Medical internship in India, Palampur-Dharamsala area, is a very challenging and learning experience wherein interns get to work and understand the medical system in India. Interns are placed in hospitals and clinics in the region where they work alongside the medical staff and attending to the needs of the patients.
Students mainly shadow and assist the medical staff depending on their level of experience and the skills they possess. While first, second and third-year medical students mainly observe and shadow in the medical procedures, senior medical students are able to perform hands-on tasks depending on their skill level.
Our placements include general medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics as well as in Ayurveda and Naturopathy clinic and hospitals. For groups of medical students, we also arrange medical check-up camps in schools and visit local communities as well as different medical colleges in and around Palampur area where they get to know more about the Indian medical and healthcare system.
Interns must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the internship. As an intern, you should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Medical interns must provide a clean criminal background check report, CV, Passport Copy as well as other documents and credentials pertaining to their qualifications prior to joining the program. Pre Med, Medical, Nursing students and CNA’s can join the program. All students must adhere to professional attire while at the hospitals.
Intern Roles & Responsibilities
The hospital cannot ethically allow individuals without the proper experience, education, and certifications to actively participate in medical procedures they are not able to conduct. Most interns only observe or help out with very minor tasks. The tasks assigned to the interns will be strictly on the basis of the level of their education and experience. While pre-med students would mostly be observing the doctors and the staff, 3rd and final year medical as well as nursing students can get hands-on experience depending upon their level of work experience and understanding; such as suturing wounds, giving vaccinations, measuring blood pressure, fever, etc. A list of a daily routine of the intern volunteers includes general tasks as given below:
- Depending on skills, assist with procedures like suturing wounds, giving vaccinations, etc.
- Shadow the Doctors on critical surgeries and operations.
- Being involved in the daily procedures of the hospital.
- Conducting hospital rounds with the doctors.
- Maintaining files.
- Routine patient check-ups like measure Blood pressure, check fever.
Intern Work Schedule
Volunteers joining the Medical Internship Program in India are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. It must be noted that every placement functions at a different pace and on separate timelines making the schedule slightly differ at times. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;
- Sunday: Arrival in Palampur
- Monday: Orientation + neighborhood familiarization tour. The orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Palampur-Dharamsala.
- Tue to Fri: Volunteer work
- Breakfast - 08:30 am onwards
- Working hours at the placement - 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm
- Lunch - 1:00 pm onwards (Provided at the accommodation)
- Dinner - 06:00 pm onwards
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards
Weekends: Free to explore the city
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
We do not compromise on your living standards and tour arrangements. From arranging airport pickups to taking care of your volunteer placement, to putting you at the right volunteer house and helping you take up weekend travel, we help you plan and execute everything in a structured way.
Volunteers are picked up from Gaggal Airport in Dharamsala by a member of the local coordinating team. The airport is served with daily direct flights from Delhi. For those participants choosing to travel from Delhi to Palampur by bus, they will be picked up from the bus station and transferred to the volunteer home base.
You would be provided accommodation in our volunteer home base in Palampur. The accommodation offers spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains and provides a safe living environment for the participants. At the house, we provide same gender sharing dorm style rooms with attached western style toilets, lockers, TV, hot water, internet and a large common area for the volunteers to enjoy their free time. The volunteer house has a huge front and backyard with beautiful gardens where the volunteers can relax and even play outdoor games and activities such as badminton with other participants during the free time.
An orientation and briefing session will be provided by our staff in Palampur. We cover areas like culture, safety, locations, transportation etc. Volunteers also have the option to start their program by joining the 1 week Language & Culture Orientation week in Delhi.
The volunteer homebase in Palampur has full time cooking staff for preparing fresh meals for the volunteers. Volunteers are provided with three meals a day for six days a week. A sample of the meals you can expect are below:
Breakfast - Parantha, Bread, Tea (chai), Jam, Butter, Porridge etc.
Lunch/ Dinner - Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (Indian bread), pickle, yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.
During your Free Time
Volunteers can go and explore the market in Palampur and take long pleasant walks. The area in and around Palampur is very safe and volunteers generally prefer to walk down the nearby locations. You can also visit the beautiful tea gardens, temples and Tashi Jong monastery which is located in Palampur. Volunteers are also given a tour of the Palampur market, Tea Garden and Tea Factory and a Yoga class once a week.
Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of $259 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- Pre departure information and support
- Airport Pickup and drop from airport
- Three meals a day
- Welcome dinner
- Accommodation in a home stay
- Local market tour
- Visit to Tea garden and Tea factory
- Visit to nearby tourist attractions within 20 kms
- Yoga and meditation class once a week
- 24*7 staff support
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Visa fee
- Any personal expenses (You would need around $40 per week for your personal expenses)