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Exploring Health in Urban and Rural India

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Pauri

Part of our second week in Dehradun was spent with Dr. Ramola who is an ophthalmologist. He spent his early career working for a government hospital and performed over 40,000 surgeries while working there. Now, he spends his time running... Continue Reading →

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Classroom Reflection #1 – Describe Your Environment

Dehradun is a small-medium sized city of five hundred sixty thousand located in the state of Uttarakhand in the northeast of India near the Himalayas. According to our local contacts the city has undergone a massive and rapid expansion in... Continue Reading →

Classroom Reflection #2 – Clinical Experiences and Feeling Uncomfortable

On our second day of the rotation, we had the pleasure of going to City Heart Hospital founded by Dr. Sanjay Gandhi for an evening clinic. Now, I want you to stop and take a moment to consider the mental... Continue Reading →

Classroom Reflection #3 – Comparing India to Back Home

The "tragedy of scale" in India makes for some interesting medicine. With 1 billion potential patients, the rare diseases that are "one in a million" are actually quite common. Whereas in the US we may be lucky to see and... Continue Reading →

Classroom Reflections #4 – Most Meaningful Interaction

We were really lucky during the trip to work with a number of great people. The support staff at CFHI, the other students on the rotation with us, and the doctors we worked with were great. Naturally, this makes it... Continue Reading →

The Town of Mussoorie

Apart from spending time at LCH working in the hospital, we had ample time to explore the town of Mussoorie. First, let me start by saying that when they call the town a "hill station" they weren't kidding. Every single... Continue Reading →

Quacks

One of the many problems plaguing the medical landscape in India are the "quack" doctors who are omnipresent. Every doctor we talk to had countless stories of these phony medical practitioners taking advantage of patients. Dr. Gandhi told us one... Continue Reading →

The “Tragedy of Scale” and Lessons Learned 

The "tragedy of scale" in India makes for some interesting medicine. With 1 billion potential patients, the rare diseases that are "one in a million" are actually quite common (which reminds me of a terrible joke: What does it mean... Continue Reading →

Mussoorie

Our third week of the rotation took us to the mountain village of Mussoorie which is one of Dehradun's many "Hill stations." After an hour and a half drive up the winding mountain roads (which left all of us feeling... Continue Reading →

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