The Christian Medical College (CMC Vellore) is a private and unaided Christian minority educational institute which includes a string of hospitals in and around Vellore, Tamil Nadu. It was founded in 1900 by Ida Sophia Scudder, the daughter of a medical missionary. It was initially started as a one room dispensary for patients and the very first hospital in the series the Schell Memorial Hospital was built in the year 1902 which accommodated around 40 patients. The college now goes on to offer a variety of courses ranging from graduation, post-graduation and higher specialty courses in Nursing, MBBS, Allied health sciences and Bioengineering.
MEDICAL EDUCATION: The CMC College, Vellore, began a 100 years back in the year 1918 with a training programme for women known as the Licentiate Diploma. The medical school was upgraded to the status of a college in the year 1942 and in 1950 it went on to be permanently affiliated to the Madras University. From the year 1953 to 2012 the number of admissions has been gradually increased from 50 to 100. The institution is best known for its contributions in the development of Community Based Education as well as in specialties like Cardiology, Thoracic Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and Hematology. The college is currently offering 17 higher specialty courses. In addition to that Masters courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Medical Physics, Public Health, Bioengineering and Clinical Engineering and M.Phil. in Hospital and Health Systems Management is also on offer.
NURSING EDUCATION: The year 1904 marked the beginning of nursing education in CMC when Dr Ida Scudder along with Miss Lillian Hart, a well-trained nurse, started to train Indian women in nursing. In 1909, Delia Houghton, another registered nurse visited India as the first instructor of the very first training school with five students. This programme was later upgraded in 1932 to a higher grade training which is now known as Diploma in Nursing. The four year B.Sc. Nursing programme was initiated and affiliated to the Madras University in 1946, which was the first of its kind in the country. The Nursing College has since then went on to achieve milestones, setting trends and training nurses to serve the larger cause of the country. Currently the College of Nursing admits 100 students in both Diploma Nursing and B.Sc. Nursing programmes every year.
ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES: Along with its success in both the medical and nursing disciplines, the college had also started to train skilled personnel in varied allied health sciences. The very first programme to be incorporated was the compounder training programme which was later upgraded as the Diploma in Pharmacy. Since then many diploma courses like Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Medical Laboratory Technology and Medical Record Science have also been upgraded. Currently the institution offers 19 degree and 21 diploma programmes.
CMC Vellore provides for a varied number of courses under both U.G as well as P.G. Both the MBBS and BSc Nursing programmes are well renowned undergraduate courses. Apart from these two, CMC also has several other courses in the U.G category namely- BSc in Critical Care Technology, Dialysis Technology, Cardiac Technology, etc. CMC also offers a wide range of post graduate and higher specialty courses. The students are awarded with MD, MS, DM and M.CH degrees.
Following is a list of some of the U.G and P.G courses:
U.G COURSES –
- BSc ( NURSING)
- BSc (OPTOMETRY TECHNOLOGY)
- BSc (MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY)
- BSc ( CARDIAC TECHNOLOGY)
P.G COURSES –
- MD( ANAESTHESIA)
- DCP ( CLINICAL PATHOLOGY)
- MD ( GENERAL MEDICINE)
- MD ( OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY)
- MD ( PAEDIATRICS)
There are two main campuses namely the Vellore campus and the Bagayam campus. The main campus on the southern outskirts of the Vellore city is a 200-acre spacious campus at the foot of the college hill. Built in 1932 it is a residential community wherein students and teachers both can reside and study in the beautiful and serene surroundings. The major chunk of students live in the hostels .The MBBS and the Nursing programmes are fully residential whereas the other courses allow day scholars. The Bagayam campus has 4 different hostels namely, the Women’s and Men’s Hostels for MBBS students, the Fitch Hostel for Allied Health women students, the Dorothy Joske Hostel for Allied Health men students and the Modale International Hostel for elective / visitor-observer students from overseas. περιεκτικός