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Master Health Check-Up Unit Master Health Check-up unit deals with the preventive and curative aspects of Medicine of the public and also caters to the health needs of various public and private sector companies by performing the pre-employment checkups of new recruits and the annual health check up of the employees and their spouse, which has become mandatory for the companies under ISO requirements. During the period July 2011 to September 2011, a total of 360 cases were examined in the Master Health Checkup Unit Quotations have been called from us by ‘The Nagarjuna Oil Corporation Limited’ (NOCL), Kayalpattu, Cuddalore, an upcoming oil refinery project of Rs.1500 crore investments. Also Foseco India Limited, Mettupalayam, Puducherry has called quotation from us for their annual check-up of their employees.

“Tamil Nadu - Chief Minister Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (Tn –Cmchis) Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has introduced a scheme called “Tamil Nadu - Chief Minister Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme [Interim Period] TN-CMCHIS w.e.f. 05.09.2011. This replaces the erstwhile Insurance Scheme. A MOU has been signed during August, 2011 between the project Director, Tamil Nadu Health Systems Society, Chennai and Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry. The Scheme covers 204 procedures for eligible members and their families during the Interim Period [i.e 3 months], till the new Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Scheme is put in place. Our Hospital has been empanelled to conduct surgery for the cases relating to General Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Orthopaedics, Radiology and few cases under CTVS and Cardiology. The scheme has started functioning in our Hospital from 15.09.2011 onwards.

Unveiling Of The Statue Of Mahatma Gandhiji

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International Conference on “Students’ Mental Health: Issues and Challenges” An International Conference on “Students’ Mental Health: Issues and Challenges” was organized by Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry

India, our mother nation, celebrated her 65th Independence Day on 15th August 2011. This day was observed at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry with patriotic vigor and sincerity.The day’s program started with the unveiling of the statue of our Nation’s Father, Mahatma Gandhiji. The beautiful depicted statue, near the college block entrance was unveiled by Prof.D.R.Gunasekaran, our respected Vice – Chancellor of SBV University. Later the Nation’s Tricolor flag was hoisted at the flag post in front of hospital block by the Vice – chancellor with due respect and salutation. The students sang the National Anthem with respect and fervor. This was followed by

guard of honor, singing of patriotic songs, speeches against corruption by students. The Vice – Chancellor after his motivating speech distributed commendation certificates to the staff who contributed their might all along the year. The recipients from MGMC&RI were Dr. Krishnaveni, Mrs.A.N.Uma, Dr.N.Mugunthan, Dr.Prabal Joshi, Dr.Noyal, Mr.Lokesmaran, Dr.Hemanth Kumar and Dr.P.K.Siva, MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

Central University in collaboration with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry. The following were discussed in detail during the two days of the conference. The International Conference was held between 25.07.11 and 26.07.11 at the convention cum cultural centre of Pondicherry University. • To exchange knowledge and first hand experience of the researchers, academicians, teachers, student counselors, policy makers, parents and students who deal with student’s mental health. • To develop professional network for collaborative research on different dimensions of students mental health. • To recommend suitable measures to the policy makers regarding curriculum, schools disciplinary measures and enrollment of children in schools, based on the insights gained. Among the speakers from various parts of the world, it was interesting to note that the following eminent personalities across the globe were guest speakers. Prof.Barbara.L.Bonner from Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences, USA spoke on motivating students for better academic performance without applying corporal punishments. Prof. Vikram Patel, Senior Research Fellow in clinical science at the London school of hygiene and Tropical medicine UK spoke on global mental health and neurological disorders in developing countries. Prof.Michael Dunne from Queensland University of technology, Brisbane, Australia spoke on educational stress at school, home, young people’s depression, suicidal thinking and health risk behavior. Prof.Gyaneshwar Sharma, Prof. and Head, Dept of Psychiatry of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute chaired a session on MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

‘sex education, problem and behavior’. In addition to this 13 of our (MGMCRI) IInd year undergraduate medical students presented papers on various topics related to students mental health. Prof.D.R.Gunasekaran, Vice – Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry was the chief guest for the valediction ceremony, in his speech, he highlighted about the role of psychologists and how it should be in coordination with psychiatrists so as to solve the problem/ disease at the earliest. He also assured the audience and the Pondicherry Central University authorities that Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University is always ready for any academic tie up with Pondicherry University and also for any tie up in social service angle. About 300 delegates from the field of Education, Medical Science, NGOR, Research Organizations and Educational Administration across the globe attended the two days international conference. SAF Guest Lecture On “Chronic Kidney Disease- A Physician’s Perspective” A Guest lecture was conducted on 19.08.11 by Scientific and Academic Forum (SAF), MGMC & RI. The speaker was Dr. K. Abirami MD, MRCP, DM(Nephrology), Fellowship in Nephrology (Canada), Senior Nephrologist, SPMM Hospital, Salem. She spoke on the topic, “Chronic Kidney Disease- A Physician’s Perspective”. The following are the gist of her excellent hour long presentation which was greatly appreciated by one and all.

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Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a term of rather recent coinage, 2002 to be precise and has replaced the words Chronic Renal Failure. It is defined as Kidney damage for more than 3 months, as defined by structural or functional abnormalities of the kidney, that can lead to decreased GFR, manifested by either pathologic abnormalities or markers of kidney damage, including abnormalities in imaging tests or

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GFR less than 60ml/min/1.73 m2 for more than 3 months. Classification is based on the eGFR and is as follows: Stage 1- eGFR : >90 With demonstrated kidney damage (e.g., persistent proteinuria, abnormal urine sediment, abnormal blood and urine chemistry, abnormal imaging studies) , Stage 2- eGFR : 60-89, Stage 3- eGFR: 30-59, Stage 4- eGFR: 15-29, Stage 5- eGFR <15 previously ESRD. eGFR is estimated GFR using the Cockcroft Gault or MDRD formula. It is important that the eGFR is measured and not just the creatinine values as the same values may correspond to very different GFRs depending upon age, body weight and sex. Estimated creatinine clearance in (mL/min) is (140 – age × body weight, kg)/72 × PCr (mg/dL) (Multiply by 0.85 for women) according to the Cockcroft Gault formula.The disease burden of CKD is huge and treatment is available to very few. In India 182710 people were estimated to go on to ESRD every year. 90% of them never visited a nephrologist and only 3-5% of these patients were able to get renal replacement therapy of any sort( hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis or renal transplant) so ESRD is effectively a death sentence for most patients making it all the more imperative that the patients not be allowed to progress to ESRD if possible with the help of suitable interventions. For every patient with ESRD it is estimated that there are 200 patients with stage 3 CKD and 5000 patients with stage 1 and 2 CKD, making a total of 7.85 million people with CKD.It is to be emphasized that the major cause of mortality in patients with CKD is not CKD itself but cardiovascular diseases which is greatly increased in prevelance in this population. The investigations in CKD are Urine tests- urine routine analysis, urine albumin, protein and creatinine in spot sample and 24 hr urine protein and albumin excretion, Blood tests for renal function and tests to rule out complications of CKD and an ultrasound of the KUB region. Treatment of early stages of CKD can be done by general practitioners and basically consists of management of hypertension to strict blood pressure target of 125/75mmHg and control of proteinuria which is both a marker of damage as well as causes damage by itself. ACE inhibitors and ARBs form the mainstay of therapy for the same and decrease proteinuria by 30-40%. However they cause a fall in GFR by 10-15% and upto 40% develop “escape” from effects of ACE inhibition making it imperative to monitor creatinine and proteinuria. Other antihypertensives that have been proven useful are Carvedilol, endothelin antagonists and direct renin inhibitors. DHPCalcium channel blockers were found to worsen or at best are neutral in terms of proteinuria reduction and are not recommended for control

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of proteinuria. Statins, allopurinol, N acetyl cysteine and paricalcitol have all been proposed for retarding progression of CKD but none are recommended as of today. It is also very important that NSAIDS, radiocontrast and other nephrotoxic drug exposure be prevented. Once other complications of CKD develop they are to be managed and patient may preferably be referred to a nephrologist as doing the same decreases morbidity and mortality. It has been shown that CKD can be curbed in the community with very simple interventions such as proper control of blood sugar and blood pressure. Education of the community and awareness along with low cost treatment for the predisposing factors for CKD are the only ways that this major public health hazard can be brought under control.

CONDUCTION OF CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (CME) PROGRAMS CME on “Current Controversies in Medical Practices” The Scientific and Academic Forum (SAF) of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute (MGMC&RI), Puducherry, along with the Puducherry Chapter of the International Medical Sciences Academy conducted a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program on “Current Controversies

in Medical Practices” on 30th July 2011. The CME was inaugurated by the ViceChancellor of the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Prof. D. R. Gunasekaran. He highlighted the relevance of the topics in the current medical practices and also congratulated the SAF for considering the novel format of a medical debate to illustrate the intricacies in a medical controversy. The meeting had two sessions - session I had “Surgical and Non Surgical Treatment of Ischemic Heart Disease”. This session was chaired by Prof. G.Muthurangan, Dean, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University and Head, Dept. of CTVS and by Dr. B. Amirtha Ganesh, Assoc. Profesor, Dept. of Cardiology. Prof. K.R. Balakrishnan, MS., M.Ch (CTVS), Senior Consultant, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Malar Fortis Hospitals spoke on the “Surgical Treatment Of Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD)”. He debated upon the role of surgery and of non-surgical treatment in Ischemic Heart Disease. He elaborated upon the enormity of the problem in the Indian population and stressed upon the importance of lifestyle modification in preventing and lowering the incidence of IHD in our population. There was a very keen participation of the audience in the form of an elaborate interactive section.

He explained in detail about the many different improvements and variation in techniques for surgical treatment of Ischemic Heart Disease which have been developed, including a new technique called Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB), or “limited access coronary artery bypass” that is available for patients with one or two blocked coronary arteries. In contrast with conventional CABG, which is an open-heart surgery, this procedure is done through a smaller incision over the heart to access the coronary arteries. Dr. Sriram Rajagopal, Chief Cardiologist, Southern Railway Headquarters Hospital, Chennai spoke in detail about the importance of the “Non Surgical Treatment in the Ischemic Heart Disease”. The message was about the optimal management of medical treatment of IHD. Dr. Sri Ram emphasized the importance of optimal medical management in modifying coronary risk factors on patients with chronic stable angina which is often under estimated. The Courage trial proved the importance of the same in chronic stable angina. This includes optimal doses of anti hypertensive, the choice of which is according to the risk factors, anti – platelets and statins. Life style modifications including dietary modifications, cessation of smoking, regular physical exercises are also equally important. All these issues about the optimal medical treatment even after angioplasty & life style modifications were stressed upon very much by Dr. Sri Ram.

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The session II had two speakers of which Dr.A.Parthasarathy, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Tamilnadu Dr.MGR Medical University, Chennai spoke in detail about the “Concepts of Newer Vaccines”. He discussed in detail about the rapid advances in Molecular Biology and Vaccine Development Technologies which have revolutionized the concepts in pediatric and Adolescent Immunization with the development of many new vaccines. The MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

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Global Alliance for vaccines and Immunization with its laudable objective of “All Vaccines for All Children of the World” have come forward to subsidize even the costliest vaccines now available in Global market. As such the National Technical advisory Group on Immunization of the GOI has recommended the inclusion of more vaccines in the National Immunization Program with GAVI subsidy. Apart from the six killer diseases namely TB, Polio, Diphtheria, Pertussis , Tetanus and Measles and other diseases like Hepatitis B, Hib disease, mumps and Rubella, HPV disease etc have now been targeted in a phased manner. Thus Hep B vaccine since 2002 and Penta DTP-HB-Hib from 2011 and MR, HPV, Td, Rota and Pneumo vaccines

immunity against them with or without immunization is not available for various populations in India which affects policy decisions on immunization. He also raised concerns about introducing certain new vaccines in our country based on research done in developed countries, whereas only 45 – 60 % of our children are completely immunized with routine vaccines which prevent the notorious 6 killer diseases. Finally he stressed on the importance of maximizing coverage and sustainability of routine vaccination program at the national level by the Government. The session was chaired by Prof. Nalini .D, Former Professor of Pediatrics, JIPMER, Puducherry and the President of Hemophiliac Society, Puducherry and Prof. S. Soundarajan, Head, Pediatrics of MGMC&RI.

are now recommended for inclusion in the NIP. JE vaccination campaign has been organized in JE hyper endemic areas throughout the country since 2009. The Indian Academic of pediatrics endorses the recommendation of NTAGI and in addition have recommended certain additional vaccines for routine use by its members namely IPV, Penta- DTP w/DTP A-Hib-HB-Hib-IPV-Hib, Pneumo, Rota, Hep A, MMR, Varicella , Typhoid, Td, Tdap and HPV Vaccines for routine use in IAP Immunization timetable 2011. Prof. Srinivasan, Head of the Department of Pediatrics, JIPMER, Puducherry was the other speaker of the day who debated upon the “Concepts and Controversies” regarding the introduction of various newer vaccines in Pediatrics. He expressed that, though vaccines are useful tools in preventing morbidity and mortality due to infectious diseases, they cannot be a substitute for safe drinking water, better sanitation and improvement of nutrition in children. He also insisted that exclusive breast feeding can be the best immunization a child can get free of cost and without any side effects. He pointed out that epidemiological data on pathogen prevalence, strains, level of

The audience keenly participated in debating the pros and cons of these vaccines.

Cme On “Gestational Medicine” Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute completed a decade of academic journey. In last 10 years, the college has grown step by step from Medical College to a Mecca of Medical Education and also true to its motto ‘torches of tomorrow’ has

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produced alumni ,now pursuing higher education in premier institutes in India & abroad like AIMMS, PGI, MMC, SMC. To commemorate the achievements, the Department of Medicine organized a CME, “Gestational Medicine - An Update Of Medical Disorders Of Pregnancy” on 23.9.2011.

the CME. Post graduate students and large number of private practitioners of Pondicherry, Cuddalore, Panruti, Chidambaram, Virdachalam attended the conference. Physicians, Obstetricians, Cardiologists and Endocrinologists also attended the CME. For the first time participants came from far areas like

In total, 700 participants from 38 medical colleges from four different states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu participated in the CME. Senior faculties from Madras Medical College, Institute of O&G also attended the CME. 12 HOD’S Of Medicine and O&G from various government and private medical colleges attended

Kuppam(AP),Thiruvarur, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Thoothukudi. The Chief guest Dr.D.R.Gunasekaran, Vice Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidhyapeeth University gave the key note address. He stressed upon the regular update of knowledge among medical professionals through CME. Dr.S.Somasundaram , HOD, Medicine

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gave the welcome address and spoke that the selection of the topics in ‘GESTATIONAL MEDICINE’ were of great practical relevance and often a neglected subject, which both physicians and obstetricians needs to be updated. Prof.K.N.Vishwanath, Professor, Department Of Medicine, Manakula Vinayagar medical college, Puducherry spoke about the topic “Prescribing In Pregnancy-Playing It Safe”. “Gestational diabetes” was discussed in detail by Prof .R.S.Hariharan, Professor &HOD of diabetology(retd), MMC, Chennai. “Practical relevance of thyroid dysfunction & pregnancy” was discussed by Prof.Usha Sriram, Consultant

Endocrinologist, Director ACEER, Chennai. “Current trends in infections in pregnancy” was discussed by Prof.Abdul Ghafur, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, APOLLO HOSPITAL,Chennai. “Significance of liver disorders in pregnancy” was elucidated by Prof.Jayanthi, Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, Global Hospitals, Chennai.”Common respiratory problems of pregnancy” like bronchial asthma and tuberculosis was discussed by Prof.K.H.Kisku, Professor& HOD, Department Of Pulmonary Medicine, PIMS, Puducherry. Prof. Shanmugasundaram, HOD(retd) department of Cardiology, MMC, Chennai, gave some insight

JIPMER which was followed by a lecture on “Pharmacokinetics of Inhalational Anaesthetics: “A Visual Demo using Gas Man” was given by Dr. Ravishankar M, Professor & HOD, Department of Anaesthesia, MGMCRI. The CME ended with a lecture on “Dynamics of low flow anaesthesia” delivered by Dr. ArunaParameswari, Professor Anaesthesiology, SRMCRI, Chennai. The Gas Man software installation and practice session was conducted as an afternoon session by Dr. Ravishankar.

all of MGMC&RI for making the CME a grand success.

by Dr. Ravishankar, Professor & HOD, Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care, MGMCRI. Dr. Parthasarathy S, Consultant Anaesthesiologist, MGMCRI, delivered a talk on “Inhalational Anaesthesia: Ether to Sevoflurane”. Dr. Vidya, Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai introduced this software in her talk on “Introduction to Gas Man Software”. A talk on “Uptake, Distribution & Elimination of Inhalational Anaesthetics” was delivered by Dr. PankajKundra, Professor Anaesthesiology,

CME on “Understanding Inhalational Anesthesia: Virtual to Visual” The Department of Anesthesiology & Critical care, MGMCRI in association with Indian Society of Anesthesiologist, Pondicherry state branch conducted a one day CME cum Workshop on “Understanding Inhalational Anesthesia: Virtual to Visual” on 25.09.11. Concept of Inhalational Anesthesia has evolved enormously in the last few decades due to the introduction of newer inhalational agents and the availability of various agent monitors. Understanding concepts of inhalational anaesthesia needs lot of effort as everything is imagination and one needs to have regular practice to get the concept. The need for proper understanding of pharmacokinetics and depth of anaesthesia is acutely felt. Computer Aided Learning is difficult to develop, but is very rewarding in its effectiveness. The program Gas Man introduced by J. E Philip exploits computer to help student understand uptake and distribution of inhalational anaesthetic agents. Newer agents are not only safe, but also have faster induction and recovery. Concept of low flow anaesthesia is becoming popular in recent times and is practised in most of the centres successfully. The CME was focussed on “Understanding the Inhalational Anaesthesia” using the computer software ‘Gas Man’. The CME began with an introductory talk on “Depth of Anaesthesia- Concepts”

“QUALITY INDICATORS FOR TEACHERS” Prof M. Varadajan , Medical Superintendant and promotions. Prof S.P.Thyagarajan presented and Prof.Dhananjay S .Kotasthane, HOD, Dept of to the audience the scoring system of academic Pathology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and performance indicators proposed by UGC. The Research Institute, Pondicherry attended a state performance of teachers will be assessed under level Seminar on “ Quality Indicators for Teachers” following three categories: Category I: Teaching, conducted at Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, learning and evaluation related activities, Category Chennai on 24.08.11. The seminar was organized by II: Co-curricular, extension and professional Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Sri Ramachandra development related activities., Category III: University, Chennai. The Chief Guest for Inauguration Research and academic contributions.He also was Prof.H.A.Ranganath, Director, National brought to the notice of the audience that the total Assessment Accreditation Council. score obtained by teachers would be taken in to The first presentation was “Quality indicators for account during appointment, promotions, Career teachers in Universities and colleges: Minimum norms Advancement Scheme and application of UGC stipulated by University Grants Commission,2010” pay scales. Delegates suggested that that the UGC by Prof.S.P.Thyagarajan (Formerly Vice-chancellor, norms can be modified for Medical Colleges by University of Madras), ProChancellor (Research) Sri including clinical/hospital related activities as the Ramachandra University, Chennai. The main content IV category in the scoring system. The next session was “ Faculty of his speech was “UGC regulations, 2010” which have been made mandatory to the Universities and Performance and appraisal: Some Issues and their constituent units/colleges. Prof. S.P. Thyagarajan challenges” by Prof.C.Thangamuthu, Former Vice explained that in order to meet the challenges of chancellor, Bharathidasan University, Trichy. In globalization of higher education in 21st Century, his presentation, he highlighted an important to boost the preparedness of Indian Universities, concept that , “ Teaching –learning process is a to bring about ‘Quantum jump’ in teacher quality non-zero-sum positive game(Win-Win situation)” and academic productivity from universities and . His concluding remarks were that ‘Cnstraints colleges, UGC has developed norms to specify and Challenges are the dynamics of any minimum qualifications of teachers for appointments growth processes.

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into cardiovascular diseases in pregnancy. CME was well received and the content and presentation was well appreciated by the delegates. The speakers appreciated the delegates who were very cordial, cooperative and active. Interactive sessions were the highlights of the event. 10 lucky dip prizes were given at the end by MS, DEAN & HOD of the Department of Medicine. Vote of thanks was given by Dr.P.K.Siva, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine ,who appreciated the efforts of one and

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The Simulation Center is comprised of mock clinical settings made to replicate the same environment that clinicians practice in at the Hospital. The Center was designed to be a flexible environment to accommodate multiple courses in various clinical settings. It is a combination of clinical space and a behind-the-scenes observation area to create an ideal learning atmosphere. Simulation training allows students to learn and practice how to react and act in a real life emergency situation and not just in the classroom. Simulation in teams is a chance of making mistakes and debriefing in a safe environment and to Improve ability to work in a team. Thus learner enters into spirit of story and act as if the patient simulator is a real patient. Studies have shown that students perform better and have higher retention rates than colleagues under strict traditional methods of medical training. The effectiveness of innovative teaching program on basic life support among higher secondary schools in Puducherry is practised by M.Sc Nursing students as part of their research studies. Every Clinical Department sends their faculty members to train all students including interns to participate in the simulationbased course at the center during their clinical postings. The course focuses on enhancing the clinical and communicationskill competencies necessary to handle scenarios commonly encountered during their hospital situation.

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APPOINTMENTS Dr.Amritaksha Deb Asst.Professor, Gen.Medicine - 01.07.2011 Dr.Ramkumar.U Asst.Professor, Paediatrics - 04.07.2011 Dr.Varun.G.B.S Asst.Professor, Orthopaedics - 06.07.2011 Dr.Ratna Vasanthan Asst.Professor, Radiology - 18.07.2011

The successful penetration of stimulatory activities into medical education system has brought about a strong demand for its services and spawned a twofold growth in the facility. A team of Medical

Dr.Mossadeq Prof & H.O.D, Urology - 01.08.2011 Dr.Puskar Shyam Chowdhry Asst.Professor, Urology - 02.08.2011 Dr.K.Raghuram Asst.Professor, Gen.Surgery - 05.08.2011 Dr.Siddharth Ajay Sr.Resident, TBCD - 11.08.2011

Dr.Partha Nandi, Asst.Prof- Community Medicine has been promoted to Associate Professor w.e.f 13.08.2011 Dr.Prasant Nayak, Asst.Professor – Urology has been promoted to Associate Professor w.e.f. 21.08.2011 Dr.Prabal Joshi, Asst.Professor- Physiology has been promoted to Associate Professor w.e.f. 01.09.2011 Dr. K.Karthikeyan, Asst.Professor- Paediatrics has been promoted to Associate Professor w.e.f. 06.09.2011. Dr.Jahagirdar Sameer Mahamud, Sr.Resident has been promoted to Asst.Professor in the department of Anaesthesiology w.e.f 01.07.2011.

Dr.Vinayak.N.Vardhan Sr.Resident, Paediatrics - 23.08.2011

Dr.P.Subash, Tutor, has been promoted as Asst.Professor in the Department of Bio-Chemistry from Tutor w.e.f. 07.07.2011. We congratulate these faculty members on their promotion.

Dr. A.Arulmozhi Asst.Professor, Physiology - 2.9.2011

Life time Achievement Award”

Dr.Chetan Anand Asst.Professor, Gen.Surgery - 17.08.2011

Dr.Sougoumarane Lecturer, Radiology - 2.9.2011

professionals from United Kingdom had visited simulation center between 8.09.11 and 9.09.11 and they were thrilled by the advance features of our skills lab. Among the energized team Dr.Mary Am Lumsden enthusiastically performed the manual delivery in the birthing simulator.

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Dr.Akshaya.N.Shetti Asst.Professor, Anaesthesiology - 6.9.2011 Dr.Sukanto Sarkar Asst.Professor, Psychiatry - 10.9.2011 Dr.Sunayana Choudhury Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatry -10.9.2011

Dr. S. Selvasundari, Professor & Head, Dept. of Opthalmology, was awarded “Life time Achievement Award” with a Gold medal & certificate, for her relentless work in the field of Ophthalmology, at the 59th Annual Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association conference at Tirunelveli held between 5.08.11 and 7.08.11.

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Dr.C.P.Ganesh Babu Asso.Professor, Gen.Surgery - 14.9.2011 Dr.Gopinath Rajesh Asst.Professor, Pathology -16.9.2011 Dr.Satish Kumar.A.S Asst.Professor, Orthopaedics -16.9.2011 Dr.N.Gurusamy Asst.Professor, Orthopaedics - 23.9.2011 The chronicle accords a warm welcome to all the faculty members.

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DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACOLOGY

The Department of Pharmacology was established in 2001 under the able guidance of Dr. K Saraswathy, Prof & Head, an alumnus from Madurai Medical College Over subsequent years, other faculty have joined the department and made significant contributions to the development of the department. The first batch of MBBS students joined as undergraduate trainees in the year 2002-03. It started out as a department imparting basic knowledge and skills in the safe and effective use of medicines to undergraduates in MBBS, BDS and B.Sc Nursing. Today, it is a fully fledged postgraduate teaching cum services department with ADR monitoring and Drug Information Services.

learning resource. There are 21 charts on history of medicine, 15 on medicinal plants and 20 crude drug preparations. Moreover, there are 150 drug samples available. 109 charts on pharmacology related topics are available and displayed in the museum, clinical and experimental pharmacology laboratories.

Laboratories

Two well equipped laboratories are available for UG practical classes in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology. There is also a research laboratory catering primarily for PG teaching in experimental and clinical pharmacology. Post graduate research laboratory is well equipped with facilities for conducting animal experiments. The housing of chemicals in optimum conditions and the techniques of Good laboratory practices (GLP) are established and followed amongst postgraduate students. Simulated experimental pharmacology software (CAL- LAB) is also available.

and postgraduate students in Pharmacology. The undergraduate students are trained in the rational, safe and effective use of medicines along with the current trends of teaching the basics of clinical research and pharmacovigilance. The practical curriculum in clinical pharmacology attempts to impart skills in prescription writing and criticism, ADR monitoring, understanding drug interactions and dosage calculations. In experimental pharmacology practicals, the student is exposed to techniques of animal handling and performing non-lethal animal

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Library cum Seminar room

The departmental library is endowed with 159 books in Pharmacology, Therapeutics and allied sciences and subscribes to 5 national and international journals. The library also functions as a seminar room for PG and faculty presentations. Besides this, there are two demonstration rooms and two laboratories (with ante rooms) for clinical and experimental pharmacology used also for demonstration of practical topics.

Museum:

A departmental museum exists with exhibits, photographs, crude drug preparations & specimens. The Department administrates and manages an Animal House. The departmental museum has an extensive permanent exhibition of illustrative charts and study materials, crude drug preparations with booklets and drug samples and serves as a

property using rotarod apparatus, general anaesthesia using ether, local anaesthesia on frog lumbar plexus, sphincter contraction activity by Straub’s test etc are done. Dose response curves (DRCs),demonstration of antagonist activity, cumulative DRCs, bioassays etc. are performed using organ bath and kymograph or electrophysiograph. Mock internal exams with theory, practical and viva voce are conducted on a regular basis. PG postings in the clinical departments are utilized for conducting studies on prescription pattern, ECG reading, Adverse Drug Reaction(ADR) monitoring, case reports of irrational use of drugs, drug interactions, substance use disorders etc. PGs are encouraged to participate and present papers in conferences and attend CMEs and workshops in pharmacology and allied sciences. Pharmaceutical industry orientation programmes for PGs include visits to GCP, GLP and GMP facilities. PGs have an optional visit to centres using new technologies like Pharmacogenomics laboratories, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology research facilities etc.

Scientific research instruments for post graduate learning like rotarod apparatus, convulsiometer, analgesiometer, pole climbing apparatus, Eddy’s hot plate for in vivo screening methods for muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic and analgesic properties of drugs or experimental compounds are available in the Department. Kymographs and electrophysiographs are available for bioassays on animal tissue. A model for demonstration of psychopharmacological activity of compounds is underdevelopment.

experiments judiciously to demonstrate the action of drugs. The department regularly conducts student seminars and symposia, quiz programs and integrated teaching for undergraduates on common topics like hypertension, thyroid disorders, ACE inhibitors etc. Group discussions are held for better understanding of topics, involving small batches of 25-30 students. Postgraduate students are trained in basic as well as applied pharmacology through seminars, journal clubs, presentations on recent advances and group discussions. Practical experiments on intact animals like evaluation of analgesic activity using analgesiometer, Eddy’s hot plate, anticonvulsant activity using convulsiometer, muscle relaxant

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The Department of Pharmacology offers Drug information services to faculty, especially clinicians, interns, UG and PG students and even the lay public. Any queries can be addressed to the Executive editor, Phi-Sci, Department of Pharmacology, MGMCRI via Phi-Sci Red boxes put up at strategic locations in the college and hospital. The queries are answered within 48 hours and those of emergency nature as soon as possible by personal contact, e-mail, by phone or department intercom. Lay public are informed by e-mail only. Pharmacovigilance activity is another service rendered by the department. It comprises of adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting by any clinician, faculty, student, trainees etc. The query boxes are meant to handle any ADR reports from the clinical and other departments. There is a Pharmacovigilance Committee which was set up in 2009. The members of the Pharmacovigilance Committee evaluate and assess causality of the reports. The department has conducted 2 workshops on Essential medicines & Rational use of medicines and Prescription writing & Rational prescribing in April and November 2009 respectively. The latter was combined with a Prescription writing competition open to UGs, PGs, interns and Junior residents. Details of the programs are available in the reports of the workshop. Department faculty and postgraduates have participated in integrated teaching programs, intern orientation programs and research methodology workshops conducted

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Faculty

The Department is presently headed by Professor Dr. K.Manimekalai, an alumnus of Tirunelveli Medical College (MBBS) and Madras Medical College (MD). Other faculty include Associate Professors, Dr. Somasundaram G, Dr. Kingshuk Lahon, and Assistant Professors, Dr. Kartik J Salwe, Dr. Padmavathi S and Dr. Jagan Mohan R.

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by the institute. The department launched a Wall journal “Phi-Sci” in June 2009 with the objective of providing drug information, ADR alerts, recent

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Vs low dose I.V Iron sucrose and oral iron therapy in moderate anemia of pregnancy. (Dr. Jagan Mohan R, Dr. SeeteshGhose, Dr. Somasundaram G) Comparative study of oxycarbazepine and levetiracetam in treatment of partial seizures (Dr. Jacob Jesurun RS, Dr. Reena Verma, Dr. Murugesan, Dr. ManimekalaiK) Drug utilization study of anti-diabetic drugs in a tertiary care centre (Dr. Sunitha M,Dr. Mohammad Hanifah, Dr. Somasundaram G) Gender differences in the dose requirement of Propofol to prevent movement to surgical stimulus in South Indian patients (Dr. Sudar Codi R,Dr. Ravishankar M. Dr. Manimekalai K) HDL/LDL ratio as a risk factor in Type 2 Diabetes mellitus (Gowtham K, Dr. Kartik J Salwe)

advances, rational use of drugs, drug refreshers etc. Phi-Sci also has a website at www.pharmacolog.in. Subsequently, drug information and ADR reporting services were started for the benefit of clinicians and any other faculty, interns or students and even the lay public. This was facilitated by the creation of Phi-Sci Red boxes and e-mail at echo@,pharmacolog.in for receiving drug queries and ADR reports. A competition for UGs on making powerpoint presentations in Pharmacology topics was organized. The aim of the competition was to develop the students’ ability to make effective and creative powerpoint presentations on special topics.

Research Activities

Completed research projects Drug utilization of antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers in a tertiary care mental health setting - a retrospective study. (Dr. Kingshuk Lahon, Dr. Harsha M Shetty, Dr. Amith Paramel, Dr. Gyaneshwar Sharma) Adverse effects of antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers in a tertiary care mental health setting - a retrospective study. (Dr. Kingshuk Lahon, Dr. HarshaM Shetty, Dr. Amith Paramel, Dr. Gyaneshwar Sharma) Analysis of antibiotic prescriptions in a tertiary care hospital pharmacy – a prospective study. (Dr. Kingshuk Lahon, Dr. Reena Verma) Adverse cutaneous drug reactions - a prospective study. (Dr. Padmavati S, Dr.Ambujam S, Dr. Manimekalai K) Effect of antidepressants on serum sodium levels - a prospective study. (Dr. HarshaM Shetty, Dr. Siva Prakash, Dr. Manimekalai K) Comparative efficacy study of I.V Iron sucrose

International Symposium On Stem Cell Therapy

A symposium on Stem Cell Therapy was conducted to raise awareness among faculty and students of MGMCRI about the promises, risks and challenges of stem cell therapy. Dr.Samuel J.K.Abraham-, Yamanashi University, Japan and Director, NCRM, Chennai was the Chief Guest. National Cme On Personalised

Medicine

The concept of personalised medicine involves optimization of disease management with the help of biological information about the individuals, with the potential to revolutionise therapeutics, so the Department of Pharmacology decided to conduct a National CMF on Personalised Medicine with a view to create awareness and update knowledge in the field.

Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety Jan - Mar 201 l, Vol 8; Issue 1. Pharmacovigilance on Olanzapine. Anand L, Harsha M Shetty, Kingshuk Lahon, Amith Paramel, Gyaneshwar Sharma. Indian Journal of Pharmacology July-August 2010, Vol 1; Issue 2. Pharmacological significance of stereoisomerism. Gosavi D, Salwe KJ, Vimal D , Gupta R. Journal of MGIMS, March 2010, Vol 15(1), p 21-26a

Plans For The Future

The futuristic vision of the Department of Pharmacology - to establish a postgraduate museum for catering to recent advances in Pharmacology, activities in Drug Information Services (DIS) and Pharmacovigilance to be scaled up with the setting up of a DIS Centre in the hospital premises, prescription event monitoring (PEM) to be integrated into the hospital management system with the setting up of intranet services which would enhance patient safety through safer use of medicines, establishment of a Hospital Therapeutics Committee for safe and effective use of medicines in the hospital which is on the anvil, to establish a Drug development & Medical Research Centre (DDMRC) with BA/BE facilities depending on feasibility and management support, plan to successfully organize CMEs in Stem cell therapy, Pharmacogenomics and to organize many more workshops and seminars on Clinical and Basic Pharmacology, Clinical Research, frontier areas in Pharmacology such as Nanomedicine, Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacoepidemiology etc., and finally to have Pharmaceutical industry exposure and training to the faculty and postgraduates in clinical research by postings, or tie-ups with industry. These endeavours are in keeping with the motto of the department -”Our aim is not only to SUCCEED, rather it is to EXCEL and EXCEED”

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Research Works In Progress

Outcome assessment of intravenous immunoglobulin therapy in Neonatal sepsis (Dr. Lavakumar S, Dr. Karthikeyan, Dr. Manimekalai K) Pattern of Anti-Hypertensive drugs utilization in a tertiary care hospital (Dr. Johan Pandian J, Dr. Somasundaram, Dr. Manimekalai K) A study on utilization pattern of antimicrobial agents in the intensive care units of a tertiary care teaching institute (Dr. Pandimunian J, Dr. Karthikeyan, Dr. MohammadHanifah, Dr. Somasundaram G)

Pharmaceuticals Ethics in clinical research: Should guidelines be universally replaced by laws? Lahon K, Bairagi KK, Chaturvedi RK. Medico-legal Update Jul-Dec 2010, Vol 10, No 2 Hepatoprotective Activity of Ocimum Sanctum against paracetamol induced liver damage in albino rats. Kingshuk Lahon, Swarnamoni DasJournal: Pharmacognosy Research Jan - Mar 2011 Sexual Dysfunction on Antidepressants in a tertiary care mental health setting – A Retrospective case series. Kingshuk Lahon, Harsha M Shetty, Amith Paramel, Gyaneswar Sharma. Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics Apr - Jun 2011, Vol 2 ; Issue 2 Duloxetine induced discontinuation syndrome: A case report on drug safety. Kingshuk Lahon, Harsha M Shetty, Amith Paramel, Gyaneswar SharmaJournal: Journal of Clinical and diagnostic research 2011, Apr; Vol 5; Issue 2 Anti Red Scorpion Venom Activity of Andrographis Paniculata. Ranjana I, Brahmane, Swanand S. Pathak, Vikrant V. Wanmali, Kartik J. Salwe, S.John Premendran, Bhawna B. Shinde. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research 2010, Vol 3; Issue 4 Role of Cinnarizine and Nifedipine on anticonvulsant effect of Sodium Valproate and Carbamazepine in maximal electroshock and Pentylenetetrazole model of seizures in mice. Ranjana I Brahmane, Vikrant V. Wanmali, Swanand S. Pathak, Kartik J. Salwe. Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics July-December 2010, Vol 1; Issue 2 A retrospective descriptive study of drug utilisation and ADR monitoring in mania and bipolar affective disorder in the psychiatric unit of a teaching hospital. Kingshuk Lahon, Harsha M Shetty, Amith Paramel, Gyaneshwar Sharma. Journal of

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Evaluation of protective effect of Delonix elata on chronic inflammation and comparisonof its ulcerogenic potential with ibuprofen. K Manimekalai, Kartik J Salwe, Harsha M Shetty. International Journal of Pharma and Biosciences Apr-Jun 2011 Vol 2 Issue 2 Evaluation of effect of ethanolic extract of Delonix elata on acute inflammation in Rats. K Manimekalai, Kartik J Salwe, Harsha M Shetty. Accepted for publication in Journal of Natural MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

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Inter Medical Collegiate Sports Meet The South Zone Level Inter Medical Collegiate Sports meet was organized by Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore from 18.07.11 to 23.07.11. Our MGMC &RI team of spirited sportspersons took part in cricket & football in Coordination with Dr.Partha Nandi, Staff Advisor for Students’ Council, and was awarded the 2nd place in Football on 20.07.11.

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discipline & informed about the excellent facilities present that facilitated learning & assured the parents that their wards are in the best possible hands.

Divyang Mongia, 3rd year MBBS gave a thought provoking speech titled, ‘India @64: The Journey from independence till today’ on 15.08.11, the 65th Independence Day. The New Student Council

Inauguration Of Uday-Arun Memorial Trophy

On 04.08.11, the new student council was sworn in from the 2008 MBBS Batch- “The Leonides” by the Vice Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University. The 25 Member newly elected student council took up the proverbial baton (Organizing Batch) from their seniors, the Zenarts & pledged to work hard with teamwork & coordination, as per the advice and supervision of Dr.Partha Nandi, the Staff Advisor for Students’ Council, MGMC&RI. Fresher’s Orientation Program On 08.08.11, an orientation program was organized for the new 2011batch of MBBS students , at the ground floor lecture hall in the college block. The program started with Prof. Varadharajan, Medical Superintendent welcoming the students & parents to MGMC & RI. The lighting of the Kuthuvilakku was by the students themselves along with their parents. Senior faculty members like Prof. Ananthakrishnan, Prof. Robinson Smile & Prof. KR Thyagarajan addressed the students. Mr. Nigel Menzes (CRRI) shared his reminisces about his time at MGMC &RI as a student. The Dean, MGMC & RI, Prof. Muthurangan introduced the pre-clinical faculty members to the gathering. Finally the Vice Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Prof. D.R Gunasekaran spoke about the congenial learning atmosphere at MGMC, He stressed on

On the evening of 09.09.11, Dr.Partha Nandi, organized a special cultural program as per advice of our beloved Chairman, Mr.M.K.Rajagopalan and managerial support by Mrs.Asha Sureshbabu, PS to Chairman, in the ground floor lecture hall of MGMC & RI to showcase “the joie de vivre” of the students of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University to the visiting delegation from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow, UK. The Staff Advisor to the students, Dr. Partha Nandi who was also the Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the evening was the force behind the program & took avid interest towards the successful conduct of the show. The program started with the rousing lyrics of the College Anthem, which was followed by dance performances by the students of the Medical, Dental & Nursing Colleges. The students also performed a skit and the college band of MGMC & RI did incredible musical performances. The highlight of the evening was the impromptu performance by the Dean of MGMC & RI, Prof. Muthurangan who enthralled the audience with his baritone voice. In the end Dr. Phil Cotton, the UK delegate proposed the vote of thanks & appreciated the love & care that was shown to the delegates.

Spandan 2011 From 30.08.11 to 03.09.11, the 26th edition of SPANDAN, the annual inter-collegiate cultural, literary and sports festival of JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research) was conducted by the JIPMER Students’ Association (JSA). With due permission from the Vice Chancellor and under the guidance of Staff advisor for Students council, Dr.Partha Nandi, the students of MGMC secured 2nd place overall in the cultural events. Prizes won by our students include; 1st place in Best Band, Best Song, Best Vocalist, Best Keyboardist, Photography, Painting; 2nd place in Fashion Show, Extempore; 2nd& 3rd place in Long Jump in Athletics MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

The LEONIDES, the Organizing batch with due permission & support of our respected Vice-Chancellor Dr.D.R.Gunasekaran and under the supervision and coordination of Dr.Partha Nandi, staff advisor for students’ council, have conducted a special Memorial Trophy tournament in remembrance of their departed classmates Uday Kumar & Arun N, MBBS batch of 2008 on 21.09.11. The tournament would be taking place from 21.09.11 till 06.10.11 in the fields of Volleyball, Cricket & Football, at the end of which the winners would get the “Uday-Arun Memorial trophies” in all these three categories. This would be a rolling trophy & would be handed over each year to the winners of the Memorial Trophy Tournament.

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GLASGOW UNIVERSITY TE AM VISITS OUR UNIVERSITY A team of medical Professionals from Glasgow University, Glasgow, United Kingdom and Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of United Kingdom visited Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University on 8th and 9th September 2011 for official tie up between Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Puducherry, India and Glasgow University, United Kingdom. The team comprising of Prof.Philip Cotton, Prof. Mary Ann Lumsden, Dr.Sam Lingam, Dr.Robin North Cote and Dr.Sandosh Padmanabhan visited our University. The agenda for the visit was to finalize the following . •Curriculum exchange program between the two Universities. •Students and Staff exchange programs. •Research co – ordination between the two Universities. •Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth to be an examination centre for FRCP, FRCB exams conducted by Royal College, Glasgow. •Exchange of ideas as well as to provide platform for one another for research activities between the two universities. The team spent two days at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry visiting all the departments of the hospital, college, operation theatres, wards, centres of innovation

like music therapy, yoga therapy, Skills lab, Central Research Lab, all the hostels, staff quarters, students recreation centres and digital library. The team also visited the Rural Health Centre at Seliamedu and the Tsunami Relief health centre, LHCRRD (Life Health Centre Rural Rehabilitation and Development) at Mettupalayam on the way to Chidambaram The team had teleconferencing with the medical team of our entire health centres namely rural health centre, Seliamedu, Life Health Centre Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Mettupalayam near Alapakkam, Village Knowledge Centres (VKC) of Pannithittu and Veerampattinam (Puducherry) of M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation. The team too had a professional chat with the medical team from the camp site at Kooravalimedu, Puducherry The end of the day was the explosion as well as expression of talents of the students of our university. A two hour cultural program expressed the fine arts talents of our students in the form of music, dance etc. From the summing up discussion it had with our Chancellor, Vice – Chancellor and the team from our side, we are confident that there will be an official tie up with Glasgow University in the fields of teaching, research and Student & Staff exchange programs.

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Scientific Publications

Srirangaraj S, Venkatesha D. Comparing absolute lymphocyte count to total lymphocyte count, as a CD4 T cell surrogate, to initiate antiretroviral therapy. J Global Infect Dis. 2011;3:2658. Easow JM, Joseph NM, Tuladhar R, Shivananda PG. Empyema caused by Eikenella corrodens. J Global Infect Dis. 2011;3:313-5. Easow JM, Joseph NM, Shankar PR, Rajamony AP, Dhungel BA, Shivananda PG. Streptococcus pneumoniae – a perspective from the Western Region of Nepal. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health 2011;42:912-9. Pradeepkumar NS, Joseph NM. Chromoblastomycosis caused by Cladophialophora carrionii in a child from India. J Infect Dev Ctries 2011;5:556-560. Sharmila V, Joseph NM, Arun babu T, Chaturvedula L, Sistla S. Genital tract group B streptococcal colonization in pregnant women: A South Indian perspective. J Infect Dev Ctries 2011;5:592-5. Arthi M, Niranjan G, Hanifah M, Srinivasan AR. “Efficacy of De Ritis Ratio In Diagnosing Liver Diseases in Puducherrry Population”. Advanced Laboratory Medicine International. 2011; 1(4): 61-68. Arun Babu T, Bhat BV, Joseph NM. Association between Peak serum bilirubin and neurodevelopmental Outcomes in term babies with hyperbilirubinemia. Indian J Pediatr 2011;Epub. Karthikeyan P, Ganesh Bala A, Priya K. Petrified Ear. Indian Journal of Otology, July 2011:17:11. Dhaval. J. Patel. Profile of Organo-phosphorus compound poisoning at Maharani Hospital, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh - A three years study. Journal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine (JIAFM), April – June – 2011;33:2. Sameer

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on the return of leprosy despite NLEP, and the need for not only PGs but also UGs to be aware of the signs and symptoms of leprosy.

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Dr. M. Ashok Kumar, Prof.Dept. of Opthalmology presented a free paper titled “A Prospective study of incidence, risk factors and characteristics of ROP” at TNOA 2011 held at Tirunelveli on 06.08.11.

Joseph NM, Easow JM. Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia. In: Suárez ML, Ortega SM, editors. Pneumonia: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment. New York: Nova Science Publishers; 2011. p. 95-119. (ISBN: 978-1-61209-685-8).

Awards Dr. Venkatesh C, Asst. Prof, Dept. of Paediatrics, has been awarded Diploma in Allergy and Asthma Jointly by Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore and International Asthma services, Denver, Colorado, USA and endorsed by American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI). Dr. Chhavi. N, Asst. Prof, Dept. of Paediatrics, has been awarded Membership of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Scientific Presentations Dr. S Parthasarathy, Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Dept. of Anaesthesiology, MGMC&RI delivered a guest lecture on “Diabetic emergencies – Update & Controversies” at Tamilnadu State ISA Conference between 16.07.11 &17.07.11, at Erode. Dr. Srirangaraj S, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, gave an oral presentation on ‘Short term survival after anti-retroviral therapy initiation among AIDS patients from South India’, during the Chapter meet of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists -Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Chapter, at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, on 23.07.11. Dr. Ravishankar, Prof & Head, Dept. of Anaesthesiology, & Critical Care was an invitee amongst few other eminent members of teaching faculty from India, to deliver a talk on introduction & applications of Gas Man Software organised by Abbot International, at Cochin, Kerala on 23.07.11. Dr. S. Ambujam, Prof & Head, Dept. of DVL, delivered a guest talk titled ‘Who is afraid of Leprosy’s comeback?’, at a CME held on 31.07.11 by the Dept. of DVL, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry in Hotel Anandha Inn. The talk focussed MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

Dr. Ravishankar, Prof & Head, Dept. of Anaesthesiology delivered a guest lecture on “Risk management in Anaesthesia” in a CME

Dr. K. Srikanth, Assoc. Prof, Dept. of Opthalmology presented a free paper on “Intraocular pressure variations in Type II Diabetes Mellitus patients after pupillary dilatation” at the 59th Annual TNOA conference 2011 at Tirunelveli on 06.08.11. Dr. S. Selvasundari, Prof & Head, Dr. M. Ashok Kumar, Prof.Dr. K. Srikanth, Assoc. Prof & Dr. N. Swathi, Asst. Prof, Dept. of Opthalmology conducted an instruction course on “Fundus Flourescein Angiography” at the 59th Annual TNOA conference at Tirunelveli on 07.08.11. Dr. M. Ashok Kumar, Prof.Dept. of Opthalmology presented a free paper on “Computer vision syndrome in Engineering College students” at the 59th Annual TNOA conference at Tirunelveli on 07.08.11.

on Recent Advances in Anaesthesia organised by Kovai Medical Center & Hospital, Coimbatore, on 04.09.11. Dr Arun Kumar S, Bilodi, Prof.Department of Anatomy, presented a paper titled “Symptomatic dilatation of residual cystic duct stump as Revealed by MRCP” in the 13th conference of Karnataka Chapter of Anatomist ‘JJMC-ACON 2011’, held at J.J.M Medical College, Davangere, Karnataka on 11.09.11.

Prof. N. Ananthakrishnan delivered a lecture on ‘Current concepts in the management of Abdominal Sepsis’ in the 35th Annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry chapter, held on 11.08.11 at Pondicherry. Dr.R.Vinoth Kumar, Asst. Prof.Dept of Urology, presented a paper Diagnostic value of C - reactive protein in suspected Acute Appendicitis in the 35th Annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry chapter, held between 11.08.11 & 14.08.11 at Pondicherry. Dr. R. Kannan, Asst. Prof, Dept. of surgery, attended the Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia workshop at Apollo Hospital, Chennai held on 21.08.11. Dr. K.V.Rajan, Asst. Prof, Dept. of surgery, attended a workshop on Bariatric Surgery at Sagar Apollo Hospital, Bangalore held between 23 .08.11 & 24.08.11. Dr. Ravishankar, Prof & Head, Dept. of Anaesthesiology, delivered a guest lecture on “Low Flow Anaesthesia” at South Asian Association of Regional Co-operation- Association of Anaesthetists (SAARC-AA), Bangalore on 28.08.11. MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

Mrs.A.N.Uma, Asst.Prof., Genetic Unit, Dept. of Anatomy gave a guest talk on “Cytogenetics in day to day practice” at a CME programme-‘ Wider Horizon’ conducted by IMA Cuddalore , Krishna Hospital, Cuddalore on 25.09.11.

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Joseph NM, Sistla S, Dutta TK, Badhe AS, Rasitha D, Parija SC. Reliability of Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method for detecting meropenem resistance among non-fermenting gram-negative bacilli. Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology 2011;54:556-60.

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Dr. Jennyl Maclean, Asst. Prof, Dept. of Anaesthesiology, presented a talk on “Comparative evaluation of Gum elastic bougie & introducer tool as aid in the insertion of Proseal Laryngeal Mask airway in patients with simulated difficult airway, using a rigid neck collar” in Scientific & Academic Forum of MGMCRI on 16.09.11. Dr. A.Mossadeq, Prof &Head, Dept. of Urology, MGMC&RI delivered a guest lecture

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on ‘Current trends in Neuro-Urology of lower urinary tract’ on 25.09.11 on the eve of 16th Annual Conferernce of Association of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry urologists held at Madurai. Officiation As Chairperson In Academic /Scientific Events

Prof.Rajendra Dhaka, Dept. of Pathology, chaired the sessions “Symposium on Nanotechnology” and “Symposium on AYUSH II” respectively at 24th Annual National Conference of Indian Society of Atherosclerosis Research and International CME on Atherosclerosis conducted at JIPMER, Pondicherry between 24.09.11 & 25.09.11. Participation In Academic/Scientific Events Dr. S. Selvasundari, Prof & Head, Dept. of Opthalmology & Dr. N. Nagarajan, Senior Tutor attend the “Indian Intraocular Implant & Refractive society convention held at Chennai between 09.07.11 & 10.07.11. Dr.Niranjan. G, Assistant Professor, Dept of Biochemistry attended a workshop & training program on “NABL accreditation in clinical laboratory” at Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai from 20.07.11 to 23.07.11

Dr. Ravishankar, Prof & Head, Dept. of Anaesthesiology, chaired the sessions on “Critical review of depth of anaesthesia monitoring” delivered by Dr. Jan Hendrick, Belgium and “Inhalational Anaesthesia insights learned through computer simulations” delivered by Dr. James Philip, USA at South Asian Association of Regional Co-operationAssociation of Anaesthetists (SAARC-AA), Bangalore on 27.08.11. Dr. S. Selvasundari, Prof & Head, Dept. of Opthalmology, chaired a session in “Community Ophthalmology” at the 59th Annual TNOA conference at Tirunelveli on 07.08.11.

Dr. Venkatesh C. Asst. Prof, Dept. of Paediatrics attended the WHO informal consultation on “Implementation of National Drug formulary for Children” organized by Department of Paediatrics and Pharmacology, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry on 22.07.11. Dr. Srirangaraj S, Asst. Prof, Dept. of Microbiology, attended the CME on Ocular infections 2011, organized by the Dept. of Microbiology, Aravind eye hospital, Madurai, as a part of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists – Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Chapter meet on 23.07.11.

Dr. Sendhil Coumary A, Assoc. Prof, attended a workshop on 05.08.11 on ‘Cesarean section and vaginal hysterectomy’, held at Dakshin South Pole 2011, Hotel Singer, Kanyakumari. Dr. Chhavi N. Asst. Prof, Dr. Gunasekaran D, Prof, Dept. of Paediatrics, Dr.Soundararajan P, Prof & Head, Dept. of Paediatrics, attended a symposium on “Hepatitis B: resolving the dilemma” held at JIPMER on 06.08.11. Dr. Sendhil Coumary A, Assoc. Prof, Dr. Sunita Samal Asst. Prof & Dr. Lopamudra, Asst. Prof, attended the conference, Dakshin South Pole 2011 between 06.08.11 &07.08.11, held at Hotel Singer, Kanyakumari. All the faculty of Dept. of Surgery actively participated in the 35th Annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry chapter, held between 11.08.11 & 14.08.11 at Pondicherry. Prof. Robinson Smile, Prof. N. Ananthakrishnan, Prof. Tirou Aroul and Dr. R. Kannan were part of the organizing committee. Dr.Paulraj, Prof & Head, Dr.P.Karthikeyan, Prof, Dr.V.Nirmal Coumare, Assoc. Prof, Dr.R.Valli, Asst. Prof, Dr.M.Nirmal, Dr.K.Priya, Asst. Prof, Dept. of ENT, attended the CME organised by Assosciation of Otolaryngologist of India – Puducherry Branch, at Pondicherry on 26.08.11. Dr. S. Selvasundari, Prof & Head, Dept. of Opthalmology, attended the Pondicherry Ophthalmic

Association meeting, held on 04.09.11 at Sunway GRT. Dr. T Sivashanmugam, Assoc. Prof, Dept. of Anaesthesiology, and Dr Dewan Roshan Singh, Asst. Prof, Dept. of Anaesthesiology, attended the “International conference on Interventional Pain Management” at Chettinad Health City, Chennai organized by World Institute of Pain between 08.09.11 & 11.09.11. Dr.Dhananjay S.Kotasthane, Prof & Head, Dept. of Pathology, Dr. Rajendra Dhaka, Prof, Dr.Mangala G, Asst Prof, Dr.Zeenat Patvegar, Asst. Prof, Dr.Prakash V Jadhav, Asst Prof attended 24th Annual National Conference of Indian Society of Atherosclerosis Research and International CME on Atherosclerosis conducted at JIPMER, Pondicherry between 24.09.11 & 25.09.11. Dr.Saha.S, Professor, Dept of Biochemistry attended International Conference on “Atherosclerosis” at JIPMER between 24.09.11 and 25.09.11 Miscellany Dr. Srirangaraj S, Asst. Prof, Dept. of Microbiology, has been elected as an executive member of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists – Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry Chapter for a period of 3 years from July 2011 to July 2014.

Scholars In The Making PG Students News Dr.John Mathew, Dr. Jigar Patel and Dr.D.S.Sujith Postgraduate student, Dept. of Surgery, presented papers on ‘Delayed presentation of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia’, ‘An unusual case of Perianal abscess’ and ‘Unusual foreign body in the Urethra’ respectively in the 35th Annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry chapter, held between11.08.11 & 12.08.11, at Pondicherry. Dr. John Mathew, Postgraduate student, Dept. of Surgery, presented a paper on ‘Appendicular Fistula - Unusual presentations’ in the 35th

Dr. Seetesh Ghose, Prof & Head, Dept of OBG , Dr. Sunita Samal, Asst. Prof & Dr.Pallavee, Asst. Prof, Dept of OG, attended PROGRESS in Obs & Gyn 2011, between 29.07.11 & 31.07.11, held at Anna Centenary Auditorium at Chennai.

Dr. Robinson Smile, Prof & Head, Dept. of Surgery, moderated 2 CME sessions in the 35th Annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry chapter held between 11.08.11 & 14.08.11 at Pondicherry. Prof. T.Tirou Aroul, Prof, Dept. of Surgery, moderated a CME session in the 35th Annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry chapter held between 11.08.11 & 14.08.11 at Pondicherry.

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Prof. K.Surendra Menon, HOD, Department of Pulmonary Medicine was the chairperson for the Pondicherry Chest Society meeting on ‘Sarcoidosis’ on 14.08.11.

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preconference CME on Genital tract and conference KCIAPM-2011 at Sri Devaraj Urs Medical college, Kolar, Karnataka and presented posters entitled “Mucormycosis in hard palate-a case report”, “Benign cystic mesenchymal hamartoma of liver-a rare case report”, “Primary fallopian tubal carcinoma-a case report” and “Myoepithelioma of parotid gland-a case report” respectively from 09.09.11 to11.09.11 Dr. Vikram Chellakumar, Final year M.S. Postgraduate student, Dept. of Opthalmology, presented a free paper titled “A case series of Ocular Tuberculosis” at the 59th Annual TNOA conference on 07.08.11. Dr.Prabhu, Dr.Mukka Indranil, and Dr.Manoj Kumar, Post graduate students, Dept. of Orthopaedics, participated in the Poster presentation titled “Discoid Meniscus”, “Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis of the Elbow in 28 yr Old Female” and “Giant cell tumor of extensor tendon sheath of Rt index finger in 28 yr old male” respectively, at OASIS in Hyderabad between 27.08.11 and 28.08.11 Dr.Aditya kapoor and Dr.Krupa Ganesh, Post graduate students, Dept. of Orthopaedics, participated in the Paper presentation titled “Comparison Of Hamstring Versus Bone Patellar Bone Tendon Arthroscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction” and “Functional outcome of MIPPO in proximal and distal Tibial fractures” respectively at OASIS in Hyderabad between 27.08.11 and 28.08.11 Dr. J. Venkatesaprasanna & Dr. R. Udhayabanu, Post Graduate students, Dept. of Forensic Medicine, attended and presented posters titled “Drive safe to happy life” & “Negligence” respectively at SIMLA-2011 conference

organized by South India Medico-legal Association held at Calicut between 02.09.11 & 04.09.11. Dr. Deepa, Dr. Tanvir, Dr. Nishchintha and Dr. Aarthy, Post graduate students, Dept. of OBGY, attended a preliminary quiz program conducted on High Risk Pregnancy, held at Trichy in the month of June. Dr. Vikram Chellakumar, Dr. Avonuo Keditsu, Dr. M. Divya & Dr. Vathsalya, M.S. Postgraduate students, Dept. of Opthalmology, attended a CME on “Emerging concepts in the diagnosis of glaucoma” organized by Aravind Eye hospital at Le Pondy on 07.07.11. Dr. Vikram Chellakumar, Dr. Avonuo Keditsu, & Dr. M. Divya, M.S. Postgraduate students, Dept. of Opthalmology, attended the Intraocular Implant & Refractive society convention held at Chennai between 09.07.11 & 10.07.11. Dr. John Mathew, Dr. Brahadeeshwaran, Post Graduate students, Dept. of Surgery, attended the Hind Gut Workshop held at Life Line Group of Hospitals, Perungudi, Chennai between 23.07.11 & 24.07.11. Dr. Rasika and Dr. Rupal, Post graduate students, Dept. of OBGY, attended ‘Progress in obs & gyn 2011’ held at Anna Centenary Auditorium, Chennai from 29.07.11 to 31.07.11. Dr.Aditya kapoor, Dr.Murali, Dr.Lionil, Dr.Manoj Kumar , Dr.Indranil Mukka, Post graduate students, Dept. of Orthopaedics, attended two day postgraduate training course at Calicut Medical College, Kerala between 30.07.11 and 31.07.11. Dr. Asha, Post graduate student, Dept. of OBGY, attended the workshop on 05.08.11 on Cesarean section and vaginal hysterectomy at Dakshin South Pole 2011, Hotel Singer, Kanyakumari. Dr.A.Ganesh Bala, Post Graduate student, Dept. of ENT, attended 14th International Conference & Symposium on Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Organised by KKR ENT Institute, Chennai between 05.08.11 and 07.08.11. Dr. Vikram Chellakumar, Dr. Avonuo Keditsu, & Dr. M. Divya, M.S. Postgraduate students, Dept. of Opthalmology, attended the 59th Annual conference of TNOA at Tirunelveli between 05.08.11 to 07.08.11. Dr. Asha and Dr. Deepa, Post graduate students, Dept. of OBGY, attended the conference Dakshin South Pole 2011 between 06.08.11 &07.08.11, held at Hotel Singer, Kanyakumari. They participated in the quiz conducted on “High risk pregnancy” and won 3rd place. Dr. Asha, Dr. Deepa and Dr. Tanvir, Post graduate students, Dept. of OBGY, attended FOCUS All India PG Training program 2011, held at Trissur from 22.08.11 to 26.08.11. Dr.A.Ganesh Bala, Dr.Deepthi, Dr.Raj Tilak, Dr.Neelima, Postgraduate students, Dept. of ENT, MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

attended the CME organised by Assosciation of Otolaryngologist of India – Puducherry Branch at Pondicherry on 26.08.11. Dr. Vikram Chellakumar, & Dr. M. Divya, M.S. Postgraduate students, Dept. of Opthalmology, attended the “Oculoplasticon 2011” organized by Rajan Eye hospital on 27.08.11. Dr. Vikram Chellakumar, Dr. Avonuo Keditsu, & Dr. Vathsalya, M.S. Postgraduate students, Dept. of Opthalmology, attended a CME program on “Pearls in Trabeculectomy” organized by the Pondicherry Ophthalmic Association 04.09.11. Dr.Reeta R, Miss.Mohanavalli, Post graduate students, attended International Conference on “Atherosclerosis” at JIPMER between 24.09.11 and 25.09.11 Interns and UG Students News Phi-Sci Anniversary Quiz Competition The 2nd Phi Sci anniversary Pharmacology quiz for undergraduates and interns was held on 09.09.11. A total of 17 teams participated in the preliminary rounds. Dr. Kingshuk Lahon, Assoc. Prof. in Pharmacology was the Quizmaster. After a keen contest, the team of Nadarajan, Suyash and Aarthi were declared the winners. The II &III places went to the Intern teams of Bhuvanesh, Sujithaa and Deepak Kumar and Aarthi, Amritha and Gomathipriya respectively. The overall winner of the Phi Sci Wall Journal Quiz for the year 2010-11 went to Savitha S, 7th Sem, MBBS.

Priyan Voltaire and Norton Stephen, Final year MBBS students, secured the 1st place and were selected to represent our college at the zonal round at Vellore. UG Medal Exam: A Pioneer Effort The Department of General Medicine conducted a ‘Gold medal exam’ for final year under graduate students to commemorate the decade long academic journey of MGMC&RI. The event had two stage examinations. First stage was MCQ exam, in which 50 final year students participated, out of that based on the performance in that exam 5 candidates were selected for the clinical exam. For clinical exam the examiners were Dr. S. Somasundaram, Prof & Head, Dr.K.Ragavan, Prof., Dr.S.Ragupathy, Prof., Dept. of Medicine, MGMC&RI, Puducherry and Dr.T.Venkatakrishnan, HOD(Retd), Dept. of Medicine, Stanley Medical College, Chennai. From the pool of 30 cases, 4 were selected by the external examiners on the day of exam randomly. All the candidates examined all the 4 cases and all were examined for their clinical and practical skills. Even after 8 hours of examination, the end result was a tie and only after a ‘super case’ the winner was selected. The winner, J.Nadarajan was awarded the

Mini Lecture competition for UGs A mini lecture competition for UGs was organized to commemorate Teacher’s Day wherein UG students delivered a lecture on selected topics in Pharmacology to a class of UG students to inculcate in them the joys and challenges of teaching. Pondicherry State Intercollegiate Pharmacology Quiz The Pondicherry State Pharmacology Quiz for undergraduates and interns was held on 10.09.11. The 1 placed team from the intra-collegiate quiz represented MGMCRI in the Inter-collegiate Pondicherry State Pharmacology Quiz on the following day. A total of six teams from PIMS, Venkateshwara Medical College, AVMC, Manakula Vinayagar and VMMC, Karikal participated in the competition. Dr. Padmavathi S, Asst. Prof, Dept. of Pharmacology, was the Quizmaster. After a hard fought contest, the team from PIMS was declared the winner. The 2nd and 3rd places went to the teams from Manakula Vinayagar and Venkateshwara Medical Colleges respectively. IAP Undergraduate quiz competition The Institute round of IAP Undergraduate quiz competition was held at MGMC & RI on 22.07.11. MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

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GOLD MEDAL for the best student in Medicine by the Chief Guest Dr.D.R.Gunasekaran, Vice Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidhyapeeth University at the CME on ‘Gestational Medicine’ conducted on 23.9.11. Four other candidates A. Agila, Suyash Sharma, Shobana Aarthi and Prem Kumar were awarded with gifts on the same day by the Dean & Medical Superintendent of MGMC&RI. The efforts taken to conduct the exam were appreciated by students and examiners terming it a new experience. With support from Vice Chancellor & HOD of Medicine this exam has henceforth is planned to be a yearly event in the Dept. of Medicine, MGMCRI, Puducherry.

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The Eleventh Plan approach paper correctly notes that rural health care in most states in India is marked by absenteeism of doctors/ health providers, low levels of skills, shortage of medicines, inadequate supervision/monitoring and callous attitudes. There are neither rewards for service providers, nor punishments to defaulters. As a result, health outcomes in India are worse than neighboring countries like Sri Lanka and Southeast Asian countries like China and Vietnam. The failure of the health system is leading to a visible decline in outcomes. Immunization rates in India were already low by international comparisons, worse than even those for countries like Bangladesh and Cambodia. A recent report shows that immunization of children in India declined sharply from an already low 52% in 1998-99 to 44.6% in 2002-03. The two rounds of household surveys on the state of maternal and child health care, conducted by the Reproductive and Child Health Programme of the World Bank, show serious failures in public health services in India. Out of 274 districts, child immunization declined in 197 districts. Routine polio, DPT and measles vaccination declined in 191, 199 and 153 districts, respectively. The data on antenatal care and assisted deliveries is appalling. Though the proportion of deliveries assisted by health workers went up from 39.6% in 1998-99 to 47.5% in 2002-03, the percentage of women delivering in public health facilities declined from 24% to 18.5%. The increase took place in deliveries in the private sector, where they rose steeply from 9.4% to 21.5%. Ironically, women in â&#x20AC;&#x153;better placed statesâ&#x20AC;?, which presumably have better access to public health facilities, are using these less. In Andhra Pradesh, the percentage of women delivering in public institutions declined by 9.8%, in Kerala by 28.9%, in Karnataka by 10.2%, in Maharashtra by 9.1% and in Tamil Nadu by 15.3%. Further, the number of women who received post-natal care by public health workers through home visits within two weeks of delivery also declined from 14.1% to 12.7%. Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, since the year of inception is providing tireless, dedicated, honest and wholesome health care services to the mankind both inside the hospital wards and outside the hospital in the community/ rural areas in and around Puducherry. The health care providers in the community used to be mainly learned Professors of various specialist departments in coordination with the department of Community Medicine, junior faculty members, post-Graduate students and several paramedical workers on and off the scenes. The Community health care services are mainly provided through free health camps organized

by the department of Community Medicine of MGMC&RI in and around Puducherry. The frequency of the camps ranges from 2 to 5 camps per month depending upon the community need assessment, opportunity and scope for a particular month. MGMC&RI and the Department of Community Medicine is very proud to state that hundreds of such health camps were organized since inception and thousands of common and rural people, usually unreached, got benefitted not only by free health check-up and consultation but also with provision of free medications, Lab. Investigations and referral services according to the need. Adding much to the credit points is the introduction of the TELEMEDICINE VAN since March 2011. The specialized van is taken to each and every camp site of outreach services to provide immediate emergency super-specialty care through video conferencing and other means of Telemedicine links. Health Camps For the months of July to September 2011 the Department of Community Medicine has organized total 9 (nine) health camps. The details of each camp are as follows: On dated 05/07/2011 a free medical camp was organized by the Department of Community Medicine in coordination with various other specialty department, viz. Medicine, Surgery, OBGY, Paediatrics, ENT, Ophthalmology, in Villiannur, Pondicherry. Dr.Sudarshan. B.P. was the coordinator of the camp from the dept. of Community Medicine. Around 340 people were the beneficiaries and 56 of them were referred to MGMC&RI for further investigation and treatment A camp was held on 12/07/2011 at Vadakattu, Neyveli. The camp was organized by the department of Community Medicine in coordination with several specialty departments. Dr.Prabakaran. M. was the coordinator for overall activities of the camp. 549 local people were benefited and 82 patients among them were referred to MGMCRI for further evaluations and needful. On 19.07.2011 another multispecialty health camp was organized by the dept. of Community Medicine in coordination with the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, OBGY, Paediatrics, DVL, ENT, Ophthalmology and Orthopaedics. Dr.Prabakaran.M was the coordinator from the Dept. of Community Medicine. 183 patients were the beneficiaries and around 22 patients were referred to various departments of MGMCRI for further specialized treatment. MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

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Yet another multispecialty health camp was organized on 27.07.2011 at Solainagar, Muthialpet, Pondicherry. Dr.Raghunath, PG, from the Department of Community Medicine was appointed to look after the activities of the camp. 173 people were the beneficiaries and 26 patients out of them were referred to various specialty departments of MGMC&RI for further investigation and required treatment. On the 31.07.11, the Sahodaran group, an organisation for the transgender people, had organised a health camp for the transgender people at Puducherry , which was followed by a unique cultural programme by them. Dr. P.Asritha and Dr.S.Anitta, PG students of Dermatology Department, had attended to the patients with dermatology problems. Later the entire department turned up for the cultural program, which was inaugurated by Dr. S. Ambujam, HOD-DVL, who also spoke about their health issues and emphasised on the utilisation of special treatment exclusively offered to them by the Institute. It was a wonderful experience as we were able to see the immense talents of the transgender people. On 05.08.11 a camp was organized by the Department of Community Medicine in coordination with the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, OBGY, Paediatrics, ENT, Ophthalmology, DVL, Orthopaedics, etc. at Neyveli, Tamilnadu. Dr.Kanagarajan.P was appointed to look after the camp’s onsite activities and 270 people got benefited in terms of consultation and treatment of minor ailment. 30 patients among them were referred to various specialty and superspecialty Department of MGMC&RI for further evaluation and treatment. On 24.08.2011 at Mullainagar, Pondicherry, yet another multispecialty health camp was organized by the Department of Community Medicine where around 141 local community people got benefited in terms of free consultation, treatment and health education. And 18 patients among them were referred to various departments of MGMC&RI for further investigation and treatment. Dr.Rajkumar, PG, Community Medicine was appointed to look after the camp’s overall activities. On 28.08.11, the Dept. of DVL had conducted a special camp for the children of APRES school, a special school catering to the tsunami afflicted orphans and children from very poor families. Dr. P. Asritha, Dr. Neenu.S and Dr. Nitin, PG students of Dermatology Department, had attended to over 85 children and screened them diligently irrespective of the presence or absence of symptoms. Certain diseases including leprosy, which neither the caretakers nor the children were aware of, were picked up and appropriate

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distribution of free medications was carried out. They also went around the school premises and gave valuable tips to the faculty on maintenance of cleanliness as a part of preventive dermatology. The first free medical camp for the month of September was conducted on 09.09.2011 at Koravallimedu, Bahour Commune, Pondicherry. Dr.Kanagarajan.P, was appointed from the Department of Community Medicine to look after the overall activities of the camp. The camp was organized in coordination with various specialty departments and around 383 local community people were the beneficiaries. 42 patients among them were referred to various departments of MGMC&RI for further treatment. In Kurinji Nagar, Pondicherry, on 13.09.2011 another free health camp was organized by the Department of Community Medicine in coordination with various specialty departments like G. Medicine, G. Surgery, OBGY, Paediatrics, ENT, Ophthalmology, DVL, Orthopaedics etc. about 201 local people got benefited in the form of free consultation, minor investigations, treatment and health education. And 19 patients out of the 201 were referred to various specialty and super-specialty department for further evaluation and management. Dr.Raghunath, PG, Community Medicine was the responsible person to look after the overall activities of the camp onsite. On 21.09.2011 another multispecialty free health camp was organized by the Department of Community Medicine in coordination with various departments of MGMC&RI at R.K.Nagar, Ariyankuppam, Pondicherry. Dr.Prasad, PG, Community Medicine, was appointed to look after the activities of the camp. Around 112 local people got benefited and 13 of them were referred to various department of MGMCRI for further evaluation and treatment in hospital. Activities In The Health Centres The Department of Community Medicine of MGMC&RI has got two actively functioning health and training centers attached with since the beginning, namely Rural Health and Training Centre (RHTC), Seliamedu and Urban Health and Training Centre (UHTC), Ariyankuppam. These centres not only provide curative cares to the patients but promotive and preventive cares are also provided by the permanently posted medical officers and the post graduate students of the Department of Community Medicine. The centers function from 8.30am to 4.00pm every week days, except on Saturdays up to 2.00pm. The activities in the centers are well monitored by the HOD, Community Medicine, as well as by the in-charge Assistant Professors for each center from MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

the Department of Community Medicine. All the activities taking place in both the centers are well documented in various well-maintained registers and are reproduced to the institution as and when required. The Program on “Advantages of Breast feeding” was conducted in the rural health center, Seliamedu. Most of the lactating mothers and pregnant women from Seliamedu & adjoining villages participated in it. Dr. Sharada M. P. Head of the Department inaugurated the programme on the morning of 09.09.2011 and gave the welcome address to the mothers. Dr. E. Raghunatha 2nd yr post graduate from the Department of Community Medicine gave a talk about the “Advantages of Breast feeding to the infants & mothers”. Dr. Lokeshwari , Intern, discussed about some “Common problems faced by the lactating mothers during breast feeding”. Miss Deepa (ANM) taught the participants about “Feeding techniques and positioning the baby while feeding”. At the end of the program Questionnaires were distributed about breast feeding & the participants were asked to fill them, & those who had done well were selected and prizes were distributed. The Program on Diabetes screening was also held at Seliamedu rural health center on the 08.09.11 & 09.09.11. Dr. Sharada M. P. inaugurated the program & gave a brief introduction. Dr. P. Vaithiyanathan, 2nd yr post graduate from the Department of Community Medicine gave a talk on the risk factors and complications of diabetes and organized the camp. About 68 patients of >40 yrs of age participated & 5 new cases were detected & counseled . The centers not only provide free Out Patient (O.P.) services with preliminary investigations and treatment to the patients but also provide health

educations and health promotional guidance, as per schedule, under the supervision of the medical officer and PG students, as directed by the Department of Community Medicine on regular basis. The O.P. census for the month of July, 2011, in RHTC was 1250 (with 613 new + 637 old) cases UHTC it was 1360 (with 481 new + 879 old) cases. For the month of August, 2011, the O.P. census in RHTC was1267 (with 651 new + 616 old) cases and in UHTC it was 1364 (with 493 new + 871 old) cases. The O.P. census for the month of September, 2011, in RHTC was 1198( With 192 new + 606 old) UHTC it was1519 ( 581 new + 938 old ) Besides the O.P. services, on every Thursdays a session of health education were done in the UHTC, Ariyankuppam, for all those who come in the centre (patients and patients’ care takers). Similarly on every Wednesday health educational sessions are organized in the RHTC, Seliamedu, as a part of Health Promotion, Health Education and Behavioral change program to be disseminated in the community. The local community people use to get benefited in various aspects like general health and hygiene, oral hygiene, water borne diseases, vector borne diseases, other communicable diseases and their preventions, Non-communicable diseases like Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension and Cancer, information and importance of Family Planning, Diet and Nutrition, Waste disposal etc. All the faculty, doctors and staff of the Department of Community Medicine take the pride of being associated with MGMC&RI and providing these noble services to the humanity in the field practicing areas of MGMC&RI specially the rural, unreached and mostly illiterate community.

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The team from Glasgow University visited the library on 08.09.2011 and was very much impressed by the organizational set up of the library. The Library has designed a separated web exclusively for the Central Library. The Library also brought out a brochure and a hand out, high lighting the salient features of the Central Library for the information of one and all.

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Activities of Medical Education Unit (MEU)

MEU Organized a BASIC LIFE SUPPORT training by the TACT- The Academy for Clinical Training, for 3rd Semester students between 16.08.11 and 17.08.11 Dr.Karthika Jayakumar, Professor And Head , Department of Microbiology gave a talk titled “MENTORSHIP” on 30.08.11. Prof.T.R.Gopalan,, the Dean of SSSMC&RI,, gave an Interactive lecture cum workshop titled “Role of the Teachers & Taxonomy of Learning“ on 05.09.11 Prof.T.R.Gopalan, the Dean of SSSMC&RI gave a talk entitled “ASSESSMENT” on 19.09.11.

Conduction of CME

The Department of OBGY conducted two I M.B.B.S - Inaugural Function The Inaugural Function of the I MBBS 2011-2012 Batch of Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute was celebrated on 12th August 2011 at the College Auditorium.

Commemorations

Department of community medicine organized a “BREAST FEEDING WEEK” celebration at rural health and training centre, Sembakkam on 5.08.11 and at Urban Health And Training Centre, Thiruporur on 10.08.11. CME titled “Infertility” on 11.07.11 and Cervix” on 09.08.11 respectively.

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Dr.D.S.Sheriff , Professor and Head , Department of Biochemistry published a chapter in a Text Book entitled “Role of Adipocyte in Development of Type 2 Diabetes” Edited by C. Croniger of Intech Publishers, Austria on Non alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Dr Swayam Jothi , Professor and Head, & Mr. Hemanth Kumar K , Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy attended 10th APSA conference between 30.07.11 and 31.07.11 at Hyderabad and presented the two papers entitled “Embalmed Cadavers –Are they Infective?” and “Lymph Adenitis of Mesentry & Posterior abdominal wall- A case Report” respectively. Mr.Glad Mohesh, Asst Prof, Department of Physiology presented a poster on “Vascular Stiffness in dipping tobacco Users – a Pulse wave analysis” at the 24th National Annual Conference of Indian Society for Atherosclerosis Research, ISARCON 2011, held on 24.09.11 at JIPMER, Puducherry. P . Surya , Tutor in Microbiology presented a paper titled, “Vascular Access Related Infections Among Hemodialysis Patients “ in IAMM- Tamilnadu & Pondicherry Chapter Meet on 23.07.11. Dr Swayam Jothi, Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy attended the CME program on “Facial spaces of Head & Neck and its Clinical Implications” in the Department of Anatomy at Chettinad Hospital & Research institute on 16.07.11. Dr.Sundaramoorthy, Professor of Chest Medicine, participated in the IVth South Zone PG CME at SRMC, Chennai between 02.07.11 and 03.07.11

Dr.D.S.Sheriff , appointed as Professor And Head , Department of Biochemistry, was given the responsibility of co-ordinating the Medical Society of the college. In this quarterly of the year he gave the Annual scenario of the previous year of the Medical Society Activities in the form of a Quiz which was attended and enjoyed by the members of the Society.

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Scientific Publications / Paper Presentations Carounanidy Usha. The teacher;Guest editorial. Streamdent Mar2011;2:1:3 Dr. Vijayalakshmi K, Principal, IGIDS attended ‘Advanced course on Micro Implants’ held at Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai between 08.07.11 & 09.07.11. Dr. Carounanidy Usha, Professor & Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontia delivered a guest lecture on ‘Remineralization – The emperor of all therapies in dental caries’ at Recapitulation – III, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College & Hospital, Chennai on 23.07.2011.

Dr. Srinivasan, Reader, Dept. of Prosthodontics and Dr. Geena Mary, Tutor, Dept. of Conservative dentistry & Endodontics on 26.08.11. T h e Scientific and A c a d e m i c Forum, IGIDS conducted an in house program on 13.09.11 for the clinical students. Dr. Vishwanath, Prof & Head, Dept. of Oral Medicine, gave a guest lecture on ‘Diagnostic CT Imaging’.

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Dr. Carounanidy Usha, Professor & Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontia was invited as an External member of ethical committee board at SRM Dental College and Hospital, Chennai between 25.04.2011 and 06.05.2011.

Participation In Academic/ Scientific Events

Dr. M.S. Saravana Kumar, Reader, Department of Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry, recieved ‘Diploma in Diode Laser Dentistry’ from Indian Academy of Laser Dentistry held in three modules at the Pradhan Dental Centre between 2011-2012. Dr. M.S. Saravana Kumar, Reader, Department of Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry, presented a paper titled ‘Lasers in Pediatric Dentistry’ at 5th International IALD Conference held at Goa between 16.09.11 and 18.09.11.

Academic Activities

Didactic course on various casting procedures and the ceramic procedures was effectively conducted for the Interns by Mr. Georgin at ‘Bio 1 Dental Lab’, Puducherry, owned by him. The lab visit of the interns was accompanied by

Miss. Parimala Sundari, Intern, presented a paper on ‘Efficiency of Phase I therapy for Gingivitis’ from Dept. of Periodontics and Miss. Lismy Jose, Intern, presented a paper titled, ‘Satisfaction and perception toward dental treatment rendered by dental students among patients attending Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth from Dept. of Public Health Dentistry. Campaigns & Commemorations Department of Public Health Dentistry, has organized a program on 01.08.11 & 02.08.11, to mark ‘Oral Hygiene day’. The program title “Oral Hygiene Awareness for General Public, Doctors and Students” was conducted at Medical record department, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital. The program was inaugurated by Medical Superintendent of MGMC&RI on 01.08.11. The Salient features of the program are best oral hygiene competition using disclosing solution, free oral health check up, Video demonstrations on brushing technique, oral hygiene maintenance and display of model and chart on oral hygiene maintenance. In this program 300 general MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

hygiene and health maintenance with help of Models, Flipcharts and Posters. The education was given by the interns in the department. For teacher of that school an oral health education book titled “Oral health is a Gate way to general health” was given by M.Senthil, Reader in the department. In this program about 70 teachers participated

Commendation public and 50 doctors participated. The news was covered in Hindu and Dinamani papers.

Outreach Services

The Department of Public Health Dentistry organized a comprehensive school oral health education program, at Krishnaswamy Matriculation School and Krishnaswamy school of Excellence, Cuddalore between 18.08.11 & 19.08.11. In this program 1200 school children were examined for various oral disease and conditions, “Blanket referral” was given to all the children who needs the dental treatment. Every class was educated about oral

FACULTY Dr.G.Sitra Dr.V.Shanthi Dr.Vandana.S Dr.Sanguida.A Dr.Sumathi.M.K Dr.Balaji.N Dr.Sidharth Shankar Dr.Shiva Manjunath Dr.T.Saravanakumar Dr.Suresh Kumar.G Dr.Viswanath Rangdhol Dr.Baswaraj Biradar Dr.Chandra Sekar.C Dr.G.S.Prathima Dr.A.Dany Dr.Sreedevi.M Dr.Prapulla Devi Dr.N.Gayathri Dr.Saravanakumar.M.S Dr.Suneel Kumar Chinni Dr.V.Yuvaraj Dr.Varsha Murthy.J Dr.A.Madhan Mohan

Dr.Suresh V, Reader, Dept. of Oral & maxillofacial surgery, received the commendation for the year 2010-2011 on 15.08.11.

Appointments & Promotions

DESIGNATION Lecturer (Oral Medicine) Lecturer (Oral Pathology) Lecturer (Oral Medicine) Lecturer (Pedodontics) Reader(Oral Pathology) Reader(Oral Pathology) Reader (Periodontics) Professor (Periodontics) Reader (Orthodontics) Lecturer (Oral surgery) Professor (Oral Medicine) Professor (Prosthodontics) Professor (Endodontics) Professor (Pedodontics) Reader (Oral Medicine) Reader (Periodontics) Reader(Periodontics) Reader(Endodontics) Reader (Pedodontics) Reader(Endodontics) Reader(Oral surgery) Reader(Prosthodontics) Lecturer (Orthodontics)

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Dr.C.Ramesh (Reader), Dept. of Oral & maxillofacial surgery has been promoted as Professor with effect from 07.07.11. The chronicle accords a warm welcome to the newly joined and congratulates the faculty on its promotion. MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

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Participation in Academic /Scientific Events Ms Sumathy P, Prof., Ms Rajeswari S, Ms Geetha C, Asso Professors and Ms Joy John , Tutor , Department of Child Health Nursing, attended a Continuing Nursing Education programme hosted by Sabari College of Nursing on the theme “Know Your Preschoolers” on 29.08.2011. Ms Annie Annal, Prof., Ms Lavanya S, Ms Sumathy S, Lecturers, Ms Deepa J, Senior Tutor,Department of OBG Nursing, Ms KripaAngeline A, AssoProf ,MsGeetha R, Ms Kalaiselvi A, Lecturers ,Department of Medical and Surgical Nursing, Ms Geetha C , Asso Prof, Department of Child Health Nursing, Ms. Elavarasi, Lecturer, Department of Community Health Nursing participated in the Continuing Medical Education on “Gestational Medicine” organized by the Department of Medicine on 26.09.2011.

Campaigns and commemorations World breast feeding week The Department of Child Health Nursing celebrated “World Breast Feeding Week” between 01.08.2011-05.08.2011. Various programs like puppet show, mime, essay and poster competitions were organized based on the theme “Talk to MeBreastfeeding A 3D Experience”. A short film entitled “Thottil Thavippu” was directed, enacted and screened by the 7th semester students of KGNC. It was a bold venture which is highly commendable! The Department of Pediatrics along with Scientific and Academic Forum, MGMCRI organized a program on the final day wherein the winners of the poster and essay competitions were awarded prizes. These programs imparted knowledge to the antenatal and postnatal mothers and it was well - received by the public.

Nutrition week In commemoration of “Nutrition Week” various events like cookery competition, essay competition, poster competition, quiz and extempore were organized from 01.09.2011 to 07.09.2011 on the theme, “Eat with Colours”. Students keenly participated in these competitions. World Alzheimer’s Day The Department of Mental Health Nursing, in commemoration of “World Alzheimer’s Day”, organized a variety of programmes like role play, poster and quiz competitions. The 2nd year post basic B.Sc Nursing students enacted the various faces of dementia in a realistic manner. A documentary movie on dementia was also screened. The 2nd year M.sc Nursing students presented on the theme which was very informative.

On 29.07.2011 Mr Gopal Pillai , Chairman of “Mother Trust”- an organization for the welfare of mentally ill, delivered a lecture on “Alcoholism Is A Disease”; Ms Ayee, Lecturer,Vinayaka Mission College of Nursing, presented on “Adjustment and Depression of the 3rd Gender” ; Ms Kalaivani ,Lecturer , Sabari College of Nursing ,presented on “Psycho Physical Therapy”;Ms Gerald Roselin, Tutor, KGNC gave a talk on “Eating Disorders”; Dr Jeya Mohan Das, Industrial Medical Officer, NLC, presented a lecture on“Occupational Hazards”, on 26.08.2011. Ms Rajalakshmi, Asst Lecturer, Department of Community Health Nursing, gave a talk on “pneumoconiosis”.

Commendation

Ms Sumathy P, Professor, Department of Child Health Nursing ,Ms Kripa Angeline A, Asso Professor, Department of Medical and Surgical Nursing, Ms Kavitha R R , Lecturer , Department of Mental Health Nursing received a certificate of Commendation on 15.08.2011 from our respected vice- chancellor, in appreciation of their distinguished services. Our heartiest wishes to the recipients!

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Scientific and Academic Forum The Scientific and Academic Forum of KGNC organized guest lectures during the 3rd quarter of 2011. MGMCRI u SSSMCRI u IGIDS u KGNC

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