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Pharmacogenomic test facility launched at MGMCRI

Sept 2016

The Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI) on Friday launched pharmacogenomic testing services that marks an important step towards providing personalised care based on the genetic profile of patients.
According to doctors, the genetic make-up of a person accounts for 60-70 per cent of variations in the manner and the measure to which the body responds to medication. Pharmacogenomic testing of an individual provides important genetic information that can be used to customise therapy.
The test results provide doctor vital clues about the patient’s capacity to handle certain drugs. Based on this, the physician can then choose an appropriate drug and its dosage that maximises safety and efficacy besides bringing down costs.
The approach raises hope for patients in a far from satisfactory scenario of drug therapy where many drugs do not work as expected. For instance, in patients with heart disease, around 30 per cent treated with statins, 35 per cent treated with beta-blockers and about half the patients put on tricyclic antidepressants show no response to therapy. Moreover, some patients may develop drug toxicity even at recommended doses. “The key is that pharmacogenic testing provides predictive values that help doctors choose a drug within a class likely to be most effective and least hazardous in terms of side effects before patients are started on a regimen of medicines,” said Dr. Adithan C., professor of pharmacology and Director of Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility, MGMCRI.
The selection of a drug and its dosage by a scientific approach and a therapeutic regime tailored to an individual’s specific genetic make-up contrasts with the conventional ‘trial and error’ method of drug prescription. This may lead to better clinical outcome and cost reduction in health care. It has been found especially beneficial in the diseases of the lung and the heart, cancer and psychiatric and lifestyle disorders, he said.
The pharmacogenomic testing service is open to patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, asthma, psychiatric disorders, cancer, infections or inflammatory diseases. Experts believe that around 70 per cent of adverse drug reactions could be related to genetic profile that concern drug-handling enzymes of a patient, which can be predicted and prevented by a suitable pharmacogenomics test. Based on the pharmacogenomic tests, doctors expect to learn more about the likely drugs and dosage that could achieve the most effective drug response.
“Another benefit is that even perfectly healthy people can also utilise this service during master health check-ups at hospital, so that they can have a pharmacogenomic profile report which is valid throughout their life, Dr. Adithan said.
Dr. S.C. Parija, director of JIPMER, who inaugurated the facility. Prof. K.R. Sethuraman, the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University which administrates the MGMCRI, Prof. N. Ananthakrishnan, Dean of Research and Allied Health Sciences and Prof. M. Ravishankar, Dean, Faculty Medicine, MGMCRI also participated.


Sept 2016

As a homage to the hard work and devotion of the teachers, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute celebrated teachers’ day on the 12 th of September, 2016.Based on one of the five elements, Chi or Land signifies perseverance, stability and supportiveness which the nurturing teachers inculcate in their teachings to mould the minds and lives of students.

The occasion was graced by our Honorable Vice Chancellor Professor DR. K. R. Sethuraman, Dean of Research and Allied Health Sciences Professor Dr. N. Ananthakrishnan, Dean of faculty of Medical Sciences Professor Dr. M.Ravishankar, Vice Principal-Academics Professor Dr.V. N. Mahalakshmi,Vice Principal-Students Professor Dr. Partha Nandi and the teaching faculty of the college.

The event commenced with a special song dedicated to the teachers by Sri Nithi G and JeyanthyPriyadarshini accompanied by Naren Vaidya of the 2013 batch after which the dignitaries commemorated the achievements of the teachers by cutting a cake. This was followed by testimonials from Dr. K.A. Narayan, Dr,Ramesh, DrA.N.Uma and Dr. Jenith Berlin Raj on who and how teachers made a difference in their lives. A representative from each of the five batches spoke on the influence and impact that the teachers have made on their lives. Next was a musical performance by Dr. SumathySundar, Director of Music Therapy Education, enthralling the audience with her performance. The formal part of the event concluded with a video montage of students who passed out, starting from the first batch to the batch of 2010 expressing their gratitude and love to the teachers who inspired and guided them.

Finally, the most anticipated part of the evening, the fun and games saw a lot of teachers participating and having a ball of a time. High tea was served after all the merriment and the teachers were each presented with a tree sapling as a token of appreciation for “helping us grow”.

The celebration ended with a cricket match between two teams comprising of a mix of faculty and students captained by Professor Dr. P. Karthikeyan, H.O.D of Oto-rhinology and Associate Professor Dr. N. Mugunthan, Department of Anatomy. The team spearheaded by Dr. Mugunthan emerged as winners but both the teams put up a good show of sportsmanship. Associate Professor Dr. S.Vijaysundaram was declared “Man of the Match” for his outstanding batting skills and Associate Professor Dr. Niranjan was presented a memento for being the “Most Economic Bowler”.

We hope that through this, the students come to a realization of the importance of teachers in our lives and how, in every little way, they try to bring out the best in us. Thank you Teachers, for what we are today and what we will be is because of all that you do.

MGMCRI Students @ 2nd place in JUSTITIA 16

Jun 2016

Students from MGMCRI participated in the Intercollegiate Quiz Competition in Forensic Medicine & Toxicology “JUSTITIA 16” organized by Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College, Pondicherry on 30 th June 2016 and secured 2nd place. Along with their mentor Dr.Pramod Kumar GN students Pratyush, Sree Priyankha & Sai Saranya (IV Sem) received prize from The Director, SMVMC


Mar 2016

‘Glaucos-2016’, CME on glaucoma,was held on 20th March 2016 and was a grand success. The chief guest for the inauguration ceremony was Prof.Dr.M.Ravishankar, Dean (Admin), MGMCRI. He spoke on the importance of diagnosing glaucoma and what it meant for the common man. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp and the welcome address by Prof.Dr.K.Srikanth, HOD, Department of Ophthalmology, MGMC & RI, who also gave an insight of the programme.

The whole event had an excellent turnout with registrations nearing 100 delegates.The academic sessions started soon after, with renowned speakers from JIPMER, Aravind Eye Hospital, Indira Gandhi Govt.General Hospital and our own institution, speaking on the vital and advancing areas of interest in glaucoma.

The beginning of the afternoon session also witnessed an interactive quiz held by Dr.Swathi Upadhyaya and team, from Aravind Eye Hospital, which was won by third year residents from our own institute (Dr.Vishnu, Dr.Chinmayee and Dr.Reema). The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr.S.Veni Priya. The CME turned out to be informative and useful for everyone with the feedback being overwhelmingly positive.


Mar 2016

Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University has been in the forefront amongst peers in the field of innovations and newly emerging areas of medical science so that it becomes part of the exploring group along the advancing borders of modern science.UGC has set a vision to include “Environmental Health” in all graduate programmes across the nation. The National Conference on “Chronobiology and Health” is second in series of conferences on “Environment and Health” planned by our university. Department of Physiology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute organized National conference on “Chronobiology and Health” on 18 & 19 March in Ground Floor Lecture Hall, College Block.

Chronobiology, an interdisciplinary field examines periodic phenomena in living organisms driven by endogenous circadian clocks and influenced by environmental rhythms. Circadian rhythms influence our physiological functions, work performance as well as effect of drugs, yoga and music therapy. Faculty of this conference are from diverse fields of neuroscience, medicine, psychiatry, physiology, pharmacology, cardiology, gynecology, pulmonary medicine, yoga therapy and music therapy. Dr sheeba vasu (JNCASR, Banglore),Dr Narsingh verma (KG Medical college, Lucknow), Dr Biju Vishwanath (NIMHANS, Bangalore), Dr PN Ravindra (Akash Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bangalore) and Dr Vivek Sharma, Dr Gowri Dorairajan and Dr Sadish kumar from JIPMER were the invited guest speakers. Faculty from Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute included Dr Madanmohan, Dr Amirtha Ganesh, Dr R Pajanivel, Dr Manimekali, Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani Dr Meena Ramanathan, Dr Sumathy Sundar. Nearly 150 delegates from Pondicherry and other states participated in the conference.Future belongs to science and India is marching to become the knowledge super power. We are confident that this conference will contribute to this national vision of ours.

Spectra 2K16 : Inter-medical collegiate festival at MGMCRI

Mar 2016

The campus of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI) is abuzz with sporting and cultural events with SPECTRA 2K16, an inter-medical collegiate fest, getting underway here.

The event has attracted participants from medical colleges in and around Puducherry such as Jipmer, PIMS , Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and IGMCRI.

On day one, medicos were out to prove they were no push-over when it came to sports and games. The cricket teams from MGMCRI, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College were selected for the next round in the Super Six cricket match. In the prelims of throw ball match, the teams from Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences were judged winners. Vinayaka Missions Medical College, Karaikal, won the preliminary round of the football match.

If they missed out in sports, the PIMS contingent made a strong showing in the Fine Arts section, bagging the first two spots in sketching. The hosts went one better bagging all the three prizes in painting, nail art and wealth out of waste contests.

It is not all sports and cultural though with quiz contests to pick brains and an ex-tempore oratory contest where participants have to think on their feet.

In the Literature and Debate segment, the quizzers from PIMS trumped the competition in the medical quiz MEDMASTERS conducted by Scientific Academic Forum with MGMCRI settling for runners up and Jipmer finishing in third spot.

A high point after the solo singing and solo dance in the evening was the live music show by the ‘Nenjukkulle’ sensation Shakthisree Gopalan and Sathya Prakash, play back singer. According to the organisers, the various events have attracted more than 3,500 footfalls.

An equally action-packed day awaits participants on the concluding day on Saturday with the final rounds of Futsal, Throw ball, Volley ball, Table tennis and Tattoo art, Eat – A – Thon, Fish out of water and Cine Quiz.

39th AMASI Skill Course and FMAS Examination

Feb 2015

The Department of Surgery of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Pondicherry was hosting the 39th AMASI Skill Course under the aegis of Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India . This event had about 220 participants taking part in the mega event. It was a 3 day course from 11 – 13 th feb 2016.

I day had lectures and videos and discussions about the Basic Principles of Laparosocpy and it was attended by Surgeons and Gynaecologists.

II day had two parallel sessions for surgery and Obstetrics and Gynaecology where there were basic and advanced Lap procedures were discussed.

III day had advanced Lap procedures and there was an Examination which was conducted by our Internal Surgical and Obst. and Gynaec. faculty.

All the three days there were about 15 endotrainers available in the Skills Lab annexe and it was well utilized by all the participants. The participants were from different parts of India from Delhi to Karnataka to Kerala To Telegana.

The inauguration was organized on the Second day with the national AMASI Secretary Dr. P. Senthilnathan and AMASI National President Dr. Suresh Chandra Hari participating and there were felicitations by Prof. Seetesh Ghose, Head, Dept. of OG, MGMC and Prof. M. Ravisankar, Dean, MGMC & RI and Prof. N. Ananthakrishnan, Dean PG Studies and Allied Health Sciences and the Chief Guest of the day was Prof. K R. Sethuraman Vice Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth , Puducherry . The gathering was welcomed by Prof. T. Tirou Aroul, Organising Secretary and the Vote of Thanks by Dr.K.V.Rajan.

Confluence - 2016

Feb 2015

The Dept. of General Medicine, MGMCRI had organized a Post Graduate Clinical Update Programme – CONFLUENCE 2016 for the benefit of Final year exam going post graduates. The programme was inaugurated by our Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Prof. K. R. Sethuraman, MD and he delivered an excellent talk on “Tips & Tricks for exam going PGs”. The programme was planned in such a way the case presentation sessions were moderated by Senior Professors from various Medical Colleges. A Senior Faculty from JIPMER, PIMS, AVMC, RMMC and SSSMCRI moderated the case presentation session.

The progamme was attended by various faculties from MGMCRI. Around 50 Post graduate students from MGMCRI and 60 PGs from other medical colleges in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu has actively participated and they had presented cases in the Clinical Update Programme.

The Programme received great accolade from faculties and post graduates and they have requested to conduct similar programme every year.

The Post graduate students expressed that it was a very good academic feast and it boosted their confidence to crack their PG exams.

Commemoration of World Cancer Day-2016

Feb 2015

Globally lot of events take place every year on February 4 to observe World Cancer Day and to fight against Cancer. This year at MGMCRI a series of events had been organized at Rural and Urban Health centers and at near by villages to create awareness among the public. The events includes rally by students of MGMCRI at Bahour village flagged by Dr.Partha Nandhi, Vice-principal, Student affairs, MGMCRI and various awareness camps at city center and rural health centers and urban health centers.

Live Surgical Workshop on Advanced Otological Surgery

Feb 2015

A group of ENT surgeons from Puducherry and Tamil Nadu was initiated on performing advanced ear surgeries at a live surgery workshop hosted by Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI) run by Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth.

Mohan Kameswaran, director, Madras ENT Research Foundation, Chennai, performed specialised ear surgeries for various ear diseases at the ENT operation theatre in MGMCRI.

The procedures were for some of the complex cases such as post-traumatic facial nerve palsy; Glomus Tympanicum, a type of middle ear tumour; Otosclerosis; and Chronic otitis media, a chronic infection of the middle ear.

During live surgeries, the pros and cons of each case was discussed by experts, according to P. Karthikeyan, organising president of the event. V. Nirmal Coumare, Medical Superintendent and organising secretary, inaugurated the event which was co-hosted by the MGMCRI’s Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) in association with the Association of Otolaryngologists of India (AOI) Puducherry chapter.

K.R. Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor SBV University, and M. Ravishankar, Dean, MGMCRI, participated.

The 106 delegates who attended the live surgical workshop included ENT surgeons and postgraduates from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

CME on Leprosy

Feb 2016

The Department of DVL organized a CME on Leprosy on 04.02.2016, in connection with observation of World Leprosy day. The CME was presided by Prof. M. Ravishankar, Dean MGMCRI. The main speaker of the scientific session had Dr. M. K. Showkath Ali, Director of CLTRI, who gave an informative talk on the epidemiology of Leprosy in Indian and emphatically described that leprosy still exists in various forms in india Dr. Anandhan, State Leprosy officer, Puducherry, gave an insight into the current statistics and status of leprosy in Puducherry. Dr. V. C. Giri journeyed through the epidemiology of leprosy. The importance of history taking to diagnose the disease in its atypical presentations and the need for empathy and compassion in treating patients with Hansen’s disease was highlighted by Dr. Hosanna, Medical officer. Dr. Veerakumaran, an Orthopaedician focused on treatment aspects of leprosy and interestingly, presented case scenarios and had an interactive session with PG students. The session ended with a talk by Dr. Pugazhenthan, a Pharmacologist with a special interest in pharmacovigilance and pharmacogenomics. He shared information about his research on newer drugs like metformin and SSRIs as effective alternatives to systemic steroids in the management of lepra reactions.

World Leprosy Day

Jan 2016

Public Awareness program on Leprosy was conducted on 30.01.2016, “World Leprosy Day” at the MRD premises in MGMCRI campus. Dr. Krishnan, Professor and HOD DVL, Dr. Lakshmana Perumal, Resident Medical officer, Dr. Swathy, Deputy Medical superintendent chaired the session. Session started with a talk on Introduction to leprosy by Dr. Krishnan, followed by a public awareness talk by RMO. Dr. Sathya Post Graduate DVL gave a powerpoint presentation about Leprosy in detail followed by an interactive session. Leaflets on Leprosy in local language was issued to the patients in MRD and OPD of DVL.


Jan 2016

The Department of General Surgery, MGMCRI organised a PG CME Mahatma Gandhi Intense Surgical Training (MIST) on 20th & 21st January 2016 at the Central Library Ground floor Lecture hall from 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM on 20th and 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM on 21st for postgraduates in Pondicherry and Chidambaram.We had 51 registrants out of which 25 were from other medical colleges.On 20th we started with the First Session with Breast case as topic which was chaired by Prof.Kabalimurthy from RMMCH, Chidambaram and Prof.Naresh from SVMCH,Pondicherry. The case was presented by a post graduate and was discussed in an interactive manner.Following the first session we had an Inauguration with a welcome address delivered by our Organizing Chairman & Head of the Department, Prof.Tirou Aroul.The program was felicitated by our Medical Superintendent Prof.Nirmal Coumare, Additional Director Prof.Ravichandran, Dean(Administration) Prof.M.Ravishankar and Dean (Postgraduate Studies & Research) Prof.N.Ananthakrishnan. The Chief Guest Address was delivered by our Vice Chancellor Prof.K.R.Sethuraman followed by Vote of Thanks which was delivered by our Organizing Secretary Dr.C.B.Praveen.The Second session started after Tea with Vascular diseases which was chaired by Prof.C.Ashley Solomon & Prof.Simon Dasiah from IGMC, Pondicherry and the case was presented by our Postgraduates.

Post lunch session was brightened up by Dr.Vinay N Kaushik’s Quiz which made everyone ready for the next session.The last session of the day was Abdomen case discussion which was chaired by the legends of Surgery Prof.C.S.Subramanian from RMMCH,Chidambaram and Prof.Vikram Kate from JIPMER,Pondicherry. The discussion was very interactive and useful for the exam going post graduates and finished the day with a Tea.On 21st we started with Thyroid case as topic which was chaired by Prof.M.Ramanathan and Prof.T.Tirou Aroul from MGMCRI and Prof.S.Rajasekaran from SLIMS, Pondicherry following this we broke for a tea.The Second Session was Oral Malignancy, a case of neck secondaries which was chaired by Prof.A.Bala Subramanian,Prof.Robinson Smile and Prof.Ganesh Babu from MGMCRI which was disscussed elaborately and examination of oral cavity was demonstrated on screen. We concluded the program with a lunch. All sessions had live video of demonstrating clinical examination by post graduates and resource persons.

CME on Cervical Carcinoma - An Update

Dec 2015

The one day CME on “Cervical Carcinoma – An Update’ was hosted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, in association with the Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society of Puducherry on 12th December 2015.

Speaking after releasing a souvenir at the conference Prof. K.R. Sethuraman, Vice Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth pointed out that currently the HPV vaccine is administered to teenage girls and younger women in several countries, and seemed to be a promising method of cancer prevention. The HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer and the good news is that it is vaccine preventable to certain extent. However, in India, the unfortunate death of a few girls during trial of HPV vaccine has put a stop to this campaign.

According to Prof. Sethuraman, cost effectiveness remains a major concern with HPV vaccine. In Malaysia where Government funds the mass vaccination of girls, it has been shown that, it cost is 20 times more to prevent a case than to treat it--- treating a case cost about Rs 30 lakhs, while preventing a case through mass vaccination cost Rs. 7 crore.

“This is clearly not sustainable. Therefore, associations like the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India or Indian Medical Association should lobby for cheaper and affordable vaccines, for such effective program to be sustained,” he said. Simultaneously, other proven strategies like PAP smear need to be strengthened, he added. Prof. Seetesh Ghose, Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MGMCRI and the organizing president said that cervical carcinoma was the most common genital tract malignancy in females. Although its occurrence is on a declining trend, it continues to be a major public health problem for women in India, he said.

The CME spoke on primary prevention, secondary prevention, role of coloposcope, epidemiology, pathology, palliative care, surgical management and radiotherapy of cervical carcinoma. A panel discussion discussed special situations such as the occurrence of cervical carcinoma in young women planning for conception or those with pregnancy and others who were diagnosed following removal of uterus. The CME was attended by gynaecologists and junior doctors from Puducherry and TN regions.

PG Symposium – 2015

Dec 2015

Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth and SAF MGMCRI organised PG symposium on 18th Dec 2018 to foster the research and encourage the Post Graduates to share their scientific knowledge. The program was inaugurated in Presence of Vice Chancellor Dr.KR Sethuraman,   Dr. M Ravishankar (Dean of Faculty, SBV) and Dr.Sunita Samal (Vice President -SAF, MGMCRI).

Dr.AR Srinivasan, Registrar of SBV delivered welcome address.  25 podium & 62 poster presentations were presented from 9.30am to 4pm.  Program ended with remarks by all the judges and address by Dean Dr.Ravishankar M.

Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth and SAF MGMCRI Congratulates the Winners of PG Symposium 2015. 

1st Place
Dr. Saloni Arora   OBG, MGMCRI Thyroid hormone abnormality in reproductive age group of women with DUB - an observational study
  2nd place (Awarded to Four Participants)
Dr.Nitin Unnikrishnan Prosthodontics, IGIDS Three- dimensional finite element stress analysis of Implant and Implant tooth supported crowns fabricated with various Restorative Materials
Dr. Hussain Ahmed M I     Anaesthesia, MGMCRI "Effect of Three different anasesthetic  management  techniques on pain and functional outcome following inguinal hernia surgery.  A randomized controlled observer blinded study"
Dr.M.D.Varunn   Pulmonary Medicine MGMCRI     Diagnostic accuracy of combining PCR with cytomorphology in Tuberculous lumphadenitis
Dr. V. Haarika Pediatrics MGMCRI The effectiveness of music on pain reduction during Venepuncture in Neonates
1st Place
Dr. Balasubramanian Anusha Anaesthesiology MGMCRI "Comparison of GASMAN simulated low flow anasesthesia with realtime using sevoflurane; air; oxygen mixture"  
2nd Place (shared by two participants )
Dr.Lakshmi Priya Oral Medicine and Radiology, IGIDS Identification of oral microbiota using 16srRNA gene sequencing in Oral Leukoplakia and oral squamous cell carcinoma-A multicentric study
Dr. Nivedita. E General Medicine A comparative study of the carotid intima -medial thickness in diabetic and non diabetic patients.
3rd Place (shared by two participants)
D Jayapradha KGNC A study to assess the effectiveness of Lamaze Breathing Exercise on labour pain among primi gravid women admitted in labour ward in MGMCRI , Puducherry
Dr. Hemanathan.G Pathology – SSSMCRI Expression of Cytokeratin 19 and TPO in relation to morphological features in non neoplastic and neoplastic lesions of thyroid.
1st Place
Dr. V. Haarika Pediatrics MGMCRI The effectiveness of music on pain reduction during Venepuncture in Neonates
2nd Place
Dr.Banipreet     Psychiatry Psychological consequences of abortion - a prospective hospital based study
Dr.M.D.Varunn   Pulmonary Medicine MGMCRI     Diagnostic accuracy of combining PCR with cytomorphology in Tuberculous lumphadenitis
3rd Place
Dr. Hussain Ahmed M I     Anaesthesia, MGMCRI "Effect of Three different anasesthetic management  techniques on pain and functional outcome following inguinal hernia surgery.  A randomized controlled observer blinded study"

Roentgen Day commomeration at MGMCRI – 2015

Nov 2015

In MGMCRI, the Dept of Radiology conducted a Continuing Radiological Educational program on 08/11/2015 on the occasion of Roentgen Day.This day is celebrated every year on 08 Nov to commemorate the discovery of X-rays by Nobel Prize winning physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen.
This year the theme chosen was ""Pediatric Radiology- Justify & Optimise"". The essence of the program was to sensitise all health practitioners and technical workers to the judicious use of X-rays in children.The meet was presided by respected Vice Chancellor, Dr. K R Sethuraman; the Chief Guest was Dr. Bhaskaran who is a reputed Senior Radiologist of the State. Dean, MTPGRI & Dr. Ravichandran HOD, IGGH were the Guest of honour. They recollected on how Radiology has vastly improved in its scope in the present day and how important it is to be careful when imaging our little patients because of their sensitivity and unique handling needs.Eminent speakers inluded Senior Technologists from JIPMER, Radiation Physisict from Annamali University, Leading Pediatrician and Radiologists from SBVU.

All shared their experiences and tips on how to safely and wisely use imaging investigations for children.There were 220 delgates who attended the conference. As the audience had a good number of students, there was also a Quiz section and a Section for students to present their papers.The program was well recieved and commended by both the participants and the Faculty members.

Obstetrics Ultrasound CME – 2015

Nov 2015

The Dept. of Radiology, MGMCRI and IRIA, Puducherry subchapter conducted a CME program on 15 Nov 2015. This was the first such program conducted by the Radiology dept. The theme of the program was Obstetric Ultrasound. Two   eminent speakers, Dr. Venkatasai, HOD, SRMC from Chennai and Dr.  M J Srinivasan from Vellore spoke on the topic, & drawing from their vast experience,  provided handy & practical tips to improve our scanning skills.

The audience of about 70 members, comprising principally of PG students and young practitioners was very appreciative of the very practice oriented tenor of the lectures.The program was presided over by the officebearers of IRIA Puducherry subchapter who when announcing that this was the fourth such CME Program this year, also commended the initiative taken by Dept. of Radiology, MGMCRI in actively participating in the activities of the Association.

Inaugural Edition of Post Graduate Teaching program - MORE

Oct 2015

Orthopedic Department’s Inaugural Edition of Post Graduate teaching program – named MORE [MGMCRI Orthopedic Revision Education] was held on 30th & 31st October 2015.

The program was to enrich the postgraduate students’ clinical skills, to improve their knowledge and attitude towards examination and to update the current trends in orthopedics.

The Inaugural Edition of this teaching program was a grand success with 96 Post graduate attendees from various Institution of Southern States and 19 faculties from various Institutions guided the Post Graduates.

Intra-college Pharmacology quiz competition – 2015

Oct 2015

The department of Pharmacology has been routinely organizing quiz competition every year since 2011 for undergraduates both intra and inter college. All the competition conducted so far has been a success because of the enthusiastic participation of the students. This time we conducted an intracollege quiz competition on October 15th 2015. Organizing chairperson was our HOD, Dr Manimekalai K. Organizing Secretary was Dr Mirunalini R, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology.

The students of MBBS II year to final year and inters were eligible to participate. Preliminary round to select the finalist was conducted on October 13th in the department of Pharmacology. Questions for the prelims were contributed by all the faculties in our department. There were 13 teams (2 participants per team) for the prelims from which 5 teams were selected for finals.

The quiz master for this year was Dr Kingshuk Lahon, Professor of Pharmacology, Dr Padmavathi S, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Dr Sudarcodi R Assistant Professor of Pharmacology. There were 7 different rounds for the finalists. The audiences were also involved by keeping separate audience round for which they responded well.

At the end, the team consisting of J Karthik from IX sem and N Sakthivel from V sem won the first place and received a cash prize of Rs 3000. The 2nd by NandhiniMunirathinam from VII sem and Dhivya V from VII sem received cash prize of Rs 2000/- & 3rd by Mohammed Muzamil.S and M Raghavendra Surya Prakash received cash prize of Rs.1000/- Consolation prizes were given to Allwyn Rayalu and C Adithyan (interns) for fourth place and V Balachandran DV Rangarajan from VII sem for fifth place.


Oct 2015

On October, 7, 2015 around 9.00 a.m. INDOJAPAN LIVE workshop on performing angioplasty and stenting of long standing occlusion of blood vessels of the heart was conducted in the department of cardiology at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry. JAPAN is known for its technical advances in this type of intervention. DR. KENYA NASU, Medical Director of TOYOHASHI Heart centre, JAPAN who is an expert in the field along with our cardiologists, headed by DR. AMIRTHA GANESH, HOD of Cardiology performed this tough procedure in 2 patients giving good results. A live transmission of the procedure with two way interaction was done for panel discussion. DR. G. RAJENDIRAN, Professor and HOD of cardiology, PSGIMS&R gave his lecture on CTO of coronary arteries. Many cardiologists, Cardio-thoracic surgeons, Cardiac Anesthetists, intensivists, physicians participated in this panel discussion.

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day

Oct 2015

October 1st is the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day observed all over the country to create awareness among the public on regular voluntary blood donation. This day is being observed to educate the society on the preciousness of human blood and how voluntary blood donation can save several lives, and how one can become saviors of mankind by saving their fellow beings. This is to make people understand that Donating Blood is a way to give life to someone and to express their social responsibility. At MGMCRI on 1st October an awareness meet was organized to share the need and importance of blood in the life of an individual. RMO, Dr. Lakshmana Perumal inaugurated the meeting and gave the welcome address. Deputy medical superintendent Dr. Swathy Pawar greeted the voluntary blood donors and appreciated them for their noble work. Dr. Koteswaran, Professor, Department of pathology, conveyed the message of need for voluntary blood donation in the society. Dr. Joshua Daniel Jeyakumar, HOD, Transfusion medicine, described the health benefits of voluntary blood donation to the blood donor themselves. The event concluded by voluntary blood donation by staff and faculties of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute.


Sept 2015

A National Conference on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) was conducted by the IPR Cell of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth at the MGMCRI campus on 25 September 2015, Friday. 220 delegates and number of distinguished speakers and inventors from all over the country attended the meet. The conference was inaugurated by the eminent scientist Prof. S. C. Parija, Director of JIPMER, Pondicherry. He delivered an informative lecture on “IPR and Health Care”. Prof. P Rajaram Pagadala, Chancellor, SBV, in his address, stressed on the role of innovation in the progress of the nation and awarded prizes to young innovators from SBV and released the souvenir. Prof. K.R. Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor , SBV in his key note address mentioned that Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth is laying strong emphasis on innovation and released the draft IPR policy guidelines of SBV. Prof. T. Ramakrishna, Min. of HRD Chair on IPR, National School of Law University, Bangalore in his guest talk presented a world overview of IPR, stating that India needs to make a lot of progress in this area. Prof P. Iyer, Chairman, IP Cell, IISc, Bangalore talked on ‘Technology Licensing at IISc’. Ms. Sangeeta Nagar , Sr. Scientist, Patent Facilitation Cell, TIFAC, New Delhi spoke on “Facilitation of patents by TIFAC”. Mr. O. Prasad Rao, Asst. Controller of Patents, Chennai talked on ‘Processing of patent applications’. Mr. Rajaraman, Patent attorney from Chennai discussed on “How to file a patent application”. Inventors presented their papers on their inventions. Prof. S. Mishra, Organizing chairman welcomed the gathering and Dr. M. Senthil, Organizing Secretary and Dr. Varsha offered the vote of thanks.


Sept 2015

The department of Pharmacology, in collaboration with Scientific and Academic forum (SAF), MGMCRI conducted an adverse drug reaction (ADR) monitoring workshop on 02/09/2015. It was mainly targeted at training the CRRIs. The goal was to create awareness about ADR reporting and to inculcate the culture of reporting in our hospital among the participants. The objectives of the workshop were as follows:

To raise awareness about the importance of Pharmacovigilance and adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting.

To enable the participants to differentiate between adverse drug event and adverse drug reaction.

To enable the participants to perform causality assessment of adverse drug events.

To enable the participants to fill up the CDSCO form as per the National Programme.

The event was conceived after a discussion with SAF office bearers in July. We decided to target the CRRIs mainly for this workshop. The resource persons for the workshop were selected after consultation with the HOD of Pharmacology of SRMC, Chennai. SRMC has a good and effective ADR reporting set-up in their department and hospital. The department was ready with an existing clinician training module for ADR monitoring, so we invited the resource persons to share their experience with the participants.

After taking permission from the Dean and Additional director of Health Services, we went ahead. With the concurrence of the Dean, we sought to make it mandatory for the CRRIs. To avoid hampering the functioning of their units in the respective clinical postings, a list was prepared by which CRRIs were divided into two groups for the morning (9.00 am – 1.00 pm) and evening (1.30 - 4.30 pm) sessions.

A total of 81 participants attended the programme, of which 77 were CRRIs (out of a total of 138 CRRIs), 3 faculty members and one clinical pharmacist (List attached). In both the sessions, after the initial introductory lecture, the participants were divided into two groups and one resource person each trained the participants on causality assessment and filling up of the CDSCO ADR reporting form. The participants were also briefed about the what, how, why, where, when to report ADRs and the facilities available in our hospital for the same. They were provided with samples of new notification and reporting forms which will be made available in all the wards and OPDs after approval by the Pharmacy committee for convenience of reporting. They were also told about the availability of e-reporting in our institute.

The workshop was well-received and the feedback analysis revealed that 98-100% of the participants found the workshop useful. Feedback from the resource persons on the CRRIs was also favourable and they were impressed with their ability to grasp the essentials and apply the same during the group tasks.


5th Sept 2015

TO CELEBRATE “TEACHERS DAY”, Scientific and Academic Forum (SAF), Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute invited Dr.Chandrasekar S, Former director-JIPMER to deliver the Guest Lecture on 4th September 2015. In addition two in house stalwarts were also invited to deliver their talk. Dr. Pramod Kumar (Secretary, SAF) welcomed the speakers & gathering. The session was chaired by Dr. R Ramesh, President, SAF. Dr. Mohammed Hanifah, Professor of Medicine, introduced the guest speaker to the audience. Dr. Chandrasekar S, delivered a talk on “Medicine over seven decades” He expressed his experience as a physician and teacher in medical teaching and emphasized the importance of lifelong learning in medicine through sharing of experiences. Dr. Ananthakrishnan N , Dean (PG & Research) and Prof of surgery, MGMCRI delivered a lecture on “Transforming Medical Education in 2015”, emphasizing on the need for transformation in teaching-learning methods, curriculum and research in medical profession. His outlook on deliverable and non deliverable goals were an eye opener. Dr. Thyagarajan K R, Prof. of Orthopedics, MGMCRI, shared his thoughts on “My experience as a Teacher”.


25th Aug to 8th sept 2015

The National Eye Donation Fortnight is celebrated every year from 25th August to 8th September. At MGMCRI, Dept. of Ophthalmology along with Dept. of Health Care Services conducted an awareness programme at the Hospital to the patients and staff to emphasize the need for eye donation. To promote the eye donation process and to put forth the significant message to the gathered public on how eye donation can give normal life to the needy a detailed presentation was made by the doctors. Further to encourage eye donation Eye Donation cards were distributed to them.

FMT FORUM (Intercollegiate Forensic Medicine Quiz Competition) - 2015

Aug 2015

The department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, MGMCRI conducted an “Intercollegiate Forensic Medicine Quiz Competition - ‘FMT FORUM - 2015’ on 24th August 2015 at Pondicherry. Dr.KR Sethuraman, Vice chancellor of SBV University was chief guest & inaugurated the program. Dr. N Ananthakrishnan, Dean (PG & Research) and Dr.M Ravishankar Dean (Admin) were Guests of Honour. Students from all Medical Colleges in Pondicherry participated in competition. Total 15 teams participated in semifinal rounds. Four teams entered to final. Students from MGMCRI (Shrivalli & Shefali Navamani of Vth Semester) secured 2nd Place. 1st Place was secured by JIPMER & 3rd Place by IGGMCRI.


August 2015

Dept. of Health Care Services conducted a medical camp at children observation home on 8th August 2015. There were around 30 children falling under the age group of 13 – 18 yrs. MGMCRI had decided to provide medical facility at free of cost. As a preliminary phase a free medical screening was done for the children to diagnose on various health issues.


1st week August

World Breast Feeding Week is being commemorated on 1st week August of every year. This year’s theme is “Let’s Make it Work”. Department of Health Care Services organised World Breast Feeding week at KNC Women’s College, Cuddalore along with the support of Lion’s club of Cuddalore. Dr. Gunasekaran, HOD, Paediatrics, MGMCRI elaborated the importance and benefit of the breast feeding and Dr. Seetharaman, HOD, Community Medicine, MGMCRI also gave a presentation. Around 600 students had participated in this programme. Handbills were distributed to the students as a part of this awareness campaign.

Getting ready for the College – Batch – 2015

July 2015

The Orientation programme for I MBBS students started with the course commencement ceremony on 20th July 2015. This week long programme includes many activities and is a hybrid model of informational and team building activities. The programme was arranged for the students to get acquainted to each other, faculty and staff and to get know of the campus resources and curriculum. Apart from normal check-in process this year orientation programme includes various student centric sessions like campus tour, yoga sessions, e-learning and electronic resources, a career advisory program and many more.

World Blood Donor Day

June 2015

Department of Transfusion Medicine and Department of Pathology observed World Blood donor day on 15/6/2015, Monday at 9.00 am at MRD complex of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute Hospital, Pondicherry.

This function was attended by faculties, Postgraduate students, patients and their relatives who had assembled at the MRD complex, MGMCRI Hospital.

The theme of this year’s celebration was “Thank you for saving my Life”.

Dr. Dhananjay Kotasthane, Professor and HOD, Dept of Pathology welcomed the gathering. In his speech, he highlighted importance of observing 14th June as World Blood donor day every year. He also elaborated historical aspects of observing 14th June especially as World Blood Donor Day and also appealed to every eligible person to donate blood.

Mr. S. Ramachandran, President- AVBD was the Guest of Honour for this function. He elaborated importance of Blood donation in his speech Dr. M Joshua Daniel, Associate Professor, Dept of Transfusion medicine in his extensive presentation made the public aware of the eligibility criteria of Blood donation. Dr. Swathy Pawar, Deputy Medical Superintendent and Dr. M Lakshmana Perumal, Residential Medical Officer felicitated the gathering. The function concluded by Vote of Thanks given by Mrs. S Sudarshana, Public Relations Officer. This function was compeered by Dr Rajavigneshwari, Postgraduate Student, Department of pathology. This function was followed by Voluntary Blood donation by students of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute Hospital.

Chattisgarh plans to ink pact with MGMCRI hospital to replicate the model

June 2015

Chhattisgarh plans to ink pact with MGMCRI hospital to replicate the model

Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI) has a free transgender clinic twice a week supported by Sri Balaji Educational and Charitable Public Trust which runs it. The integrated clinic staffed by medical professionals from the Departments of Dermatology, Psychiatry, Surgery and Endocrinology, provides counselling to patients and screens them for sexually transmitted infections, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). They are referred to other specialty departments if required, where they are examined, investigated and treated free. The clinic has also begun providing SRS in the last six months, charging the patients only the cost of medicine at around Rs7,000.

The clinic’s work gained the attention of the Chhattisgarh government, with officials from its State AIDS Control Society (CGSACS) visited the institute on Saturday, 6 June 2016 to work out modalities for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MGMCRI, to replicate the clinic’s model in Chhattisgarh. Their visit was arranged in association with the Pondicherry AIDS Control Society (PACS). CGSACS is looking at the proposal of setting up a similar clinic at Pt J.N.M. Medical College in Raipur.

World No Tobacco Day

May 2015

World No Tobacco Day is being observed on 31st May. This Year an awareness rally was hosted by MGMCRI students from City center to Nellithope, Puducherry. The Rally was flagged by Dr.Thiagarajan. A Yoga session to overcome tobacco addiction was demonstrated by Dr. Anandha Balayogi. Over 200 students participated in this rally.

World Health Day

April 2015

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April of every year to mark the anniversary of WHO founding. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health and for this year the theme is “Food Safety” and the slogan for this year is "From farm to plate, make food safe”.

Food Safety being so important to everyone, the constituent colleges of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, MGMCRI, IGIDS and KGNC had taken this opportunity to create an awareness among the Puducherry people on food safety. The awareness rally and health camp had held at Gandhi Tidal, Beach Road, Puducherry on 7th April 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

The awareness rally was flagged by Mr. Gunasekaran, Superintend of Police (Traffic) and Deputy Director of MGMCRI, Dr. Ravichandran. Around 200 medical, dental and nursing students participated in this rally carrying placards emphasizing the importance of food safety for the public and roadside food stalls. Apart from this, Hepatitis B immunization was given to the public at the free medical camp organized by the institution. Dental and Medical check-up was also done by the health experts at the free medical camp. Around 250 men and women were benefited by this free Medical camp.

CME on “Modern Concepts in Clinical Nutrition”

March 2015

The Department of Biochemistry, MGMCRI, SBV, organized a CME titled “MODERN CONCEPTS IN CLINICAL NUTRITION” on 28th of March 2015, under the chairmanship of Prof. Ramesh R, HOD, Biochemistry, and MGMC & RI. The CME was a grand success with over 150 participants from various parts of Puducherry and Tamilnadu.

The inaugural function took place in the morning. Prof. A.R. Srinivasan organizing secretary welcomed the gathering. The Dean(Admn) Prof. S. Krishnan presided over. The keynote address was delivered by Prof. K.R. Sethuraman, the Vice Chancellor of SBV. Prof. Nirmal Coumare, M.S, MGMCRI and Prof. B.D. Toora the secretary of the Puducherry chapter of Association of medical biochemist India (AMBI) offered felicitation. Dr. R. Reeta, Asst. Prof of Biochemistry, MGMCRI proposed a formal vote of thanks.

The Guest Lectures were as follows:
1. “NUTRIGENOMICS” By: Dr. Ramesh R, Prof & HOD of Biochemistry, MGMC & RI, SBV, Puducherry.
2. ADVANCES IN ENTERAL AND PARENTERAL NUTRITION by Dr.A.J. Hemamalini, Associate Professor and HOD of Clinical Nutrition, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai.
3. ASSESSMENT TOOLS IN CLINICAL NUTRITION by Dr Josephine Nirmala Many, Associate Professor/HOD of PG and research Dept of Home Science, Bharathidasan Govt. College for Women(Autonomous), Puducherry.

The scientific session was followed by Panel Discussion on the theme “RELEVANCE OF NUTRITION AND DIETETIC IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS”. It was chaired by Prof. D. Gunasekharan, Head, Department of Paediatrics, MGMC & RI, SBV,Puducherry. The panelists included Prof. R. Ramesh, Head, Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Lokesh, Associate Professor, Department of General Medicine, Prof. N. Seetharaman, Head, Dept. of Community Medicine MGMC & RI, SBV, Puducherry, Prof. Renuka Guhan, Principal, KGNC, Prof.Usha Carounanidy, Principal, IGIDS, Dr.A.J. Hemamalini, Associate Professor, SRMC Porur, Dr Josephine Nirmala Many, Associate Professor Bharathidasan Govt. College for women (Autonomous), Puducherry.

The Post lunch session witnessed the quiz competition under the leadership of Prof. B.D Toora, President, AMBI, Puducherry chapter. Totally nine teams drawn from first year medical students from various medical colleges in Puducherry, participated. The lively quiz programme was conducted by Dr. Kulkarani Sweta, Asst. Prof of Biochemistry, MGMCRI. Dr. H. Nandeesha (Asst. Prof. of Biochemistry, JIPMER) and Dr. R. Reeta, (Asst. Prof of Biochemistry, MGMCRI) were the scorers. The prize winners at the quiz competition were feted with certificate of merit and a cash prize of Rs 3000 /-, Rs 2000/- and Rs 1000/-were given award to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.


March 2015

At Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, a CME program was organized under the auspices of the International Medical Sciences Academy-Puducherry Chapter and the Hospital Infection Control Committee-MGMC & RI, on 28th March,2015 at Puducherry. The theme of the CME was “ Bloodstream Infections-An Update”

The bloodstream infections (BSIs) is one of the leading causes of hospital acquired infections along with Respiratory (Pneumonia), Urinary tract (UTI) and Surgical site infections (SSI), among the hospitalized patients and in particular among patients admitted in ICUs. Such infection of the blood lead to serious complications including death, if not treated in time or if the causative agent is a multidrug resistant organism. The bacteria or fungi enters into blood stream from various sites of the body harboring pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria.

The CME was inaugurated BY Prof.K.R.Sethuraman,Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth. The Chief Guest of the function was Dr.K.Jagadeesan, President of the International Medical Sciences Academy and Director of the K.J.Hospital, Chennai. A newly designed logo for the HICC-MGMCRI was released by Dr.Nirmal Coumare, Medical Superintendent, and felicitations were offered by Dr.G.Subramanian, Director of CIDRF and Dr.S.Krishnan, Dean-Academic, MGMCRI. The CME was coordinated by Dr.J.Shanmugam (Organizing Secretary), Dr.P.Pajanivelou (Jt.Secretary) and Dr.K.Kalaivani (Treasurer).

The eight eminent Speakers invited for the CME program delivered state of art talks on various aspects of bloodstream infections. Dr.J.Shanmugam (CIDRF-MGMCRI), narrated the sources of blood infections and the causative organisms, Dr.Abdoul Hamide (JIPMER),delivered an update talk on accidental sharp injuries occurring among healthcare workers and post-exposure prophylaxis, Dr.K.Lailtha (PIMS) covered the diagnosis and management of Neonatal septicemia-a leading causing of death among new borns,, Dr.M.Narayanan (MGMCRI), narrated the management of septicemia in adult patients, Dr.Radha Madhavan (SRM), described current trends in rapid laboratory diagnosis which can help in timely and successful treatment, Dr.J.Sameer (MGMCRI), explained in detail about catheter acquired blood infections and modes of preventing the same by observing strict sterile precautions and clinical hand washing, Dr.D.Sureshkumar (Apollo,Chennai), covered the list viruses and fungi responsible for blood stream infections and problems of management and Dr.K.Renuka (Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College), described the roles to be played by the Nursing professionals in preventing bloodstream infections and saving the precious lives.

The CME was attended by more than 150 delegates (Faculties, PG students, Research scholars and practicing Doctors) from various Medical colleges and Hospital from Puducherry and neighboring parts of Tamil Nadu. Medical companies exhibited their products in the exhibition stalls. This CME program was accredited by Tamil Nadu Medical Council with two credit points.

Outreach programme for rural women by MGMCRI Hospital

March 2015

MGMCRI initiated an outreach and health-checkup for rural women through Palmyra Women SHG's Federation. Upon the request made forth by the Palmyra members to organize doctor's team during their preliminary meeting with Dr. Ravichandran, Deputy Director, the hospital had arranged for an outreach programme on 18th March and a subsequent health-up programme for the women who needed further medical assistance at the Hospital on 22nd March. Over 150-200 women from the rural area at the outskirts of Puducherry near Auroville were benefited.

Outreach Programme at Palmyra Center on 18th March 2015
The initial health check-up was arranged at the Palmyra center in Auroville. The Treasurer of the Women SHG’s Federation welcomed the health professionals from the hospital to the camp and explained the need of the health checkup to the gathering. Over 150 women were examined by the team and medications were given. The list of patients who needed further treatment were recommended to the federation.

Health Screening Programme in MGMCRI on 22nd March, 2015
As a continuation to the outreach programme held at Auroville on 18th March, the patients who needed further medical assistance were brought to the hospital. The hospital took care of their transport to and fro from the hospital. All medical tests and medicines were provided at free of cost to them. Nearly 20 women were admitted to the hospital for further treatment.

The beneficiaries thanked the hospital for their corporate conscience.

CME on ‘Golden Hour in Trauma’

March 2015

A medical education programme on ‘Golden Hour in Trauma’ was conducted in Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute Pondicherry on the 20th of March 2015, to mark the opening of their new trauma operation theatre complex. The state of the art operation theatre complex which will function round the clock was inaugurated by eminent surgeon Prof. S. Robinson Smile. The medical education programme which was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University Prof. K. R. Sethuraman, was attended by over 300 doctors from Pondicherry and neighbouring states. Eminent speakers from Pondicherry, Chennai and Bangalore from the departments of Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Cardio-thoracic Surgery, Urology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Anaesthesiology, Paediatric Surgery and Maxillo facial Surgery enlightened the delegates regarding the various aspects of management of accident victims starting from the site of accident to hospital care. The speakers included Dr. Sasi Kumar and Dr. Saravana kumar from Chennai and Dr. Srinath Kumar from Bangalore. The topics ranged from pre hospital care and disaster management to the care of patients with head injury, chest injury, abdominal injury and various fractures. The role of triage in selecting the patients needing urgent medical care in case of natural calamities and accidents was discussed. The recent advances in trauma surgery were discussed. Earlier the patients with multiple fractures and wounds required a number of surgeries but now with the advances in medicine and tecnology it is possible to treat such patients with a single surgery. Prof. K.R. Thyagarajan stressed upon the need of expert care in the management of fractures by showing examples of how simple fractures that could have been easily treated in a few weeks’ time by an Orthopaedician were turned into disabling and life threatening complications by native bone setters. Prof. Anantha Krishnan suggested that 3 simple measures – avoiding cooking at ground level, lighting kerosene stoves while the fire was on and sleeping with lighted lamps in the room at night, would drastically bring down the number of domestic fire accidents in the country. Prof. Robinson Smile emphasized on the need to implement compulsory helmet rule to prevent fatal head injuries in two wheeler accidents. The need to educate the public about road safety and basic first aid measures in an accident scenario was stressed upon.


March 2015

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in the adult population. In this disease, there is increase in intra ocular pressure, damage to the optic nerve and constriction of the visual field.

Usually asymptomatic, this condition is diagnosed when the patient is examined by an ophthalmologist. It is therefore important to have intra ocular pressure & optic nerve regularly evaluated even when there is no perceptible visual loss. Given the fact that the optic nerve damage is irreversible, the necessity to diagnose and treat the condition at the earliest cannot be over emphasized.

To create awareness about this blinding condition, “Glaucoma Awareness Week” is observed worldwide in the second week of March. This year March 12th was World Glaucoma Day.

In this regard, Department of Ophthalmology, MGMCRI had conducted an awareness campaign at the MRD. Prof. Dr. G. S. Srinivasan presented an awareness talk about the disease. He emphasized the importance of early detection of glaucoma and those who are likely to be at a higher risk for the disease. Dr. Lakshmana Parumal, RMO, also emphasized the need for early diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Dr.Krishnan, Dean, MGMCRI had also participated in the campaign. Prof.Dr.K.Srikanth, HOD, Department of Ophthalmology gave the vote of thanks.


March 2015

Finding a cure is our goal, spreading awareness plays a role!!!

We have a situation in our hands! An issue that needs to get solved. A common illness that searches for a cure- CANCER.

MIDASICON 2015, organized by Association of Surgeons of India, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry chapter is a conglomerate of Surgeons from far and near, stalwarts and novices in an attempt to join hands in our attempt to fight the Deadly Disease.

The two day intellectual extravaganza, had held at MGMCRI which comprised of a series of Lectures, case discussions and panel discussions on day 1 and a live operative Workshop on day 2.

“Surgiquiz”, a quiz competition for the post graduates and delegates and a “poster “competition added more charm to the 2 day fest.

Lectures were delivered by experts in the field of oncology and aiming to spread the awareness amongst doctors of tomorrow about the need for the correct approach and the need to catch it early. The awareness about such a common illness still seems lacking among the general population at large. This intellectual transfer of experience and expertise from the doyens of surgery to the novice will in turn benefit the population and make our fight against cancer – Stronger.

The Live operative workshop focused not only on learning the correct surgical techniques but also on the novel Minimally Invasive Techniques to cure common surgical ailments. While focusing on the new, we can’t let go of the “Gold Standard” and time tested techniques of open surgery too. The workshop also aimed to project the blend of science and technology and open surgery in Breast Cancer.

During the two day fest on the 7th of March, there was only a single feeling in the airs of MGMCRI…

TIME to THRIVE… Cancer must Die!!!

Orienting surgeons to treat sleep apnoea

February 2015

A live surgery workshop was hosted by the ENT and Head and Neck Surgery Department of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI) sought to raise awareness and skill of surgeons on OSA procedures. Four patients, including a woman in the 45 to 50 age group, who were reported to have snoring issues, were operated upon to correct their OSA condition. The procedures were led by Dr. R. Vidyasagar, Associate Professor, NRI Medical College and General Hospital, Vijayawada.

ENT specialists point out that while not all snoring is problematic, episodes of frequent loud snoring could be a sign of sleep apnoea. OSA is a potentially serious disorder where air intake is briefly suspended, and if left unattended for a long time, could lead to serious complications such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

This workshop was attended by about 80 delegates, including ENT surgeons from Puducherry and Cuddalore and residents doctors of various medical colleges.

Intern’s Orientation Programme

January 2015


The intern’s orientation programme – Jan-2015 for MGMCRI was conducted on 30.01.2015 and 31.01.2015, at 2nd floor D2 Conference Hall. The programme was meant for 99 interns, passed out in Dec 2014.

Aim of the programme was to familiarize new interns with their tasks in the work places which include wards, OPD, emergency room and community. The objectives of the programme was to enable the interns for developing good communication skills, both verbal and written, be aware of the psychosocial needs of the patients, appreciate the principles in rational drug therapy, develop and refine the skills of requisitions for diagnostic tests, appropriate techniques for collection and transport of samples for laboratory test, ethical issues involved in patient care, tackle common medico-legal issue , identify their role in a multidisciplinary team , develop a sense of belonging to the institute and stress on their responsibility and accountability towards patient care and how to deal with the medical representatives.

The programme was structured with interactive lectures, allotment of group task, role play by students and faculty and discussion of ethical and medico-legal case scenarios. Evaluation of the programme was done by using the feedback questionnaire.

It was a collaborative effort of dedicated senior faculties from the institute which includes Dr. K. R. Sethuraman Vice-Chancellor and Dr. S. Krishnan Dean Administration.

In the workshop following topics were discussed by respective faculty: Why errors occur in the healthcare system and how to prevent them was given by Dr. V. N. Mahalakshmi Professor of Pediatrics Surgery, Written Communication was given by Dr. P. Rani Assoc. Professor Anaesthesiology, Group tasks was conducted by Dr. Seetesh Ghose Prof. & Head OG, Interpersonal skills in Medical Practice was given by Dr. Abu Backer Senior Resident Psychiatry, Group tasks was conducted by Dr. Partha Nandi Assoc. Professor Community Medicine and Dr. B Sivaprakash Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Ethics was given by Dr. V. N. Mahalakshmi Professor of Pediatrics Surgery, Group tasks was conducted by Dr. N. Ananthakrishnan Professor Surgery, Dr. Seetesh Ghose Prof. & Head OG and Dr. V. N. Mahalakshmi Professor of Pediatrics Surgery, Legal aspects in Medical practice was given by Dr. Pramod Kumar Assoc. Professor of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Group tasks was conducted by Dr. Satish Kumar Professor & HOD Forensic Medicine, Concept of ‘P’ drugs Dr. K. A. Narayan Professor Community Medicine, Rational considerations before you order diagnostic tests was given by Dr. Manoj Karthik Assoc. Professor Surgery, Group tasks was conducted by Dr. Mohamed Hanifah Professor Medicine, Dr. Smile Robinson Professor Surgery and Dr. D. Kotasthane Professor & HOD Pathology, Rational approaches of therapeutics was given by Dr. Lokesh Professor General Medicine, Group tasks was conducted by Dr. Mohamed Hanifah Professor Medicine, Dr. Smile Robinson Professor Surgery and Dr. K. R. Sethuraman Vice Chancellor.

At the end of the programme Dr. K. R. Sethuraman Vice - Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidhyapeeth and Dr. S. Krishnan Dean Administration addressed and appraised the interns about their responsibilities. They also gave away the participation certificates and CRRI’s diary.


November 2014

citycenter-opening The City Centre of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, located at Thiruvalluvar Salai, Pillaithootam, Pondicherry was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Puducherry Shri. N. Rangasamy in the presence of Shri. Om Sakthi Sekar, MLA of the Constituency on 17th November 2014.

The City Centre which is of corporate type will be a referral as well as treating centre for general ailments and super specialty health problems under one roof, which is a first of its kind in Puducherry.

General OPD services will function between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm daily including E.C.G, Echo, Ultra Sound and Laboratory services. Master Health Check up packages is available here. Specialty and Super Specialty OPD services will be available on all days between 5 pm and 9 pm. In addition to the above, on all days City Centre also provides Music Medicine and Yoga Therapy consultations and sessions. Further City Centre will also serve as an Information Centre for the services of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and a booking centre for MRI and CT Scans.

Speaking at the function, Prof. S. Ravichandran, Deputy Director of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College said that City Centre provides General, Specialty and Super Specialty health care including Medical and Surgical Oncology, all under one roof. This City Centre will be a liaison between the patients of Pondicherry town and MGMCRI.

The Chairman of Sri Balaji Educational and Charitable Public Trust Shri. M.K. Rajagopalan, Vice-Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Prof. K.R. Sethuraman, Dean of MGMCRI Prof. S. Krishnan, Medical Superintendent of MGMCRI Prof. Nirmal Coumare, Dean- Research & PG Studies Prof. N. Ananthakrishnan, Prof. Robinson Smile, all heads of departments, faculty, management staff, Nursing Superintendent and many others were present for the function.

MGMCRI observed National Unity Day

October 2014

Pledge administered by students of MGMCRI Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, a constituent college of Sri Balaji Vidhyapeeth took pride in observing the National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) on the birth anniversary of Shri Sardar Valla bhai Patel, the Iron Man of India.

Mahatma Gandhi Medical College organized a programme for administering the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge to all students, staff and faculty on 31.10.2014. The faculty and students took the solemn pledge with utmost dedication and devotion and with the idea of spreading the message of Unity, Safety and Security. It was supervised by the office of the Dean. All the batches were administered the pledge at 11.00am on 31.10.2014.

Signature campaign on account of WORLD SIGHT DAY

October 2014

Pledge administered by students of MGMCRI In commemoration of WORLD SIGHT DAY on October 9th 2014, MGMCRI along with District Blindness Control Society and Lion’s Club of Cuddalore had organized for a signature campaign. The campaign was organized with an objective to create awareness among public on eye diseases and eye donation. District collector Mr.Suresh Kumar inaugurated the function. The gathering signed to show their support to eye donation. Dr.Ravichandran, Deputy Director of the Hospital services, Dr.Srikanth HOD of Ophthalmology, Dr.Seetharaman HOD of Community Medicine along with students took active participation in this awareness campaign.


October 2014

Interventional Radiology is a subspecialty of radiology that utilizes minimally invasive image guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of all organ system. The concept of this technology is to minimize risk in treating patients, to lessen pain and to reduce recovery time. The following interventional radiological procedures are available at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondicherry. These procedures are also covered under Chief Minister health insurance scheme of Tamilnadu.

• Angioplasty / stenting for peripheral arterial disease
• Intra arterial Thrombolysis for acute ischemic limbs
• Peripheral stent grafts for peripheral aneurysms and AV fistula (aortic aneurysms etc)
• Renal artery angioplasty / stenting
• Angioplasty for venous stenosis
• Central venous stenting for central venous occlusion (SVC, brachiocephalic vein and subclavian vein)
• Inferior vena cava filter placement
• Inferior vena cava stenting
• Embolisation of AV malformation of peripheral extremity, cranio facial and visceral locations
• Embolisation of pulmonary AV malformation
• Embolisation of MAPCAs (major aorto- pulmonary collaterals) in congenital heart diseases
• Coarctation of aorta – stenting
• Embolisation of carotid body tumour
• CT guided biopsy of lung mass
• Bronchial artery embolisation in haemoptysis
• Cerebral DSA
• Pre operative embolisation of meningioma / haemangioendothelioma
• Embolisation of AV malformation of cranio-facial locations
• Embolisation of carotid body tumour
• Embolisation of epistaxis
• Permanent tunnelled catheter placement as substitute for AV fistula in long term dialysis
• Endovascular intervention for salvaging hemodialysis AV fistula
• Central venous stenting for central venous occlusion (SVC, brachiocephalic vein and subclavian vein)
• Renal artery angioplasty / stenting
• Nephrostomy tube and nephroureteral stent placement
• Renal artery embolisation in renal bleeding
• Renal artery angioplasty / stenting
• Nephrostomy tube and nephroureteral stent placement
• Embolisation in epistaxis
• Embolisation of juvenile nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma (JNA)
• CT guided biopsy of bone / spine lesions
• Radiofrequency ablation of osteoid osteoma
• Embolisation of arterial injury in orthopedic / pelvic trauma
• Embolisation of post traumatic / post surgical arterial pseudoaneurysm
• Pre operative embolisation of vascular bone tumour / vascular metastasis
• Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement to prevent pulmonary embolism
• Embolisation of AV malformation of peripheral extremity
• Biliary drainage procedures – external drainage (PTBD) and stent placement
• Radiofrequency ablation of liver tumours
• Chemo embolisation for liver tumours with drug, PVA / DC beads (TACE)
• Preoperative portal vein embolisation for liver tumours
• Transjugular liver biopsy (not included in CM scheme)
• Gastro intestinal visceral arterial embolisation in upper & lower gastrointestinal bleeding
• Embolisation of post operative / post traumatic bleeding
• Mesenteric artery angioplasty & stenting in acute & chronic mesenteric ischemia
• Inferior vena cava stenting in Budd Chiari syndrome
• CT / Ultrasound guided biopsy / drainage procedures
• Uterine artery embolisation in severe menorrhagia secondary to post partum haemorrhage, uterine fibroids and AV malformation
• Ultrasound / CT guided biopsy & drainage procedures
• CT or ultrasound guided biopsy / FNAC of lung & abdominal lesions
• Pigtail drainage of intra abdominal collection / pleural fluid
• Bronchial artery embolisation for haemoptysis
• Central venous stenting for central venous occlusion (SVC, brachiocephalic vein and subclavian vein)
• Ultrasound / CT guided biopsy & drainage procedures
• Angioplasty / stenting for peripheral arterial disease
• Intra arterial Thrombolysis for acute ischemic limbs
• Peripheral stent grafts for peripheral aneurysms and AV fistula (aortic aneurysms etc)
• Catheter directed thrombolysis of deep venous thrombosis (not included in CM scheme)
• Angioplasty for venous stenosis
• Central venous stenting for central venous occlusion (SVC, brachiocephalic vein and subclavian vein)
• Inferior vena cava filter placement
• Embolisation of AV malformation of peripheral extremity
• Preoperative prophylactic tumour embolisation
• Embolisation of post operative and post traumatic bleeding
• Embolisation of post traumatic / post surgical arterial pseudo aneurysms

Overall Championship Trophy at ADRENA-2014

September 2014

The students of MGMCRI participated in ADRENA '14, the inter-college sports and cultural competition that took place from 5th to 9th of September 2014 at Sri Venkateshwara Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry.

It was an absolute 'stand out performance' by the students of MGMCRI, as they bagged the “Overall Championship Trophy”. The event saw keen participation of 43 colleges and it is remarkable that the college had walked away with the prestigious title for the second time. The students were crowned the winners in Football, Music, Fashion show and overall in Literature and Fine art events.

It was a tremendous display of coordination, talent and unity by the students of MGMCRI.

White coat ceremony

August 2014

The white coat ceremony had held on August 2014 at MGMCRI campus, for the students entering into their clinical career. The students were accompanied by their parents and guardians to this occasion.

Surrounded by family, friends and faculty our medical students were administered the Hippocratic Oath. They were presented with their white coat and stethoscope as a tradition to mark the start of the clinical career.

Hearty wishes were given to them by the Chancellor, the Vice-chancellor, Dean, Vice Principal, Deputy Registrar – Student affairs, HODs and faculty.

Inauguration: First Year MBBS 2014-15, MGMCRI – 250 students

27th August 2014

The inaugural ceremony for the first batch of 250 students MBBS for the Academic Year 2014-15 was held on 27th August 2014 at MGMCRI. The event was graced by the Managing Trustee- SBECPT, the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor and the Deans of the institution.

The event commenced with a welcome address by the Medical Superintendent. The Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor and the Deans of the Institution offered inspiring speech to one and all about the profession and the institution. Deputy Director guided the audience through a virtual tour of the campus and gave an insight to the new joiners about the campus life. The Vice Principal gave an introduction to the course in general and introduced the faculty to the audience.

The function ended by vote of thanks by the Student Adviser.