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STEPHEN TUFFS
British

Medical Work Experience Internship, in Madurai, India

         

I have gained a great deal of practical experience from working on my placement, which should help me a great deal when starting my study at University. I have also had a chance to enjoy a totally different culture from that I am used to in the UK.

The travelling at weekends has been the biggest source of enjoyment. It allows you to get to know the people you are travelling with better and do some activities that I never would have thought about doing back in the UK. I would certainly recommend South India to others.

The medical placement is interesting and useful to me in my future career, but as I am not qualified I tend to be more of an observer than an actual participant in hospital work. I certainly would think that someone qualified would find this placement extremely rewarding as they would obviously be well utilised

Can you describe a typical day?

I arrive at the hospital at 10 and leave at 3, my lunch is at 1 and I normally have about half an hour but I have been told I am welcome to take a full hour.

I have been in two departments, Microbiology and now I am in the ICU. Microbiology was mainly observation along with a few practical exercises. I have been ICU for a week now and again it is mainly observation. However, I have been able to help nurses and doctors with certain practical procedures. I am able to follow all of the patient’s cases as their notes are in English and I have access to them.

I also have access to the Cath Lab and hopefully will be able to observes certain procedures.  

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