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Medical Elective Placements in India

You have to pay for medical care in India, which means that many people don't take themselves to the doctor until their condition becomes so bad that something must be done, sadly it's often too late. Additionally, the unique social hierarchy in India means that many people who are lower down on the social ladder (the caste system) feel uncomfortable visiting doctors. This means that during your time with us in India you will see highly advanced medical conditions that you are unlikely to ever see at home.

In India you have the opportunity to work at a large teaching hospital on the outskirts of Trivandrum or smaller family healthcare hospital near the coast.

Teaching hospital more>>
Family healthcare centre more>>

Teaching hospital

The main base for our elective placements in India is a large hospital, medical college and research foundation on the outskirts of Trivandrum. The hospital and college are located on a sprawling and picturesque 32-acre site about a 40 minute commute from our accommodation.

This modern hospital has 600 beds, 13 operation theatres (includes cardio-thoracic theatre), state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratories, fully computerized network of hospital information system and radio diagnostic imaging department.

Departments available include:

A & E
Cardiac care
Community medicine
Forensic medicine
General Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynaecology

As a teaching hospital and medical college, there are also opportunities to attend lectures and practical sessions with Indian medical students (although this is not compulsory) during term times, which are broadly similar to those at home.

Family healthcare centre

The Healthcare Centre placement is located close to Varkala Beach, one of the most stunning beaches in Kerala

The health care centre was founded by Dr Kumar when he was working in the area and was taken by the high incidence of lifestyle related diseases. He saw that using a different approach to that commonly used by GPs could bring about health improvement. His aim was to create a different type of health care centre, offering a more holistic and evidence based approach relying mainly on the three traditional diagnostic tools: clinical symptoms, investigations and examination findings.

More than 60% of the local adult population suffers from diabetes. Many also suffer from hypertension, metabolic syndrome, obesity, substance abuse, family problems and mental illness.

The facilities of the hospital comprise an outpatient clinic, an inpatient ward of approximately 10 beds, a de-addiction centre able to treat 10 patients on a 21 day residential programme, a physiotherapy clinic, a small 24hr casualty department and a psychiatric residence for 10 patients.

Accommodation on this project is in our group accommodation, usually sharing with others. You will be joined in Trivandrum by others on our medical, teaching, media and business projects. There's more information here: Accommodation in India

This project is suitable for:

Medical students
Elective students
Medical professionals

Previous medical experience is not necessary but the projects are tailored to your interests and experience. We will ask for a CV and a statement of objectives when you join us so that we can match the project to your experience and aims.

Project start dates

Every Friday

Please aim to arrive on a Thursday afternoon or Friday morning so that your induction can be conducted on Friday. You can arrive on other days by appointment but additional fees may apply. Please avoid arriving on a weekend. Accommodation spaces throughout the year are limited so reserve your space now.

Combining projects

The Pre-university projects are often be combined with our orphanage projects in India

Contact us to chat about which programme would be best for you.

Alvin's elective in India

Read about Alvin's Medical Elective in India


2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks 5 weeks 6 weeks
£895 £995 £1,095 £1,245 £1,395


Extra weeks Extra months Language course Orphanage project
£150 £595 £100 (per wk) £100

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We're highly seasonal and our summer projects are very popular. This does mean that we have lots of capacity in our accommodation during our quieter times. Therefore, we offer discounts for those joining us during our quiet periods.

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What's included

Donation to the project
Your accommodation
UK support
(including comprehensive predeparture information and briefing)
Airport pick-up
Local induction
Basic language course
Local overseas support
Your food
(in project accommodation)

What's not included

Spending money
Food during weekend if travelling independently