Recently, Australia’s High Commissioner in India Philip Green OAM met with young Australian trainee doctors learning on the job at Apollo Hospitals in the southern city of Hyderabad, Telangana, in India.
He called this education exchange “a picture of the modern India-Australia relationship.”
In 2017, Macquarie University and Apollo Hospitals signed a collaboration to facilitate long-term, mutually beneficial academic exchanges between the two organisations.
As part of the tie-up, students from Macquarie’s four- year graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine program – the Macquarie MD – complete five months of clinical learning at the Apollo Hospital.
The clinical training helps Australian students spend half the year at India’s at a 550-bed hospital run by largest private health company.
The first cohort of 60 Macquarie medical students did their clinical year in 2020.
These exchange students live away from the hospital in an apartment block in the local community and are exposed to medical cases rarely seen in Australia.
During their placement, as the 30 students cycle through different learning areas, they are in contact with students in Sydney to compare notes on the similarities and differences in treatment provided in the two countries.
Apollo Hospitals chairman and founder Dr Prathap C Reddy is confident that they have the infrastructure and people to help deliver and create global doctors.
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