Father Muller Medical College Holds Inaugural Program of “CME-DU CALME-2024” – KONKANCATHOLIC.COM

Father Muller Medical College Holds Inaugural Program of “CME-DU CALME-2024”

March 10, 2024

Mangaluru: The Department of Anatomy at Father Muller Medical College (FMMC), a unit of Father Muller Charitable Institutions (FMCI), recently hosted the inaugural program of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program titled “DU CALME-2024” on March 9th. The event, which focused on “Stress-Sensitization and Management,” took place at the Decennial Memorial Hall in the Knowledge Center-Library building.

The program was graced by esteemed guests, including Chief Guest Dr. Latha V. Prabhu, Prof. Dept. of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College Mangaluru. Rev. Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho, Director FMCI, Rev. Fr Ajith B. Menezes, and Rev. Fr George Jeevan Sequeira, Administrators FMMC & Father Muller Medical College Hospital (FMMCH), respectively, Dr Antony Sylvan D’Souza, Dean FMMC.

Dr. Somesh M. S., the Organising Chairperson and Head of the Department of Anatomy, extended a warm welcome to all the attendees, which included management, faculty, and students from within and outside the campus.

Dr. Latha V. Prabhu, Chief Guest of the Inaugural, expressed her gratitude for being part of the CME, which is a part of the silver jubilee celebration of the institution. She highlighted the evolving perception of mental health, emphasizing that institutions like Father Muller have played a crucial role in providing care to the mentally unstable and those suffering from leprosy. She praised the institute for its commitment to offering quality care, comfort, and healing. Stressing the significance of CME, she urged medical professionals to be proactive in managing their own mental health.

In his presidential address, Rev. Father Richard Aloysius Coelho, Director of FMCI, acknowledged the stigma associated with the institution due to its focus on treating mental illness and leprosy. He discussed the various sources of stress in modern life, including work, economic pressures, and social expectations. He highlighted the rising mental health crisis and the need for effective stress management solutions. He expressed concern over the pressure medical professionals’ face, often leading to self-harm or risky behavior. He also announced the institute’s preparations for its upcoming silver jubilee celebration.

Dr. Divia Paul A., the Organising Secretary, delivered the vote of thanks. The comperes for the event were Dr. Ankit and Dr. Dane. The organizing committee includes Dr. Varsha Shenoy, Dr. Dane Chandy, Dr. Hemalatha Bangera, Mrs. Ramya Satheesh, Dr. Pallavi, Dr. Ankit Paul Daniel, Dr. Sainu Susan Oommen, and Dr. Neha Samapriya.

The day’s sessions covered various topics related to stress management, including “A Spark for ‘Needs Assessment and Awareness towards Effective Stress Management,'” “Coping Stress and Time Management,” “Myocardial Ischemia During Mental Stress: Role of Coronary Artery Disease & Burden in Young Adults,” “Foods that Help Tame Stress: A Two-Way Street,” and “Stress Management as an Adjunct to Physical Therapy.” These sessions aimed to provide insights and strategies for managing stress effectively in both personal and professional life.

Overall, the inaugural program of CME – DU CALME-2024 at Father Muller Medical College provided a platform for valuable discussions and learning opportunities on stress sensitization and management, crucial for the well-being of medical professionals and the community at large.