The Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, South India
Tertiary teaching hospital
Large country town in Tamil Nadu, South India
India, the second largest country in the world, the largest democracy with a booming economy.
Vellore offers a broad range of experience, and there is world-wide interest in attending Vellore so applications need to be in well ahead of time. (This does mean that you may well meet a diverse group of young medicos.)
Vellore hospital itself would best suit elective medical students, however it may be possible to arrange placements at nearby rural clinics where the level of responsibility would be greater.
Every super-specialty, a large general medical and surgical component, obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics with public health epidemiology and outreach to both the rural and urban poor. The medical PACS system and genetics unit has been established already(!) There may be research opportunities.
Facts and figures available on http://www.cmch-vellore.edu/swf/Facts_Figures_2004_2005.swf
The hospital is well geared to meet the needs of the students, but the numbers may mean that you may not quite get what you want. Most popular is the rural health projects, but the clinical material is very varied and fascinating.
According to your interest. Shadowing the hospital medical staff especially after hours can be a tremendous learning experience
Available in a hostel on the hospital campus, or else in hotels nearby.
Local, with a wide range of choice within the town
Some of the leading clinicians and researchers in the world.
English is the medium of instruction and discussion among the medical and nursing staff, Tamil is the commonest local language, followed by Telegu and Hindi. People come from all over India for care.
Large country town with historic fort and temple, caters well for the many visitors to the hospital.
Madras is the local international airport. You can then get a bus, a train or a taxi to Vellore about 4 hours inland.
Locally autorickshaws and buses are the main means of getting around.
A very extensive and informative one on http://www.cmch-vellore.edu
http://www.cmch-vellore.edu/pages/?id=admission gives advice on applying to CMCH formal application can be made after reading this segment to :
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India is very much a worth-seeing place.
I have written this with a medical student elective in mind, however, such experience would be invaluable even to a resident doctor.