As the traffic gets more and more chaotic, the emergency services have their hands full. Enter an exciting world where every minute could save a life. The Casualty Department at SRM Medical College Hospital pulls out all stops to create outstanding doctors.
Advanced teaching techniques and learning aids and state of the art research facilities await students. They are trained not just in technical aspects but in interpersonal skills as well.
The department is driven by well-qualified and experienced postgraduate doctors specialized in accident and emergency medicine. Experienced faculty members are supported by six Casualty Medical Officers (CMOs) to provide high quality accident and emergency care round the clock.
The undergraduate program introduces students to Basic Life Support (BLS) and emergency medicine, subjects that are not usually taught in the medical colleges following the conventional syllabus. The curriculum is based on sessions on first aid, BLS, disaster management, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS). Practical training in CPR and advanced life saving skills are given to each and every student.
The faculty members contribute to academic development by presenting papers and posters in international and national conferences. Doctors, residents and medical students are also involved in regular CME programs.
In October 2006, the SRM EMCARE conference on emergency care saw the active participation of eminent consultants from Partners International, Boston, USA.. Experts from all over Tamil Nadu met to share and acquire knowledge at this exciting international event hosted by SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Center. They addressed subjects such as trauma to the Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis, Head and Spine through inspiring lectures and workshops.
The Basic Life Support workshop leaders used simulator-manikins to illustrate intubations in normal and obstructed airways. "Sim Man" also proved to be the ideal subject for teaching how to spot Arrhythmia, practice CPR and IV Cannulation, and perform a Needle Cricothyroidotomy. In fact, the Medical college will be purchasing a fleet of "Sim Man" to this end.
Student and faculty exchange program is part of the MOU signed between SRM University and Partners International - USA, in addition to setting up Emergency Trauma Care Centre at SRM Hospital with the expertise and guidance of partners.