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The Elite School of Optometry conducts a useful workshop on independent practice of Optometry.


The workshop on Practice Management was organized at Elite School of Optometry on October 28th 2014 for the BS Optometry Final Year Students as a unique first time event. Mr Sanjay H Mehta (Batch 2), Mr Prithie Singh Rekhi (Batch 2), Mr Arumugham (Batch 6) and Mr Kalikivayi Venkatramana (Batch 5), highly enthusiastic and renowned Independent eye care practitioners, and alumni members of ESO, were kind enough to be part of this workshop.

The important facets of an independent practice were the objective of the workshop.  The workshop was planned at addressing the outgoing students to know the world of independent practice.

Mr Sanjay Mehta started his presentation on why independent practice and the importance of optometrist to the community. Followed by him Mr Prithie Singh Rekhi continued to explain on how to start the practice and ways to build their practice set up. He gave inputs on setting up clinic from location until funds. Mr Arumugham enlightened on the ways to expand the practice. During the panel discussion, the queries of students were answered. Questions on how to identify the practice location, how to set goals for practice, when to achieve break even, legal aspects, how to hold patients, how to maintain records, how to start group practice, risks involved in group practice etc. were few questions that were discussed during the panel.

Students provided good feedback about the session. They also mentioned that these kind of sessions at the end of third year or mid of internship would motivate them to get themselves trained towards their goal. Most of the students gained clear picture of yet another option for their career at the end of the workshop.

The Sankara Nethlaya Academy student’s bags merit scholarship from TechMed Healthcare, Chennai

Techmed healthcare organized a state level quiz competition for the “LIFE SCIENCE AWARD, 2014” on 18th October, 2014.

The purpose of the program is to help lab technicians who come from poor socio-economic background with merit scholarships and to create awareness on opportunities in life sciences field. Around 200 students across the state competed in the written test in the preliminary round, and top 20 were selected for the finals.

The Sankara Nethlaya Academy students, Ms Santhanalakshmi and Ms Suganya (III yr B Sc MLT students) and Ms Logeshwari (Completed B Sc MLT and working as Intern in Clinical Lab at SN Main) were among the top 20.

The final was in the form of Quiz with multi tasking such as testing their theoretical knowledge and technical expertise by performing lab tests. Randomly the students were grouped into five teams with four students each.

The award was a cash prize of Rs 1 Lakh for the winning team, 2nd team – 30,000/- and 3rd team – 15,000/-. Ms Santhanalakshmi team won the quiz in first place and  Ms Suganya  team won the second place with a tie break and bagged the scholarships for Rs 25,000/- and Rs 7500/- respectively.

Our student’s performance was outstanding. This program provided a platform for the students to exhibit their talents and win scholarships to pursue their education. We thank the Sankara Nethralaya faculty team for their training and support.

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy Conducts the 5th Nethra Vidya Series Session On Binocular Vision And Vision Therapy

Delegates at the Practical Session at the Program

As an institution in the forefront of Sankara Nethralaya’s real time teaching and training initiatives the Sankara Nethralaya Academy had launched the ‘Continuing Optometric Education Program’ back in 2010. The same was revived, enhanced, aptly renamed as ‘Nethra Vidhya’- A Continuing Optometric Education Progam- 2014’and re – launched recently with great enthusiasm and successfully conducted 4 sessions so far.

The fifth session on “Demystifying the Near vision complex – A simple approach to practicing Binocular vision” was conducted at the V.D.Swami Auditorium on 12th October 2014 with a record number of 80 participants, practicing Optometrists and students from various parts of India. The curtain raiser and promotional launch of EIVOC 2015 was also the salient feature of this session.

Group Photo of the Faculty & Delegates of the Binocular Vision & Vision Therapy Session

The session started with a highly motivational video played by Ms. Jameel Rizwana, Incharge – Binocualr vision Clinic on how to savour each and every moment be it work or play or family life. This was followed by several informative and highly engaging sessions on Diagnosis of Binocular vision problems  and Prescibing prisms by Senior Optometrist Ms. Revathy, Diplopia – Make it Single by Ms. Rizwana. The sessions were made highly interactive by splitting the participants into several groups and live demonstration and procedures by members of the BV team.

The highlight of the event was the Panel session which consisted of topics that are highly relevant in today’s Optometric Practice. The key speakers were Dr. Krishnakumar – Principal (Elite School of Optometry) who held a lively session on “Binocular vision and Occupational visual demands – what you need to know?” and Mr. S.Viswanathan – Deputy General Manager – Optometry & Opticals on “Myopia control – where do we stand?” Ms. Revathy introduced the audience to the concepts of Neuro Optometry.

The highly informative 8 hour workshop concluded with the distribution of certificates to the participants.

Ms Anuja R Singh ( Head – The SN Academy Optometry Programs  & the Program coordinator for Nethra Vidhya )took this opportunity to wish the participants for their cooperation and successful completion and also thanked the organizations sponsoring the candidates and remarked  highly about the dedicated faculty members for their excellent support to run this course very successfully, she also announced that the next Session  of this program 6th session   – on Advanced Low Vision Practices on 7th December 2014,  for details & registrations to be visited.

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy conducts a niche session touching on the legal aspects of healthcare delivery on 25.10.2014

legal aspects of healthcare delivery

With the rapid emergence of corporatisation of health care sector, extremely demanding patient segment and insurance providers for health care management, it has become imperative now than ever before for those related to health, medicine, hospitals and hospital administrators, NGOs, Trust operating hospitals to adhere and execute appropriate policy matters with respect to medical care.

To precisely meet this objective of issues relating to legal aspects, medical negligence, consumer protection, Sankara Nethralaya Academy, the education and training arm of Medical Research Foundation conducted a session on “Medico Legal Issues in Healthcare and Laws Related to Healthcare Administration on 25th October 2014

Addressing the delegates, A Mahalingam, Assistant Registrar, The Sankara Nethralaya Academy observed that this unique was intended to focus on challenges and issues in Health care sector and their related legal management for effective and smooth functioning of the institution.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Samuel Abraham, Senior Law Officer, Christian Medical College, Vellore said it was critical for any hospital management to be equipped with expertise on laws governing medical practice, particularly to handle medico legal cases.

The power packed sessions included topics on “Medical Negligence and its consequences on the reputation of hospital”, “Informed Consent and its role in consumer cases”, “Application of Consumer Protection Act to Hospitals”, “Importance of Medical records”, “Medico legal cases and role of Medical profession”, “HR issues in Hospital Administration” handled by veterans Mr. D. Samuel Abraham, Senior Law Officer, who not only offered his rich knowledge and expertise with ease to the avid listeners, but also encouraged and welcomed interactive participation.

This session attendances included senior Administrative officers and Medical professionals from prestigious institutions like SRM Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr.Parthasarathy Memorial Hospital, RMD Pain & Palliative Care Centre, Chettinad Health City, Chennai Breast centre, Apollo Hospitals – Chennai, Public Health Center west mambalam, RK Gynaec & Meternity Hospital, Fathima Eye Clinic, Udhi Eye Hospital and TNK Nurisng Home, TiruvannamalaiMalai

The utterly satisfied participants remarked that the sessions enabled better understanding of the nuances on the subject to handle subtle issues with real time scenarios from the experts, who delivered maximum content on the topics within short span of time.

The SN Academy conducted a session on Effective Supervisory / Communication skills for Healthcare Managers

Communication skills for Healthcare Managers

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy the teaching and training arm of Sankara Nethralaya conducted a niche, one day training program on “Effective Communication & Supervisory Skills for Managers on 18th October 2014.

The session started with a warm welcome note and the need for supervisory skills in professional managers by Shri A. Mahalingam, Assistant Registrar of the institution, he thanked the participants for the overwhelming response and confidence in the institution and wished them a wonderful and successful session.

Shri A Mahalingam also used the opportunity to make a quick announcement about the forthcoming 12 weekends Certificate Course in Healthcare Quality Management to be conducted in collaboration with Association of healthcare Providers India (AHPI), New Delhi and ACME Consulting (Healthcare Quality Consultancy) Chennai and to be commencing from November 15, 2014.

Dr. Ashok Babu a qualified trainer started the session with an “ICE BREAKER” which ensured each and every participant to know each other by names. He took the session for four hours on the topic, with lively examples, many video clippings, coupled with management games.

The Trainer highlighted to the trainees that in order to be the best ‘Leader’ one should not hesitate to work with his/her subordinates, and constantly Coach, Teach, Guide, Demonstrate, Counsel, Impart Knowledge, Train, and make his/her subordinates to apply the learned knowledge at the work place.

The Leader should check, cross check and double check his subordinate’s work until satisfied and then give them full freedom at the workplace.

Trust should be watchword and by doing so, all subordinates will give their best and they will all take the responsibility of fulfilling the task. Responsibility without authority is futile and hence the Leader should give authority to certain level to his subordinates.

Knowledge if properly imparted will have its effect on one’s attitude, and this will change one’s behavior providing him a new skill, and it will become a practice.

The session ended with a motivating speech by Mr A Mahalingam and later ended with vote of thanks.

A research paper on the molecular diagnostic tests PCRs for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis, from Sankara Nethralaya is adjudged as the best published paper in bacteriology.

A useful study by Dr. K. Lily Therese, HOD & Senior Professor L&T Microbiology Research Centre which includes SAIL Molecular Microbiology Section, at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, to confirm the precise diagnostic value of clinical specimens for tuberculosis testing and remove current ambiguities in the same owing to the non-specific features of traditional testing methodologies and uncertainties inherent in tuberculosis strains in certain groups, was recognized as a highly effective and comprehensive approach, filling the gaps prevailing in traditional tuberculosis test processes.

The paper was adjudged as the best paper in bacteriology published in the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology for year 2013, at the XXXVIIIth National Conference of the IAMM held at SMS Medical College, Jaipur between 17th and 19th October 2014 and the presenter was honoured with a Medal. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support for the study by the Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation, Chennai and the infrastructure and facility provided by Vision Research Foundation.  The Sankara Nethralaya family Congratulates  Dr. K. Lily Therese and the team of authors, Dr. R.Gayathri, Ms. L.Dhanurekha & Dr.H.N.Madhavan from the L & T Microbiology Research Centre for the  critical contribution to early and effective tuberculosis diagnosis, which remains a great challenge to physicians.

Students from Christian Medical College, Vellore visit Sankara Nethralaya as part of their education tour.

Christian Medical College Vellore

Students pursuing their Hospital Management and Staff Training and Development at CMC, Vellore visited the Sankara Nethralaya Main campus as a part of gaining exposure and learning. The students were guided to the various medical and non-medical departments by the Assistant Registrar of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy Shi A.Mahalingam and learnt the various functions by the departments from the respective heads of departments. The visiting team expressed their full appreciation for the effort taken by the Sankara Nethralaya in this initiative and its utility to their current educational pursuit.

High end perceptorship program throws valuable light on specialty ophthalmic topics

The Sankara Nethralaya academy the education arm of Sankara Nethralaya conducted a Retina & Uvea perceptorship program for the benefit of ophthalmologists comprising of senior physicians and surgeons from Singapore and Malaysia. The participants were exposed to in-depth presentations, unique case discussions, video demos and hands on training of Ozurdex injectioin in wet lab. The participants were also taken on a hospital tour and briefed on the various facilities on the spot. The highlight of the visit was an opportunity to interact with the doyen of ophthalmology Dr.SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus and Founder Sankara Nethralaya.

Sankara Nethralaya Academy faculty get real time exposure to effective teaching and communication

Dr Ramnarayan, Vice Chancellor, Manipal University at the Session

Dr Sudhakar Nayak, Dean and Head , Department of Biochemistry and Medical Education, Manipal University, Manipal at the session.

As an institution committed to constant upgradation of its faculty and the firm belief that only a teacher well versed in the art and science of teaching can stand apart in the world of academia and make a difference to knowledge dissemination goals the Sankara Nethralaya Academy teamed with the Department of Medical Education, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal to expose its faculty to the finer nuances of teaching. The faculty and senior management members of the institution were exposed to every facet of teaching from approach, methodology to teaching aids in an intensive 3 day workshop on Pedagogic and Personal effectiveness by stalwarts in the fields of teaching and training Dr. Ramnarayan, Vice Chancellor and Dr. Sudhakar Nayak, Dean and Head, Dept of Biochemistry and Medical Education, Manipal University.

The key learning of the workshop was the need for total harmony of knowledge (Head) Skill (Hand) and Attitude (Heart) for the success and fulfillment of any teaching initiative.

The Rotary Club of East Madras joins the battle against the cancer of the eye.

Rotary Club of East Madras

The Terry Fox Foundation the Canada based body espousing the cause of its illustrious champion against cancer, Terrance Stanley Fox conducts the ‘Terry fox Run- A Marathon of hope’ the world over to raise funds for cancer research and treatment. This August body had preferred Sankara Nethralaya as the beneficiary of its assistance in year 2013, in recognition of the in-depth and pioneering research being carried out by the institution in the field of cancer especially retinoblastoma or cancer afflicting the eye. This year the Terry Fox Run was organized by the Rotary Club of Madras East at the IIT-Madras and in a clear indication of its growing popularity it drew more than 25,000 enthusiastic participants expressing their solidarity with the battle against cancer.

The proceeds of the run were handed over to Dr SS.Badrinath, Founder and Chairman Emeritus Sankara Nethralaya by Shri VGP.Ravidas, President and Shri Badrinarayanan, Chairman, Rotary Club of Madras East accompanied by fellow Rotarians, at a simple function at the Sankara  Nethralaya Main campus. The institution decided that the simple unction could be utilized to educate and create awareness on retinoblastoma and what it proposed to do. Addressing the press, Dr Vikas Khaitan, Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon observed that the fact that eyes do not release bio-markers in the blood and tissue biopsy was not possible to ascertain cancer as in other organs of the body made cancer diagnosis a challenging task, he added that the mutation in the blood may be present in future generations too. Expressing his sincere thanks to the members of the Rotary Club of East Madras for organizing the run in an excellent manner Dr S.S.Badrinath expressed that the run being conducted in the past two years has not only aided in raising funds for research on retinoblastoma but created a high level of awareness on the rather less known ailment among the general public. He recalled that Sankara Nethralaya started a study with the Terry Fox Research Institute to look for biomarkers in the blood a year ago and researchers at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology the research of the Medical Research Foundation are hopeful of identifying some critical biomarkers that would help in early diagnosis of retinoblastoma soon.