India 2023: Dr. Swapnatai. A. Meshram | Vice Principal & Director Professor, ESIC Medical College & Hospital, K. K. Nagar, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Delegate: Dr. Swapnatai. A. Meshram

Affiliation: Vice Principal & Director Professor, ESIC Medical College & Hospital, K. K. Nagar, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Short Bio: I am presently working as Vice Principal & Director Professor and Head of the department in Department of Physiology at ESIC Medical College & Hospital, K. K. Nagar, Chennai, Tamilnadu.

I have completed my MBBS in 1999 and MD in the year 2004 from Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal. Done my Fellowship in Advancement in Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) from PSG-FRI, Coimbatore affiliated to FAIMER Institute in Philedelphia.
I have completed mu Post- Graduate Diploma in Nutrition from National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad and completed my Post- Graduate Diploma Course in Bioethics affiliated to Bharthiyar University, Coimbatore by 1 st Class.
I am very much into medical education that inspired me to complete 8th ACME course from SRMC Nodal Centre for Medical Education, Porur, Chennai, Tamilnadu. I have conducted State level virtual CME on Learning and Memory- A Journey to explore under the banner of APTCON on November 2021 for MBBS undergraduates under aegis of TN Dr. MGR Medical University. I have undergone many NPTEL courses on Ethical guidelines on Biomedical Research and completed my Basic course in Biomedical Research conducted by ICMR by 77%. Hve done my certification course on EEG by NESSAN. I have also done my Advance Course in polysomnography and titration by Academy of Sleep Wake
Task assigned to my designation by instituition :
1. Assigned as NAAC, ESIC Chennai – Coordinator and Coordinator, IQAC of our institution
2. Worked as the member of Curriculum Committee for Competency Based MCI Mandates for Medical Undergraduates in my present institute.
2. Working as the Convener of Foundation course in our institute for the new MBBS batch since 2019.
3. Member of the Medical Education Unit in our Institute.
4. Worked as member secretary of Institutional ethics committee.
5. Member of Antiragging committee, College council, Student Disciplinary committee in present Institute.
6. Worked as member in Institutional Committees in various government medical institutes in South India
7. Presently Vice Chairperson &; External Member of IEC- SRIHER, Porur.
7. Have administrative experience of 17 year.
8. Undergraduate and post graduate teaching experience of 21 years.
9. Awarded with BEST FACULTY AWARD by Government of Andhra Pradesh in the year 2012.
10. Guiding many Medical undergraduates as mentor in the ICMR healthcare researches. This year guiding a mentee with approved ICMR STS 2019 project.
11. Having many publications in national and international Medical Indexed Journals and ongoing
projects on Medical education.
12. Have initiated Art of life- Sleep Consultation Clinic with an integrated Approach with various clinical subjects in our ESIC Hospital and proposed for Sleep Laboratory for investigative and therapeutics. Inaugurated by Dr. R. Shanthimalar, DME, Chennai .
13. Assigned as FAIMER Reviewer for Applications of FAIMER Fellowship.

My Areas of interest:
1. Medical education,
2. Nutrition,
3. Exercise Physiology,
4. Bioethics
5. Sleep Medicine.

Activity: On the occasion of World Sleep Day, it was an opportunity for the department of Physiology, ESIC Medical College & Hospital, K. K. Nagar, Chennai to conduct the Sleep Awareness program for the general population, the employees and the students. Sleep is the foundation of Health and it maintain proper utilization of the nutrition, the physical activity and rejuvenate and prepare the organ system to function and prolong life without any or minimal ailments. In-spite of being an important area, its the most ignored component of health in many countries. In the present era of technology, all the age groups irrespective of the gender are sacrificing their sleep to stand in the race of everyday’s life that enforces to neglect the timing, quality and quantity of their sleep. Thus, the objective of the sleep awareness program conducted in our institution was to bring the awareness amongst the MBBS students who shall be ambassador of health in the future for better health of society.
The Sleep Awareness Week 2023 was announced in the Academic Calender 2023 of our institute from 13th March 2023 to 17th March 2023 . The target population involved in the awareness program were the adolecent and young age group between 17 years to 23 years MBBS students. The students are considered to be the most affected group due to their unhygienic sleep habits. The stress of competitions, qualification, peer stress, Video games, matches at the odd hours and hostel life, do not have any particuar time and pattern of sleep. We decided to inculcate some good sleep hygenic habits in them during our Sleep Awareness Week 2023.
We have selected this week because the World Sleep Day this year fall on 17th March 2023.The theme 2023 is SLEEP IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH. All following five days we had different activity to spark the awareness in students.

Day 1- Inaugural Program- Chief Guest- Dr. Rema Raghu, who is the CMO and General Physician of Buddhi Clinic that believes integrated approach and team work in lifestyle modification. Dr. Rema Raghu was welcomed and had given the students the words of wisdom on how to keep ourself healthy and how, sleep plays a very important role in our life. It was followed by MIME SHOW (enclosed the link) by two batches very appreciated by the guest and faculty calling the theme of the Sleep week to be need of the hour. The MIME show was also presented in the medical OPD Block amongst around 100 patients for awareness about quality and good duration sleep in our life. Besides by doing this, we have created a path and shown light to everyone that if we need to create awareness it should end up with attitudinal change.

Day 2: Debate competition- where we had two teams with mix of 1st and 2nd year MBBS batches. The topic given was IS SLEEP AN EPIDEMIC AMONGST THE TEENS? Both the proposition and opposition teams debated very well with their expression of views individually, buttle, rebuttal and summary round. They were judged by Dr. Manisha Mane, HoD Microbiology and Dr. Devidas Tondare, Professor, Community Medicine. The opposition won the battle leaving an impact with many questions in the audiences mind to explore further.

Day 3: Poster Presentation Competition-Topic: SLEEP PHYSIOLOGY, SLEEP HYGIENE, SLEEP DISORDER. Around 20 posters in the teams were displayed in the General OPD Area in New medical OPD Block and also in the 1st Floor of Medicine OPD. It was judged by Dr. Madhubala, HoD, Biochemistry and Dr. Anandhi Lakshmanan, Associate Professor, Microbiology. There was so much of exploration and explanation by the students for poster making that while making the poster for creating awareness by poster for IPs, they too were getting aware in an unnoticed way.
It was followed by afternoon session and talk exclusively for MBBS students by Dr. Tripat Deep Singh, International Sleep Specialist from Chandigarh and also the Course Director of Academy of Sleep Wake Science, who is in many advisory committees in setting up Sleep Clinic and Sleep Testing Laboratory in many Government and Non-government sectors across the world. A small 45 mins session for departmental faculty was also taken for guiding them on starting a Sleep Clinic in the hospital for the patients. the session was then followed by awakening session on SLEEP- FOUNDATION OF HEALTH for two batches of MBBS students. The Sleep Specialist guest lecture appraised students on the Physiology of every organ system that function in altogether different way when we sleep. The role of Glymphatics that functions only when we fall asleep and never when we are awake. The increased prevalence of cancer, hypertension, Diabetes, stroke is due to hindering the toxin removal function of glymphatic that may lead to cancer. How various neurotransmitters when do not get released due to wakefulness ends up producing anxiety, seizers, dementia, suicidal attempts and person even ends up to death due to Alzheimer’s. It was an eyeopener session for many.

Day 4- Short Film Competition- Was aired two short films made by 1st year and 2nd year MBBS batch students in our Dhanwantari lecture hall. The films showed the effects of prolonged sleep deprivation. The session was judged by Dr. Mohanvalli, HoD, Dentistry and Dr. Mallikarjun Adabatti, Associate Professor, Anatomy. Two films were aired and both won the 1st prize. It was thrilling and informative for all of us and students. The links of the two films are mentioned here.

Day 5- Valedictory Program, where all the administrators, employees, faculty, doctors and students of all batches were invited and the four days report was presented by Dr. Swapnatai. A. Meshram, HoD, Physiology. The impact of the Sleep Awareness Week was phenomenal, as the institute employees and students started and continued speaking on sleep to each other and also showed attitudinal changes. Students Shared their experience and requested us to have a sleep Consultation Clinic for further management of the Sleep treatment. The feedback from students was very encouraging and motivating as they mentioned that they would have change in their lifestyle by giving equal importance to sleep like any other health indicator

With all support from our respected Dean Dr. Kalidas Chavan Dattatrya and administration, we were positively able to start our Sleep Consultation Clinic in our Medical OPD block from 17th April 2023 for our insured persons, students and employees with inauguration by Director of Medical Education, Chennai.

Location: ESIC Medical College & Hospital, K. K. Nagar, Chennai, Tamilnadu

Date of Activity: 13th March 2023 to 17th March 2023

Submitted by: Dr. Swapnatai. A. Meshram