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Department of Medical Education conducts courses for Medical College faculties assigned by MCI for revised training program in Basic Medical Education Technologies, AETCOM and MCI Advance course in Medical Education and Curriculum Implementation Support Program (CISP). Faculties have been encouraged to join PhD in Medical Education, PhD in Dental education. MEU is in charge of conducting the PRODEV program for 6 & 7 Semester MBBS students. The department has been recognized as Nodal Center by MCI for training faculties of medical colleges for Revised Basic Course in Medical Education Technologies since 2009, and for ATCOM(Attitude communication Module)and MCI advance course (Fellowship in Medical Education) since September 2014 and Curriculum Implementation Support Programs since Feb 2019.

A Faculty development program enables faculty members to acquire skills that enhance their performance in their roles as teachers and researchers and it improves student outcomes. Rapid evolution in medical education methods and approaches require faculty who are capable of embracing these changes. Students are also demanding a better quality of education. As a result, there is greater recognition of the importance of implementation of faculty development programs. Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute has been conducting Faculty Development Workshop as "Teacher Training Workshop" since 1995.

The Medical Council of India, by the MCI Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997, made it mandatory for all medical colleges to establish Medical Education Units (MEUs) to enable faculty members to avail modern education technology for teaching. Following this mandate, MCI has been conducting Faculty Development Programmes through selected Regional Centres, since July 2009 . Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute was recognized as one of the Regional Centres in 2009, as it had the required trained manpower and resources in Medical Education Technologies. SRMC&RI was permitted to conduct the Basic Course workshops, AT-COM sensitization programs and (revised) rBCW for in-house faculties and for faculties of its allotted colleges and one day coordinator workshop for the coordinators of Medical Education Unit of other colleges. At present, there are 24 medical colleges under SRMC & RI Regional centre. The objectives of these workshops were, to sensitize teachers about new concepts in teaching and assessment methods, to help develop knowledge and clinical skills required for performing the role of competent and effective teacher, administrator, researcher and mentor, to assist clinicians to acquire competency in communication and behavioral skills, to update knowledge using modern information and research methodology tools. Our faculties are also deputed as MCI observers for the faculty development program conducted by the medical colleges under SRMC & RI Regional centre..

Medical Council of India revised the Undergraduate medical education curriculum in 2019 with more focus to enunciate the competencies the student must be imparted and should have learnt, with clearly defined teaching-learning strategies and effective methods of assessment. Communicating effectively and sympathetically with patients and their relatives has been visualized as a core area of the revised curriculum. For effective implementation and sustenance of the envisaged curricular reforms, Curriculum Implementation and Support Programme (CISP) training workshops were conducted at SRMC & RI for in-house faculties and for faculties of colleges under it. To enable implementation of the Phase II new UG curriculum, CISP II was conducted for in house faculty and faculty of other colleges completely on an online platform.

The Medical Council of India initiated the conduct of Advance Course in Medical Education (ACME) in 2014, with the purpose of developing educational practitioners who can lead educational changes in their institution and to make medical education responsive to the health needs of the society. Advance Course in Medical Education was planned to be conducted by upgrading selected Regional Centres to Nodal Centres with required trained faculty and infra-structure. SRMC & RI was one of the Ten Nodal Centers recognized by MCI for the conduct of Advance Course in Medical Education. It has been conducting Advance Course in Medical Education since 2014 and at present, there are 61 Medical Colleges under SRMC & RI Nodal Centre.

Award for training >1000 faculty over 5 years 2014 Dr. P.V. Vijayaraghavan, Director (Academic Administration), SRMC & RI and Convener for Basic Course Workshop on Medical Education Technologies receiving Award from the President – Medical Council of India, New Delhi on 16th July 2014 for completing the target of training more than 1000 faculty members in the Basic Course Workshop in Medical Education Technologies organized on behalf of the MCI.

MCh. (Ortho), DNB, FRCS (G) FAOI, FAIMER, Fulbright Scholar Vice-Chancellor
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai

  • Convenor, Nodal Centre for Medical Education Technologies, recognized by Medical Council of India, for conducting Basic and Advanced Faculty Development Programmes (Fellowship in Medical Education)
  • Coordinates the Faculty Development activities as prescribed by the Medical Council of India and bring in innovation in the conduct of such programmes.
  • Active resource person in the development of such modules.
  • Keeping in view the facilities and performance of the centre, MCI has granted permission to do the Fellowship in Medical Education (FIME) for 5 days.
  • Resource person both at our Nodal Centre and also at the Programmes conducted by colleges under the purview of Regional Centre recognized by Medical Council of India.
  • Possess skill, knowledge and aptitude to set up Educational Units for any organization and the FAIMER Fellowship has enabled him to build such skills.

Publication & Scientific Presentations:

  • Publications - 42
  • National Level Presentation - 194
  • International level presentation - 10
  • Orations - 5

Dr. Latha Ravichandran, DCH, DNB(Paediatrics),
Professor of Paediatrics
Associate Dean Education

Experience in Medical Education: 18 YEARS Medical Education Unit, Co convener MCI Nodal centre at SRMC & RI

Academic Qualification
1985 - 1991: M. B.B.S; Stanley Medical College, Chennai
1991 - 1992: Senior trainee in Child Health-institute of Child Health, Chennai
1992 - 1993: Diploma in Child Health; Stanley Medical College, Chennai
1994 - 1996: Diplomate of National Board of Examinations
2010- 2012: FAIMER (Fellowship in Advancement in Medical education and Research)
2014 Medical Council of India, Advance course in Medical education
2018: MD Certificate Course, Mind Body Medicine, Harvard School of Medicine
2019: International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME), Scholarship
2020 – Certificate level FAIMER- KEELE Master’s in Health Professional Education, Twinning
programme by FAIMER and KEELE University – Accreditation and Assessment

Academic Appointments
2017 Oct Associate Dean of Education, SRMC and RI
2015 Faculty of Department of Medical Education at SRMC MCI Nodal Centre.
2009 Co- Convener, MCI regional centre for MET workshops
2011 Co convener MCI Nodal Centre for Faculty development
2011 National Consultant for MCI Advanced workshop on Faculty development
2005 Course chairperson for Distance Education course Diploma in Family Health
2007 to date Professor of Paediatrics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College & RI
2014 Jan Certified National Assessment and Accreditation Council Assessor

Research Projects:

  • Blended Learning training for Health Professionals –PhD thesis Guide
  • SPARC Project “2018 Pen to paper”.

Publications in the area of Education

  • Suresh Kumar. M, Latha Ravichandran , Dilara .K A Multi- Dimensional Assessment System for Identifying Causes of Underachievement in Preclinical Medical students IJSR - International journal of scientific research ISSN No 2277 - 8179 Volume : 2 | Issue : 4 | Apr 2013 pgs 89-91
  • Dilara.K, Latha Ravichandran, Abirami.V, Vijayaraghavan.P.V Student perception on study guides in an integrated preclinical curriculum Sri Ramachandra Journal of Medicine, July-Dec 2014, Vol.7, Issue 2 pages 9-12
  • Dr. Latha Ravichandran*, Dr.P.V.Vijayaraghavana , Dr.K.V.Somasundarama Department of Medical implementing “change”- the milestones of educational reforms from Sri Ramachandra medical college and research institute
  • K Anbarasi1, P V Vijayaraghavan, Ravichandran latha, Deivanayagam Kandaswamy, L kannan Structured Reflection with Self-assessment Rubrics: A Study Report on Dental Students Expression, Experience, and Perceptions about Reflective Practice Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2019 Apr, Vol-13(4): JC10-JC16
  • Latha Ravichandran, Elayaraja Sivaprakasam, Samantha Balaji ,Narasimman Swaminathan Effectiveness of the 1Minute Preceptor on Feedback to Pediatric Residents in a Busy Ambulatory Setting, Journal of Graduate Medical Education Supplement, August 2019 pages 24- 2006
  • 6. Narasimman Swaminathan, Latha Ravichandran, Sivakumar Ramachandran Steve Milanese Blended learning and Health Professional Education : Protocol for a mixed- method systematic review, Journal of Education and Health Promotion | Volume 9 | February 2020

Contributions to National Curriculum (Competency based UG curriculum)

Contributor to MCI Competence based UG curriculum Paediatrics

Contributor to Foundation course in Competency Based UG curriculum

  • Served in the Board of several Academic committees including Board of studies for Distance Education, BOS for pre and para clinical curriculum.
  • As an expert in curriculum and faculty development, has served in the capacity of committee chair facilitating curricular innovations and have served in the Medical council of India working group for UG curriculum in developing the competency based MBBS curriculum. 2009- 2014
  • As Associate Dean Education and secretary of Sri Ramachandra Health Professional Education facilitate and guide the curriculum and faculty development processes across SRIHER
  • Is a member in the editorial board of Sri Deva raj Urs university
  • The Editor of Sri Ramachandra Journal of Medicine since 2017
  • Member Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Adolescent Medicine 2019
  • Member Editorial Board of Adolescent today 2019
  • Chairman - SRIHER Curriculum committee for Health Sciences Faculty
  • Chairman - SFRIHER - ONLINE education committee
  • Member - Internal Quality Assurance cell - SRIHER


  • Coconvener MCI Nodal Centre for Faculty Development
  • Coconvener in-charge of the Curriculum implementation and support program for the New Competency based UG curriculum
  • Resource person for the Advance Course in Medical Education
  • Conferences organized in Adolescent Health and Medical Education
  • Organizing Secretary, National Conference on Paediatric Education NCPE 2015 education
  • 2018 April Organized FORESEE “Challenges in implementing Competency based curriculum for Medical undergraduates

Special training
Herbert Benson course in Mind Body Medicine e, Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Dr.Pankaj B. Shah
Professor & Head,
Dept of Community Medicine, SRMC & RI

FAIMER Fellow, ACME (MCI),Co-convenor ACME, SRMC MCI Nodal Center, Resource faculty for UNESCO Bioethics curriculum basic and advance course & University of Miami, CITI Research Ethics Education

Experience in Medical Education: since 2005 in various capacities for developing curriculum, faculty development committee


  • Author and reviewer of Cochrane Systematic Reviews.
  • Part of abstract screening committee of Cochrane Colloquiums
  • Actively contributed in research projects of ICMR, World Bank, WHO and Cochrane Collaboration.
  • Course coordinator and faculty for many Research methodology and Research Ethics education Program at basic and advanced level and workshops on Systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
  • Member secretary of one of the SRU IEC. He is also Publication Oversight Committee member of SRU.
  • He has received many awards for his research work and publications.

Award and honours:

  • Co-convenor of MCI advance course (Fellowship in Medical Education FIME) at SRMC & RI Nodal Center.
  • FAIMER Fellow.
  • Chairman, MCI-SRMC Nodal Center of Faculty Development Program, Member, Medical Education Unit, SRMC & RI, SRU.
  • Invited speaker in conferences in Japan and South Korea. He is GCP CITI coordinator of CITI India Research Ethics Program. He is also a member of Executive advisory board member, Editorial Board of CITI- India Research Ethics Education program.
  • Has many International and National publications and is Editorial Board member of many International and National Journal.
  • Has actively participated in NAAC activities at SRU, AAA Audit, Peer Assessment and assisted in preparation of Evaluation reports of SRU for NAAC peer assessment.