A passage to India
Dr. Martin Schmidpeter
Underwent a two
month Surgical elective in India
A Passage to India
The “warnings” about Indian healthcare
disappeared under the light of a very unique
Dr. Martin Schmidpeter, Switzerland.
I always wanted to visit India because I was
fascinated by the country. That’s why I
decided to do a 2-month surgical elective in
a hospital in this subcontinent. At first I
was at a loss as to where to go – then
colleague recommended MIOT Hospitals. Since
some very reputed Swiss and German
Professors are associated with this
hospital, I thought it would be a good
A Nervous Beginning
Nevertheless - I had no idea of what to
expect in India, which is so far away and so
different from my home. Switzerland is, in
short, a small, neat and organized country.
The patients are very demanding and only
want the latest and best treatment. They
will not settle for anything less and won’t
tolerate a mistake. So I’m used to being
always on the edge and open to the latest
Before I came I had been warned about the
rather bad conditions and low level of
hygiene in public hospitals – so when I
arrived at MIOT I was positively surprised.
I found a clean, well organized hospital
with competent and friendly doctors. I was
posted for a month in Orthopaedics and
another month in General Surgery, but I also
had a brush with other specialists. So I
saw, for example, an excellently equipped
Radiology Department and a cardio thoracic
surgical unit with a very experienced and
harmonious working team.
My MIOT experience
During my stay there were three things that
struck me the most:
I was surprised to find that MIOT treats not
only patients from all over India, but also
from Africa, the Middle East and even USA
and Canada. Some come simply for Joint
Replacement and other elective procedures.
But others come here because they were
treated poorly in a different hospital, and
the doctors from MIOT set it right.
Prof. Mohandas is always on the lookout for
the latest innovations. There was hardly a
week when there was no replacement of
equipment, which was not obsolete, but
simply not state-of-the-art anymore.
The level of care
My initial skepticism turned into enthusiasm
for this “world of care” especially after I
saw some other hospitals in India in
comparison. So I was very lucky to choose
exactly this pearl of a hospital in the
It was quite amazing to see all the brain
power and skill assembled in one small
hospital. Almost all of them undergo
training abroad in a reputed centre of their
specialty. I found it a very clever move to
assemble skills and knowledge from all over
the world and concentrate it in one centre.
I would like to thank IGOF and MIOT
Hospitals for this opportunity.