(Inter Disciplinary Community Orientation
The focus of the IDCOP is to prepare better and more compassionate doctors who are socially accountable. The 3-week programme includes:
In a rural primary healthcare centre (Kaiwara, Ardeshanahalli and Rajankunte)
In an urban, primary healthcare centre (BK Nagar, MK Nagar and Sai Mandalli)
Students are taught about health, development, human values, compassion, sympathy, sincerity and honesty. The focus is on learning by doing. Hence, students are encouraged to interact with village panchayat members and local residents. Together with students of other medical sciences (Physiotherapy, Nursing, Dental, Pharmacy), they visit the community defluoridation plant, interact with mentally disabled children at the Spandana Resource Centre and also actively involve themselves in school health programmes. This results in doctors who are not just experts, but empathetic experts.
BODY DONATION PROGRAMME
With the intent of furthering medical education and research, we initiated the voluntary body donation programme in 1998. Over the years, over 3,000 people have pledged themselves to this programme, which backs most of the cadaveric research at the medical college.
MORE THAN 6,500 BODY DONORS REGISTERED
ENABLES STUDENT LEARNING AND CONTINUOUS
SUPPORTS ON-GOING WORKSHOPS AND RESEARCH AT THE ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER
Through this programme, people can register with the Ramaiah Medical College to donate their body after death towards the cause of study and research in the medical field. Each cadaver is like a new source of knowledge as many variations can be identified which could help the clinicians.
Primarily, this helps the medical students use dissection to learn the relation between human anatomical structures and the development of psychomotor skills. In addition to this, these donations help experienced surgeons experiment with innovative surgical skills and procedures in the cadaver labs and workshops at our Advanced Learning Center (ALC),
thus opportunity to explore their craft in a realistic manner. Another innovation that has evolved are the cadaver banks like brain bank, and the skin and vessel bank. These are collections of samples that can later be used for conducting molecular research and cadaver grafting.
The enrolled donor is offered a free annual medical health checkup along with basic investigations at the Medical College Hospital. To know more, click here.