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Santhiram Medical College & General Hospital: Changing the parameters of medical education

SI Edu Team
Monday, April 18, 2016
SI Edu Team
Hands that serve are holier than the angels, and serving society through education casts enrichment and enlightenment to the mankind. With a keen interest to promote medical education and offer eminent medical services, Dr.M.Santhiramudu had established Santhiram Medical College and General Hospital, with the motto - "Education for Service", in the year 2004 at Nandyal, Kurnool dist, Andhra Pradesh. "Development doesn't really mean skyscrapers or rich outlook, but it relies in the empowerment of common man with the intrinsic facilities in the fields of Health and Education"- Dr. M.Santhiramudu always believed and maintained these views.

Santhiram Medical College is a center for efficacious learning, with a host of medical facilities and competent faculties of National repute. The college has an excellent faculty consisting of highly qualified Professors, Doctors and trained personnel to impart exemplary health care. The college's mission is to educate and assist the students in their transformation to the polite, punctual, ethical, compassionate and successful health care professionals. Santhiram Medical College has been offering post graduate courses from the year 2011 in both clinical and Non-Clinical departments. College is equipped with advanced laboratories for carrying out various experiments and research activities for students and it has 6 big lecture galleries with audio visual facility for teaching purpose and one auditorium with 1000 seating capacity for seminars, CME's and in house functions.

The Central Library is one of the finest libraries. It is air-conditioned with serene ambience, which provides comfortable learning environment with resource material of the highest quality, to teach and learn skills, which are needed for academic inquiry and relentless enlightenment to support faculty and postgraduate research. Library is regularly updated with new volumes of books and journals. Also, library is enriched with a vast knowledge bank of 10000 medical text and reference books. And, a Digital Library with 48 computers and 500 CD- ROMS of medical subjects are provided. The ever expanding clinical knowledge and the complexities of health care are the challenges for health care providers, and Research, clinical knowledge & skill upgrades are essential in becoming pioneer in the Health Sciences education. To commensurate with the current health care trends and research needs of the Faculty and students, the institution has subscription to a total of 165 medical journals, of which, 110 are Indian and 55 are foreign journals.

Keeping the founding vision in mind, the institute conducts several free health camps in the surrounding area. Dr.M.Santhiramudu, Founder & Chairman, Santhiram Medical College & General Hospital says, "Every year we conduct over 400 health camps in the surrounding villages and we are the only hospital conducting free health camps everyday at different villages in Kurnool district." Many health awareness programs are also being conducted. The institute has also adopted villages in the area and is empowering them in terms of health and education. They have conducted more than 2500 health camps in Kurnool and surrounding districts.

The students and the faculty are avid researchers as well and collectively have published many papers in national and international journals, the students also regularly take part in symposiums, seminars and conferences and present papers and proposals. Research makes the students learn in depth about the subject or the topic they are interested in and also gives them the freedom to explore the subject more on their own.

The establishment not only encourages the students for research and social activities but also encourages them to excel in their profession and that is why the institution insists on students participating in every activity that requires them to put what they learn in their classes to work. By making the students practice the profession frequently, the institution turns them into confident medical professionals by the time they graduate. The institute makes it a point to maintain a strict curriculum that is regularly revised with the help of the advisory board and the academic council. The board and the council consist of medical practitioners who have ample of experience and academicians from reputed organizations. The medical institute is able to provide quality education to the students because of the fact that they have their own hospital where the students learn from experienced and skilled medical practitioners.

Santhiram General Hospital was established in 2004, as the associated teaching hospital for Santhiram Medical College. The hospital had started the medical services with 240 beds, and today, it has expanded to 700 beds, with various Medical and Surgical departments. The salient advantage of the hospital is its enormous clinical material available for both undergraduates and post graduates for training. The hospital is equipped with state of art equipment for providing quality healthcare. The hospital features round the clock duty doctors, who are always available in the campus. Hospital caters services to not only to the people of Kurnool district, but also serves the parts of Kadapa, Prakasham, Chittor and Anantapur districts.

The hospital is providing free outpatient and Inpatient services. All Investigations are done at very nominal charges. The Hospital is empanelled under NTR vaidya seva, BSNL, Employment health scheme and others. The hospital provides free services such as Free OPD consultation and Free Cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries to children. So far they have performed 150 free Cleft Lip and cleft palate surgeries successfully to children in collaboration with team of American doctors from Smile network International, USA and Foundation for children In need.

Dr. M.Santhiramudu, Founder & Chairman
Dr.M.Santhiramudu started his profession as a Chartered accountant and has gained abundant and vast knowledge in running educational Institutions right from KG to PG level since 1986. He established educational Institutions in all fields, which are running successfully with more than 12000 students, and more than 3600 employees in this group.

Dr.M.Santhiramudu strived a lot to bring Technical and Medical education to the people of Rayalaseema. As a part of his Mission he established Santhiram Medical College & General Hospital in the year 2005, which is a real boon to the people of Rayalaseema region, where thousands of people are utilizing free medical services. The secret of this visionary is his humility with his cheerful approach. He is enriching these rural lands with knowledge. He is conferred with 'Vidyaratna' award for his excellent services towards promoting education.

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