To provide unique shadowing experience at Kailash Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (KCHRC), a hospital run by a renowned NGO in a clean, tranquil and serene campus with world-class facilities in the heartland of rural India.
- To enable medical students to observe clinical care of patients by attending Outpatient Clinics, watching procedures and surgeries, attend patient rounds, lectures and related events
- To see how a not-for-profit hospital can provide the best medical care at affordable rates to a vast number of people.
- To help students get a glimpse of the rural/tribal community and their lifestyle.
- To create appreciation of how a not-for-profit organization can provide Urban amenities in a rural setup.
- To expose the students to an integrated approach (education including vocational training, healthcare, childcare, care for the disabled and the elderly, women empowerment, sustainable agriculture and organic farming, and innovation in renewable energy and recycling of waste) taken towards the development of the rural society.
- To learn India’s culture in an Ashram setting that India’s forefathers envisioned.
- To explore different medical specializations as a career path mainly Oncosurgery, Medical Oncology (Chemotherapy) and Radiotherapy.
- Provide comfortable and clean on-campus lodging & boarding facilities so that the students can focus on learning.
What KCHRC offers
KCHRC provides complete allopathic (mainstream) medical treatment with the exception of cardiology. Some of the departments at KCHRC are:
- OPDs, e.g., Physician, family care, ENT and Head And Neck Surgery, Gynec, Paediatrician, Skin specialist, Psychiatrist, Dentist, Ophthalmologist, Orthopedic, Oncologist
- IPD – 200 beds
- Full Pharmacy
- Radiology – X-ray, Mammography, CT, Sonography
- Operating Theaters – 5 major and 5 minor OTs with state-of-the-art equipment
- Medical ICU
- Surgical ICU with complete and remote monitoring
- Laboratory – Histology, Pathology, Genetics, microbiology, blood centre
- Clinical Research
- Oncology modalities
- Nuclear Medicine – Gamma Camera, PET scan
- Surgery – 10 OTs +2 OTs for future Cath Lab
- Radiation Treatment – Brachytherapy, “True-beam” Linac
- Bone-marrow transplant (coming in 1Q2018)
- Cyclotron (coming in 1H18)
Students may elect one or more of the specialization areas for their observership. They are requested to contact Dr. Shehnaz Kantharia (Head of the Clinical Research and Medical Education) to develop a detailed observership program.
Students may want to spend evenings and Sundays to interact with other focus-areas of Muni Seva Ashram, i.e., Education, Social Care and Sustainability, described below. This will be done after arrival at the Ashram.
- Experience the day-to-day life of students by visiting them at residential schools (Gujarati medium Primary school, Gujarati medium Secondary school, English medium Secondary school and Vocation Training Center).
- Spend quality time with children and participate in some of their activities to help broaden their worldview.
- Participate in Yoga Exercises.
- Teach selected subjects like English, computers and basic medicine/Hygiene.
- Spend quality time with the children of the orphanage, elderly of the old-age homes and the specially-abled at the home for mentally challenged women to understand their needs and the services provided by the Ashram to support them
- Participate in activities or programs to help the residents grow and develop physically, mentally or emotionally and spiritually.
- See how solar energy can be harnessed for cooking food, generating electricity and even to create air conditioning for the hospital.
- Learn how bio-gas is generated. Visit the compression facility where it is compressed into cylinders ready to be used for cooking and as fuel in farm vehicles
- Visit plantations and farmlands to understand the use of organic fertilizers generated from bio-gas plants and vermicomposting
- Visit the gaushalas (cow-sheds). Experience feeding and milking the cows.
What students can expect and should be ready for
- Students receive no privileges to participate in clinical treatment of patients, to assist in any medical procedures, test or surgeries
- Students do not receive any academic credits. However they can be given certificate of participation which may meet requirements of some medical colleges.
- MSA is located in rural India. There may be intermittent loss of Electricity that can last from few minutes to few hours. It should be noted that air-conditioners or fans do not work without electricity.
- Hot water for bathing is provided during the morning hours.
- WI-FI is provided in some areas of the ashram from where Internet can be accessed on students’ laptops and smartphones. Because of its rural location students may experience intermittent loss of connectivity.
- Students are provided air conditioned accommodation. Typically two students of same sex are housed in each room.
- Vegetarian food – some of which is organically grown at Ashram – is provided Milk and milk products come from cows at Ashram.
- Laundry facilities are provided.
- Meat, liquor and tobacco of any kind are prohibited.
- Ashram premises are periodically fumigated. Mosquitoes are not a problem at Ashram, however students are advised to bring mosquito repellent.
Recommended Age Group for Medical Observership
Any undergraduate or postgraduate pre-medical or medical student in India or abroad
Duration of Observership
Recommended duration is one month to gain maximum benefit. However, we can customize it for duration of 1 to 8 weeks.
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