Program Safety and Security

International Medical Aid (IMA) makes every effort to assure the safety of our interns and staff. We provide ample local guidance and 24/7, U.S.-based support for interns and their loved ones. We provide interns a full orientation of the local area in addition to physician led orientations of the placement site including an overview of AAMC’s Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad and OSHA’s Universal Precautions. 

All our residences are located within the safest neighborhoods of the cities in which we operate. Each residence is enclosed in a gated community with 24/7 security staff. We employ only designated, private transportation for our volunteers and disallow the use of public transport. In case of exposure to infectious disease, interns will have access to Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. We offer all our interns comprehensive travel, accident, and health insurance. All treks and safaris organized by IMA contract vetted travel partners and trusted guides. Furthermore, we continuously monitor advisories from the U.S. Department of State and when deemed necessary, proactively take measures to protect our interns and staff.

To date, International Medical Aid maintains a 100% safety rating and our organization has had no incidents with interns or staff in any of our programs.

24/7 U.S. Based Support

International Medical Aid provides a single point of contact for parents and loved ones of interns who are traveling abroad that is available 24/7 via email, phone, and text. Interns will be provided with a local cell or local SIM card for their phone so that they may stay in touch with Program Staff, fellow interns, and loved ones back home. Additionally, interns will have 24/7 wifi access in all of our Program Residences.

Experienced Program Mentors

All interns are assigned a dedicated Program Mentor who will be responsible for guiding participants throughout the entire internship experience. Program Mentors will provide detailed pre-departure instructions including packing lists, assistance with flight planning and vaccination advice. Additionally, all interns will be provided with a Comprehensive Program Schedule which will provide a detailed, daily overview of hospital rotations and activities. Upon arrival, each intern will be personally met at the airport by a Program Mentor and accompanied to the local Program Residence. Each intern will be given a comprehensive local area orientation in addition to a detailed orientation of their placement hospital led by a senior member of the facility’s staff.

Travel, Accident and Health Insurance

International Medical Aid provides each intern with $1,000,000 of top-rated travel insurance that will cover most medical and dental expenses, medical evacuation, lost luggage costs, and trip interruption coverage. This insurance is underwritten by Sirius International which holds an “A” rating by A.M. Best. A Sample Policy may be viewed on the carrier’s website. This insurance is among the strongest and most comprehensive coverage offered by any student travel organization in the United States.

Structured Clinical Rotations - AAMC Compliant

Based on a model developed by our founders at Johns Hopkins, International Medical Aid’s internships allow students to gain meaningful insight to different medical specialties in major teaching hospitals outside of the United States under the supervision of experienced hospital faculty. All of IMA’s programs are compliant with the Association of American Medical College’s Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad.

Modern and Secure Program Residences

International Medical Aid’s Program Residences provide interns with safe, modern dormitory style accommodations in apartments located within secured, gated communities. Our Program Residences are centrally located within the safest neighborhoods in the cities in which we operate. All Program Residences have professional security staff on-site 24/7.

Dedicated, Private Transportation

International Medical Aid provides interns with safe, reliable daily transportation to/from their placement site as well as all air-port transfers. IMA employs only private, chartered transportation with vetted drivers who pass extensive background and safety checks. Interns will have access to this transportation for any additional trips which are outside of the Program Fee including trips to local cafes or attractions.

Questions or concerns about any of International Medical Aid Programs? Please contact our Program Support Team at support@medicalaid.org or schedule a call with a Program Advisor.