FAQs

General GMT Questions

1. What do we do on the GMT trips and during the GMT Clinics?

The participants will travel to Central American countries and communities where there is a great need for medical attention. Upon arrival, students will receive specific orientation and training for the clinics and the trip. Our approach is student-centered teaching /learning and active student participation in the process of medical assessments and treatments. Learn by doing. We will frame this within the context of various healthcare systems. We will analyze the comparative fairness, goodness, outcomes, dollar value, and failings of various systems. Many issues will be discussed, e.g. the relationship between poverty, education, and Public Health to illness/well- being.

Students will be exposed to a medical environment where they will be allowed to observe AND actively participate in the medical assessments/treatments of patients who have scarce economic resources, poor access to health care, and have to live within various primitive types of Public Healthcare systems. Furthermore, country-wide dependable Public Healthcare Systems generally do not exist in the countries that we visit. We do this in various settings: urban and rural. This will include GMT medical and dental clinics, visits to hospitals and other health facilities, and patient’s homes. Students do not engage in any invasive medical procedures during the clinics. We employ local doctors, dentists, interpreters, and guides to teach, inform, and help supervise the trips. We utilize local community citizens to help in the clinics.

We will inform trip participants about the culture, history, politics, religious, comparative healthcare systems, and Public Health problems of the countries in which we travel. We teach them how to apply that information to their experiences during clinics. We will reflect upon and discuss the medical and cultural experiences and integrate this into action plans that will improve the well-being of these people; this constitutes providing healthcare in a culturally competent manner. Medical and other professionals will be responsible for closely supervising, teaching, and nurturing this process.

2. Who can go on a trip?
3. How can I prepare for a trip? Is there anything I need to study beforehand?
4. Why do some schools have chapters and others not? Is there a list of schools with chapters?
5. I want to start a chapter at my school, how do I begin this process?
6. What do student trip leaders do, and how can I apply?

Trip Registration and Payment Questions

1. How do I register for a trip?

-On our website, under the "Trips" tab, click "Upcoming Trips."

-Find the trip you would like to attend and register.*

-DO NOT PURCHASE YOUR FLIGHTS UNTIL YOU’RE TRIP HAS BEEN CONFIRMED**

*You do not have to pay when registering, however, please be aware of payment deadlines.

**Some schools have now instituted a $200 deposit deadline in order to get trips confirmed faster, so flights can be booked sooner and cheaper. 

2. What if I do not see my school listed as hosting a trip? Can I join another school’s Trip?
3. I am a dental student, how do I know if the trip will host a dental clinic?
4. I registered, how do I pay for a trip?
5. What does the GMT trip fee cover?
6. What forms of payment do you accept?
7. Can I request a DPP (Deferred Payment Plan)?
8. I think I won't be able to pay by the payment deadline. What do I do?
9. I am an officer; how do I apply my discount?
10. I have gone on a trip before, do I get a discount? If so, how do I use it?
11. I can no longer attend the trip. Can I receive a refund?

Trip and Travel Logistics

1. How many days is the trip?

Our “standard” GMT trip length is eight days. Student Chapters may request longer trips and some regularly do. Peru trips have an optional tourist trip extension to Machu Picchu following the standard GMT trip (this extension is not part of the GMT trip, but a trip coordinated by participants directly with a trusted travel agency). Most chapters that participate in the “standard” 8-day trip schedule their trips to go Saturday-Saturday or Sunday-Sunday. The first day is a travel day and when everyone needs to arrive. The second day consists of orientation and city tours/activities. Usually days 3-6 are spent in the clinics, with day 7 allotted for the free day. The last day is a travel day and when everyone will be departing.  

2. What is the Machu Picchu Extension?
3. How many clinic days?
4. What should I bring?
5. How much spending money should I bring?
6. When can I book my flight?
7. Do I need a visa to travel to Panama, Nicaragua, Peru, or the Dominican Republic?
8. What airport should I fly into?
9. When should I arrive and depart?
10. When will I receive the trip itinerary?
11. Do I need any vaccines? What is all of this talk about Malaria?

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