At a glance
- Strengthen your journey towards a medical career while acquiring international competencies and cultural connections
- Learn directly from doctors in busy hospitals. You can choose a speciality or rotate through different hospital departments
- Explore the beautiful country of India with fellow volunteers and experience unique social and cultural settings that you wouldn’t observe otherwise
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
You should be enrolled in healthcare related studies or training.
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe local doctors and medical staff
Your main role in this internship is purely observational. You’ll spend your days learning from doctors and other medical staff. You’ll have the chance to witness consultations and procedures and ask questions about what you’ve seen. Wherever possible, doctors will take the time to explain what they’re doing, and how they came to the diagnosis. You’ll have the opportunity to visit many different departments and observe doctors diagnose and treat a vast range of cases.
Rotate between various hospital departments like general medicine, oncology and paediatrics
During your medical placement in India, you’ll have the opportunity to observe twelve different specialisations, depending on your interests and the needs of the hospital. You may assist children in paediatrics, expectant mothers in gynaecology or laboratory tests in radiology. The longer you stay, the more of these departments you’ll be able to observe in.
Attend medical lectures and workshops
As technology and medicine are always improving, so will you. By attending medical presentations, you’ll stay ahead of the game on the latest technology and best practices in medicine. The hospital doctors and nurses will be by your side every step of the way to introduce new information and medical techniques which will improve your skills.
What types of medical placements are available in India?
All medical interns will get exposure to a wide range of patients and cases, all under the watchful guidance of a professional and caring team of doctors and nurses.
You placements may be in any of the following departments:
- General Medicine
- Paediatrics & Neonatology
- Imaging & Radiology
- Anaesthesiology & C Care
Please note that you’ll only be able to spend time in one or two departments if you’re staying for two to three weeks. The longer you stay, the more departments you’ll be able to rotate through.
Where in India will I be working?
You’ll have the opportunity to work at a large private hospital in the city of Kochi in Kerala. Due to the growing presence of private hospitals, it’s competitive to receive a placement at one of these hospitals, therefore the quality of doctors has improved immensely. Kerala is the only state in India which has a reputation for quality public healthcare and medical services, which is remarkable.
The city itself is sprawling with people going about their day-to-day activities. Simply walk along the waterfront promenade and you’ll find yourself face-to-face with museums, abundant art and the most fragrant spices found along the market side. There are also more modern places like the local mall, an ice rink and restaurants that serve the most delicious dal and fish curry.
A typical day on the Medicine internship in India
After waking up in the morning and enjoying a delicious breakfast, you’ll travel to your placement. On your first day, our staff will accompany you to show you the way.
A typical day will run from Monday to Friday, from 8.30 am - 12.30 pm, and then from 2 pm - 4 pm. However, these hours may vary. The exact schedule will be discussed during your induction.
The specifics of your day will vary according to which placement you choose, and which department you’re in. In general, you’ll follow the doctors in the department as they complete their rounds, update charts, review case files, and assess patients for admission.
We run regular workshops for all our medical interns. Here, you’ll have the chance to ask local doctors questions about procedures you’ve seen, or simply find out more about medical practice in India. They’ll also provide you with basic training.
At the end of your working day, it’s time to relax. Swap stories about your day over dinner with your fellow interns and other volunteers, or spend time getting to know them at one of our regular socials.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad travellers during your stay in India. This is a great way to get to know each other, share experiences, and explore your surroundings during your free time together.
The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
Explore India, a country rich in heritage and vibrant in culture.
India has so much to offer, from its beautiful coastal shores and meditative forests to its spicy delicacies and colourful markets. You'll be in awe by the organised chaos of transport and people, and amazed by local landmarks and temples that stand tall above the city.
In Kerala, you can experience all this and more. It's famous as one of India's most serene states coupled with the soothing flow of the Backwater canal system that runs through communities.
When you aren't exploring the surrounding areas, you can find your inner zen in a country known for its yoga practice. Improve your yoga technique or start from scratch. No matter your skill level, you'll take away great tips and techniques.
Our local staff will also facilitate regular social activities so that you can get to know volunteers and interns from other projects too. This is a great way to make an international group of friends who you can travel with during your trip.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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