Spring 2024


Students with Dr. Godrej
Dr. Godrej with DGSOM graduates, Marie Altendahl '23, Naseem Rangwala '23, and Apoorva Mylarapu '23

Mumbai is India’s largest city, and it is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Serving as the financial, commercial, and entertainment capital of India, the population is approximately 18.5 million. The clinical experience in Mumbai is coordinated by Dr. Rati Godrej (UCLA ’84, M.D. ’88), and will provide students with rich clinical experiences that may include two teaching hospitals, KEM Hospital and Bombay Hospital.

Cody Aros '22 and Vikram Krishna '22 share insights from their global health clinical rotation in India

King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital is an 1800-bed teaching hospital for the Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas (SGS) Medical College. This institution provides virtually free care to those without financial resources. Students on this elective will have opportunities to work on the inpatient internal medicine or pediatrics services. 

KEM Hospital
KEM Hospital

Bombay Hospital is an 830-bed private teaching hospital with 110 ICU beds. Similarly, a significant portion of this hospital’s patients are unable to pay for their care. Students on this elective will work on the inpatient internal medicine service at Bombay Hospital. Students on the Mumbai rotation who elect an internal medicine experience will have opportunities to spend time at both King Edward Memorial Hospital and Bombay Hospital.

SRCC Children's Hospital

Students who elect a pediatric experience will spend time at King Edward Memorial Hospital, with a potential opportunity to also spend time at SRCC Children’s Hospital or Wadia Children’s Hospital.

The rotation in Mumbai has been developed with formal goals and objectives. We are seeking students with an interest in caring for underserved populations, and those with enthusiasm for global health, tropical medicine, and health care delivery in resource poor settings. Students will be expected to demonstrate the highest level of maturity, professionalism, and cultural humility.


Students will receive airfare and $1,000 of additional support for the India clinical rotation. These funds will help offset the cost of in-country accommodation and food. Students will need to cover the remaining expenses from other funds, as the cost of this rotation will likely exceed the amount provided by the Global Health Program.

Interviews for this elective will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2023, and limited time window(s) after September 9th. Students selected for this rotation are required to participate in a mandatory full-day pre-departure training program in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 10, 2024. Upon return home from India, students will be expected to provide feedback through written evaluations and to participate in a mandatory lunchtime feedback session on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Separate from this, students will be asked to attend a site-specific debrief to be arranged upon return from India and prior to graduation.

Rotation dates for this elective have been confirmed. Students applying to this three-week elective must be able to commit to this elective from March 18, 2024, through April 5, 2024. Note that a March 18 start date will require departure from the U.S. by March 16, 2024, at the latest.

Questions regarding this rotation should be directed to Dr. Traci Wells at TWells@mednet.ucla.edu.

Map of Mumbai, India