Goal, Perspective & Experience

The vastness of rural India provides many opportunities to learn and fathom innumerable medical conditions & lifestyle analysis opportunities, including the atmospheric, economic and cultural impacts on the health. HFRI has successfully completed three years of “Medical Externship”, by taking pre­medical and medical students from various colleges across the United States to India, exposing them to Indian medical system, common tropical and infectious diseases, village health, exposure to Yoga and its impact on physical, mental and medical diseases, cultural exposure and spiritual uplifting. These trips have been very rewarding and fabulous experiences for both students and organizers.

“Our third EKAL AROGYA Medical Externship project was again blessed and graced with higher energy which made it very enjoyable, extremely educational, and culturally motivational with the exposure to the medical science, Ayurveda, Indian village life, yoga, meditation and was privileged with sightseeing trip to Parasnath and Summit Shikhar.” – Dr. Veena Gandhi (2017-18)

Last year’s program ran from Dec 23 to Jan 3 at Baroda ­ Gujarat, India. The participating students rounded with internists, surgeons, pediatricians and preventive and community health departments in the renowned medical school at Baroda connected with AIMS from Delhi to learn about common diseases prevalent in that area and basic medicine. They also visited private nursing homes, small, medium and large sized charity hospitals and outreach clinics. This gave them tremendous exposure about India’s Medical health systems. There was also a trip to a remote village, Gola, to learn about the village life, village culture and traditions. They learnt about the EKAL AROGYA initiative of anemia eradication program in women and children, village medical challenges.  The trip cannot be more rewarding and cost effective for all.

The students kept daily journals and subsequently hopefully they may write an article about health care and village health in India. We, at EKAL, strongly feel that this connectivity of West to East will be extremely valuable to the participants, giving them a great exposure to a different country, life style, culture, medical diseases, medical system, and above all, will make them broader thinkers and better doctors.  This experience may also help them in their admission into medical schools.

  • “It was enlightening and gratifying to observe first-hand how the funds from donations we make are making a real difference to the lives of so many people back in India” – Kriti
  • “While it was an exhausting trip, we learned a great deal – a great experience of visiting so many medical facilities and interacting with dedicated medical professionals” – Sheila
  • “Seeing the patients in pediatric ward brought about a great deal of empathy” – Rishabh
  • “During this trip, I learned different aspects of medicine, including the importance of nutrition, hygiene, religion, and therefore, the significance of health literacy in a country like India” – Sahil

EKAL Arogya is ready to offer this program again for 2020-2021. Kindly review the website www.ekal.org for the details for externship program. If there is any questions, do not hesitate to call Mr. Mohan Daptardar at (203) 505-1632. Students will be selected on first come first serve basis.