Child Family Health International
July 23, 2013
I participated in the CFHI Public Health and Community Medicine program based out of New Delhi, India. This was a four week program that took us to various different government and non-government programs involved in public health work. It was a challenging and demanding exposure to the problems that revolve around public health. However, it is equally rewarding and eye-opening. Through this first hand exposure to the people working out in the field, and to those that they serve, I was able to better understand the causes of these problems and routes for solutions to them, though routes that require a lot of work. The key thing is to go into it with an open mind and jump right in since New Delhi can be a jolt in and of itself, on top of the things you see and learn about in the program. That being said, the program gives you exposure to public health that I believe would be rare to obtain elsewhere and the local coordinators are very helpful and attentive to your needs and they play a huge role in making you have the best time possible.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
The one thing I would change is better preparing us for what we will be doing each day so as to get more out of every experience. Additionally, it would have been helpful for me, as a medical student, to get some educational information on the grander scheme of public health and the role that a future physician can play within that setting so that I could have a better idea of how to tailor my goals as my career progresses.
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