Venue: Theni Medical College auditorium, Theni, tamilnadu
Date: 17th October 2013
Department of Anaesthesia, Theni Medical College
Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists, Theni chapter
Traveling Pain School
Dr. Alagappan Meenakshisundaram – Dean, Theni Medical College
Dr. G K Kumar – Institute of Pain Medicine, Madras Medical College
Dr. Muralidhar Joshi – Director, Pain Management Centre, Kamineni Hospitals, King Koti, Hyderabad & Convener, Traveling Pain School.
Dr. Vijayanand. P- Director, Axon Pain Management Center, Hyderabad & Convener, Traveling Pain School.
Theni is a town and district headquarters in western Tamilnadu, situated about 80 kilometers from Madurai. It is a picturesque town with many tourist attractions such as Munnar close by. The young Government Theni Medical College was established fairly recently in 2006. We were invited to run the pilot project of Essential Pain Management for undergraduates by the Dean of the college. We reached Theni, the afternoon before the programme, and were treated to a feast of local biriyani. The occasion was Ramadan. Our lunch was served at the Dean’s house. That evening the Theni branch of Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists had arranged a CME on pain. Theni has a close-knit community of doctors, which meant the complete medical fraternity were present to listen to us speak on pain.
The auditorium for the essential pain management programme was full, long before we walked in and introduced ourselves, for the start. The audience was a mix of medical and nursing undergraduates, and practising physicians. The very hands-on Dean was involved in the teaching himself, which kept the enthusiasm levels of the students very high. Not very often would one see their Dean involved in small group discussions with them. The sessions were very interactive, and the group discussions were highly appreciated. The pre and post-test results showed a remarkable increase in knowledge. The feedback was very positive, with the students vouching for a similar event every six months.
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