A Continuing Medical Education/ postgraduate lecture series was conducted by the department of Microbiology on Friday, the 21st August 2015 at the auditorium of Rajarajeswari Medical College, Bengaluru from 8 am to 5 pm. This CME was awarded 2 credit points by KMC.
There were six lectures in this CME given by eminent speakers. First lecture was given by Dr. S. R. Prasad, senior professor from Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Kolar on “Emerging and Re-emerging Viral Infections” which contained various viral diseases like dengue, ebola, nipah etc. This was an eye-opener to both undergraduates and post-graduates.
Second lecture was MALDI-TOF & Sanger sequencing by Dr. R. D. Kulkarni, Professor & HOD of Microbiology, SDM, Dharwad. This was an elaborative talk on the technique which enlightened the knowledge of many senior as well as junior faculties.
Third lecture was on the “Emerging and Re-emerging Bacterial Infections” by Dr. Sukanya Rangaswamy, a consultant microbiologist from SRL Fortis hospital, Bangalore. She highlighted on the recent bacterial infections which are on the rise and the bacteria which were on the verge of elimination are re-emerging. This was valuable information to know to prevent the diseases and to suspect the diseases at the earliest.
Fourth lecture was given by Dr. Reeta mani, Associate professor in Neurovirology, Nimhans, Bangalore on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) which emerged in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. This was a novel corona virus which was transmitted from animals to humans especially from camels causing the deadly respiratory tract infection.
Fifth lecture was on Quality Assurance and Laboratory Accreditation given by Dr.Satish Amarnath, Head, Quality and Manipal Cure and Care, Bangalore. This was certainly an excellent talk for the postgraduates to the know the process of accreditation and the different ways of maintaining the quality in laboratories.
Sixth lecture was given by Dr. Shrikala Baliga, Professor and Head of the department of Microbiology, KMC, and Mangalore. She presented “Case series in Microbiology” which she had encountered in her career which was very tricky in identification and diagnosing was a great challenge. This talk made the delegates sit on the edge of the seat till the end.
This was followed by vote of thanks by Dr. Prakash. Reorganizing secretary and with distribution of participation certificates to the delegates.
A total of 173 delegates attended the CME and made it a grand success.
This program was successful due to continuous support and encouragement from the Executive-Director Mr. Vijayanand and Dean Dr. ShivaKumar Veeraiah.