Child Family Health International (CFHI): Palliative Care in Southern India

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  • Location(s): Goa, India: Chennai, India
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship, Volunteer, Research

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This placement offers volunteers the unique opportunity to work with the well established, Dr. Rajagopal, caring for patients with terminal illness, in a developing environment. Having been featured in the New York Times, Dr. Raj is a specialist i... read more

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Absolutely worthwhile. I learned more about healthcare and humanity in that one month than I could have ever asked for. This program solidified my decision to become a physician. - Oregon State University View Entire Review

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This placement offers volunteers the unique opportunity to work with the well established, Dr. Rajagopal, caring for patients with terminal illness, in a developing environment. Having been featured in the New York Times, Dr. Raj is a specialist in palliative medicine as well as hospice care, particularly with limited resources. Participant will learn about this field and its challenges while becoming more educated about ways to access the appropriate medications for treatment of pain and to decrease symptoms of suffering in such circumstances.

Pallium India will provide lectures for the students in their first week of the program to develop their understanding of its practice and function in the community and culture. Topics covered will include: bereavement periods, family roles and grief, communication, the use of opiates, and the effects of spirituality on the practice of pallium.

Activities and lectures directly associated with the program will be conducted in English, but it is suggested that participants study Malayalam and/or Hindi before departure, to gain the most from this experience and avoid frustrations, as not all other interactions will take place in English.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Volunteer
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Spring Break
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Health Professions
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
  • Public Health
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Child Family Health International (CFHI) Scholarships

Child Family Health International is pleased to offer partial scholarships for select 2015 and 2016 program dates. Since 2007, we have provided CFHI Global Health Scholars with more than $100,000 in scholarship funding. CFHI is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to the mission and vision of CFHI.

$500-$1000

Deadlines:
For those wanting to participate in a CFHI Global Health Education program from August-December, the application submission deadline is June 17. Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 17. For participants aiming to go on a program between January-April, the application submission deadline is November 12. Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 10.

Guidelines/Requirements:
CFHI is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is the policy of CFHI to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to the mission and vision of CFHI. Scholarships will be given to students who demonstrate a commitment to their communities as well as financial need and an interest in exchanging ideas and sharing experiences with people in Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico and South Africa. Priority will be given to people of ethnicities under-represented in CFHI programs, as well as those who have had limited opportunity to travel abroad. All interested in attending a CFHI program during the specified program months/year and who are financially able to pay the remaining program fees along with their own airfare are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those who apply for scholarship consideration as well as submit an application to a CFHI program online. Scholarship applicants wishing to attend any CFHI program in Latin America (Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador) must meet the language eligibility requirements listed for that program. Recipients of CFHI scholarships will be required to pay their own airfare, the balance of their CFHI program fees, and any personal expenses as outlined on the program description pages. Recipients must keep a clinical and cultural immersion journal to be used as part of their scholarship report submitted at the end of their program. They must take photographs while abroad that may be used on the CFHI website and in CFHI publications and materials. Recipients may also be required to write an article about their experience for CFHI newsletters or other publications. They must also be willing to report their perspective on diversity in the host country with particular focus in medical and social contexts. CFHI will ask recipients to act as Campus Representatives or Alumni Ambassadors for prospective CFHI participants, and may be asked to attend study abroad fairs in their local area.

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