CMC employs research in service of healing.
The Foundation, through grants and alumni support, fosters mentoring, exploration and planning in service of research at CMC.
CMC’s founder Dr. Ida S. Scudder established the importance of finding solutions as she trained young doctors and nurses to deliver quality healthcare without the funds or staff to meet the overwhelming need. Many of these solutions led to clinical innovations and discoveries, forming a legacy that inspires the fine research practice in place at CMC today. Research is one of the cornerstones of CMC’s global leadership. The Foundation has taken a valued role in supporting this work, with a committed Research Committee and funding dedicated to faculty advancement and the development of student-researchers. You can read abstracts from all the research projects undertaken in 2016.
In 2015 the Foundation Research Committee developed an annual grant program that would award CMC $50,000 for junior doctors and students to take up research projects, complete them, present them and publish them. The grant is administered at CMC by the Vice Principal for Research, Dr. Biju George (’86) and members of the CMC Research Committee. The is the first grant of its kind to CMC. Funds are drawn from permanently endowed contributions for this purpose.
Senior Training Fellowships
One of the oldest traditions at the Foundation is funding Senior Training Fellowships (STF): 6-12 week periods of research/study in the US that are ultimately meant to enhance CMC’s faculty competence in a given area. Over the years doctors and nurses have pursued innumerable STF projects. Some train the Fellow in a new clinical technique; others further research that was begun at CMC. All of the Fellows must propose projects that have substantive benefit to both the Fellow and CMC. The process is quite competitive. We’re proud to present some of the reports of recent Fellows.
- Dr. Maya Mary Thomas (’82), Professor, Neurology
- Ms. Nirmala Emmanuel, Associate Professor, Nursing
- Dr. Anna Benjamin Pulimood (’82), CMC Principal, Professor, The Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Division of GI Sciences
- Dr. Vinod Abraham (’89), Associate Professor, Family Medicine/CHAD
- Dr. Binu Susan Mathew, Clinical Pharmacology
- Ms. Amalorpavamari Lucas, Professor, College of Nursing
- Dr. Debashish Danda, Professor, Rheumatology
- Dr. Thomas Kuriakose (’77), Professor of Opsthamology
- Ms. Sonia P. Abraham, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
- Dr. Henry Kirupakaran, Dept. of Staff Development
Since 2012 the Foundation has given support to a CMC undergraduate research symposium called Cognitio that is for medical students throughout India; it is planned and run by CMC students. The founders of Cognitio collaborated with the South Asian Cochrane Network and the British Medical Journal. The two-day event includes competitive poster and oral presentations (with cash prizes), workshops, case presentations and socializing. National speakers and CMC alumni who are active in research in India and abroad are speakers. The goal of the meeting is to promote the practice of research among medical students throughout India. Read about Cognitio 2016 here.