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75th Anniversary Virtual Lecture Series: Impact of CMC’s Education Experience on the Health and Wellbeing of India

On April 21st the Vellore Christian Medical College (CMC) Foundation launched “Impact of CMC’s Education Experience on the Health and well-being of India”, part two of the three-part virtual lecture series showcasing events that highlight CMC’s excellence in research, education, and compassionate care. In this virtual lecture celebrating the Foundation’s 75th anniversary our guest lecturer Dr. Anna Pulimood, Former Principal and Professor of Pathology, at CMC, elaborated on how Christian Medical College and Hospital’s unique “whole-person” education and training experience encourages students to promote outstanding health care initiatives in the Indian sub-continent and beyond. Dr. Pulimood shared that CMC’s primary ministry is to develop compassionate, professionally excellent, and ethically sound individuals who will go out as servant leaders of health teams and healing communities. From the onset CMC values of mission and concern for the vulnerable are instilled as central components of a CMC education.  Students are especially empowered through dedicated teachers who act as role models, and mentors and are part of student communities in and outside the classroom.

To further explain the impact of CMC’s education experience, Dr. Pulimood shared five case studies of CMC graduates who addressed health problems in different parts of India and brought forth solutions through new and innovative programs, some of which have influenced global public health. CMC’s faithful service to the poor in India can be attributed to the fact that the “values implanted grow into trees of life that bear fruit for each individual student’s calling, multiply resources, and continue in helping to build the kingdom of God.”

The event was moderated by Dr. Christie Thomas, Professor of Internal Medicine, Nephrology, University of Iowa. The prayers through our prayer leaders Dr. Jenny Jacob, Scholarship Coordinator, CMC, and Bency Chhatria, Consultant, Missions Department, CMC, blessed this event as another testimony of the healing ministry of Christ through CMC.

Dr. Anna Pulimood graduated from CMC in 1982 and completed her specialization in Pathology at CMC in 1995. In 2010, she completed her Ph.D. in her primary area of interest, which is inflammatory bowel disorders, specifically relating to the differentiation of intestinal tuberculosis from Crohn’s disease. Her work on Crohn’s disease had been widely accepted both nationally and internationally. Her interests in academia and management led to her advancement into several administrative posts in CMC, initially in the management of CMC’s USAID/ASHA grants, and then in the field of education, as the Vice Principal for the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum and Vice Principal for Human Resource. In 2016, Dr. Pulimood was named Principal of the Medical College, where she became responsible for the management of all academic affairs and research.

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