Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (DMIMS University) (India)

Outgoing University of Sydney medical students to Wardha, India

Number of places: A maximum of two elective students will be nominated to represent the Faculty under this scheme.

Institution: Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (DMIMS) is located in Wardha, in the Indian state of Maharashtra (near Nagpur). It is one of our newest partners in India and is known for innovative and need based patterns of teaching and learning which are Student Centered, Problem Based & Community Oriented. This placement would be based within DMIMS’ busy clinical service and outreach program to primary care facilities in local villages.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in: clinical postings; academic activities of Staff Research Society and Department of Community Medicine; Journal Club; seminar presentations; case based group discussions; Comprehensive Community Academic Partnership program in adopted villages; Multi-diagnostic camps, speciality camps, school check up camps; and community based research, screening and prevention programs.

Students will have a nominated contact person (supervisor) at the host organization consortium. The host organization supervisor will be able to provide: access to clinical teaching / training; an orientation to the various government and non-government health agencies and organizations including host organization; access to the resources necessary to complete a project or projects; access to staffs, colleagues, students; and regular professional evaluation and feedback on progress.

Language: Hindi is not essential for this placement however you may be interested to undertake some language classes to facilitate your placement. Information on language courses available through the University of Sydney can be found at our Resources pages.

Duration: This placement is 4–8 weeks in duration.

Other: The DMIMS Medical & Dental Complex is very well connected by Road, Rail & Air (via Nagpur) to all major cities in India and is also very convenient for students coming via Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai. Wardha is about 70 kms by road from Nagpur taking about an hour by road. There is a bus service from Nagpur to Wardha available at regular short intervals which make it very convenient to reach the campus. The College campus is situated about 2 kms from the Wardha Railway Station and about 7 kms from Sevagram Railway Station. The trains on the Mumbai – Howrah route stop at Wardha station whereas the south bound trains have a halt at the Sevagram station. Nagpur is very well connected by air to Mumbai (5 daily flights to and fro), New Delhi (2 daily flights), Hyderabad (one daily flight), Kolkata (one daily flight).

During 2010 and 2011, the Sydney Medical School hosted two doctors/academics from DMIMS as part of an AusAid funded development program. We have gone on to develop research funding proposals with these same doctors. If these research proposals are successful students may be able to assist with research projects if the opportunity arises.

Travel, supervisor fees, accommodation and living expenses and arrangements will be the students’ responsibility. Accommodation is available on the University campus for approx $50/ day & at Periphery Rural Health Centre Campus for $15/day. However, if students are staying for one month or more then a 50% concession will be considered.

As we are partners with DMIMS, they are able to offer a 50% reduction in supervisor costs ($25/day) for the selected students.

This is the first time we are offering placements with DMIMS. However, you can read the Impressions section of this site to learn about the experiences of previous students who have undertaken different placements in India.

Applying: Please consult these pages for details on applying for a placement and scholarship support.

Resources: Our resources pages provide some valuable material on your health and safety and on some of the medical conditions and environments you may come across while on placement.

For further enquries contact us.