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Fatima Hospital in Cochin, Kerala

Internship and Volunteering Possible
Pre-medical electives, electives, internships and nursing placements are possible at Fatima Hospital in Cochin, Kerala. Also, volunteering opportunities can be organized for physicians, nurses and therapists. The hospital is the regional leader in the field of cardiology, hip and knee replacement surgery and organ transplants.

Project Details

Fatima Hospital is located in Perumpadappu, a suburb of Cochin, at the palm-fridged banks of Vembanad Lake, on a large natural plot.
It is run by the Catholic dioceses of Cochin and was opened in 2007 on a small scale. Since then, they have been trying to raise the standard and expand the hospital. While in the beginning only basic medical services were offered to poorer parts of the nearby population, the hospital now has specialist doctors of excellent reputation, which attract patients from all over Kerala.
The hospital is particularly proud about its cardiologist, who has the highest level of qualification for cardiologists in India (there are only 2 such highly qualified cardiologists in the whole of Kerala). The hospital also is regional leader in hip and knee joint replacements and organ transplantations. With 24 hip replacements per year, Fatima Hospital is the hospital with the highest number of this surgical intervention in Cochin. The hospital currently has around 140,000 patients per year.
On the ground floor there are the emergency department, outpatients department, small surgery theater and the treatment rooms of the specialist doctors. There are specialists for diabetology, ophthalmology, urology, orthopedics, gynaecology, ENT, cardiology, infertility, paediatrics, dermatology, neurosurgery, paediatric surgery and dentistry. They offer their services on certain hours within a weekly schedule. In total, there are 23 doctors and 180 other staff.
On the first floor, there are the main surgery area with three theaters, the gynaecology department and patients' rooms. On the second floor, there are the dialysis, intensive care unit, more rooms and a chapel. The third floor was added in 2012, making use of cost-effective light construction materials. It has another ward with rooms of higher standard (1-2 bed rooms with en-suite bathrooms) and a space for administration. By adding the third floor, the total bed capacity was increased from 100 to 200 beds.
The surgery theaters have modern equipment where large operations including heart surgery, organ transplantations, and hip and knee joint replacements are done.
Emergency admission, laboratory, pharmacy, Ultrasonography and CT are open 24 hours.
The hospital owns two ambulance cars. Since 2013, there is also a boat ambulance which was sponsored by the Cochin Shipyard. Cochin consists of 10 main islands and patients can often be reached much faster by boat than by ambulance car. Furthermore, the region is prone to thunderstorms and fishermen are often hit by a lightning strike and can only be reached on the sea by a boat ambulance.
The hospital is also in charge of a home-based medical care program. The team consists of a general practitioner, a nurse and an assistant who mostly treat elderly patients at their homes. They can make use of a portable x-ray machine and laboratory.
The hospital also manages other medical institutions which are under the Catholic dioceses, including an old aged people's home, a home for terminal cancer patients, and a leprosies center, and carries out medical camps for the poorest.
The most common diseases in the region are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease because of the humid and salty air along the coast, migraine which is often caused by environmental pollution, skin cancer because of extended exposure to sunlight, other cancers which might be resulting from chemicals in the environment and in food, diseases resulting from hygiene problems, especially amongst the poorer population, and Chukungunya fever, particularly during the rainy season.
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Location: Cochin, Kerala (India)
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Month
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Malayalam
Shared Accommodation
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: General Physician, Specialists, Nurses
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
Relevant qualification or studies
Further Contribution To Project: Yes, 200 USD for internships of 31 days; 300 USD for 32-90 days; 500 USD for 91-180 days; 1000 USD for 181-365 days
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: Qualified personnel
Further Contribution To Project: None
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

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