MedicIndia M4 Rotation Program is a public service
rotation introducing fourth-year
medical students to social service, development, hands-on-experience, and India
while academically supporting the medical student.
Like the M1 summer program, the M4 rotation promises to be a unique transformational experience –
face disease and pathology that is far infrequent in more developed countries.
Students will face difficulties and obstacles alongside many successes. The project will target both personal growth and
international development. As an individual, the rotating student has the
capacity to impact the work of the doctors, hospital, and community. In
addition, returning students will have a large impact on those less exposed to
the needs of international medicine.
The M4 Rotation program requires that students dedicate at least 6 weeks to
understanding the Indian health care system. However, in order for such a
basic understanding, we feel that students must be involved in at least two of
four different practices / locations of medicine.
1. Public Rural Health Center
2. Public Urban Hospital
3. Private Rural Health Center
4. Private Urban Health Center
One will be witness to major differences between rural and urban health care.
Because of the difference between the Indian and American social and demographic
structure, a more developed rural infrastructure is necessary. Also, many
different diseases and issues can be uncovered in a rural setting.
Besides the New Civil Hospital in Surat, GJ, rotation programs are also being
established with Sewa Rural in Jaghadeeya, GJ, and with the Shamalaji Public
Health Center (PHC) in Shamalaji, GJ. Other rotation programs are being
established. Please continue to check the MedicIndia website for other
Unlike the M1 fellowship, the M4 rotation is generally not done within a
structured group setting. The student will be more immersed in the
community and more be able to make a lasting individual impact. However,
support normally from the MedicIndia staff will come more from the NGO /
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.
Another aspect to the MedicIndia rotation program is supporting individual growth.
The intense experience is simultaneously rewarding and personally challenging.
Besides staff support, students will also have access to the MedicIndia readers
and speakers / retreats that are available to other groups. 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 students to provide for the
future. MedicIndia hopes to provide 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 soon-to-be doctors to become future leaders.