Generally, your day will start with accompanying the doctors on ward rounds to see the in-patients. You will also be able to sit in on doctor-patient consultations. You’ll be assigned to a doctor or nurse who will supervise you during each session and they will explain the workings of their job and take you into one of these departments: Burns unit, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, ENT, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Urology, Neurosurgery, Thoracic Surgery, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Upper GI Video Endoscopy, Laparoscopy, Arthroscopy, Bronchoscopy, Rhinoscopy, Physiotherapy and X-Ray.
If you’re assigned to a smaller hospital, you’ll most likely work continuously with the same doctor or nurse. You can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:
- Gynaecology & Obstetrics
- One of our hospitals has a Pharmaceutical Department where you will be able to work as part of your overall medical placement.
Your working hours are usually subject to a shift rota, Monday to Fridays only; one session in the morning and one in the evenings with the afternoon off to rest or explore the city! However, some of the hospitals arrange surgeries in the afternoons and you may have the option to attend these instead of going back for the evening session.
Where you’re placed for your Medical Work Experience will depend very much on what you’d like to get out of your placement and in your area of interest in medicine. Once we know what you want maximum exposure to, as well as the kind of experience you want to gain most, we’ll arrange for you to be placed in the most suitable institution. We want to ensure that you gain the maximum benefit and experience from your placement!
“The trip was incredible, it was everything I expected and more. The medical placement was very insightful. The staff always made me feel very welcome. I managed to see around 15 surgical procedures in the 3 weeks I was there, ranging from 9 hour brain surgery to 2 hour removal of a benign ovary via key hole surgery.”
ACCOMMODATION and FOOD
You’ll stay with a wonderful host family and you’ll not only will be made to feel part of the family, you’ll also gain a great insight into Indian culture and customs. Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host family long after they leave India and in some cases they return to the country later especially to visit their family.
You may share a room with up to 2 other volunteers and in most of the houses you’ll have an en-suite, Western-style bathroom. Breakfast and dinner will be provided and prepared for you by the family and is mainly local fare allowing you to taste a varied selection of delicious south Indian dishes and exotic fruits. You will need to make provision for your own lunch.
Wi-Fi / Internet: There are no internet facilities in the host family accommodation, but less than 1 minute walk away there is an internet café and costs less than £1 an hour.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience this amazing culture first-hand!
- New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
- An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
- An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
- Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
- And best of all … an unforgettable experience!