1. How long is the fellowship?
  2. Where will I live?
  3. Will we be working outside of New Civil Hospital?
  4. How many hours a day will I be working?  Will there be any free time?
  5. While we are there, can I visit relatives / friends?

  6. What is my estimated cost?

  7. What happens if a fellow is sick?

  8. What should I do about health insurance?

  9. What is it like to live in the community?

  10. What are the qualifications for participating in MedicIndia?

  11. What are my chances of getting in?

  12. Is there a language requirement?

  13. Are my chances of getting accepted better if I turn my application in early?

  14. Are their other requirements during the fellowship?


How long is the fellowship?

First-year medical students generally have at least 2 months of break during the summer.  The MedicIndia program will last from June 17, 2005 to August 2, 2004.  These 6+ weeks will also include an end of the term fellowship retreat.  If you are required to be in school before or after the fellowship dates, please contact MedicIndia.

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Where will I live?

For the duration of the fellowship, participants will reside in a nearby apartment / flat.   The 2004 fellows were split into a male and female apartment about one-half mile from the hospital.  MedicIndia will do its best to assure that fellows are provided with adequate housing and support.  MedicIndia will also accommodate for the fellows stays on orientation, weekend trips, and the final retreat. 

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Will we be working outside of New Civil Hospital?

Yes.  While fellows will primarily be working in the New Civil Hospital in Surat, fellows will have a chance to work in nearby villages.  In 2004, fellows traveled in their obstetrics / gynecology and PSM rotations.  External work will include basic healthcare, preventative medicine, and community interaction.

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How many hours a day will we be working?  Will there be any free time?

The average working day will be between 8 and 12 hours though hours may be extended or shortened depending on the amount of work and need of the hospital.  Ideally, the 9 - 1 shift will include clinical rotation while the 2 - 5 shift will deal with a more individual approach. 

The rest of the day will consist of group activities, free time, dinner, and speaker preparation.  In addition, some days will include discussion of a pre-chosen issue.  Yes, fellows will have free time to discover the rich culture, religious spots, shopping, and people of Surat.  Also, as noted on the retreat page, some weekends will be available to explore India beyond Surat.    

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While we are there, can I visit relatives / friends?

This question will bring up argument, but from the prospective of the group, we discourage family and friend visits.  As noted on the retreats page, one weekend is allotted for family / friend visits.  Because the success of the program and group dynamics is dependent on your involvement and commitment, you will be required to maintain an intimate connection with the fellows, hospital, and staff.  MedicIndia does require your complete participation.  Fellows are encouraged to visit family and friends before or after the fellowship term.  Fellows will be permitted to leave in cases of emergency.

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What is my estimated cost?

Fellows are responsible for flight to / from India, health insurance, a $300 project fee, and individual expenses. 
MedicIndia will help support a majority of the stay in India.  The largest expense is an airline ticket (approx. $1200-1400).

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What happens if a participant is sick?

MedicIndia will work with local doctors and organizations to ensure that fellows have access to appropriate medical treatment when needed. Despite the treatment available, fellows are strongly encouraged to consult their family doctor and take appropriate precautions (i.e. immunization shots, malaria pills, and bottled water). 

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What should I do about health insurance?

MedicIndia requires fellows to have international health and medical insurance that will cover major capital expenses and reparations in case of major illness during the fellowship.

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What is it like to live in the community?

MedicIndia has established a close relationship with the hospital, community, and city.  Fellows are encouraged to live simply and immerse themselves in the community.  Building a strong relationship with the local community will make the experience more rewarding.  Fellows can expect to have close interactions with doctors and hospital staff.

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What are the qualifications for participating in MedicIndia?

MedicIndia seeks clever, creative, and energetic people with an adventurous spirit.  There are three basic requirements for application to the MedicIndia program.

     1.  First-year M.D. or D.O. student
     2.  Attend US or Canadian accredited medical school
     3.  Have a basic understanding in Hindi, Gujurati, and / or Marathi

MedicIndia will require applicants to undergo an application and interview process.  MedicIndia is looking for students with a passion for social service, an interest in reconnecting with India, and a commitment to personal growth.

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What are my chances of getting in?

MedicIndia is looking for qualified people with a passion for service, a desire to reconnect with India, and a zeal to learn about international medicine. The work and fellowship will be difficult and require a strong commitment.  Students must have a desire to develop their medical knowledge and background.  We will do our best to find a place for all applicants who meet these requirements; however, like any competitive program, success in the application process depends on the applicant pool.  Although a definite number of participants has not been selected, a number ranging from 8-12 fellows will be chosen.

In 2004, 8 fellowship spots were given to an applicant pool of 32 applicants.

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Is there a language requirement?

Yes.  Because the fellowship spans only 6-weeks, a basic knowledge of Gujarati, Marathi, and/or Hindi is required and will be considered in the application process.

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Are my chances of getting accepted better if I turn my application in early?

All applications postmarked before the deadline (March 1, 2005) will be fully considered.  Submitting an application early will give MedicIndia more time to review your application.  An early submission is requested but not required. 

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Are their other requirements during the fellowship?

While details will follow in the fellowship book on acceptance, fellows are expected to live as examples.  Fellows will not be allowed to consume alcohol or other drugs during the term of the fellowship.

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