Conferences / Workshops / Lectures / Training Programmes

Dept. of ENT and Head and Neck Oncology, organized the first Amrita Sialology Workshop, at the AIMS Campus during December 19 - 20, 2015
Dept. of Paediatric Cardiology, organized a two-day CME on Fetal Cardiology - Fetal Heart 2015 - at the AIMS Campus during December 12 - 13, 2015. 
Dept. of Internal Medicine / Medical Administration, organized the First International Symposium on Hospital Medicine (ISHMI), at the AIMS Campus during December 04 - 06, 2015.
Dept. of Internal Medicine, organized a one-day CME programme - AIMS Hypertension Update 2015 - at the AIMS Campus on November 01, 2015.
Dept. of Pulmonary Medicine, organized Bronchoscopy Workshop at the AIMS Campus during October 31, 2015.
Dept. of Anaesthesiology, organized Amrita Anaesthesia Refresher Course 2015 at the AIMS Campus during October 18, 2015.
Dept. of Clinical Psychology, organized a workshop on Attribution Skills for Healthy Living at the AIMS Campus during October 17, 2015.
International Conference of Physician Assistants - IAPACON was organized at the AIMS Campus during October 10 - 11, 2015.
Dept. of Head and Neck Oncology / Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, organized the first Amrita Craniofacial Symposium, at the AIMS Campus on June 21, 2015.
Dept. of Urology, organized Second International Uro-Oncology CME and Workshop, at the AIMS Campus on April 18, 2015.
Dept. of Emergency Medicine, organized Amrita Emergency and Trauma Life Support (AETLS) conference at the AIMS Campus during March 13 - 14, 2015.
Dept. of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, organized APLAST 2015 - Tutorials in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the AIMS Campus during February 27 - March 01, 2015.
Dept. of Gastroenterology, organized a workshop on EUS and ERCP with Live video demonstration at the AIMS campus on February 14, 2015.
Dept. of Head and Neck Oncology / Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, organized the Amrita Head and Neck Postgraduate Teaching Programme (AHEAD 2015), at the AIMS Campus, during February 06 - 08, 2015.
Dept. of Oncology, organized World Cancer Day Awareness Programme at the AIMS campus on February 04, 2015.
Dept. of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, organized Microvascular hands on training programme, temporal bone dissection, three cadaver hands-on programmes (flap harvest, skull base access and uncommon flap harvest) at the AIMS Campus during January 12 - February 01, 2015.


Dept. of Geriatrics/Medical Oncology, organized a CME in Geriatric oncology at the AIMS Campus on March 24, 2013. A Geriatric oncology clinic was also inaugurated on that day.
Dept. of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Podiatric Surgery organized a half day CME - Amrita Diabetes Update at the AIMS campus, : March 23, 2013.
Dept. of clinical Psychology, Organized a one day workshop on Clinical Hypnotherapy at Vigyan Mandir, AIMS Campus, on March 21, 2013.
Department of Orthopaedics, Conducted a live surgery workshop on Total Knee Replacement, Dr. Alois Franz, a pioneer in revision TKR , Prof. NJ Mani , HOD, Baby Memorail Hopsital , Calicut, also present on February 27, 2013.
A Workshop on Medical Mannequins was inaugurated by Sri K.Padmakumar, Inspector General of Police, Kochi on February 26, 2013.
Department of Radiotherapy, organised a clinical radiobiology symposium on current clinical aspects in radiobiology, on 23 February, 2013.
Dept of Head & Neck Oncology, conducted 8th Amrita Head & Neck Oncology PG Teaching Programme AHEAD 2013 from February 15 - 17, 2013 at Amriteswari Hall.
Department of Endocrinology : Organized the First Revival Meeting of the Diabetes Club on Hopes and Hypes for Diabetes Management by Dr. R.V.Jayakumar on January 22, 2013.
Department of Neurology, Conducted a CME & Workshop on Botulinum Toxin therapy in Clinical Medicine on January 20, 2013.
Department of Clinical Psychology, Conducted a workshop on The Arts in Psychotherapy : Working with Individuals and Groups on January 05, 2013.
Central Medical Library, Conducted a One day workshop on Literature search for retrieving Medical data from various online resources (Pubmed, Cochrane database & UpToDate) .


In connection with the World Diabetes Day, the Department of Endocrinology & Amrita Diabetic Welfare Association (ADWA) Performed a short drama titled VISION 2020, AROGYA KERALAM, at the AIMS Campus, November 12, 2012.
Punarjani (Teachers Training) proram on Organ Donation Awareness was jointly organised by National Service Scheme and Dept. of G.I. Surgery and Liver Transplantation Unit, on November 09, 2012.
Department of Paediatrics Genetics & Human Cytogenetics & Perinatology, Conducted one day CME on Down syndrome: Down to Earth Approach, on November 04, 2012. The CME was specifically organized for pediatricians and obstetricians emphasizing for "Universal Down syndrome screening for all pregnant women"
Department of Biochemistry conducted a CME on Sunshine VitaminZ, on October 20, 2012.
Department of General Medicine, organized a CME on Latest trends in the management of infections, October 14, 2012 . A Quiz (State level) Programme for the Postgraduate Students was also conducted.
Department of Orthopaedics : conducted the second Fracture Course and hands on workshop for the Postgraduate students during October 6 - 7, 2012.
Department of Endocrinology Conducted the AMRITA DIABETES, ENDOCRINOLOGY & DIABETIC FOOT CONFERENCE 2012, during September 14 - 16, 2012.
The Indian Society of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine (ISHTM) conducted a CME and the annual hematology quiz at the state at the AIMS on August 15, 2012.
A seminar on FOSTERING CLINICAL RESEARCH was organized for the benefit of clinicians and basic scientists for a dialogue and to explore mutually beneficial research activities, on July 28, 2012.
Department of Plastic Surgery conducted CME in Oncology during July 14 - 15, 2012.
The Hospital Administration conducted second session of AHA (American Heart Association) accredited BLS (Basic Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) course, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals participated during June 11 - 13, 2012.
Amrita Advanced Epilepsy Centre (AACE) was organized a patient interaction program as part of celebration of two years of successful functioning on June 2, 2012. Mr. Tony Chammini, Hon. Mayor, Corporation of Cochin inaugurated the program and dedicated the expanded facilities of the center. Swamy Jnanamritanandapuri graced the gathering.
Department of Endocrinology, organized 3rd Amrita Course in Endocrinology for DM/DNB Endocrinology trainees across the country, during May 18 - 19, 2012. The meeting was a unique endeavor with hands-on workshops on diabetic foot, thyroid ultrasound and interactive case discussions in adult and pediatric endocrinology.
The skull base surgical service jointly run by the head and neck and neurosurgery departments and supported by departments of Pathology, anesthesiology , radiology and oncology won laurels in the International congress of the skull base societies held at Brighton UK held on May 17-20, 2012.
Department of Orthopaedics, to commemorate the successful completion of 3000 joint replacement surgeries, organising a family get together and a mini walkathon of few of the patients, who have undergone total knee replacement . Also initiated a Comprehensive Joint Care Clinic on May 14, 2012.
Dept. of Plastic Surgery, Conducted a training programme, APLAST 2012 during March 9 - 11, 2012.
Dept of Pulmonary Medicine, Conducted workshop on Thoracic ultrasound techniques, on March 4, 2012.
Dept. of Head & Neck Oncology, Conducted Amrita Head & Neck Supportive Care Oncology Meet from February 26 - 28, 2012.
AIMS telemedicine introduced medical CME sessions in French language to 53 African centres under the Pan -African e-Network Project. Exclusive French CME sessions started from the month of February 2012 in addition to the ongoing CME's in English
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Cochin and School of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine, Mie University, Japan signed an MOU on January 30, 2012 at Mie University, Japan.Dr.Prathapan Nair, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine represented AIMS on this occasion. Highlights of this General Agreement for Academic Cooperation and Exchange of Students between the two centres are as follows:
  1. Participate in education and research activities under the supervisory faculty of the host institution.
  2. Postgraduate students from AIMS who have completed basic clinical rotations in internal medicine and surgery are eligible for the student exchange program.
  3. Postgraduate students from AIMS will be able to train at the Mie University for a period of less than twelve (12) weeks.
  4. The party which hosts the exchange students shall provide the other party with an evaluation of the students’ course work at the host university.
  5. Development of other scholarly activities of mutual interest, with the potential participation of students from the two universities in such projects, and short -term visits by faculty members from one of the institutions to the partner institution.
  6. This Agreement will be for a period of five (5) years.
Department of Neurology in association with the International Brain Bee Foundation conducted Cochin Regional Brain Bee(a quiz competition on neurosciences for students who have exceptional credentials in biology and have an interest to pursue careers in healthcare) for the higher secondary school students, on January 29, 2012.
The Global Psychiatric Congress was inaugurated by Shri. K. C. Venugopal, Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Power at Amriteshwari Hall on January 17, 2012.
Department of Emergency Medicine, Conducted a 3 day AHA (American Heart Association) accredited BLS( Basic Life Support) and ACLS( Advanced Cardiac Life Support) course for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.


A one day seminar on Indian Health Care Culture and Dhanwanthari Sankalpa as part of Celebration of Sri Sri Dhanwanthari Jayanthi asHealth Day 2009. The Cheif Guest was Vaidya Kalanidhi Dr. C. K. Ramachandran, Saraf Hospital, Kochi, on December 21, 2009.
Departments of Endocrinology, GI Surgery and Plastic Surgery, in coordination with the Marketing Depts, organized a CME titled Amrita Obesity Update 2009. The Clinic was inaugurated by Shri John Paul, who is a well known Malayalam Movie Scriptwriter Celebrity. The Department is planning to start a comprehensive obesity clinic soon with the Endocrinologist, Bariatric Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon, Dietitian and Physiotherapist on December 20, 2009.
Dept of Infection Control organized an Antibiotic Stewardship program, Dr. Nalini Singh, Fulbright scholar and Chief of Infectious Disease at Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University, US was the chief speaker and facilitator, on December 5, 2009.
The Department of ENT conducted a Workshop on Temporal Bone, on December 4, followed by an OTOLOGY CME on December 5 - 6, 2009, including a live surgery transmission.
Organized State Level Ophthalmology Quiz competition – More than 30 teams from 15 medical colleges all over Kerala participated, on November 14, 2009.
World Diabetes Day (November 7 - 14, 2009) following programmes organized by AIMS 07-11-2009 : Diabetes Camp for public at N.S.S. Karayogam Hall, Edappally.
08-11-2009 : Workshop on Diabetes management for public
10-11-2009 : Workshop on Diabetes for Nurses
11-11-2009 : Quiz competition on Diabetes for intercollegiate nursing students
13-11-2009 : Awareness classes for ADWA members
14-11-2009 : Get together for Type 1 Diabetic children with educational programmes.
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry started a Dental Outpatient Clinic in the Annexe Hospital on November 12, 2009. The clinic serves for patient referrals from other medical departments, by standers etc. The working time - from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.
Celebration of World Quality Day , on November 12,2009.
The Department of Radiology conducted a commemorative function, World Radiography Day, on November 12, 2009.
The MDA against Filariasis, November 11, 2009

The drugs for the above programme have been supplied by the Health Department for distribution to the staff, students and other public inside the AIMS campus. As in previous years the drug delivery was conducted by trained staff and students of the department of Community Medicine. Inorder to cover maximum population, delivery points are provided. The new strategy is called SDA (Supervised Drug Administration) to ensure the intake of drugs by the people, in the presence of the Drug Provider.
On the occasion of DIAFEST, World Diabetes Day 2009, one day workshop on Living with Diabetes, conducted by the Department of Endocrinology (ADWA) at the AIMS campus for staff, students, and general public, on November 8, 2009.
Inauguration of Conference of the Association of Clinical Biochemists of India organized at the AIMS campus, on November 4, 2009.
The surgical skill lab conducted a hands on Microsurgery Course / Workshop in collaboration with the Central Animal Facilty, on October 16 - 30, 2009.
Launch of AIMS intranet site (:- http://aimswebinfo ), on October 26, 2009, constitution information among other things,
  1. News
  2. Events
  3. Entertainments
  4. Employees rights
  5. ISO forms etc.
The Head & Neck Department organized APSI accredited CME programme in Head and Neck. The Indian Head and Neck Cancer Congress followed the CME programme at the IMA onvention centre till 25th October 2009
Department of Pharmacology organized a Two - day Workshop on PHARMACOECONOMICS IN INDIAN HEALTH CARE, on October 19 - 20, 2009.
A workshop on Palliative Care, SAMAGRAM, on World Palliative Care Day - Dept. of Pain & Palliative Medicine, on October 10, 2009.
Kerala Annual State Conference at Thrissur, Dept. of ENT, October 2009 Dr Deepthi N. V., won the gold medal for the best PG presentation and the best poster. Dr Vineeth Viswam won the Gold Medal for the best Consultant paper presentation. All the other papers from Amrita presented by Dr. Bini Faizal, Dr. Shamlee and Dr. Unnikrishnan were also highly appreciated. Every paper was an original work of the presenters and we are truly proud of the diverse talent and hard work and the tremendous support of our HOD, Dr. Sudhir Bahadur and the ancillary staff of the Dept and hospital.
Started a centralized Help Desk to deal with all computer related queries on hardware, software, networking and related services on October 1, 2009.
Dr. SARADA, Clinical Psychologist, Doctorate from California State University, started providing consultation for employees on any problem requiring guidance. The special area of her field is stress management and performance counselling, October 2009.
Invited lecture & Research Presentation by Dr. Kallal Pramanik, (Ph. D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Vascular Biology Program, Translational & Biomedical Research Centre, Medical College of Wisconsin, U.S.A.) on Birthmark or blood vessel problem ? Zebrafish offers early insight, on September 22, 2009.
Dept. of Orthopaedics - Inagural Ceremony of the OASIS Pre Conference workshop on Arthroplasty / Endoscopic Spine Surgery, on September 11, 2009.
Dr. Aswathy S. (Professor, Community Medicine), Ms. Beteena Kurien (Lecturer in Biostatistics, Community Medicine) and Dr. K. Leelamoni (Professor & HOD, Community Medicine), Mass Drug Administration against Filariasis in India : Perception and practices in a rural community in Kerala, has been accepted in the international journal - Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, September 2009 .
Dr. Girish. B.N was awarded First Prize for his oral free paper presentation on Chronic Pancreatitis is associated with hyper homocysteinemia and derangements in transsulfuration and transmethylation pathways, during the Mid Term Meeting of Indian Society of Gastroenterology Kerala Chapter on August 23, 2009. The paper was authored by Dr. Balakrishnan. V, Dr. Rajesh. G, Dr. Vaidyanathan. K and Dr. Bindu. The study was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dr. V. Balakrishnan.
Special Grand Round by Dr. Robert E. Petras (M. D), August 22, 2009 Biosketch on The serrated polyp family and its relationship to MSI-H colorectal cancer.He will also speak upon K-RAS; BRAS testing as well. Dr.Robert is the National Director for Gastrointestinal Pathology Services at AmeriPath Inc; Managing Director of AmeriPath Cleveland and as Medical Director and GI Pathology Fellowship Training Program Director at AmeriPath’s Institute of Gastrointestinal Pathology and Digestive Disease, in Oakwood Village, Ohio.
Indo US Workshop and Conference on Cyber Security, Cyber Crime and Cyber Forensics, during August 19 - 21, 2009.
The department of Pediatrics organized a one-day CME on The Current Concepts in Pediatrics, on August 9,2009.
Department of Microbiology conducted a CME on Current Topics in Microbiology, on August 8, 2009.
The dept of Microbiology, along with Association of Clinical Microbiologists, is conducting a CME at AIMS on August 8, 2009.
Inauguration of Clinical Psychology Department at the B Block (first floor), on August 6, 2009.
Inauguration of starting of various courses for academic year 2009-10, on August 1, 2009. Inauguration of starting following new facilities was held during this occasion :

Amritakiranam : A new & special ophthalmic treatment facility introduced by the Department of Opthalmology for the benefit of poor and needy patients from urban, rural and remote villages with the help of Amrita Telemedicine Unit.
Sevamritam : Creation of special and state of the art facilities for proper care, diagnosis, treatment of mother and pre and post natal child.
Digital Radiography : A new state of the art diagnostic imaging facility installed in the Department of Radiodiagnosis.
5th Amrita Diabetes and Endocrinology Update, conducted by the Dept of Endocrinology during August 1 - 2, 2009.
Sampoojya Swami Poornamritananda Puri conducted the Lamp Lighting Ceremony of the Induction Program of the MBBS & BDS 2009 batch students on July 30, 2009.
Gurupoornima celebrations held at B. Block Auditorium on July 7, 2009.
Prof. Lindsay Brown, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia : interaction with faculty, PGs and PhD students on July 5, 2009.
Visit of AMRITA TV SUPER STAR EXPRESS,July 4, 2009 In connection with launching Super Star-2 on July 20, 2009, the legendary reality show which redefined talent hunt on Malayalam television, a meeting was held with the team of Super Star Express, at AIMS, Cochin.
A separate Dept of Clinical Psychology” has been started functioning at the B block - 1st floor, on July 2009. The important services provided by the department are:
  1. Administration of Psychological tests : Cognitive (Intelligence, Memory, Attention & Concentration)Personality (Rorschah, TAT etc)Organic (Neuro-psychological assesment)Aptitude tests Emotional Problems Behavioral & djustment problem Stress assesment
  2. Therapy services : Relaxation therapy, Hypnosis therapy, Behavioral therapy, Aversion therapy
A new electrolyte machine installed in 6(1) OT – ICU complex, on July 2009.
Departments of Radiology and Cardiology conducted a one day workshop on Practical Cardiac MR- A short course, June 27, 2009.
A Scientific program on Pump assisted MICS CABG technique - Accessing your patients with minimized trauma, on June 26, 2009.Dr. (Prof) Joseph Sabik, Head of CVTS in Cleveland Clinic was the chief guest and chief surgeon for the live demonstration of Pump Assisted MVST procedure.
Dr. Shanti Nair, Dean of Reseach - lecture on Fundamentals of Research for 2008 & 2009 batch PG students on June 16, 2009.
Dept of Pain & Palliative Medicine, AIMS & the Ernakulam palliative care consortium jointly arranged a reception for Dr. Tom Middlemiss, a British palliative care doctor during his bicycle ride from Trivandrum to Mumbai as part of his palliative care advocacy program, June 15, 2009.
Dr. Sundaram, Head, Department of Medical Statistics, lecture on the Principles of Good Thesis Writing (Dissertation work) for the newly joined PG students and interns, on June 09, 2009.
Dr. Sanjeev Singh, Senior Medical Administrator, lecture on Proper Casesheet Writing and Documentation for 2009 batch PG students and House surgeons, on June 9, 2009.
The 6th Amrita Microvascular Training Programme during June 8 - 19, 2009.
The Department of Internal Medicine organized the Annual Continuing Medical Education program AIMCME 2009, June 7, 2009.
Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care-2009 Conducted by Indian Association Of Palliative Care in association with Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine, AIMS, on June 1, 2009.
Infection Control team at AIMS, Organized a week long educational programe on SAVE LIVES – CLEAN YOUR HANDS on May 5, 2009
Dr. Sharath Kumar, (Asst.Prof of Pediatrics) and Dr. Aswin Borade DNB received the Special Pediatric Rheumatology Scholarship from Indian Academy of Pediatrics to attend the 5 day Rheumatology session in Mumbai, 2009.
Dr.Sharath Kumar awarded the Wyeth Scholarship for 2009.which enables him to enroll in the Graduate Certificate course in Pediatric Rheumatology from University of Western Australia. He presented 2 papers in international conferences
  1. On rising diagnosis of incomplete Kawasaki’s disease at New Zealand, Australia Rheumatology conference in Wellington in May 2009.
  2. On Pediatric SLE in India in EULAR 2009 conference in Copenhagen Denmark in 2009.
One Day Amrita Orthopaedic Instructional Course (AOIC) was organized by the Paediatric Orthopaedic Division, Department of Orthopaedics, April 5, 2009.
The inauguration of Internship Programme of IIIrd Batch MBBS students (2004 batch MBBS) by Sampoojya Swami Poornamritanandapuri with Benedictory Address on March 16, 2009.
The Fifth Teachers Training Programme was held from March 16 - 20, 2009.
Department of Ophthalmology conducted a Public Awareness program and free screening for glaucoma, On the occasion of the World Glaucoma Day on March 12, 2009.
A training cum discussion programme was held for Kudumbasree workers and leaders of fishermen community at Njarakkal In connection with the implementation of the project QTI-2(Quit Tobacco International-2), on February 28, 2009.
Cardiology Gold Card, A comprehensive Cardiac Evaluation Package was inaugurated by Bri. Karuamrita Chaithanya, on February 20, 2009.
Department of Pathology conducted the Sixth National CME in Pathology & 63rd IAPM Kerala Chapter meeting at the Health Science Campus, Kochi, on February 14, 2009.
Cochin Clinical Society meeting was held on February 12, 2009 at the Health Science Campus, Kochi. Following case presentations were made
  1. Lipemic Serum in a newborn - Dr. Sunitha, Department of Pediatric Genetics
  2. An unusual pleural effusion - Dr. Rajesh, Department of Pulmonary Medicine
  3. Treatment for toxin induced acute fulminant hepatitis -Dr. Supriya, Department of GI Surgery
  4. A novel technique for Charcot foot- Dr. Ajit Kumar Varma, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Podiatry
  5. A Kidney rescued by intervention - Dr. Shaheed Ali, Department of Radiology
Head & Neck Institute conducted a 3 day CME – Current Concepts in Head and Neck Cancers at the Health Science Campus, Kochi, on February 6 - 8, 2009.
Graduation Ceremony of the second batch MBBS students was inaugurated by Smt.P.K.Sreemathi Teacher, The Hon’ble Minister for Health & Social Welfare on February 5, 2009.
Dr. Saminathan Ramasamy, gave a lecture titled Novel Conopeptides in drug discovery, on February 3, 2009.
Dr. Prabhakara V Choudary, gave a lecture titled Analyzing complex diseases using functional genomic approaches: challenges and rewards, on January 31, 2009.
On the occasion of Vivekananda Jayanthi, Sri. Vijayan Menon, MBA, Vice President, Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group addressed the staff and students in all Schools, on January 17, 2009.
The Department of GI Surgery : hosted the Annual Training Course and Accreditation Examination of the Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India, on January 15, 2009.
A talk on Technological and Cultural Heritage of India by Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, Director, Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage, on January 13, 2009.
Dr. V. V. Radhakrishnan, Prof. and Head of Neuropathology, ‘SCTIMST’, Trivandrum delivered guest lecture on Muscle biopsy : a birds eye view, on January 10, 2009.