Please note that the application deadline is April 1, 2006.
MedicIndia is a competitive public service fellowship introducing first-year
medical students to social service, development, hands-on-experience, and India.
The MedicIndia fellowship is a unique transformational experience – fellows will
face many difficulties and obstacles alongside many successes. The project will target both personal growth and
international development. As a group, MedicIndia fellows will have the capacity
to make a large impact in the work of the doctors, hospital, and community. The
limits of the contribution are only limited by the fellows' creativity, passion,
Each year, MedicIndia selects 8-12 young professionals for a six-week service
fellowship / rotation at New Civil Hospital in Surat,
Gujarat, India. The fellows
will quickly acclimate to the new environment and, following a brief
orientation, will be enveloped in a challenging and academic environment.
Specifically, fellows will spend their time rotating through various
specialties. The 8-12 fellows will rotate through general medicine, pediatrics,
general surgery, obstetrics / gynecology, and preventive and social medicine (PSM). These rotations will permit
students to spend between one and two weeks in a particular specialty while
collaborating with students from nearby medical colleges, doctors, and patients.
In this time, students will be exposed to phlebotomy, history of present illness, vital signs,
physical exams skills,
vaccinations, related pathophysiological lessons, and
other medical procedures. This allows medical students to perform resourceful tasks
while experiencing areas of medicine that they may not otherwise be exposed to
until later in their professional careers.
In addition, MedicIndia is driven by the desire to provide increased health
services to a developing community. Because of the widespread poverty,
unawareness, and malnutrition, much can be done to help provide and improve
healthcare. Though the fellows may be limited in clinical skill, they will not
be limited by their reach.
Another aspect to the MedicIndia fellowship is supporting individual growth.
The intense experience is simultaneously rewarding and personally challenging.
The fellowship has been specially designed to include speakers, discussion
groups, retreats, and rural and urban exposure. MedicIndia looks to strengthen the connection between
the fellows and India. Besides the medical services and knowledge that
MedicIndia fellows will offer, the experience will expose students to the
strength, people, and traditions of India. From this exposure, MedicIndia hopes
to provide a new perspective of India to interested individuals.
Finally, MedicIndia looks towards its graduating fellows to provide for the
future. MedicIndia hopes to provide its fellows as a stepping stone for the
future. By helping those who lack healthcare privileges, MedicIndia hopes to
bring the humanistic and service aspect of medicine to its fellows. MedicIndia
hopes to inspire and encourage future doctors to become future leaders.