Sri Muthukumaran Medical College

SRI MUTHUKUMARAN MEDICAL COLLEGE
HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE

SRI MUTHUKUMARAN MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE

I. OVERVIEW

About MEU

The Medical Council of India (MCI), by the MCI Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997, made it mandatory for all medical colleges to establish Medical Education Units (MEUs) to oversee and innovate in Medical Education in order to enable faculty members to avail modern education technology for teaching and bringing out competent basic doctors at the Graduate and Masters level in basic sciences, broad specialities and higher specialities. In compliance with these regulations, the Medical Education Unit (MEU) of Sri Muthukumaran Medical College Hospital & Research Institute (SMMCH & RI) was established in 2011 and consists of a core team of enthusiastic, committed well trained faculty with advanced qualifications in medical education like Advance Course in Medical Education (ACME), Master of Philosophy in Health Professions Education (M.Phil.) etc. who strive for excellence in Medical Education. 

The National Medical Commission (NMC) nodal centre (formerly MCI nodal centre) for Faculty Development of Sri Muthukumaran Medical College Hospital & Research Institute is Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (SRMC & RI), Chennai. The MEU of SMMCH & RI therefore conducts regular Revised Basic Course Workshops & Attitudes, Ethics & Communication skills (AETCOM) training and Curriculum Implementation Support Programmes (like CISP I and II for MBBS Phase I and Phase II faculty respectively) under the aegis of SRMC & RI and liaises with their NMC Task Force for the implementation and monitoring of the newly introduced Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) curriculum which has been rolled out in India from the 2019 batch of MBBS students.

Objectives 

  • The main objectives of the Medical Education Unit are to Ensure faculty development by conducting periodic Faculty Development Programs (FDPs) and workshops as mandated by the National Medical Council (NMC)
  • Be responsible for the oversight of the curriculum through the Curriculum Committee in addition to supporting, enabling and facilitating the faculty to deliver the curriculum
  • Ensure curriculum planning and development 
  • Enable and facilitate the faculty in the delivery of the curriculum, its evaluation and improvement.
  • Provide oversight for the educational activities of undergraduate and postgraduate students (UG & PG students) at SMMCHRI. 
  • Update the faculty of the medical college about the current trends in Medical Education 
  • Facilitate medical educational research 
  • Liaise with the Regional/Nodal centres of the National Medical Commission (NMC)

Functioning

The MEU generally meets a minimum of 10 times a year; however numerous need-based additional meetings are called for, especially after the implementation of the Competency-Based curriculum. Predetermined agenda is circulated to all members; members deliberate on the issues raised during the meeting; minutes are maintained and this is followed by appropriate action being taken 

Curricular Support and Faculty Development

To ensure continuous quality improvement in medical education and aware of the important role played by faculty development in ensuring the curricular reforms proposed by the NMC for the benefit of students are planned, implemented and evaluated effectively and efficiently by faculty in alignment with the NMC initiatives, the MEU of SMMCH & RI conducts the following Faculty Development programmes and offers the following support:

  • Faculty Development programmes
  • We have been conducting regular periodic Basic and Revised Basic Course Workshops and AETCOM training under supervision of the NMC Observer from the NMC Nodal centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College Hospital and Research Institute.
  • In 2021, we have a unique distinction of having conducted two Revised Basic Course Workshops under supervision of NMC Observers from the NMC Nodal centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College Hospital and Research Institute in order to train more faculty.
  • We have also been conducting Curriculum Implementation Support Programmes I and II for aiding the MBBS Phase I and Phase II faculty to smoothly and effectively transition to the Competency-based Curriculum that has recently been introduced by the NMC in India from 2019.
  • Additionally, we endeavour to conduct need based focused Faculty Development Programmess each year.
  • We encourage participation of MEU members and faculty of the institution in other Faculty Development Programmes, Medical Education Conferences and CMEs and aim to foster a spirit of lifelong learning
  • A PG Orientation Programme is conducted with the objective of orienting the new First year Postgraduate (PG) degree (MD/MS) students to their roles, goals and responsibilities and empowering them with an overview of the required basic knowledge, skills and attitudes that they require to function effectively in their new role as PG students of SMMCH & RI.
  • An UG Orientation program for I MBBS Undergraduate (UG) Students (as an initial part of their Foundation Course) is conducted every year as mandated by the NMC to provide the new MBBS student a greater understanding of the medical profession in a historical, local and national context, a knowledge of the institution in which he/she will spend the next six years, and an idea of his/her role as an MBBS student. As part of the Orientation Programme, the students are given an Introduction to the institution / campus and its numerous facilities; role of doctors in the society; history of Medicine and alternate systems; : Indian Medical Graduate (IMG) roles, along with an overview of the MBBS curriculum and various career pathways and basic principles of family practice
  • Curricular Support & assistance in planning and implementation of UG and PG Curriculum is provided to the faculty of the institution across phases as per the new NMC Curricular Governance guidelines; annual timetables for each MBBS phase are created with the help of the respective Curriculum Subcommittee (CSC), Foundation Course team and Alignment/Integration team (AIT) and approved; oversight of the curriculum is provided through the Curriculum Committee.

Faculty Strength & Academic Achievements

  • Dr. Suzanne Maria D’cruz has been awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Health Professions Education from Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry in 2021.
  • Dr. Suzanne Maria D’cruz (2014), Dr. R. Sukumar (2015 A), Dr. Mehandi V. Mahajan (2015 B), Dr. J. Selvakumar (2017 B) and Dr. J. Nithyalakshmi (2018 B) have completed the project based Advance Course in Medical Education from the National Medical Commission (NMC) Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.
  • Dr. B. Uganath Subash and Dr. Jai Vinod Kumar are currently pursuing Advance Course in Medical Education from the National Medical Commission (NMC) Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.
  • All other MEU members have completed the Revised Basic Course Workshop in Medical Education Technologies and AETCOM training

Research & Scholarship of teaching

Six completed Medical Educational Research projects presented by the MEU faculty as E-posters during the Advance Course in Medical Education (ACME) and as a dissertation during the M.Phil in HPE, two ongoing Medical Educational Research ACME projects and many other Medical Education Research publications.

II. FACULTY

Medical Education Unit of SMMCH & RI
S. No.Name of the FacultyDesignation Position
 Dr. B. KasinathanDean, SMMCH & RIChairman 
 Dr. Suzanne Maria D’cruzProfessor, PhysiologyCoordinator
1Dr. G. SumathiProfessor & Head, MicrobiologyMember
2Dr. R. SukumarProfessor & Head, General MedicineMember
3Dr. Mehandi. V. MahajanProfessor & Head, AnatomyMember
4.Dr. S. BalamuruganProfessor & Head, TB & ChestMember
5.Dr. J. NithyalakshmiProfessor, MicrobiologyMember
6.Dr. S. MuthukumarProfessor, PhysiologyMember
7.Dr. J. SelvakumarAssociate Professor, PhysiologyMember
8.Dr. V. RajuAssociate Professor, PaediatricsMember
9.Dr. Uganath Subash B.Associate Professor, OrthopaedicsMember
10.Dr. C. R. ParvathavarthineAssociate Professor, AnatomyMember
11.Dr. Navya C.N.Associate Professor, AnaesthesiologyMember
12.Dr. Jai Vinod KumarAssociate Professor, General SurgeryMember
13.Dr. V. SriSanthanaKrishnanAssistant Professor, Community MedicineMember

 

Curriculum Committee of SMMCH & RI

S. No.

Name of the Faculty

Designation

1.

Dr. B. Kasinathan

Dean, SMMCH & RI,

Professor,                                                        Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

2.

Dr. Suzanne Maria D’cruz

MEU Coordinator, SMMCH & RI,                                           Professor,                                                                  Department of Physiology

3.

Dr. J. Selvakumar

Associate Professor, 

Department of Physiology

4.

Dr. J. Nithyalakshmi

Professor, 

Department of Microbiology 

5.

Dr. R. Sukumar

Professor & Head, 

Department of General Medicine

6.

Dr. Uganath Subash

Associate Professor, 

Department of Orthopaedics

7.

Ms. Pavithra B.

Student representative

III.FACILITIES

The Medical Education Unit of Sri Muthukumaran Medical College Hospital & Research Institute (SMMCH & RI) is located in the third floor of the Medical College Block. The MEU has excellent infrastructure and facilities and is designed to comfortably accommodate around 30 participants along with the resource persons in a workshop format as per NMC requirements in a pleasing and professional academic ambience. 

The facilities in the MEU include

  1. A large area for conducting the sessions, plenary with a capacity of 40-50 participants which is well equipped with audio-visual aids like two Multimedia PCs that are internet enabled with colour monitors and connectivity with printers, digital   photography and scanners; one Scanner + Printer + Copier; two Multimedia LCD Projectors, two white screens for projection; a whiteboard; four cordless mikes and two collar mikes, one Overhead Projector and one laptop.  
  2. Four partitioned Workshop areas with a capacity of  8 to 10 equipped with Flip boards and Flip charts for conducting the four group activities and  tasks during the workshops 
  3. One Office room to house the MEU documents
  4. Access to e-books, journals, books and other resources through the central library

IV.EVENTS CONDUCTED/ACTIVITIES

S. No

Date

Academic Programme

1.

29.09.2020 to 30.09.2020 

(2 days)

Curriculum Implementation Support Programme II (CISP II) Online conducted by the MEU of SMMCH & RI under supervision of the NMC Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.


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2.

04.11.2020 to 07.11.2020

(4 days)

Postgraduate Orientation Programme (2020 batch)


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3.

02.02.2021 to 08.02.2021

(7 days)

I M.B.B.S Orientation Programme (2019-2020 batch)


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4.

11.10.2021 to 13.10.2021 

(3 days)

Revised Basic Course Workshop in Medical Education Technologies & AETCOM conducted by the MEU of SMMCH & RI under supervision of the NMC Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.


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5.

25.11.2021 to 27.11.2021

(3 days)

Revised Basic Course Workshop in Medical Education Technologies & AETCOM conducted by the MEU of SMMCH & RI under supervision of the NMC Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.

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V.ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

S. No


Degree/Diploma/ Course

Name of faculty and details


1.


M.Phil. in Health Professions Education


Dr. Suzanne Maria D’cruz, Professor of Physiology, SMMCH & RI has been awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil,) in Health Professions Education from Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry in November 2021.

2.

Advance Course in Medical Education

1.

Dr. Suzanne Maria D’cruz, Professor of Physiology, SMMCH & RI (2014 batch) received the completion certificate of the project based Advance Course in Medical Education in August 2017 from the National Medical Commission (NMC) Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.

2.

Dr. R. Sukumar , Professor & HOD of General Medicine , SMMCH & RI (2015 A batch) received the completion certificate of the project based Advance Course in Medical Education in March 2018 from the National Medical Commission (NMC) Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.

3.

Dr. Mehandi V. Mahajan, Professor & HOD of Anatomy, SMMCH & RI (2015 B batch) received the completion certificate of the project based Advance Course in Medical Education in March 2018 from the National Medical Commission (NMC) Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.

4.

Dr. J. Selvakumar, Associate Professor of Physiology, SMMCH & RI (2017 B batch)  received the completion certificate of the project based Advance Course in Medical Education in November 2019 from the National Medical Commission (NMC) Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.

5.

Dr. J. Nithyalakshmi, Professor of  Microbiology, SMMCH & RI (2018 B batch) received the completion certificate of the project based Advance Course in Medical Education in November 2021 from the National Medical Commission (NMC) Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute. 



S. No


Name of the faculty


Medical Education Research Project/Dissertation/Poster/Paper Presentation


Topic

1.

Dr. Suzanne Maria D’cruz, Professor of Physiology, SMMCH & RI

Educational Research Project for Master of Philosophy (M.Phil,) in Health Professions Education Dissertation 

An Online Course on the basics of Scientific Paper Writing

2.

Dr. Suzanne Maria D’cruz, Professor of Physiology, SMMCH & RI

E-Poster presented during Advance Course in Medical Education 

Learning Approaches of Medical Students before and after Clinical Posting in a Medical College in South India

3.

Dr. R. Sukumar , Professor & HOD of General Medicine , SMMCH & RI

E-Poster presented during Advance Course in Medical Education

Effectiveness of a Structured Clinical Skills Training Programme in General Medicine for Final year MBBS students

4.

Dr. Mehandi V. Mahajan, Professor & HOD of Anatomy, SMMCH & RI

E-Poster presented during Advance Course in Medical Education

A Study of Students Perception about E-learning

5.

Dr. J. Selvakumar, Associate Professor of Physiology, SMMCH & RI

E-Poster presented during Advance Course in Medical Education

Effectiveness of Teaching-Learning method – Simple demonstration in a group versus demonstration under supervision individually of intravenous cannula insertion in a mannequin in final MBBS students

6.

Dr. J. Nithyalakshmi, Professor of  Microbiology, SMMCH & RI

E-Poster presented during Advance Course in Medical Education

Medical students performance and perception of Flipped teaching method in learning Practical Microbiology

Dr. J. Nithyalakshmi received the best Poster Award on 14.11.2021 for her E-Poster titled “Medical students performance and perception of Flipped teaching method in learning Practical Microbiology” during Advance Course in Medical Education from the National Medical Commission (NMC) Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute.

VII.GALLERY

The MEU – An Overview

RBCW & AETCOM November 2021

RBCW & AETCOM October 2021

I M.B.B.S Orientation Programme (2019-2020 batch) 

Postgraduate Orientation Programme (2020 batch)

CISP II Online