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OCTOBER 17, 2016

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ Galatians 6:2

INTERNATIONAL CONSULTATION 2016 "Striving for Excellence in all Spheres"

Dr. Fr. Thomas C. Mathew Dr. Ardith Z. Doorenbos

Dr. V.I. Mathan Dr. John C. Oommen

Dr. Anindya Dutta


he 5 th International Consultation 2016 was held from 2 nd to 6 th October, 2016 at the Scudder Auditorium and Examination Hall. The theme for this Consultation was “Striving for Excellence in all Spheres” and was well attended by national and international experts and CMC faculty, staff and students.

On the first day, the Consultation began with the theme Theology-Vision-MissionEthics. The morning began with a time of devotion on “Advancing the Kingdom of God” by Mr. Paul Balasundaram, associated with the organisation Starfish, India, a powerful message which set the pace for the Consultation.

As a run up for this Consultation, over 20 groups introspected and analysed CMC’s position in various spheres and planned trajectories, which were discussed within the institution, with the administration and at the Consultation Circles with additional input from external experts.

This was followed by meaningful keynote addresses on the “Theology of the Cross” by Dr. Arul Anketell from Srilanka, associated with Healthcare Christian Fellowship (HCF), “Revisiting the Vision and Mission” by Dr. Kuruvilla Varkey, “Witness” by Dr. Vinod Shah, and “Christian Ethics in Healing Process” by Dr. Joshua Kalapati from Madras Christian College (MCC). This was followed by presentations, group discussions and a plenary session chaired by Dr. Samuel Chittaranjan and Dr. Joyce Ponnaiya. The first day ended with a Chapel Service where the message was delivered by Dr. M.C. Mathew, Chairman, CMC Vellore Association, followed by a Sound and Light Show at the Sunken Garden, organised by Dr. Sanjeeth Peter and team.

Group discussions in session

On the 2nd day, the devotion was led by Rev. Dr. T. Arul Dhas based on the theme Education. Keynote addresses by Dr. R.W. Alexander Jesudason, Principal and Secretary of MCC, on “Indian Christian Colleges – Their Mission and Role,” followed by “Challenges and Opportunities in Health Professional Education” by Dr. Abraham Joseph, former Director of Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research, Dimapur, were delivered. This was followed by presentations and discussions on Education at the Medical College. The plenary on this was chaired by Dr. George Mathew. Continued on Page 2

Morning devotion

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Dr. R.W. Alexander Jesudason


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plenary chaired by Dr. V.I. Mathan. A session on Bioethics with group discussions followed by a session on Human Resource at CMC with hall discussions and a presentation by Dr. M.J. Paul on “Work Life Balance at CMC,” followed, both of which were chaired by Dr. Prathap Tharyan. The day ended with In the evening open house session, there a Concert by Hill Song College, Australia, was a talk by Dr. V.I. Mathan, challenging and Glorious, from Bengaluru. the staff and students on their role in CMC On 4 th day, the devotion was led by entitled “To the 7th Generation.” Dr. Johnny Rev. Dr. Finney Alexander based on Oommen then addressed the gathering in a Patient Services – Quality – Legal – passionate and yet humorous talk on “Life Community Outreach – Mission after CMC!” delivered in his own distinct Outreach – Partnerships. The keynote style. The programme started with lead-in addresses, began with Dr. Daleep S. Mukarji songs and ended with an entertainment by on “Community Outreach-My Perspective,” the medical students. Dr. Abraham Mammen on Medico-legal issues pertaining to healthcare workers. This was followed by discussions on the above themes including services at CMC with presentations, at a plenary chaired by Dr. S.R. Banerjee Jesudason and Dr. Daleep Mukarji. One of the most important facets of our being is Missions and Partnerships for which the rest of the afternoon was devoted. Dr. Suranjan Bhattacharji initiated discussions based on a talk “Who is my Performances by Medical Students neighbour?” followed by Dr. Nesa Joseph On the 3 rd day, devotion was led by from Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Rev. Dr. T. Aruldhas on the theme for the St. Louis who was introduced by day - CMC as a Leader – Responding to Dr. Honorine Ward, Chair, Vellore CMC Challenges – Governance – Research – Foundation Inc., New York, and he spoke Bioethics – Human Resource. Keynote ad- on the topic “Is A Just Christian Health dresses followed, which were System in India an Ideal or Reality?” delivered by Dr. Sunil T. Chandy on This was followed by group discussions and “CMC as a Leader,” Dr. M.C. Mathew on a plenary chaired by Dr. Kuruvilla Varkey “Opportunities for CMC Vellore at its and Dr. Isaac Jebaraj. The evening Hundredth Year of Medical Education,” open-hall session started, following and Dr. Fr. Thomas C. Mathew, lead-in songs by nursing students. Vice-Chancellor of Christ University, Dr. Leah Macaden spoke on “Nurses as Bengaluru, on “Alternate Models in the Ambassadors” and Dr. Paul Balasundaram Administration of Education,” where he spoke on “Ideas have Consequences.” stressed the importance of autonomy in education. Dr. George M. Chandy then spoke on “Understanding the Times” followed by group discussions and a plenary chaired by Dr. Suranjan Bhattacharji. The focus then shifted to Research, with a keynote address by Dr. Anindya Dutta, from University of Virginia, representing Vellore CMC Foundation Inc. New York, on “The Performances by Nursing Students Direction CMC can Take” and the support the Foundation is willing to provide. This The day ended with an entertainment by the was followed by group discussions and a nursing students.

On the final day of Consultation 2016, the focus was on Other Campuses – Information Technology – Infrastructure – Safety – Finance. Rev. D.P. Joseph Devaraj led the devotion. The day’s keynote address was on “E-health in Digital India” via video-conferencing by Prof. Suptendra Nath Sarbadhikari, associated with Centre for Health Informatics, National Health Portal. This was followed by hall discussions on IT at CMC chaired by Dr. Suresh Devasahaym. Presentations on Safety, Infrastructure at CMC, Kannigapuram and Chittoor, were followed by discussions chaired by Dr. Edwin Stephen, Mr. T.S. Ravikumar, Mr. P.W.C. Davidar, IAS and Dr. M.C. Mathew for the various sessions. The afternoon commenced with a talk on “Finance-Prudence and Logic” by Mr. Collin Timms from Guardian Bank, Bengaluru, followed by a presentation on Finance at CMC, with hall discussions; the plenary was chaired by Dr. Ravi J. Korula. Consultation 2016 then came to an end with a valedictory function. Each day’s meetings opened up opportunities to pay attention to the wisdom and suggestions of external speakers, in addition to faculty, staff and students from CMC. Some of CMC’s outstanding alumni, influential wellwishers, representatives from overseas Friends of Vellore groups, leaders from the mission field and members of the Council also took part in this planning exercise. The discussions and trajectories will be presented to the special Council in October 2016, and thereafter made into strategic grids with further input, before receiving final approval by the Council in January 2017. CMC, as an institution has traditionally gone through this process of reflection, self-evaluation and strategic planning for the future. In the past, this process was held in 1980, 1991, 2002, and 2010. Since the target and action plans from the previous Consultation have mostly been met or superseded by other developments, CMC organised Consultation 2016. CMC thanks Dr. John C. Muthusami, Professor of Surgery, who willingly shouldered the entire responsibility of organising Consultation 2016 and spearheaded its success.

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There were also keynote addresses by Dr. Ardith Z. Doorenbos, from University of Washington - School of Medicine, Seattle, on the “Future of Global Nursing” followed by discussions on nursing education at the College of Nursing and a plenary chaired by Dr. Punitha Ezhilarasu and Mrs. Rosaline Jayakaran.


14 years of Community-Based Rehabilitation Programme of CMC celebrated at special fair Low Cost Effective Care Unit and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (LCECU & PMR) initiated a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programme in 2002, for people with disabilities (PWD) living in urban slums of Vellore. A group of trained CBR volunteers have been identifying, intervening and referring people with disabilities and enhancing their quality of life. An annual gathering of PWDs of urban Vellore, called CBR 'Thiruvizha' (fair) has been conducted since 2004 to strengthen the network among them. This year too, CBR volunteers organised Thiruvizha on 17th September, 2016, at the Roman Catholic Management Uthiriyamatha Middle School, Old Town, Vellore. Along with them, the Community Health and Rehabilitation Volunteers (CHARV), the alumni of Like Skills Training and Community Health workers of LCECU also shared various responsibilities in making the event a success. CBR Thiruvizha 2016 marked the 12th consecutive year of such a celebration. Dr. Raji Thomas, Professor and Head, PMR, presided at the occasion, attended by staff from the Departments of Ophthalmology, LCECU and PMR. Games and group discussions for the PWDs were the highlights of the day, followed by a cultural programme put up by them, along with children and the volunteers. A total of 150 people witnessed the programme and 71 PWDs participated in the talent show. The team hopes to reach out to more PWDs of Vellore through similar endeavours in the future.

Sports News At the Staff Hockey Tournament 2015, held on 17th September, 2016, the following were awarded prizes by the chief guests, Dr. Boopalan P.R.J.U.C, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Dr. Henry Prakash, Professor, Department of Physical Medcine & Rehabilitation: Winners: Hospital Team. Runners-up: College Team.

Congratulations! • Dr. Sreekanth. R, Associate Professor, Department of Hand Surgery, won the Bronze medal for the paper presentation titled “Effectiveness of multiple stab incision in contrast extravasation of the hand and forearm” in the National Conference of Indian Society of the Hand, held in Ranchi in September 2016.

• Ms. Ansu Sara Mani, Medical Physics Inter, Department of Radiotherapy,. won the Best Paper Award - First Prize for an oral presentation titled "Micro-MOSFET and In-water Calibrtion of HDR Ir192 Brachytherapy Source" at the 21st Annual Conference of Assocation of Medical Physicists of India (TN & PY Chapter) - 2016, held on 1st and 2nd October, 2016 at Madurai, organized by Madurai Medical College and Government Rajaji Hospital. • The following candidates were successful in the Postgraduate Higher Specialty Examination held in August 2016: M.Ch. Neurosurgery (6 years) (Part-I): Dr. Swaminathan G.; Dr. Sauradeep Sarkar and Dr. Reman Ramesh Nair. M.Ch. Neurosurgery (6 years) (Part-II): Dr. Irwin P.T.; Dr. Muralidharan V. and Dr. Sohet Gogia.

Memoranda Dr. O.C. Abraham, Professor of Medicine is appointed Head of the Department of General Medicine, with effect from October 15, 2016 till his superannuation.


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Dr. Dincy Peter C.V., Professor of Dermatology is appointed Acting Head of the Department of Dermatology, Venerology & Leprosy, with effect from October 15, 2016 till the return of Dr. Susanne Alexander Pulimood from sabbatical leave. Mr. V. Herbert Jaiwanth Kumar, Sr. Gr. Artisan Gr. I (ALC), P & O Services, began his career in CMC in 1983 and after 33 years of service, retired on 26th September, 2016. He is blessed with two children: his elder son, Mr. Franklin Jebaraj Herbert is pursuing his PhD. in Stem Cells and his Continued on Page 4 3 younger son, Mr. Samuel Jayaraj is a Marine Engineer.


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Mrs. Jayalakshmi Sekar, Sr. Gr. Nursing Auxiliary, retired on 10 October, 2016, after 38 years of service to the institution. She joined CMC in 1977, was posted in various ORs, and was later permanently posted in Orthopaedic OR. She completed the AO Instrument Technician Course at AIIMS, New Delhi in 1995 and later, AO Fellowship for Operating Room personnel in UK. She was designated to take care of orthopaedic instruments and implants, since 1995. th

Her husband, Mr. Sekar, is a retired BSNL employee and they have two children and three grandchildren: their elder son, Mr. Arulselvan is a Radiographer and their younger son, Mr. Krishnamoorthy is a Physiotherapist at Abu Dhabi. The CMC Community is thankful for their dedication to the institution and bids them a blissful retirement.

Obituary: Mrs. Shantha Kumari Henry Mrs. Shantha Kumari Henry, ANM, Schell Eye Hospital, entered into eternal rest on 12th October, 2016. She joined CMC as an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife on 15th March, 1983 and served in the Ida Scudder Ward till 2009. From 2009 to 2016, she worked in the Schell Eye Hospital, for over 33 years. Her husband, Mr. Ezhil Henry, retired from the Medical Records Department. Their son, Mr. Paul Inbaraj and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Divya Paul are alumni of Occupational Therapy, and their daughter, Mrs. Sangeetha Daniel is a Staff Nurse in the Nursery.

Special Prayers: October 16 - 22, 2016 RUHSA : Dr. Rita Isaac and Staff Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church Council Members : Rt. Rev. S. Edwin Jayakumar Dr. C.A. Nelson Jesudasan Hospital : St. Joseph Eye Hospital, Trichy and others Sunday Services : October 23, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved members of the family at this time of grief and loss.

6.00 pm

: Scudder Auditorium Mr. Graham Kendrick

Situations Vacant

6.30 pm

: Hospital Chapel Dr. Gladwin D Khanapur

1. Assistant Professor Gr.II with M.S. (Orthopaedics) for the Department of Orthopaedics Unit-II Salary scale: As per institutional rules. Accommodation provided (Partly furnished, depending on availability).

We welcome: Mrs. Lallu Joseph, Asst. Manager, QMC - Directorate, on her return from sabbatical leave.

3. Clinical Occupational Therapist for the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) Qualification: BOT Graduate from IAP recognised College / University and should have completed six months of compulsory internship. Experience: Preferably less than 4 years after internship completion. Age limit: Less than 30 years. Term: One year (Posting: all clinical areas). Monthly stipend: Rs.8,990/Accommodation not provided. Apply with bio-data, photocopies of qualifying certificates, email ID, postal address and mobile numbers to the Principal, Christian Medical College, Bagayam, Vellore-632 002, on or before October 31, 2016 for Item 3. 4. Senior House Surgeon for CMC Vellore Chittoor Campus Qualification: BDS with Tamil Nadu Dental Council Registration. Consolidated pay: Rs.19,250/-. Accommodation will be provided. 5. Staff III Chairside Assistant (Project) for CMC Vellore Chittoor Campus Qualifications: H.Sc. (+2) or equivalent + pass in Dental Hygienist Course + pass in Dental Assistance Course and registered with State Dental Council. Salary scale: As per institutional rules. Age limit: 35 years. Job description: Chairside Assisting, Scaling etc., Applications to be done only through online application system. Please log on to Link: “Vacancies�. Note : Only online applications will be accepted; Hard copies will not be accepted. Applications will close on October 31, 2016 for Items 4 and 5. CMC PROMOTIONS OFFICE New E-mail ID:

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2. Tutor Gr.IV with BOT (Regular Course) for the Department of Days to remember: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) International Day for the Salary scale: As per institutional rules. Accommodation not provided. Eradication of Poverty - October 17 - October 21 Apply with bio-data, certificates and testimonial copies with contact phone World Iodine Day number, email ID and address to the Principal, Christian Medical College, Bagayam, Vellore-632 002, email : on or before October 22, 2016 for Item 1 and October 31, 2016 for Item 2.


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