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WHO Antibiotic Awareness Week (18th November to 24th November 2019) was commemorated at Teerthanker Mahaveer Medical College & Research Center (TMMC&RC) by organising a poster making competition for the MBBS Students. The competition was themed on Antibiotic Awareness, which was disclosed to the participants right on spot at the venue of Department of Pharmacology, TMMC&RC. More than 145 students participated in the competition in the group of 3 students each.

The competition was judged by Dr. Seema Awasthi (Prof of Dept. of Pathology); Dr. Jayballabh Kumar (Prof and Head of Dept. of Physiology); and Dr. Sudhir Gupta (Prof and Head of Dept. of Community Medicine) on the basis of neatness, adherence to theme and concept of the theme. The posters made by the students were quite unique and very thoughtful which garnered lots of appreciation from the judges.

TMMC&RC regularly holds such sessions staying true towards developing better medical personals for the society by organising such activities. The students of TMMC&RC are not just given good academic assistance but are also encouraged to develop their personality by making them aware about the role of a doctor which is beyond treating a patient. Due to such positive environment made available for the students, TMMC&RC ranks as a top college in the vicinity of Delhi NCR & the state of Uttar Pradesh. It also ranks among the top 20 private medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh.

Along with the poster making competition a panel discussion on Antimicrobial Resistance was also held at the lecture theatre of TMMC&RC.

The experts for the panel discussion were Dr. S K Jain (Vice Principal, Prof & Head of Department of Anatomy), Dr. Najmul Huda (Add Dean Academics, Prof & Head of Department of Orthopaedics), Dr. V K Singh (Deputy Medical Superintendent, Prof & Head of Department of Medicine), Dr. N K Singh (Prof of Dept. of Surgery and In charge Casualty) and Dr. U Farooq (Prof & Head of Department of Microbiology).

The session initiated with discussing the usage and pattern of antimicrobial use in the last 10 years and the reason for the change in the pattern. This was followed by understanding the susceptibility of organism to AMA in India as well as at TMU hospital. The discussion further continued on the effect of environment on microbial activity, the scenario and reasons for development of antimicrobial resistance.

The panellists also highlighted on the rational use of AMA and to develop the hospital policy in accordance to it. The need felt for antimicrobial stewardship was also in the talks of the discussion. The event ended with announcing the winners of the competition.

The winners for the poster making competition were Praveen Gupta, Prerana Priyadrashini and Prerna Ahuja who bagged the first position, while Akash Bhardwaj, Akash Jain and Akshita & Sumit Shill, Sumit Yadav and Sunidhi Shukhla bagged first and second runner up position.

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