into Poland.
Do I need a visa?
Depending on the location of the program, you may need a visa. Students should not apply for a visa on their own but should wait for instructions from the Admissions Team. Note: Visa fees are not included in the tuition.
Requirements for Poland: At this time, citizens of the U.S. do not require a visa to travel to Poland if they are staying for fewer than 90 days. However, visa requirements for travel to Europe may change in the future. FutureDocs Abroad will alert students and parents of visa requirements should changes occur.
Do I need to register with the U.S. Embassy?
We will be notifying the local Embassy or Consulate about our students’ stay in the country. For reference, the U.S. Consulate General in Poland is located at:
U.S. Consulate General, Krakow
ul. Stolarska 9
31-043 Krakow, Poland
Telephone: +48 12 424 5100
The Consular Agency in Poznan:
ul. Paderewskiego 8 Room 06
61-770 Poznan, Poland
Telephone: +48 61 851 8516
How do I arrange U.S. domestic travel?
Specific travel details, including flight numbers, travel times, and international airport departure location, will be provided to students no later than four months before the departure date. Students will need to arrange domestic transportation from their home to the international airport departure location and home again.
As a reminder, all international air travel, local transportation, and hotel accommodations will be arranged by FutureDocs Abroad, and are all included in the Tuition. Students’ international flights will be reserved as a group, along with the flights for the FutureDocs Abroad Team, who will accompany students on flights from the U.S. to Poland and back.
What if I get sick or injured while on the trip?
If a student becomes ill, is injured, or requires medical treatment on the trip, the chaperone to whom the student is assigned will bring the student to the emergency room and remain with them while parents are contacted immediately. Students will receive the best possible medical care on a VIP basis.
FutureDocs Abroad requires all students to submit emergency contact information and disclose medical conditions, allergies, dietary restrictions and/or special needs, prescriptions, etc., before the trip so that if it becomes necessary for the student to go to the hospital for any reason, our team has all this important information on hand.
Who will chaperone us during the program?
Students will be chaperoned by a team of staff experienced in managing student programs. Chaperones accompany students on the international flight, stay in the same overnight accommodations, and accompany them on cultural excursions off campus to be available 24/7 to students.
Will we be split into smaller groups during the programs?
Students will be split into smaller, more intimate groups for the program itself so they can participate in more activities, as well as experience a more hands-on approach.
Where will we stay during the program?
Arrangements will be secured for students and chaperones to reside either in a hotel in Poznan or in on-campus dormitories at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences.
If arrangements are made at a local hotel, the hotel will be a safe, comfortable hotel with modern amenities. Student accommodations will be single-gender, double occupancy.
If the dormitory schedule at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences allows, students will instead stay in on-campus dormitories. The dormitories have been recently upgraded and are very similar to dorms on U.S. campuses. Students will be assigned to single-gender suites with two students per room. Each suite has a basic kitchen and shares a hall bathroom with neighboring same-gender suites. Students will have access to laundry facilities, large common areas, and recreational areas. The dorm building is connected to the main campus, giving access to campus shops, cafes, and the library.
The dormitories are in close proximity to the medical facilities where the program will take place.
What is the dress code?
Students will be asked to wear scrubs and a short white lab coat for all sessions at the hospital and medical facilities. For weekend excursions and time off from the hospital, students should pack comfortable/casual clothes. A full suggested packing list will be provided to students after acceptance.
How will we “get around” during the program?
Since Poznan University of Medical Sciences and its facilities (where most of the FutureDocs Abroad sessions will take place) and the overnight accommodations will be within close proximity of each other, students will travel with their small groups and chaperones to and from program activities via private, scheduled transportation, or walk if they are within close walking distance. Private motor coaches will be arranged for any excursions or activities that take place outside the area.
Are there any other expenses for which I will be responsible?
FutureDocs Abroad Tuition includes all program costs, international airfare, accommodations, local in-country transportation, and meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Note: Students with special dietary restrictions are asked to submit this information with the required emergency contact, medical conditions, and prescription medication paperwork before the trip.
Students may want to bring pocket money for their own personal expenses, shopping, personal care items, etc. ($250-$300 should be more than adequate). Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Poland, American Express is occasionally accepted, and Discover Card is rarely accepted. Students should ask their card companies about their international transaction fees and alert them of international travel plans beforehand to avoid security holds.
Why choose Poland as a location for FutureDocs Abroad?
FutureDocs Abroad has relationships with medical organizations and leaders in the education and healthcare fields in Poland, which allows students this superb access and experience. Poznan is a modern, safe, Americanized city with a charming European character. Poland is also very popular because of the country’s deep cultural history and the people’s renowned warmth and hospitality.
FutureDocs Abroad also has ties to some of Poland’s most prestigious medical schools, the hospitals attached to them, other private hospitals, smaller community hospitals and clinics, and other health and government institutions. This allows an elite level of access and cooperation for attending students.
English is widely spoken in Poland and many universities offer studies in English to attract international students. The Poznan University of Medical Sciences, where FutureDocs Abroad will be hosted, was the first medical university in Poland to offer medical studies in English and has been offering the English-language medical studies program for over 20 years.
All FutureDocs Abroad activities will take place at Poznan University of Medical Sciences and its affiliated hospitals and facilities.
What organization is behind FutureDocs Abroad?
utureDocs Abroad is a program created by The National Leadership Academies.
The National Leadership Academies supports America’s high-achieving high school and undergraduate college students through career and focus-area programs and services.
By creating unique programs, like FutureDocs Abroad, The National Leadership Academies is positioned to support students with the skills, motivation, guidance, and mentorship they need to stay on track to achieve their goals.
The National Leadership Academies is based in Washington, D.C.
Participants will receive their very own personalized FutureDocs Abroad Achievement and Leadership Certificate upon completion of the program.
If you have any questions that are not answered here, and you would like to speak directly with one of our Admissions Team, please call us toll-free at 888-986-6563 or send us an email at Admissions@AllAccessMed.com.