THE CHILD’S TRUST MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Child’s Research Foundation
This is a story of a premier Children’s Health Care Institute in South India at
Chennai; CHILD’S TRUST HOSPITAL’. Since Kanchi Kamakoti Pee tam is the main
patron of this institution, the hospital is called ‘Kanchi Kamakoti CHILD’S Trust
Hospital’. From the inception of this institution K.K.C.T.H. the research and
educational activities are handled by the Child’s Trust Medical Research
foundation. The Foundation functions independently with a chairman and has a
group of trustees, and conducts meetings, with an annual general body meeting and
separate audited statements are prepared.
List of Board Members
- Dr.A.C.Muthiah Chairman
- Dr.K.Mathangi Ramakrishnan, MB, FRCS (Eng & Edin), MCh, DSc, DSc (Hon. causa) Chairperson
- Dr.Bala Ramachandran Medical Director
- Dr.Rama Rajaram, B.Sc. (Chemistry), M.Sc. (Biochemistry), Ph.D. (Biochemistry) Member – Trustee Advisor,Vision Research Foundation
- Dr.Soumya Swaminathan M.B, B.S. M.D. Dip. N.B./MNAMS Member – Trustee Director, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis
- Shri.S.Chandramohan Chief Executive Officer
- Shri.M.K.Murthy Member – CTH Industrialist
- Shri.S.A Balasubramaniam Member – CTH Advocate
The activities include the following :
Overall supervision of the teaching Programme of the institution which focuses on the DNB course conducted in the
K.K.Child’s Trust Hospital under the auspices of National Board of Examination, New Delhi. The latter is the autonomous regulatory authority of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, which conducts post graduate course in broad specialities and superspecialities. This diploma is considered equal to the post graduate degrees of M.D and M.S of the Medical Council. This institution started with a single seat for the DNB courses of India and has the unique distinction of having 10 seats, which is the largest number at the all India level given to a single hospital. The facilities and infrastructure provided by the hospital for the teaching programme are monitored by the foundation. Internal assessment books are scrutinized by the chair person every month, and if students get adverse remarks, they are counseled by the
It is highly commendable that on five occasions candidates stood first in the final DNB examination and secured the gold medals. Paediatric Surgery has one seat for the diploma course, which was for five years, and candidates after MBBS degree could join this course which has been abolished now but candidates who have completed the post graduation with M.S or DNB in general surgery can undertake this course for a period of 3 years now and take the examination. One candidate who stood first in the all India examination received the gold medal for that year in Paediatric surgery.
The foundation in addition, conducts CME programs, workshops, OSCE training programme and guest lectures.
B. Contact the Foundation
The foundation office is situated at the Vlth floor on the KKCTH hospital premises. From the office, information regarding the foundation can beobtained.
C. Collaborating Institutions
a. Tamilnadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University, Chennai.
b. Tuberculosis Research Centre, (ICMR)-Chennai
c. Biomaterial division of the Central Leather Research Institution, TICEL Park, Chennai.
e. Institute of Child Health-Chennai.
f. Department of Pediatric Rheumatology – University Bristol UK
No industry or institution can progress without R&D facilities. Hospitals are identified as human industries, where the sick are looked after and not well persons. Hence the responsibility is greater on the research protocols in every hospital. Research is not merely an activity, where what has not been identified so far, is identified. This has three main components.
- Subjects (patients) on whom various research activities are carried out.
- The availability of infrastructure facilities like well-equipped sophisticated laboratories where the basic studies can be carried out.
- The most important are the availability of highly academic, dedicated, ethical workers who are willing to carry out any type of research with absolute honesty. These physicians should have a clear concept of the research that he is going to undertake, willingness to accept a negative finding and a challenge to succeed in his work and produce the outcome. Only such competent workers are capable of doing research.
E. Commitment of the Foundation to DNB Course
When DNB course was started there was a mandate by the National Board of Examination to give 30% free service to sick children, and only if this is complied with, the institution shall be recognized for teaching. Secondly another additional mandate now to be adopted is to have a separate accounting, Office and clerical staff for this purpose. The national board of examination which is directly under the ministry of health and family welfare department of the Government of India has the privilege to send inspectors for surprise checks. Our institution which has 10 DNB students in Pediatrics and one candidate in Pediatric surgery is also subject to this ruling.
There is a recent communication of the National Board of Examination which clearly defines another obligation-all the patients who are treated free must have beds labelled (DNB STUDENT BED) so that at the time of inspection, we can show that free treatment is going on. The foundation provides for these patients through donations that grant access to lab facilities, instruments and so on. This in turn requires exemption certificates from depts. of science and technology and the income tax department to give the donors. This 100% exemption certificate given to donors is a continued practice and needs to be validated every three years.
F. Research activities of the Foundation
It is mandatory that CTMRF should encourage and implement good quality research work. The hospital doctors, as well attending consultants can do research. Though clinical research is what is possible, sometimes with the help of collaborative institutions, applied research also are being done. These research activities can be done only after they go through the protocol of the foundation, and pass through the Ethics Committee. Every year the data is collected by the foundation, regarding all the educational activities, research, publications and achievements and they are handed over to the administrative office for onward transmission to D.S.T and income tax department.
G. Research Meetings
In the beginning of the financial year, in April, research committee meetings are conducted. Old projects are evaluated. This is usually an interactive session, where chairman scrutinizes the status report of the research project. The principal investigator is questioned about the expenditure incurred; the progress of the study, and any conclusions reached either in a positive or negative fashion. If the research has not produced good results, or if the researcher expresses inability to continue the work, then they are discontinued. If good progress is shown, then some more fund allocation is given to continue the study. If the work has been accepted for publication, that candidate is complemented. He or she is also asked to give a talk in the C.M.E. programme. Any difficulties expressed due to the management, and then they are sorted out amicably.
All research personnel are requested to adhere to the protocol, ethics committee requirement and submit status report every six months. Any publication arising out of the research done is the property of Childs Trust Research Foundation.