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Vol.No.48. No. 30


January 24, 2011


Dr. Ida Scudder's legacy, immortalised in the motto of the Christian Medical College, Vellore, `Not to be ministered unto but to minister', was honoured when CMC was rated the Most Socially Responsible Hospital in India. Dr. Prathap Tharyan, Associate Director, received the Award from M r. D i n e s h Trivedi, Honourable Minister of State for Health and IDA S. SCUDDER CENTER F a m i l y FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN Welfare and Ms. Nata Menabde, WHO representative to India. The survey to rate the best hospitals and service providers in India was commissioned by CNBC TV 18 and sponsored by ICICI Lombard. From over 2,000 hospitals, CMC was also adjudged the First Runner Up in the category of India's Best Multi Specialty Hospital. At the Awards Ceremony, in response to the question of how CMC has been able to consistently maintain high standards, Dr. Prathap Tharyan responded that a major factor was that the Institution was able to draw people who share its vision of providing excellent services in a socially responsible manner. The government could consider partnering with people and institutions in India who are working towards ensuring that healthcare in India is equitable, affordable and excellent. Such partnerships would serve as an inspiration to many to work towards improving health outcomes for people in India.

"Whatsoever you did to the least of my brethren that you did unto me" Matthew 25 :40 Special Prayers : January 23 - 29, 2011 Clinical Biochemistry : Dr. R. Selvakumar and Staff Physiology : Dr. Sathya Subramani and Staff Ida Scudder School : Ms. Helen Sudharsanam Council of Baptist Churches in North East India Hospital : Satribari Christian Hospital, Guwahati and others Council Members : Dr. Ajoy Kumar Lama Mr. Rolland G. Mowin Sunday Services : January 30, 2011 06:00 pm : College Chapel Dr. Rabin Chacko 06:30 pm : Hospital Chapel Dr. M.J. Paul Republic Day Service : January 26, 2011 07.00 am : Hospital Chapel Dr. Isacc Jebaraj 07.00 am : College Chapel Dr. Sunil Holla - January 26 - January 30

Days to remember : Republic Day Martyrs Day, Anti Leprosy Day and World Peace Day

Obituary : We regret to announce the demise of : Dr. Lily Navamany Fernando (nee Lawrence), MBBS batch of 1946, on January 7, 2011 in Sri Lanka. Our prayers and condolences to the bereaved family. We welcome back Dr. Deepak Thomas Abraham, Associate Professor, Department of Endocrine Surgery, on his return from study leave.



A multi-phase methodology was adopted to assess and determine the best health care providers in India. In the first phase, a facility assessment was done, including the scope of services, infrastructure, customer service etc. The second phase included a quantitative survey covering over 2,400 doctors and patients. The short listed hospitals from this second phase were evaluated by an eminent jury to determine the best hospitals in India. The members of the jury comprised professionals belonging to reputed health care and multinational organizations, and included, among others, Dr. Shiv Kumar Sarin, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Medical Council of India.


Three international groups have visited CMC since 10th January 2011, in addition to a group of 20 students and faculty on a Global Health course from Lund University, Sweden, who are already here. CMC has had a very fruitful collaboration with Haukeland University, Bergen, Sweden, particularly with regard to training and research in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and in training programmes for doctors and nurses from Africa. Bergen House, on the College Campus, was funded through this partnership. A delegation of 11 health personnel, headed by Dr. Alf Henrik Andreassen, Medical Director and Mr. Jon Dahl, Director, Department of International Collaboration, came to CMC. They also visited the Tsunami affected villages in Nagapattinam, as a follow-up to a large gift raised by the staff and faculty at Haukeland in response to CMC's Tsunami appeal. Dr. Sven Andreasson heads the Friends of Vellore, Sweden, and regularly brings groups to CMC. This year he came with a group of twenty people, many of them healthcare professionals. FOV Sweden has a close relationship with the Community Health Department and CHAD hospital, and has funded mobile clinic/ambulances and other projects. Professor John Wong, Dean of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, visited CMC with a high-level delegation of thirteen people that included vice and assistant deans and heads of departments. He gave an excellent lecture in Wheeler Hall, showing how the emphasis on academic medicine and research in NUS was creating measureable improvements in the nation's health.


The Department of Pathology hosted a CME :- 'The Pathology of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma-An Update' on 10th and 11th January 2011 at Scudder Auditorium. The CME was attended by 130 delegates, and the faculty included Drs. Adam Bagg, Yasoda Natkunam, Dennis O' Malley, Lisa Rimza and Rajan Dewar from the USA, Dr. Naresh K. from the UK and Drs. Anita Borges, Sumeet Gujral and Rekha Nair from India.

MOU WITH THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE On 13th January 2011, CMC Vellore and the National University of Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding renewing their ongoing partnership. The MOU allows exchanges of ideas, information, and intellectual property, joint working on projects, collaborations in research, and mutual exchanges of students, staff and faculty.

Professor John Eu-Li Wong, Dean of the Yong Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, said that they have MOUs with only a few select institutions around the world, and CMC merited inclusion in this group because of its strong value-based approach to health care and education.

DEDICATION OF THE RENOVATED NEURO HIGH DEPENDENCY UNIT The dedication of the renovated Neuro High Dependency Unit, located inside N2 Ward, was held on January 19, 2011. Rev. John Rout, Chaplain, said the prayer of dedication and the staff of N2 Ward sang a prayer song. Dr.Ari Chacko, Professor and Head, Department of Neurological Sciences and Neurosurgery-I, welcomed the gathering and recalled the pioneering vision of Dr. Jacob Chandy who established the Department 62 years ago. Dr. Mathew Joseph, Professor and Head of Neuro ICU, gave a brief about the new facility which has been created to cater to the increasing number of trauma cases. The renovated Neuro HDU now has 4 trauma ICU beds, a 12 bedded HDU and a 6 bedded trauma ward. Dr.Suranjan Bhattacharji, Director, Dr. Lionel Gnanaraj, Medical Superintendent and Mrs. Sundari Edwin, Nursing Superintendent, offered their felicitations. Dr. Ramesh Babu, IAS, Health Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh and alumnus of the MBBS batch of 1976, formally inaugurated the facility and praised CMC for being a beacon and an example for the nation. PENSION BENEFIT SCHEME FOR MALARGAL MAGALIR FEDERATION Members of fifteen Self Help Groups are engaged in Solid Waste Management on the Bagayam Campus. They collect, segregate, clean, pack and arrange for the disposal of the end-products as usable raw material to the market. On an average, 25 tons of solid waste is collected from various campuses of CMC per day. CMC has been helping these Self Help Groups get various welfare measures, and a Pension Scheme was inaugurated on January 8, 2011. This has been introduced for all the members of the group under the aegis of the State Bank of India Life Insurance Co. Ltd., Chennai. Ms Selvi Gnanasoundari, President, MMF, presided over the function, and Dr. Ravi Korula Jacob, Associate Director, inaugurated the Scheme. Officials of SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd., Mr. Praveen Ananth Narayana and Mr. Pandian, explained the various provisions of the Scheme. Mr. Samuel Abraham, Senior Law Officer clarified the queries raised by the MMF members. Ms. Vimala, Secretary, proposed the vote of thanks.

SITUATIONS VACANT 1. Assistant Professor for the Department of General Surgery Unit-IV. Qualification : M.S. (Gen. Surgery) Salary Scale : Rs.18,600-720-36,600/Accommodation provided.

2. Tutor Gr.IV with BOT for the Department of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy). Salary Scale : Rs.4500-150-8250/Accommodation : Not provided Apply with bio-data, certificates and testimonial copies, contact phone number, e-mail ID and address to the Principal, Christian Medical College, Bagayam, Vellore 632 002 on or before 07.02.2011 for Items 1 and 2. 3. Social Worker Gr.V in the Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology Qualifications : M.S.W or M.A. Sociology Salary Scale : Rs.4500-150-8250/- + DA and HRA as per rules. Age limit : 35 years Job Description : Education and Counselling for Rheumatology patients. Application form available at Link : Jobs and Training. Icon : "General Application form". Apply with biodata, photograph, certificates and testimonial copies to the Medical Superintendent, Christian Medical College, Ida Scudder Road, Vellore-632 004 on or before 07.02.2011. 4. Junior Engineer for Electronics Department to work in a project on Term Appointment basis. The term of appointment is co-terminus with the duration of the project. The name of the project is "Calibration and Inventory of Medical Equipments". Qualification : Diploma in any Engineering discipline. Consolidated Salary : Rs.8016/Preference will be given to candidates who have completed Diploma in Hospital Equipment Maintenance (DHEM). 5. Junior Engineer to work in a project on Term Appointment basis for a period of six months. The term of appointment is co-terminus with the duration of the project. The project will be related to the Sewage Treatment Plant. Qualification : Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Consolidated Salary : Rs.8016/Preference will be given to candidates with experience in Operation and Maintenance of Sewage / Effluent Treatment Plants. 6. Accountant Cum-Cashier Gr.III Qualifications : B.Com + one year computer training / experience. Salary Scale : Rs.3720-110-6470 with 100% D.A. and 12% H.R.A of the basic salary. Only male candidates need apply. Job description and Application form available at Link : Jobs and Training Icon : "Vacancies" Apply with xerox copies of all your certificates to the Head of the Personnel Department, Christian Medical College, Ida Scudder Road, Vellore-632 004 on or before 27.01.2011 for Items 4 and 5 and 07.02.2011 for item 6.

The Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism organised a Diab-Endo Quiz for Medical Students at CHTC Auditorium, Bagayam on 18th January 2011. A total of 36 medical students took part. Under Category 1, the 1 st prize was awarded to Mr. Pranav Rohit K, Mr. Jayastu Senapathi and Mr. Kevin John. Under Category 2, the 1st prize was awarded to Mr. Shibu Ignatius, Mr. Chan En Ze and Mr. Devendra Akilesh.

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