Education is the powerful medium through which educated and competent youths can be created for the holistic welfare of the society. Quality medical education is an essential component on which educational institutions across the world pay close attention. By providing competent medical education, students can be trained well to serve the health needs of the people in the society with utmost diligence.
Educating students in medical education and empowering them to provide medical services in an ethical manner and with empathy and compassion for the general public is a commendable deed. Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (SGRDIMSR) is one such institution that provides quality medical education to students and empowers students to address the health needs of the people with compassion.
SGRDIMSR’s vision is to be one of the best academic centres which provides quality medical education, maintains high standards of scientific research, and delivers affordable comprehensive health care in the country.
Brief About the Institution
Named after the fourth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Ram Das Ji, the founder of the holy city of Amritsar, the Institute of Medical Sciences & Research was started in the year 1997. The first batch of MBBS students passed out in December 2002. Initially, the Institute was affiliated to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot (up to Admission Batch 2016). It is now affiliated to Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences, Sri Amritsar (from Admission Batch 2017 onwards). The MBBS degree is duly recognized by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, vide Letter No. U.12012/224/2015-ME.1 [FTS.130652] dated 28/03/2018 and by Medical Council of India vide Letter No. MCI-37(1)(Recg-39)(UG)/2017-Med./175998 dated 27/02/2018.
The Institute has evolved at a quick pace at the Amritsar- Mehta Road with a sprawling campus. Presently, it has sanction for an intake of 150 students for the MBBS course annually according to Letter No. MCI-37(1)/2011- Med/8724 dated 07/05/2011 and 79 MD/ MS.
SGRDIMSR has a magnificent three storied college complex, which includes an administrative block, office of Director-Principal, all basic and para-clinical departments including well-equipped Lecture Theatres, Laboratories, Conference Halls, College Auditorium, Central Library and IT Cell. The Institute has separate hostels for boys and girls.
The clinical teaching of medical students is conducted at Sri Guru Ram Das Charitable Hospital, Vallah, Sri Amritsar. This hospital has all the latest facilities and equipments for the undergraduate course as well as postgraduate courses in several clinical, para-clinical and basic subjects.
Well-equipped SGRD Charitable Hospital, Cancer Institute, a primary Rural Health Centre and an Urban Health Centre are the epicentre of comprehensive quality health care services which are offered to rural, needy, marginalized and underprivileged population. The institute at the same time provides world class undergraduate and postgraduate training facilities.
The institute follows the highest professional academic standards and integrates clinical and investigative skills with an empathetic attitude to promote health and wellbeing of patients. It is committed to produce physicians and health care professionals who will be capable of addressing Local, National and international challenges in medicine in relation to community care.
The institute has its own fleet of buses and cabs for carrying students and the staff between the campus and the city to and fro. The campus is guarded by a strong security team consisting of ex-army personnel. Apart from Hotline electricity supply through the Punjab State Electricity Board, the Institute has installed high power generators and UPS. There is round-the-clock uninterrupted electricity supply within the campus including the hostels and residential premises.
Serving Community with World-class Excellence and Values
SGRDIMSR’s mission is to serve the community through world-class excellence in:
- Competency based medical education – through mentorship to students, to enable them to learn, explore, innovate and excel.
- Comprehensive patient care – by working as a team and offering highest standards of medical services in an ethical manner with empathy and compassion.
- Relevant scientific research – by conducting high impact research to generate meaningful new knowledge and disseminating this knowledge through presentations in scientific conferences and publications in top journals.
SGRDIMSR’s is driven by core values of compassion, a commitment to quality care, teamwork, ownership, professionalism and respect for the individual.
Defining Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes
Course objectives and learning outcomes are certain statements of knowledge, skills and abilities which individual student should possess and demonstrate upon completion. Priorities of SGRDIMSR’s college in terms of course objectives and learning outcomes are as follows: Learning outcomes need to be simple, specific, well defined and realistic. These outcomes should be framed in terms of the program instead of specific classes that the program offers. There should be a sufficient number of learning outcomes. The outcomes developed in its plan should be consistent with the curriculum goals of the program in which they are taught.
Dynamic Leader with Good Clinical and Management Skills
Dr A P Singh, MBBS MD MBA FIIOPM MNAMS, Professor Anaesthesia, is the Dean of SGRD University of Health Sciences, Amritsar. He possesses a dynamic personality with good clinical and management skills.
Dr Singh says, “SGRDIMSR takes great pride in our commitment to educate and perk up the future generation of students, physicians and surgeons who will be well skilled to make long-term contributions to science and medicine globally over multiple decades to come.”
Focusing on Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities
SGRDIMSR believes that there is much more to education and experience than classrooms and texts. This serves as a part of developmental modules which can make the students to think from a somewhat simpler point of view of themselves and the World around them. SGRDIMSR is very keen to focus on extracurricular and co-curricular activities and events along with studies.
The management of this institute came up with the splendid idea of all India sports and cultural festival ‘Resonance’. Medicos from all over India visit SGRDIMSR to participate in this event. This event includes a wide array of cultural and sports activities. This fest is highlighted by tons of fun, creativity, and activity.
This fest helps to produce knowledgeable and competent beings who possess high moral standards. their focuses on shedding the spotlight on competent and responsible students who are capable of achieving a great extent of personal well-being.
Allowing Learners to Grow Organically
Keeping in mind importance of basic clinical skills, SGRDIMSR has set up a medical stimulation lab which provides immersive learning skills for graduates and postgraduates. The lab has facilities such as clinical sim lab rooms, mannequins and equipments, which allows learners to develop expertise of basic and advanced procedures without any risk of patient harm.
Disrupting and Transforming Existing Educational Models
In its medical college in the future, SGRDIMSR aims to use advanced technology which will disrupt and transform existing educational models. E-Learning materials will be shared by consortia of collaborating medical colleges from all around the world.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning will influence how students learn. The management believes that national and international accreditation systems should ensure quality of education of the future generation.
Finally, Dr. A P Singh expresses that the next generation physicians should be competent in treating the next generation of patients while maintaining the health of the population.