1. How long is the rotation program?
  2. Where will I live?
  3. How many hours a day will I be working?  Will there be any free time?
  4. While we are there, can I visit relatives / friends?

  5. What is my estimated cost?

  6. What happens if a student is sick?

  7. What should I do about health insurance?

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

  9. What are the qualifications for participating in MedicIndia?

  10. Is there a language requirement?

  11. Are their other requirements during the rotation program?


How long is the rotation program?

At many medical schools, fourth-year medical students have 12 weeks of elective rotation elective.  While most schools have a limit of rotation in one location, students are generally okayed for two separate locations for six weeks.  MedicIndia requires its students to rotate at two different NGOs / hospitals to have a broader understanding of the types of medicine and health care required for the Indian health care system.

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Where will I live?

For the duration of the rotation, participants will reside in a nearby apartment / flat / NGO housing.   MedicIndia will do its best to assure that fellows are provided with adequate housing and support.  Students rotating at the New Civil Hospital during the summer months may be asked to share housing with the M1 Summer Program fellows.

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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.  The time spent is dependent on the program selected and the schedule / project designed with the local community.  Yes, students will have free time to discover the rich culture and people of their community.

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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.  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 community, hospital, and staff.  MedicIndia does require your complete participation.  Students 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 project fee to be determined, and individual expenses. 
MedicIndia will help support a majority of the stay in India.  The largest expense is an airline ticket (approx. $1200-1400).  Please email us / apply for more details.

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What happens if a student 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, students are strongly encouraged to consult their family doctor and take appropriate precautions before arriving in India (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.  Students 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.

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What are the qualifications for participating in MedicIndia?

MedicIndia seeks clever, creative, and energetic people with an adventurous spirit.  Similar in two ways to the M1 summer program, there are three basic requirements:

     1.  Fourth-year M.D. or D.O. student
     2.  Attend a US 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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Is there a language requirement?

Yes.  Because the rotation spans a minimum of 6-weeks, a basic knowledge of Gujarati, Marathi, and/or Hindi is required and will be considered in the application process.  Please contact us if you intend to stay in India longer than 6 weeks with less of a basic understanding of the local language.

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Are their other requirements during the rotation?

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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