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 a much slower paced clinic, operates only once a week, and spends the rest of … Continue reading Pauri

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 the last 20 years that has totally changed the dynamics and landscape of city. The … Continue reading Classroom Reflection #1 – Describe Your Environment

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 image conjured by that previous statement. What did you picture? A small-moderate sized hospital with … Continue reading Classroom Reflection #2 – Clinical Experiences and Feeling Uncomfortable

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 treat one case of scleroderma or malignant hyperthermia during our career, it is not uncommon … Continue reading Classroom Reflection #3 – Comparing India to Back Home

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 story that left me nothing short of flabbergasted. He told us how he had an … Continue reading Quacks

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 somewhat nauseated) we arrived at Landour Community Hospital (LCH) which sits on top of a … Continue reading Mussoorie

Lohri

  Our last night in Dehradun was Jan 13, which happened to be the same night as Lohri, a Punjabi festival. Once again, Mayank, our wonderful CFHI coordinator, had a connection and scored us an invitation to a Lohri celebration. Historically, the festival celebrates the halfway point of winter and is held just before the … Continue reading Lohri