Medicine - Filling the Skill Gap in Medical Education
The Indian medical education system, one of the largest in the world, currently has 381 medical colleges with 49,918 MBBS seats registered with Medical Council of India (MCI). While the number of medical colleges and medical seats in the existing colleges are likely to increase with the help of recent proposals from the government of India, the real challenge for any medical college is the availability of the medical trained faculties. As per MCI norms, nearly 125 teachers are required per college for 150 admissions. With more than 289 faculty members, Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (SIMS & RC), which has annual admission of 150 students for MBBS programs, has been scripting success stories in the Indian medical education system.
Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre (SIMS & RC) is established with the sole objective of providing quality based medical education by Sri Srinivasa Educational & Charitable Trust, which was brought into being by the Founder chairman Late. T. Giriyappa, who had a vision to start several social welfare projects for the empowerment of the underprivileged of our society. The trust has been operating since 1999 under GD group and established professional colleges for Technology and Medicine. The trust has been in forefront for social causes and is contributing immensely in the field of education and has contributed to Karnataka and its citizens in many ways by creating a number of funds for the benefit of aspiring students; focusing on the education of children, adolescents and adults within and outside a formal education system. The other institutions under the GD group are Sapthagiri College of Engineering, Sapthagiri Super Speciality Hospital, Sapthagiri Clintrac Pvt Ltd and The Solitaire Hotel. SIMS & RC, one the prominent institution that established in 2011, is recognized by MCI and is affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.
Location plays an important role for students who are studying in SIMS & RC. With sprawling campus located along Hesaraghatta Main Road of Bengaluru city, students are able to attend numerous medical conferences, seminars and research events that introduce them to new medical technologies and surgical techniques. The institute itself organized over 55 medical conferences and seminars. Such exposure helps students become aware of the latest advances in the field of medicine and teaches them to think beyond their textbooks. Since 2011, SIMS & RC has published an impressive 160 papers in various national and international journals and students can access all these articles at the campus library, which well stocked with textbooks, journals, E â€“ Journals and Helinet. As the institute also houses the city\'s one of most famous hospitals, a large number of patients from all over state arrive here daily, allowing students to observe and study a number of unusual medical cases, besides a host of common diseases.
\"Sapthagiri Hospital was started in 2010, situated in the campus caters to both the urban and rural population because of its accessibility. It is a tertiary medical service center with 1000 beds and offers speciality and super speciality services,\" says Dr. C.M. Ramesh, Principal. SIMS & RC. The hospital has dedicated and highly competent members of the medical fraternity along with trained personnel who work with sophisticated equipments. The services available include Medicine, Surgery, OBG, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Forensic Medicine (for Medico-legal cases).The hospital has well equipped operation theatres with state of the art equipment and facilities, supported by 60 bedded post-operative and 20 bedded pre-operative wards to provide prompt and high quality emergency and elective surgical services.
With such extensive facilities for medical practice, the institute introduces the elements of research to the students from first year of MBBS in the form of simple applied projects while more complex task are given to the students during their internship period. \"Research is an essential dimension for the growth and development of the institute. We have a dedicated and well-equipped state of art Central Research Laboratory to cater the need of the researchers and all research projects are carefully screened through the research committee and ethical committee for quality and application in the health care delivery system,\" says Dr. Ramesh. Sapthagiri Clintrac is another facility committed to Quality Clinical Research, which is involved for phase 2 and 3 clinical studies. Sapthagiri Clintrac seeks to contribute to improving the harsh economics of pharmaceutical R&D faced by many companies and works with national and international drug companies to evaluate clinical trials.
With adequate infrastructure, the Institute today strives to be among the top ten medical colleges in India in the sphere of medical education, research and health care services and assures a promising future for students of Medicine. \"By 2025, we see ourselves as the Institute of choice in South India both for undergraduate and postgraduate education. We also wish to regularly strengthen our fundamental core values and objectives in enhancing the academic and research skills of our faculty,\" concludes Dr. Ramesh.