Overseas Hospital Work ExperienceKerala, India
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Based in the coastal city of Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala, you can obtain overseas hospital work experience in the Indian healthcare system while you explore this beautiful, historic city on the Southwest Coast.
Our main partner hospital in Kochi is a private hospital with nearly 500 beds! The private hospital provides healthcare across a number of different hospital departments. Private hospitals are increasingly popular in India, and allow students to have access to a larger and wider network of medical professionals and specialist hospital departments compared to the crowded public healthcare providers. Students will shadow medical professionals across a number of hospital departments including General Medicine, Paediatrics and Neonatology, the Emergency Treatment Unit, Cardiology, and Orthopaedics.
Our students are accompanied to the hospitals each day by our local team, where they will be assigned to a doctor to shadow for the day. Students complete 25 hours of overseas hospital work experience per week and are rotated between different departments through the project, to ensure they experience as many medical cases as possible and gain an understanding of how a hospital functions. All our medical mentors are experienced teachers and speak English.
JOIN THIS COURSE IF…
This course is for students aged 16+ looking for overseas hospital work experience combined with an inspiring cultural journey. We accept students interested in pre-medicine, pre-midwifery and, pre-nursing, and we can tailor the course to each student’s individual career aspirations. Students of any nationality are welcome to join us.
✓ A minimum of 25 hours hospital-based work experience per week
✓ Shadowing experienced Consultants, Doctors and Healthcare Professionals
✓ One day health outreach in the local area
✓ Weekly language classes
✓ Mock multiple mini interviews (MMIs) conducted by experienced interviewers with feedback
✓ 24/7 Staff from UK office on project with students
✓ Accommodation, breakfast and dinner
- Overall Learning Experience 92% 92%
- Friendliness of local staff 99% 99%
- University Application Advice 95% 95%
- Social Activities 96% 96%
- Student Recommendation % 100% 100%
7 REASONS TO JOIN THIS COURSE
1. Shadow experienced Healthcare Professionals. Students spend a minimum of 25 hours per week shadowing experienced local Doctors, Nurses, or Midwives in our partner hospital.
2. Gain essential overseas hospital work experience. Nearly 90% of UK Medical Schools require their applicants to have gained medical work experience to support their university application. Our Overseas Hospital Work Experience in India allows students to experience working life in a hospital setting.
3. Obtain genuine insight. Medicine is a demanding and high pressure career choice for students, as well as being a long and expensive university course. It is therefore vital that students understand the realities of life working in medicine before committing to it. Our course allows students to develop an understanding of the future careers they plan to pursue, so that they can make informed decisions.
4. Perfect your interview techniques. Students take part in mock multiple mini interviews (MMIs) conducted by experienced interviewers, allowing them to get feedback on their answers and prepare for the real thing!
5. Take part in local healthcare outreach projects. Students will have the opportunity to take part in outreach projects within the local community. This can include joining healthcare professionals visiting local houses to provide palliative care to members of the community, or visiting community centres to provide healthcare education.
6. Make friends from all over the world. Students join our trips from more than 47 countries, allowing those joining us to meet friends from across the globe!
7. Experience a different culture. All students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities designed to help them experience the local culture. This can include visits to Kerala’s famous Chinese fishing nets, exploring Fort Kochi’s picturesque streets, cookery lessons, traditional dance classes, local markets, and much more! We also hold a weekly language class where students can learn some basic phrases in Malayalam, Kerala’s local language.
Overseas Hospital Work Experience
- Gain medical work experience required for the UCAS application
- In-depth knowledge of the role of a Doctor, Nurse, Midwife or Dentist
- Insight into a different country’s healthcare system
- Gain knowledge on a range of different medical conditions
- Understand a range of medical treatments for common medical conditions
- Be able to reflect on your own performance within a teamwork role and independently
- Spend time in the hospital’s different healthcare settings including clinics, wards and surgical theatres
- Gain an appreciation of a different culture and country
- Learn some basic local language phrases and put them into practice for day-to-day tasks
- Sample a range of different food and drinks
- Visit local houses to gain an understanding of how local people live
- Spend time with like-minded students from around the world
- Join a weekend trip to the peaceful Keralan backwaters
TYPICAL COURSE TIMETABLE
Students arriving into Cochin International Airport (COK) are met by a member of the Medical Projects team. After journeying to our base in Fort Kochi to meet the rest of the group, students take part in a welcome induction and have a group dinner.
Monday morning is our first day at the hospital. Students travel by bus from our accommodation and are split into pairs to meet their Doctors. The morning is spent shadowing across their departments before finishing for lunch at around 1:30pm.
It is time to head back to Fort Kochi for lunch and a town orientation. One of the oldest parts of the city of Kochi, Fort Kochi is now a maze of picturesque 16th century streets filled with shops and cafes – our staff will show students where to find all the essentials they will need during the week, including banks, lunch spots, and souvenir markets.
We are back in the hospital this morning for a second day in student’s first department. Students will rotate between different departments during their trip, so today could be the emergency treatment unit (ETU), similar to an Accident and Emergency department in the UK.
After finishing at the hospital, students head back into town to grab some lunch at a local restaurant. Student can then explore some of the sights of Fort Kochi, like the famous Chinese fishing nets. Then it is time to head back to our accommodation to relax by the pool before another delicious Indian dinner.
It’s time to shadow again this morning, perhaps in the paediatric department, which cares for any children who need to be admitted for inpatient care. The department sees a wide range of cases including tropical diseases like dengue fever, or even cases as unusual as snake bites!
Students grab a quick lunch today, before heading out to visit the Broadway market, a street full of shops selling everything from spices to saris! Then, it is back to the house in time for mock MMIs. Students will rotate around a number of stations, before receiving some feedback on how to improve their answers.
Today is an outreach day for some of our students, who will join a healthcare team from the hospital to provide palliative care. The students visit houses of local people to observe as doctors and nurses help to make them comfortable and to learn more about how the local population lives and the problems facing them in day to day life.
After joining the doctors for a traditional Keralan lunch, the students head back to our accommodation to meet back up with the rest of the group. They can then visit some of the many Hindu temples dotted around the city to learn more about India’s most populous religion. They then spend the evening playing cards on the rooftop overlooking the city.
Today is the last day at the hospital this week, and it’s time to shadow a doctor in the Orthopaedics department. This department is responsible for treating injuries and diseases which affect the bones. Students observing in this department might even be lucky enough to watch some orthopaedic surgeries!
Friday afternoon is free time, where students can chose to visit an area of the city known as Jew Town. This neighbour is one of the cities most atmospheric neighbourhoods and is full of old buildings housing shops for buying those all important last minute souvenirs! Our group will then head to a local restaurant for dinner to celebrate finishing a busy week!
Students who are departing this weekend pack up their belongings and get ready for the journey home. Those staying for the weekend can head off on our weekend trip today. They travel to Kerala’s world-famous backwaters and board a traditional houseboat. The boats are converted from rice barges into floating hotels, a perfect way to relax for the weekend!
The majority of the afternoon is spent on board the houseboat, cruising around the extensive network of canals and lagoons, watching the rice paddies pass by. There is also the chance to visit local craft markets before dinner, which is served on board the boat in your own floating dining room!
Students on the weekend trip have breakfast on board their houseboat after a great nights sleep on the backwaters! Then it is time to head back to Kochi to meet the new arrivals and relax by the pool before another busy week on Project India!
On Monday morning, our week starts again and we head back to the hospital to spend time shadowing. Students will spend the week rotating through hospital departments to ensure they see as many different areas of medicine as possible.
Our accommodation is based in a small hotel in the heart of the historic Fort Kochi neighbourhood, in walking distance of many of the cities most popular tourist sites.
Students will stay in twin or triple rooms, with Western style bathrooms. Our staff also stay at the same accommodation and we always have a female member of staff on duty at night. There is also a rooftop plunge pool which students can use to beat the worst of the heat! Breakfast and dinner is included each day.
All students are met on arrival at Cochin International Airport (COK) by a member of the Medical Projects team and transferred to our accommodation by private taxi. All in-country transport is provided and students are accompanied by staff for any journeys. Students are accompanied back to Cochin International Airport at the end of their trip.
FOOD & DRINK
A continental breakfast is provided each morning at the accommodation before heading to the hospital. The food provided may vary from day to day but generally, students can expect to have toast, fruit, eggs, tea, and coffee provided.
Lunch is usually taken at a local cafe or restaurant in the town centre. Alternatively, students can visit the nearby supermarkets to buy food.
Dinner is provided each evening at the accommodation, except for one night a week where we visit a local restaurant. The food is predominantly a range of Indian dishes, cooked fresh by our accommodation staff. There is always a vegetarian option, and other dietary requirements can be catered for with advanced notice.
Our staff are on hand at the hospital whenever there are students present, to ensure that all students are with their doctors and getting the most out of their placement.
We always have a minimum of one member of staff staying in the same accommodation as students, and at least one female member of staff on duty overnight.
Students are accompanied by staff during their weekend trip, transport, and afternoon activities, unless explicit parental permission has been given for unaccompanied free time activities.
Although delivering an amazing learning experience is our main focus, we also understand students want to socialise and explore with their free time. Our team have a variety of optional excursions and socials available, to ensure students make the most of their time in India. During free time, students can opt to do a tour of Fort Kochi, visit the Chinese fishing nets, take trips to the beach, or visit the local shops and markets.
Students staying for two weeks or more have the opportunity to take part in a weekend trip on the Keralan backwaters. Students stay overnight on a traditional houseboat, converted from old working rice barges. Students spend the day relaxing on board the boat as it cruises through the tranquil lagoons and canals, passing rice paddies, coconut plantations, and waterside villages. The barge stops so students can explore local villages and visit some craft markets. After a delicious Keralan dinner students can spend the night on board in twin rooms, listening to the water lapping against the boat. The next morning students will head back to Kochi, arriving home in time to greet the new arrivals!
2 Week Total – £1685
3 Week Total – £2185
The course fee is paid in two instalments. A £290 deposit is taken to reserve your space and the remaining balance is not due until 90 days before your placement start date.
2. Lunch money (around £5 per day)
3. Visa (around £75 if required, depending on nationality)
4. Spending money
5. Weekend Trip (optional)
6. Medical Scrubs, Lab Coat & PPE
14th July – 20th July 2019
21st July – 27th July 2019
28th July – 3rd August 2019
Academic Year 2019/2020 Dates:
12th July – 18th July 2020
19th July – 25th July 2020
26th July – 1st August 2020