Program Title: Year 4 Medical Student Exchange Program – Manipal University

Program Location: Manipal University Manipal, Karnataka, India.

Program Overview: Year 4 students in the MD course have the opportunity to obtain placement for one or two elective terms in Australia or anywhere in the world provided that the term is considered to be appropriate and approved by the Year 4 Academic Coordinator.

The aim of this elective is for Flinders Medical students to become immersed in a different culture so they can learn first-hand how to practise medicine in an environment that is quite different from their own, and where sound communication skills are paramount. In the past, students have reported that such clinical placements have provided a standout experience in their medical education, one that could not be replicated in a local environment.

Manipal University will provide assistance with securing and funding appropriate accommodation for the duration of the placement.
Students will be given appropriate support and advice during their stay to ensure their placement is as stimulating personally, culturally and educationally as is possible. 
Program Co-ordinator: Professor Chris Franco, School of Medicine
Program Dates: From Term 1 3/1-10/2 to Term 8 23/10-1/12 in the 2017 academic year.

Places Available: 4

Open To: The program is open to *eligible 4th year MD students.
* Students must be in good academic standing.  They must not have a directed term allocated to them as a result of an outstanding SWaP Committee issue or as a result of academic performance in year 3.
 
Application for this elective is via the normal elective application process and will be considered by the Year 4 Academic Coordinator in the first instance.  They are also reviewed by the Academic Program Administrator, Professor Chris Franco.

Application Deadline: As per the normal application guidelines set out in the Year 4 Booklet.

Eligibility: Undertaking overseas electives is conditional on the successful completion of Year 3. Students must also meet the following criteria:
  • are an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or Humanitarian visa holders
  • have not previously received an Asia Postgrad Grant.

Credit: As per elective terms in the MD

Costs:  Air fares, meals and in-country living expenses.

If successful, students are awarded a $2,000 grant to assist with expenses related to this elective placement. The Asia Postgraduate grants of up to $2,000 per student is available to assist with related costs such as airfares; visas and other travel documentation; food; transport and other general expenses.
 
An additional $1,000 language subsidy is available per student to support language training prior to departure for India or in-country prior to the elective commencing.
 
Tuition fees for students participating in the exchange will be waived by both institutions.

Further Information: For more information regarding elective placements in the MD, please contact Lucy Gillam year 4 Administrator in the Medical Course Directorate, tel 8204 5014 or email year4.medicine@flinders.edu.au

How to Apply: Interested students should submit an expression of interest to the Year 4 MD Administrator via the following email address: year4.medicine@flinders.edu.au