Chennai, Oct 26: The World Health Organisation has accorded recognition to the Department of Emergency medicine
of the famous Christian Medical College and hospital at Vellore as the South Asian Regional Training Centre in
Emergency Medicine (EM).
The EM department of the CMC was the first academic
department in the discipline to the established in India in
According to the head of the department, EM, Dr Suresh
David, the first batch of 14 emergency medicine trainees from
Maldives were now undergoing eight-week training at the CMC.
The EM department was established in medical colleges and
hospitals in the us 35 years ago, in the UK 28 years ago and
in Australia, 26 years ago.
The Medical Council of India is yet to recognise it as a
full-fledged department of a hospital.
The Seventh National Conference on Emergency Medicine
would be inaugurated at Vellore tomorrow in which about 600
delegates from India and abroad would participate.