DOCS (Doctors on Community Service) is an initiative of Gurukool wherein trips to various rural areas with a paucity of healthcare facilities are organised for the undergraduate as well as postgraduate students of MAMC, every 6 to 12 months.
These trips are organised in collaboration with the various organisations working there, giving the students an opportunity to better understand the functioning of the healthcare system in these underserved areas, as well as provide their services and participate in various field camps for the duration of the stay.
These trips, therefore, sensitise students to the practice of medicine that goes beyond what they see in a tertiary care centre – expanding their horizons beyond day-to-day hospital teaching and exposing them to community medicine in its truest sense.The students are accompanied by mentors who facilitate this learning, holding regular discussions with the group members – encouraging them to push their boundaries and reflect on what they’ve learnt, and provide an overall sense of direction and guidance to the group.
Latest DOCS trip - Satoli, Uttarakhand
18 May-25 May, 2022
3 students along with Dr. Anurag Mishra (Professor of Surgery) went to a surgical and outreach camp in Satoli, Uttrakhand in association with Aarohi Foundation.
Total 10 patients were operated for various surgeries. Students scrubbed and assisted in the surgeries and learnt about various Surgical techniques and how complex technicalities are managed in low resource settings.
4th June to 8th June 2022
A tour of Aarohi Arogya Kendra (hospital), Aarohi Bal Sansar (school) and Livelihoods’ Programme gave a glimpse of the tremendous work Aarohi has been doing in Satoli to uplift the community in the domains of health, education and financial security.
Previous DOCS trips
First trip of DOCS was organised from 2nd June to 6th June 2018 in collaboration with Aarohi-an NGO in Nainital District.
The team was lead by Dr.Anurag Mishra(Associate Professor, Department of Surgery MAMC), Dr.Apeksha Mittal (MBBS MAMC) with two MBBS students, Sanat Kumar and Amritpal Singh of batch 2015 from MAMC. The team, working under Aarohi, visited and served different villages of Nainital District.
Gurukool DOCS team participated in a surgical health camp with S.E.A.R.C.H (Society for Education Action and Research in Community) Gadchiroli, Maharashtra from 5th to 10th January 2019.
The Team included 2 Faculty and 7 participants.
DOCS organized an outreach programme to JSS Ganiyari, Chattisgarh from 12th February – 16th February, 2020 where students took part in various activities and learnt how a ‘sustainable socioeconomic model of health for all’ -with state of the art facilities can be developed even at a place where there is a paucity of clothes to wear and utensils to cook. 9 students and 3 faculty attended the programme.