This program places 4th year medical students at Christian Medical College (CMC), the premier private medical school in India. CMC is located in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, which is in South India. TUSM has had a long relationship with CMC in infectious disease research and medical and graduate student exchange
CMC is collaborating with Tufts in planning and directing clinical and public health experiences for our students. Students will have the opportunity to participate in clinical rounds in areas of their interest at CMC’s major teaching hospital, and to work in the Community Health and Development (CHAD) program in Vellore and its surrounding villages, where they will see and participate in public health practiced in a well-organized, community setting. Students can also participate in a project to help transfer TUSK to the CMC curriculum, teaching the faculty and students to use this unique tool.
Those wishing to do a family medicine rotation work primarily in outpatient and community settings and have the opportunity to assist CMC faculty in developing distance-learning modules on various primary care topics for general practitioners throughout the country. Students spend a week in each of the Low Cost Effective Care Unit (LCECU), the Community Health and Development (CHAD) program, and the Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs (RUHSA), and have the option to spend their final week at a different specialty of interest at CMC.
In addition to receiving approval through TUSM, students wishing to do a clinical elective must be accepted for placement by applying directly to CMC. More information can be found on the
There is no language requirement to participate in this program.
Honorine Ward, MD
Professor of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Tufts Medical Center