An increasingly important component of any American medical or nursing school experience is a fourth year rotation at an international institution. The Foundation is a resource for medical students who are thinking of visiting CMC.
There are currently hundreds of international medical students who travel to Vellore for a fourth-year elective or residency observership. Our role is one of service, both to the student and CMC. We are happy to provide:
A Weill Cornell Medical Student at CMC
In her blog, Caitlyn Hoffman wrote: “It is difficult, seeing such an incredible volume of patients with progressive disease, not to feel that this effort is futile. Watching these pediatricians work however, I am beginning to understand what fuels their incredible generosity and unquestioning work ethic.
The professor encouraged the lecture room to stop and truly listen when a new patient presents with such symptoms.
The sincere gratitude of the patients and the overwhelming need of these children that can be alleviated by simple treatment measures creates an incredibly rewarding and motivating practice. They all admit that it is exhausting, but they return every morning to the staggering throng of patients with smiles, energy, and patience.”
Weill Cornell Medical Student Caitlyn Hoffman presented a poster of her research after she spent four weeks in Vellore. The Scudder International Fellowships are funded by a Weill Cornell benefactor in honor of one of their most famous alumnae, Ida S. Scudder.
“This day was extremely rewarding because at least 100 patients were seen in their own community and are kept in check to avoid any preventable complications. Even though, it may seem inconvenient to get out of the office onto a dirt filled ground, animals wondering as the patients are seen, sewage in the surroundings with plenty of flies standing on the patients, dogs, cats and health care staff… However what makes it different is the fact that the team starts the work day with a prayer. They meet in a room and assign a bible verse lecture to an intern… Subsequently the team is asked to meditate on the verse… Usually these are relevant to becoming better persons and increasing faith. There is always something to be learned… we just need to open our eyes and look for the opportunity.”