Medical Electives in India | Global Medical Projects

Medical Electives 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

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.


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£150£595£100 (per wk)£100

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200€800€135€ (per wk)135€

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$240$995$160 (per wk)$160

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Au$300Au$1,190Au$200 (per wk)Au$200

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