Snapshot – CMC 2020

Summary of News from CMC Vellore

Recognition of the work done by CMC

Several awards were received during the year, namely:

‘Workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic’.
‘Excellence in Hospital Preparedness for COVID-19’.
‘Best charity hospital combating COVID-19’.
D. L. Shah Quality Award (gold) for ‘Continuous Quality Improvement in the Central Sterile Supply Department.
Best Private medical College ( and second best overall) by the ‘Week’ and ‘India today’ Surveys in 2020.
Third best medical college by the national Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF), Government of India.

Student Admissions

New batch of undergraduates (Batch of 2020), postgraduates and higher specialty candidates in medicine, nursing and allied health joined in December 2020. (later than usual).
Several new courses were started this year:
MD in Emergency Medicine,
MCh in Paediatric Orthopaedics
DM in Clinical Virology (first in the Country), Interventional Radiology and Neuroanesthesia.

Recognition of Staff achievements

Several CMC faculties were featured among the top 2% of scientists globally in the recently published Stanford University report. CMC continues to place emphasis on research, and in 2019-20, we witnessed a record receipt of research grants from research partners and funding agencies from within India and overseas.

150th Birthday Anniversary of Ida Scudder

2020 marked the 150th birth anniversary of the founder Dr. Ida Scudder. It was amazing to see the global network of CMC, friends, alumni, and well-wishers contributing and joining in the novel, mega-24-hour online event to celebrate this occasion with an array of activities. It was also fitting that Dr. James Taylor, a member of the Scudder family, and the great-great-grandson of Dr. Silas Scudder, founder of Scudder Memorial Hospital, Ranipet, delivered the 9th Annual Dr. Ida Scudder Humanitarian Oration.

Clinical Services

Kannigapuram Campus

The commissioning of the new campus at Kannigapuram was delayed due to the pandemic. However, part of the facility was utilized for admitting COVID patients at the request of the District Collector of the newly formed Ranipet District. Work is now progressing at a good pace, hoping to dedicate this facility in the next few months. The residences in Kannigapuram are almost complete, and our faculty and staff have started occupying the houses there.

Chittoor Campus

The Chittoor campus continued to witness a high turnover of patients during the pandemic. It was heartening to note that despite various hurdles, several new initiatives were possible in 2020. This included the housing complex (called Genesis), the ‘Chatram’ (accommodation) facility for relatives of patients (called Ashraya – was a gift from the MBBS batch of 1991), a Radiology suite (housing a new CT scan and other radiology facilities) and a biomedical waste management facility. The second batch of B. Sc Nursing students were also admitted in 2020.

Vellore Campus

In the main hospital, the number of outpatients and inpatients dropped to 30% and 50% respectively at the peak of the lockdown, placing enormous stress on the finances. Several strategies helped to tide through this period that included careful (re)-allocation of