Course Details

The elective experience will be an opportunity for you to learn about providing health care without the infrastructure and diagnostic facilities available in your own countries. It’s a good chance to improve your clinical skills.
Teaching will comprise of daily ward rounds, bedside teaching, outpatient clinics, case presentations, problem solving etc, all in small groups. The hospital covers all specialities including General Medicine & Surgery, O & G, Psychiatry, Anaesthesia, Public health, dentistry and Paediatrics. You will see a wide range of cases including infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, typhoid, bronchopneumonia, as well as malnutrition and  trauma.
You will learn about the logistics of providing health care in a rural, low cost, setting and about the implementation of the program at the grassroots by community members that have been trained on the job. There will be opportunities to visit some of the villages  and interact with the tribal people.

A typical week would be:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.30 – 1.30 pm

OP

See outpatients with consultants

8.30 – 9.30

Examination of cardiovascular system

8.30 am – 4 pm

Field visit with community health nurse

See patients at the villageLearn how the community health program is
implemented.

8.30am-1.30pm

OP

See outpatients with consultants

8.30 am – 5 pm

Area centre clinic with doctors

See patients in the clinic with a variety of symptoms and signs.

9.30 – 10.30

Case work up

11 am – 1 pm

Case discussion

2 pm – 4  pm

Ward rounds/ work up new admissions

2 pm – 3 pm

Lab to see simple tests/ AFB, Sickle cell

2pm – 4pm

Surgical sutures, knot tying, Instruments

Changes are made in the schedule based on the interests of the students. Time table is flexible and you are welcome to work as hard (or as little!) as you wish to.