Medical Electives

The Medical Student Electives (MSE) program is a 4-week training and orientation in rural healthcare, encompassing preventive, promotive and curative aspects. It has been specially designed for medical undergraduates. 

  • Students applying for the MSE program should essentially
  • Have completed atleast 2 years of medical school
  • Be fluent in English (read, write and speak)
  • Be willing to adapt to rural Indian living conditions
  • Be free from any form of acute/chronic communicable diseases

When to apply? 

 2 students (preferably 2 men or 2 women) are enrolled into each program cycle (4 weeks). Applications are accepted and scrutinized round the year and candidates are selected as per the eligibility criteria and their seniority. 

  • The MSE program exposes the students to various facets of rural health care. They shall get to do the following:
  • Participate in the daily hospital rounds
  • Work with consultants at the Outpatient Department in the Hospital
  • Assist the consultants in conducting deliveries and in surgeries
  • Accompany the mobile medical team to interior locales of the project area
  • Attend some of the field-based thematic health camps
  • Participate in community based health programs of SVYM
  • Visit tribal colonies and get to know the tribal way of life
  • Visit the Anti Retroviral Treatment Center co-run by SVYM at Mysore and learn about treatment of HIV in a resource-limited setting
  • Get to know more about Ayurveda, the popular Indian System of Medicine at the Ayurvedic treatment facility at Kenchanahalli
  • Participate in the periodic clinical meetings & seminars and do case presentations
  • Take up short-term research projects of their own choice
  • Teach the nursing and paramedical students

Students are given a customized weekly training schedule during the program. A typical day starts at around 9 am and runs till 5 - 6 pm, with an hour's break in between. Sundays are generally off-days. The students are required to make a presentation about their work to the medical team at the end of the program, before collecting their certificates. 


The students shall be housed at Vivekananda Memorial Hospital, Saragur. They shall be given simple living quarters (separate for men and women) on a twin-sharing basis. The rooms contain an attached bath with western toilet, cots with mattresses and mosquito nets. South Indian vegetarian food is served in the canteen or at other suitable places when taken on exposure trips. Purified drinking water is also made available. Students should get their own laptops in case they need any computer support for their work/project.

Please note that smoking and alcohol consumption are prohibited in all campuses of SVYM.

  • The cost of the program is 1500 USD. This covers
  • The fee for the 4-week training program
  • Lodging
  • Travel within the project area

The fee should be paid (in full) at the time of arrival and registration. It can be paid either in American Dollars or UK Pounds by Cash or Cheque. All other costs (extra food, medical care, telephone, internet, laundry, travel beyond the project area including to-and-from Mysore, etc) have to be paid by cash at actual rates. Upon request, SVYM can make arrangements for a spot-pay taxi for personal travel.

How to apply?

Please download the application form, fill it up, attach your resume, at least two references and a statement of purpose and email it to . You shall be informed about the status of your application by email in about two weeks from the date of its receipt.