Christian Medical College, Ludhiana

Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Motto Sona Loban Mur (Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh)
Motto in English
My Work Is For A King
Type Private
Established 1894
Founder Dame Edith Mary Brown
Chairman Dr Sudhir Joseph
Director Dr William Bhatti
Location Ludhiana, Punjab, India
30°54′38″N 75°51′48″E / 30.910531°N 75.863396°E / 30.910531; 75.863396Coordinates: 30°54′38″N 75°51′48″E / 30.910531°N 75.863396°E / 30.910531; 75.863396
Campus 45 acres
Colours                Green, yellow and red
Affiliations Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Medical Council of India
Website cmcludhiana.in

The Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, India was the first medical school for women in Asia. It was founded in 1894. The hospital provides a wide variety of services, ranging from primary peripheral care to superspecialty care. A newly built outpatient block caters to general and private outpatients. CMC Ludhiana has a keen interest in community health. For many years, it has reached out to the wider community by providing health care and education in urban and rural communities through clinics and medical camps. CMC has also been active in providing health care in tragedies like earthquakes/train accidents. A dedicated Rural Health Outreach Programme (RHOP) has been in place since April 2003.

History

Medical missionary work in Ludhiana was begun in 1881 by Scottish evangelist sisters Martha Rose Greenfield and Kay Greenfield. Dame Edith Mary Brown joined them in 1893 The following year they established the North Indian School of Medicine for Christian Women.[1]

In 1964, the Department of Medicine attained the requisite number of teachers and services to the extent that it was upgraded to train postgraduates in medicine, leading to the M.D. degree. Specialties in Gastroenterology, Cardiology and Medical Oncology were started in 19661987. Further specialties such as Neurology, Nephrology and Haematology were added until 1993. Presently the institute offers MD and MS degrees in Pediatrics, Dermatology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Community Medicine, Physiology, Anatomy, Medicine, Radiodiagnosis, Radiotherapy, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), Ophthalmology etc. The institute offers several postgraduate diplomas as well.

CMC Ludhiana has expanded its services, and includes Christian Medical College, Dental College, College of Nursing, College of Physiotherapy and Institute of Allied Health Sciences. It acts as a referral hospital for the large surrounding area.

Hospital services

The hospital provides a wide variety of services, ranging from primary peripheral care to superspecialty care. A newly built outpatient block caters to general and private outpatients.

Departments and services include Anesthesia and Critical Care, Clinical Psychology, Dermatology, ENT, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Internal Medicine and Specialties, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, Radiation Therapy and surgical specialties. Superspecialty services like Cardiology, Cardio Thoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Neonatology, Neurology, Nephrology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery & Microsurgery and Urology & Transplantation and Clinical Hematology. Until 2013, over 60 bone marrow transplants were performed on patients ranging from one to 60 years of age.

The hospital's Psychiatry Department is combating the substance abuse crisis in Punjab, where the majority of Punjabi youths are addicted to drugs.[2] The Department offers de-addiction services and has found that most patients are between 20–30 years old and are addicted to anything from cough syrup and heroin to cocaine and alcohol.[3]

Outpatient care

A new outpatient department block (OPD) block was inaugurated in October 1999 to extend comprehensive outpatient services from a single platform and in a more patient-friendly environment. Each floor is dedicated to a particular specialty where patients can seek expert medical opinion on their health problems by senior consultants. A specific area is designated as private OPD, which caters to the medical needs of people registering as private patients of a particular consultant.

Community services

CMC Ludhiana has a keen interest in community health. For many years, it has reached out to the wider community by providing health care and education in urban and rural communities through clinics and medical camps. CMC has also been active in providing health care in tragedies like earthquakes/train accidents. A dedicated Rural Health Outreach Programme (RHOP) has been in place since April 2003. This new initiative has started to provide a network of health services in the rural belts around Ludhiana in conjunction with village panchayats, local trusts and other local organizations. A monthly psychiatric clinic is held at Missionaries of Charity, a home for mentally challenged children. Clinics in surrounding villages like Lalton Kalan, Rauwal, Malsihan Bhaike, Hambran are organized and managed under this program. The social and preventive medicine (SPM) department is very active in this program. Community health centers in nearby areas which provide basic health care are managed by this department. Students and physicians are regularly posted in these centers.

Inpatient care

The indoor services of the hospital can accommodate 800 patients in the general, private and critical care wards. The general wards have provision for isolation. All patient care requirements are provided to the patient through well-trained nurses and physicians. Critical areas are centrally air conditioned and well equipped with the latest devices for critically ill patients. Private wards with air conditioning, television and refrigerator are available. Centrally monitored, critical care units are well equipped with ventilators, central oxygen, air, suction lines, cardiac monitors, defibrillators, incubators and phototherapy units.

Library

The library of Christian Medical College was established in 1956. In 1974, it was housed in two buildings; clinical and pre-clinical. The pre-clinical section in the basement of private block in the hospital held all medical journals and old collections of the books. Since January 1990 both sections have been moved to a new library on three levels in the basic health sciences block. WiFi connection is available throughout the hospital. The library has 30 computers with internet connection for students and faculty.

There are departmental libraries, in addition to the Medical Library, containing valuable supplementary material.

For the leisure hours of the staff, dependents and students, a recreation library is available in the campus' Faculty Club. It holds books on fiction, general topics and children's books.

Christian Medical College library consists of books and journals of basic and clinical science, related subjects of medical and dental practice, and nursing. CMC library subscribes to national and international journals. Library services are available for 14 hours.

Student activities

When the college was upgraded in 1953, it had 50 students in one batch making it a small community. The number of students admitted has been increased to 75 from 2011; they come from all over India. The college has a rich tradition of combining academics with extracurricular activities. The students themselves organise sports, drama, music and other literary activities. The college event is THE SYSTOLE. The students also put together an English musical every year under the music and theater workshop appreciated by the citizens of Ludhiana. CMC has a rich tradition in music.

National Faculty Development and FAIMER activities

The college has been a pioneer in initiating changes in medical education. The Medical Education Unit which was created in 1987 has been on the forefront in innovating medical education. Three books and over 100 papers on medical education have been published by the college faculty. The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), USA recognized the activities of the institution by creating one of the three Regional Institutes for faculty development at this college. Similarly, the Medical Council of India has recognized the institution as a nodal center for faculty development. More than 1000 teachers from various medical colleges have been trained so far through these initiatives. The FAIMER regional institute holds its sessions in February every year and enrolls 20 Fellows for intensive training in educational methods and educational leadership.

Ranking

University and college rankings
Medical - India
India Today (2017)[4] 13

CMC Ludhiana was ranked 13th among medical colleges in India in 2017 by India Today.[4]

Bibliography

  • Francesca French, Miss Brown's hospital: the story of the Ludhiana Medical College and Dame Edith Brown, O.B.E., its founder, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1954.

References

  1. "About us: History". Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. "Drug Abuse and De-Addiction in Punjab". Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  3. "Covered in a Cloud of Addiction". The Times Of India. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  4. 1 2 "India's Best Colleges 2017: Medical". India Today. 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
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