Finally, my first post from India! Everything has been a giant whirlwind since I got here- I can’t believe it’s only been 7 days since I was on a jumbo jet, full of anticipation as to what the other side of the world would bring.
But after today, my first real internship experience, I couldn’t wait any longer to put it down in writing, so here’s a glimpse of my life right now.
I can’t help but start with food! I’ve got 3 meals provided a day with tons of variation in breakfast, lunch, and dinner- and it is all sooo yummy. We have breakfast every morning with our Medical Director and Local Coordinator, actually a retired couple who basically took us in as family. We live in a guest house that they own, about 15 minutes away, which is really like 2 studio apartments put together and shared by all participants. Surprisingly, our group is mostly students who are very close to being full-fledged doctors, instead of young pre-meds like me. For these next 5 weeks, the team consists of me, 2 advanced medical students from Australia, one medical intern from Chile, and a pre-med senior from the US, who arrives this Saturday. Given this, there are a variety of goals and expectations we all came with. The students from Australia are mostly interested in learning about clinical practice in Pediatrics and Ob/Gyn, whereas the girl from Chile and I are also interested in public health concerns.
This week, we’ve had orientation lectures on Monday and Tuesday – basic anatomy and background on healthcare in India. But today, our first day of clinical experience, we went to a local hospital. We didn’t know what to expect until we got there, and all of a sudden I found myself in scrubs, cap and mask, and in an Operating Room for the first time! In sum, I watched 4 procedures, interacting with doctors along the way. It was beyond exhilarating- there’s really no other word for it. I also talked to one of the patients right before he was prepped for surgery, which was just an incredible opportunity!
Tomorrow, we are going to a very rural area around Pune for 2 days, to see the unique challenges of maternal healthcare in India- again, I don’t know what to expect but I know it will be just as amazing.
After that, we’re going to leave town for a fantastic weekend! I think my next post will have a little less on work, and more on the wonders of travelling in India- which are many =)