High School Study Abroad Adventures

Dominican Republic Emergency Medicine

Build your first responder skills through creative and unexpected emergency scenarios on palm tree-lined beaches and inside lush rainforests. Travel to a rural community and apply your knowledge while rotating through medical stations in a clinic.

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Interactive days building emergency medical skills

  • Practice responding to medical emergency scenarios and performing patient assessments with friends. This is the most fun class you have ever taken!
  • Broaden your health and wellness knowledge as you shadow local physicians during clinical rotations and learn about the public health issues they are addressing in the community.
  • Explore the stunning landscape through rainforest hikes, whitewater rafting, surfing and snorkeling.
  • Learn relevant medical Spanish terminology to better communicate with patients and deepen your understanding of Dominican culture.
PROGRAM DATES COST AVAILABILITY
June 23 - July 13 $5,880 Available Enroll Now
July 16 - August 5 $5,880 Available Enroll Now
“This trip has made me much more of a confident person. I loved bonding and being weird with everyone because I realized that I didn’t have to be anything but myself. Learning how to handle emergency medical situations and getting the opportunity to lead has been an amazing experience and I am so thankful to have gone on this trip.” Emily, high school alumna

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Credits Available

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Certifications Available

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Service Hours

Three health science credits available through Lesley University. 

Course description: This course covers emergency medicine, herbal medicine and issues in public health. The Wilderness First Responder certification is a 72-hour course that includes patient assessment drills, case studies and a final simulation. Mornings are devoted to lectures while afternoons focus on practical hands-on sessions and rescue simulations.

Course objectives: 

  • Demonstrate competency in assessing a patient, handling emergencies, and utilizing basic life support equipment and procedures.
  • Determine blood pressure and lung sounds.
  • Perform CPR and a number of other quick-response medical techniques, demonstrating the ability to determine the extent of an injury or illness and create an effective, safe response.
  • Use accepted rescue and medical techniques, procedures and devices.
  • Assist in evacuating patients and use accepted emergency medical techniques, reporting nature and extent of illness or injury to ambulance personnel.
  • Work in multiple environmental conditions and various terrains.
  • Understand a global perspective of public health and be able to identify common public health diseases.

Two medical response certifications available:

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

25 hours of service learning through projects with clinics and community on health education campaigns. Projects give students opportunities to use the methods learned in class to make real-life contributions to the health of the local community.

Must be at least 16 years old to participate.