Yenepoya Medical College was established in the year 1999 affiliated to Yenepoya (Deemed to be University) is spread over 25 acres of sprawling lush green campus. The programmes offered by the Medical College include MBBS, MD, MS, MCh, Ph.D., MSc,BASLP PG Diploma, Fellowship, certificate and value-added courses. --> Vision and Mission: To be one of the premier medical institutions in the country based on our health care delivery, education and scientific enquiry.
Latest teaching-learning strategies for curricular transactions like simulation-based training, e-learning, integrated teaching, role plays, team-based learning, group discussions, hands-on training blended with regular student competitions like quizzes, poster presentations, concept maps, working models, etc. are followed for active student engagement. A well-structured student mentorship program monitors the student progression systematically and identifies the slow and advanced learners for appropriate actions.
Our teaching faculty regularly update their knowledge, skills by attending faculty development programs; conferences, workshops, symposia, etc. which enable them to teach and train the students as per the latest advances. In addition to teaching and patient care, our faculty also take part actively in interdepartmental, interdisciplinary collaborative research activities, publish papers in reputed journals and procure grants from the funding agencies.
The Yenepoya Medical College Hospital (YMCH), a 1050 bedded tertiary care hospital provides general, specialist and super-specialty healthcare facilities catering to the needs of many districts of Karnataka and Northern Kerala. Yenepoya Medical College Hospital and Laboratory are accredited by NABH and NABL respectively. YMCH has facilities for robotic surgery which is the first centres in Dakshina Kannada district. The departments of Urology and Oncology are performing surgeries using this technology at a highly subsidized cost. Our Cancer Awareness Outreach Programme for the community through different organizations like National Service Scheme (NSS), Nursing Students and Anganwadi Workers focuses on awareness among rural populations for early cancer detection. NSS Unit has trained so far more than 28,500 NSS Volunteers of various Colleges of Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Udupi Districts. We have a comrehensive community outreach program delivered through rural and urban health centers. Recently we have developed a digital platform for health and demographic surveillance of around 50 thousand population in rural and urban areas for continuity of care.
Thus, a blend of trained and experienced faculty supported by infrastructural facilities, optimum resource utilization, providing the best health care facilities to the society with social responsiveness and emphasis on translational research form the hallmark of Yenepoya Medical College.
Covid 19 pandemic continued to affect the teaching-learning-assessment processes of educational institutions in this academic year also. Nevertheless, at Yenepoya Medical College (YMC), the undergraduate, interns and postgraduate students could successfully continue their academics with technology-assisted strategies in hybrid mode. Digital modalities of teaching with the support from all the trained faculty members, we could keep the momentum of the learning process among the students in the best possible way. Multiple online resources catering to the needs of the students were adapted innovatively to enhance the learning experience of students in an interactive way. Keeping in mind the skill acquisition of students, the cornerstone of medical education, clinical exposure in hospitals was provided in small batches and advanced simulation centres-ACTSYEN, ASSEND and human cadaveric lab were utilized with all standard guidelines. Parents-Teachers-Students’ meetings assisted us to understand the challenges and difficulties faced and we could address them appropriately.
We have organized various faculty development programs; conferences, workshops, continuous medical education programs, guest lectures and outreach activities. Faculty have efficiently utilized the time during the lockdown period and published their research activities, procured research grants from funding agencies, presented papers in conferences and completed MOOCs.
Our Medical College hospital has taken lead in the implementation of all guidelines, initiatives of the Central, State Governments and district administration in the containment of the Covid 19 pandemic. All health care providers including MBBS students, interns and postgraduates were trained for screening, testing, prophylaxis, treatment, use of PPEs and infection control. We are the first in the Dakshina Kannada district to get ICMR approved RT-PCR testing facility and have done the highest number of tests so far. Covid care and support services like quarantine, Covid care facility, treatment of mild, moderate and severe cases (ICU care, HFO and Oxygenated beds), fever clinic, triage, RT-PCR testing facility were provided from the beginning of the pandemic. Home-based care was given to the families residing in the rural areas w.r.t. Covid 19. YMC also provided vaccination against Covid 19 for all the staff and students of constituent units under Yenepoya (Deemed to be University).
We could able to continue our teaching, learning, assessment, service, patient care and research activities despite the Covid 19 pandemic due to support given by the University, active participation of faculty members and staff and cooperation of students, parents and patient community.