Frequently Asked Questions
What is FutureDocs Abroad?
FutureDocs Abroad is the All-Access Medical Internship for undergraduate college students interested in experiencing real medicine, right now. Imagine walking alongside physicians as they treat patients and perform procedures in the emergency room, outpatient clinic, and medical ward… Up-close. Hands-on. As it happens!
Through this unique all-access medical internship, students gain access to experiences reserved for only third and fourth-year medical students here in the United States. Experiences like: gross anatomy labs, operating rooms, medical treatment rooms, patient care, observing human autopsies, and much more.
What can a college student gain and experience by taking part in FutureDocs Abroad?
The hands-on learning students will experience by participating in FutureDocs Abroad will give them an undeniable competitive advantage over other students interested in pursuing a career in the field of medicine. This is one opportunity that can help them significantly stand out when applying to medical schools, personal statements, and more. At the same time, students will receive a substantial increase in self-confidence, having experienced a rare opportunity like this one.
These students will have a truly remarkable hands-on and face-to-face approach to medicine they cannot get anywhere else. Students will also be given the opportunity to experience a different culture, as well as build long-term friendships with those students who share their dreams and passions – other young people who want to make a difference in the world and devote their future to saving lives.
Will this All Access Medical Internship help a student get int medical school?
FutureDocs Abroad is designed to give the student an opportunity to see, touch, and feel real medicine in a way they never imagined possible at this point in their lives.
This program is designed to motivate and inspire students to work harder and with greater focus and dedication. It will give them a newfound confidence. This will allow them to mold themselves into stronger candidates for admission to any college or medical school.
Who will chaperone students during the program?
Students will be chaperoned by a team of staff experienced in managing student programs. Chaperones accompany students on the international flight, accompany them on cultural excursions off-campus and will reside near students in the local hotel accommodations.
Will students be split into smaller groups during the experience?
Students will be split into smaller, more intimate groups for the program itself so they can participate in more activities throughout these intensive two weeks, as well as experience a more hands-on approach. English-speaking physicians from the hosting medical facility will guide students in their areas of expertise through each rotation. Experienced chaperones from FutureDocs Abroad will travel with the students to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
Where will students stay during the program?
Arrangements will be secured for students and chaperones to reside in a local hotel in Vadodara during the program. The hotel will be safe and comfortable with modern amenities including A/C. Student accommodations will be single-gender, double occupancy.
Note that in India, it is uncommon for hotel rooms to have two double beds. Therefore, each students will share a large queen bed. The hotel will provide extra linens and pillows so each student can sleep comfortably.
How will students “get around” during the program?
Since the Muni Seva Ashram and its facilities (where most of the FutureDocs Abroad sessions will take place) and the local hotel 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. Private motor coaches will also be arranged for any excursions or activities that take place outside the area.
What is the tuition for FutureDocs Abroad, and what does it include?
TThe tuition per student to participate in FutureDocs Abroad is $6,250.00. A payment plan may be offered; please contact our Admissions Office for more information.
FutureDocs Abroad tuition includes all program costs, international air travel, accommodations, chaperones, three daily meals, your personalized FutureDocs Abroad Achievement and Leadership Certificate (mailed to you after the program), as well as any necessary local transportation. All international travel plans and accommodations will be arranged by the FutureDocs Abroad team, and are included in the tuition payment.
Tuition does not include recommended trip cancellation insurance, domestic airfare to the departure location for international travel (or other domestic transportation methods), required visas or passport fees, required 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 or full payment. Refunds can take four to six weeks to process. Beyond 30 days of the first or full payment, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable, including all deposits and payments paid and unless the Program is canceled by FutureDocs Abroad, no monies shall be refunded to the Student. FutureDocs Abroad strongly encourages families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.
What vaccinations or immunizations will a student need?
All students’ routine vaccinations must be up to date. A complete list of other recommended vaccinations will be provided well before departure and in time for proper administration prior to the program.
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.
What about international safety?
As with travel to any international destination, general awareness, staying within the group as required by program policies, and trained leadership from program 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 if a student becomes ill or injured while on the trip?
Should a student become ill on the trip, injure himself or herself or require medical treatment, the chaperone to whom the student is assigned will bring the student to the emergency room and remain with him or her at all times. Parents will be contacted immediately.
FutureDocs Abroad requires all students to submit emergency contacts 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.
What can students bring with them (laptop, iPod, cell phone, etc.)?
Students can bring all of the above. As with any travel, students will be reminded to be cautious about using their devices in public and to avoid being distracted by devices while in public settings.
What is the dress code for FutureDocs Abroad?
Students will be asked to wear scrubs for all sessions at the hospital and medical facilities. For weekend excursions and off-time from the hospital, students should pack comfortable/casual clothes. Be aware that India has certain cultural expectations for attire. In this conservative country, both men and women should wear loose-fitting clothing and keep their shoulders and legs fully covered. As with traveling to any country, it is important to be cognizant of local expectations. We will advise you further on this in your packing list. Students are welcome to bring any personal items and spending money for the duration of the program. We recommend students also pack a small first-aid kit and any over-the-counter personal hygiene items they might need because many personal items we are used to getting easily are not as easy to get in another country.
Students will receive a suggested packing list prior to departure to help them pack everything they need for this adventure.
Are there any other expenses for which students will be responsible?
FutureDocs Abroad 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). Cash is the preferred payment method in many places in India, but where credit cards are accepted, Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted than American Express or Discover Card. Parents should ask their credit card companies about their international transaction fees and alert them of the student’s international travel plans beforehand to avoid security holds.
How will parents and students be able to communicate?
FutureDocs Abroad staff will provide parents the email addresses, and a local cell phone number for the team/chaperone leader. We suggest families open a free Skype account at www.skype.com to enable them to communicate internationally for free via a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Do students need a visa?
Yes. Citizens of the U.S. require a visa to travel to India. Students will also need a current and valid U.S. passport for entry into India, with at least 6 months validity after the last date of the scheduled trip (valid through January 27, 2020), and the passport must have at least one blank visa page.
Why choose India as a location for FutureDocs Abroad?
FutureDocs Abroad has long-standing relationships with medical organizations and leaders in the education and healthcare fields in India, which allows students this superb access and experience. Vadodara is the third largest city in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. It is home to the largest university in Gujarat and is an important industrial, cultural, and educational hub of western India. It is a safe, and welcoming city. India is a vibrant country of assorted cultures and traditions, salient festivals, vivacious cities, and splendid architecture. It’s also renowned for the people’s warmth and hospitality.
FutureDocs Abroad also has ties to some of India’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.
While physician mentors at the hospital will educate students in English, hospital patients and most of the general population does not speak English, so students will have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in life in India.
All FutureDocs Abroad activities will take place at the Muni Seva Ashram and its affiliated hospitals and facilities.
The hospital has a wonderful story behind its founding; one of a woman whose desire to help the sick and those truly in need of charity for the sick resulted in the founding of an outdoor medical camp. Today, the then temporary medical camp has transformed into a large state-of-the-art hospital treating patients of around 150 villages in the vicinity. The hospital is the first in India to have cutting-edge anesthesia monitoring systems like Physio Flex and Cicero EM, for critically ill patients.
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 an Admissions Counselor, please call us toll-free at 888-986-6563 or send us an email at Admissions@AllAccessMed.com.