The Evolution of Psychiatric Education at CMC, Vellore
The establishment of Mental Health Centre (MHC) at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, in 1957, started a quiet revolution. A mental asylum within a residential college campus, open wards, and facilities for families to live with people with mental illness were unheard of in the 1950s.
Clinical exposure to people with mental illness and their families provided them context for the medical education and resulted in its training programs being regarded as excellent.
The Low Cost Effective Care Unit
“CMC reaffirms its commitment to the promotion of health and wholeness in individuals and communities and its special concern for the disabled, disadvantaged, marginalized and vulnerable”
-Excerpt from CMC’s Mission Statement
Our roots are very old – the arch of the Mary Taber Schell Hospital built in 1902 situated on the Schell campus
The Low Cost Effective Care Unit (LCECU) is one of Christian Medical College’s major responses to the poor living in Vellore city and is a testament to CMC’s commitment to the poor,
Educational Initiatives of Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs (RUHSA),Christian Medical College
“Training towards a better rural health care delivery system in India since 1977”
A dedicated partner of the CMC’s mission to develop compassionate, professionally excellent, ethically sound individuals who will go out as servant-leaders of health teams and healing communitiesthrough education and training
Over the years, RUHSA has steadily grown into a model that showcases strategies to improve rural health in India and other low resource settings.
Ida Sophia Scudder’s story- and therefore CMC’s- begins with her surname, a name, which at one point in her life, she would have readily disowned.
Her grandfather, Rev. Dr. John Scudder was born in New Jersey in September 1793, the second of twelve children. He trained in Princeton and New York, and ran a successful practice in New York. He was known for his skill and kindness, aspects that drew a large number of patients to him.