India

Through CGH’s faculty affiliations, there are two distinct opportunities available to students interested in experiences in India. Please see the descriptions below for further information.

Manipal University

Partner Institution: Manipal University

University of Chicago Faculty Sponsor: Drs. Sola Olopade, Vinay Kumar, Scott Stern

Project Site Faculty/Personnel: Dr. Pragna Rao

Eligible Participants: 1-2

Language: English is the official language of India

Project description: This partnership covers mutual exchange of undergraduate and graduate medical students for clinical observerships, faculty exchange for educational purposes, and joint clerkships in practival field courses. One significant area of cooperation is in pedagogy covering development of joint internationalised curricula and exchange of academic material and teachng methodology.

SHARE-India

Partner Institution: SHARE - India

University of Chicago Faculty Sponsor: Drs. John Schneider, David Pitrak, Jean-Luc Benoit

Project Site Faculty/Personnel: Drs. Ganesh Oruganti, Manjunath Dinaker, Vijay Yeldandi

Eligible Participants: 1-2

Language: English is the official language of India

Project description: Epidemiology and Public Health Field Research Program: SHARE-India is an NGO established in 1986 dedicated to research, technical support and rural outreach and care. Projects and programs have been funded by a number of international institutions and government agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control Global AIDS Program. Most of the programs deal with infectious diseases and their prevention. SHARE-India has strong collaborative program and research projects with many major government and non-government health institutions in South India, including Niloufar Children’s Hospital, Nizam’s Institute for Medical Sciences, Public Health Foundation of India, CDC GAP, MediCiti Hospital, among others. Students will have a specific research project directly overseen by Dr. Schneider and other collaborators. Previous projects have included but are not limited to examinations of HIV transmission amongst high-risk male populations such as truck-drivers and men who have sex with men, examination of rural sexual and social networks, risk factors for leprosy, novel prevention interventions, pharmaceutical marketing ethics, cardiovascular disease conceptualization amongst rural and urban poor, research ethics, and the examination of penile microflora in uncircumcised men. As of 2011, 34 University of Chicago medical students, residents and faculty have participated in SHARE-India collaborative programs through this program.


Sivananda

Partner Institution: Sivananda Rehabilitation Home

University of Chicago Faculty Sponsor: Drs. John Schneider, David Pitrak, Jean-Luc Benoit

Project Site Faculty/Personnel: Meera Rao

Participants: 1-2

Language: English is the official language of India

Project description: The Forgotten Diseases Clinical Program: The Sivananda Rehabilitation Home (SRH) is one of the oldest leprosy care and treatment centers in India. With the addition of tuberculosis screening and DOTS programs, an HIV care and support center and an HIV orphanage, this center provides a broad introduction to some of the most marginalized and stigmatized populations in the world. Clinical hands on activities are offered on site, with opportunities to see patients both in the outpatient clinics, the care and support center, an on site community hospital, field treatment programs and health camps. Leprosy, HIV and TB didactic sessions are offered. Trainees stay on campus in a comfortable hostel. As of 2011, 28 University of Chicago medical students, residents and faculty have participated in clinical activities at SRH through this program.