Pre-Health Shadowing & Service
in the Dominican Republic
The purpose of the SCMH 5940 course combined with this study abroad program is to provide the student with three credit hours and 10 days of valuable Pre-health shadowing, service activity, and international study abroad experience. It will allow students to further enhance their preparation for a career in country. Students will participate in a variety of activities in Santo Domingo and San Jose de Ocoa, while shadowing healthcare professionals in local hospitals and nonprofit clinics. Students will also work on a service project for the local community.
Daily activities include an extensive amount of walking and standing. Please consult with the program director if physical accommodations are needed.
Students of any major may apply, but students must have a demonstrated interest in a health-related career or professional school. Preference will be given to students that have successfully completed BIOL/CHEM courses. To be eligible, participants must be at least 19 years of age, be a full-time Auburn University student, have completed 30+ credit hours prior to Spring 2020, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and demonstrated maturity and interest in the field of healthcare (Medical School, Nursing School, health-related career, etc.). There is no minimum language requirement.
As part of the application requirements applicants will write a brief 1-2 paragraph essay and have an in-person interview with Dr. Beth Yarbrough.
- 01 November 2019: Applications close
- 08 January 2020: Date Auburn on-campus course begins
- 06 March 2020: Start date on location & group travel to the Dominican Republic
- 15 March 2020: End date on location & group travel to USA
- 24 April 2020: Date classes and examinations end
Participants take SCMH 5940: Global Study / Travel in Sciences and Mathematics (3 credits) during Spring 2020 and travel to the Dominican Republic in during Spring Break 2020 (March 6- March 15). Participation in the program counts as a Biomedical Science Elective course.
Program cost is $4,500. This includes airfare, all meals, housing, in country transportation and international insurance. The program cost is separated into two payments of $2,250. The Estimated Student Budget explains all program associated costs.
- 01 November 2019: Application Deadline
- 08 November 2019: First payment appears on eBill
- 22 November 2019: First payment due: $2,250
- 29 November 2019: Second Payment appears on eBill
- 13 December 2019: Second Payment due: $2,250
- Students should note that withdrawal from the program after acceptance and payment of the program fee may result in financial penalties.
- Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.
Students will be housed in hotels with 2 Auburn students (same-sex) sharing a room. All meals are included in program fee.
The program vendor will provide the daily transportation along with transportation to and from the airport in the Dominican Republic. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the airport in the United States.
Santo Domingo and San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area (after Cuba) at 18,705 sq mi. The country is third by population in the Caribbean with approximately 10 million people, of which approximately three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city. Christopher Columbus landed on the island on December 5, 1492, which the native Taíno people had inhabited since the 7th century. Today the Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean, it is home to the Caribbean's tallest mountain peak (Pico Duarte) and the Caribbean's largest lake and point of lowest elevation (Lake Enriquillo).
All excursions are included as part of the course credit and cultural experience. Excursions include visiting a local watering hole and a day at the beach. Due to the length of the program, all excursions will be as a group and there will not be time for independent travel days.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
- If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check http://travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible.
- If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- No visa is needed for U.S. citizens.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact the program director Dr. Beth Yarbough (firstname.lastname@example.org) with program specific questions.