Message from Dr. Thambu David, HOD
An exciting period of medicine residency awaits you.
Preparing for Residency
Things I need to know before I start Medicine residency:
Carry a functional stethoscope.
Keep a clinical kit comprising of knee hammer, tuning forks, torch, measuring tape, ophthalmoscope, tropicamide and a key.
Wear a watch preferably with second hand/counter (you will be asked to check the pulse, the old school way).
Wear comfortable footwear, you will find yourself running around and standing for prolonged periods of time.
If you own a tablet, get it to the ward. It can be very useful to quickly read up on something.
Carry a good coffee mug/thermos with you ( we're plastic-free now, so you need to carry your own cup if you want to buy coffee).
Keep a small kit of basic toiletries in your bag ( you may not get to go to your room for the next 6 months).
Carry a small sling bag or wear clothes with pockets, you will be expected to keep the bleep/duty mobile on you at all times.
Carry a phone charger/power bank. The last thing you want is your phone dying on you.
You will be running on very minimal sleep for the first few months so come mentally prepared.
Eat well and fatten yourself before the slaughter.
All this may make medicine residency sound like a health hazard. It is. Don't worry, it will be fun. For us. Haha! Good luck. See you all soon
What are my quick references in the wards and outpatient department?
Quick reference Android and iPhone apps - Sanford's guide to antimicrobial therapy, RheumaHelper, UpToDate mobile, Harrison's eBook, Qx Calculate, Researcher and Medscape.
What is the course material and where must I read from?
The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, The Washington Manual of Outpatient Internal Medicine, Medicine 3 Manual, Essentials of Critical Care and Harrison's principles of internal medicine.
Rotation & Schedule
The MD Medicine training program at CMC, Vellore is for a duration of 3 year.
During the course, you will spend 20 months in the general medical units and 16 months in the speciality units.
You will be allowed a maximum annual leave of 25 days a year and a maximum casual leave of 10 days a year. You will also be allowed to take deputation leave if you are attending a national conference.
Curriculum and Research
How to prepare for my thesis?
You will be assigned a thesis guide, who will mentor you through the 3 years of your program and help you with the thesis.
You must check with your guide at every step of the thesis to ensure you are able to complete on time.
What are the tools necessary to do research?
You need a reference manager, it is preferable that you use Zotero.
Epidata is the preferred software to enter data.
For analysis, you may use SPSS or other analysis tools.
A statistician will help orient and teach you to use these tools.
How to critically appraise a journal?
You will be taught during the course on critical appraisal of journals.
As a reference, you may use Users' Guides to the Medical Literature - Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice.
What are the university requirements?
Kindly download this document to review the requirements - click here.
Orientation to the course
Other informal events:
Medicine Annual Dinner
Whom should I contact?
Dr Krupa George will be coordinating the course curriculum and events and Dr Audrin Lenin and Dr Jonathan Arul Jeevan will be making your course schedule.