Sam is a U of M pre-med student in the Global Future Physician course, who recently traveled to India as part of a 3-week experience. Below is a reflection on his recent experience.
"This picture was taken in Kenchanahalli, India on the campus of a Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement healthcare facility. This particular building was, as the sign indicates, an Ayurveda Treatment and Research Center. This picture has paramount implications in regard to the Indian healthcare system."
Traditional and "Western" Medicine
"Ayurveda is system of traditional medicine in India that translates in Sanskrit 'ayus' meaning longevity and 'veda' meaning knowledge or science. This form of medicine uses both preventative and palliative forms of treatment to fight against ailments of the body. Most traditional systems of medicine are rejected or considered alternative forms of medicine by an allopathic centered healthcare system.
In India, this is quite the opposite. The building, which this picture focuses on, is situated across the way from a 10 bedroom allopathic clinic. These two clinics work in a complimentary manner to assist their patients using both of the systems most beneficial attributes. I really was impressed with the integration in both forms of treatment, setting aside each system of medicine's differences for the good of the patient."
Most Memorable Moment
"Without at doubt, the most memorable moment I had while in India was pushing our bus off of a Mysore road. It broke down while on our way to a palace after we passed a speed bump. We sat for a while hoping the bus driver would fix the bus, but after about 20 minutes of stressful waiting and traffic piling up behind us, we finally had the O.K. to push the bus off of the road."
My Advice to Students
"Advice that I would give to students that are going on the trip on the future is to go into the trip ready for anything! Keep an open mind!
Try things you're scared of. I played a game cricket with the locals with absolutely no knowledge of the game and almost no means of communicating with them. But you know what? I had a blast, regardless of the fool I made of myself, this was undoubtedly one of the fondest memories that I have from the trip.
I remember Dr. Prasad told us right when we got there and I took it to heart, he said, 'Totally immerse yourself while you're here.' I feel like I immersed myself just about to the best of my ability and walk away from the trip with almost no regrets about what could have been."