Medical work experience on the ICE India programme

As our aspiring medics begin their work experience placements as part of the International Citizenship Experience (ICE) programme, we catch up with Azerbaijani student, Javid Alizada on his first day at Rao Nursing Hospital (pictured opposite) in Pune, Maharashtra.

“We started our day walking around wards with Dr. Rao. I would definitely say talking to Dr. Rao is a great pleasure; his great understanding of the field of medicine and remarkable explanatory skills made this an unforgettable experience.

“Besides observing different cases and patients, we were challenged by Dr. Rao's interesting and witty questions. Then, we were guided by Dr. Manish through a male ward , where patients of various clinical backgrounds were present. Having an opportunity to be actively engaged, made it a whole new experience.

“I had the chance to observe two operations, one being an example thyroidectomy and the other one calcaneus fracture repair. The surgeons were quite nice, explaining the main steps for us and answering our questions patiently. We do not just learn about certain surgical methods, or biological or physiological mechanisms behind a disease, but also to appreciate what it means to be a doctor. There is a very welcoming atmosphere at the hospital; everybody treats us as special guests.”