HR Retreat 2023

Aravind-Madurai, February 3-4

Restructuring the HR Division for effective functioning was the core concept of the retreat. HR Managers from all tertiary centres and managers of secondary centres participated. Dr. S.R. Krishnadas, Director-HR, AECS welcomed the participants. Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, AECS delivered the keynote address. Ms. Cindy Harrison, Vice President – Human Resources, Henry Ford Health System spoke on the HR structuring of Henry Ford Health System and offered inputs for restructuring and streamlining HR activities at Aravind, developing a culture of belonging as well as on recruitment and retention.

New AOP Supervisors, Tutors and Performers

Aravind-Madurai, February 2

Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai started the selection process for the positions of Supervisor, Tutor, and Performer in November 2022. There were 137 potential candidates. 360 degree feedback was obtained, personal interview was conducted by Dr. Usha Kim, Director – AOP training, AECS. She and the evaluation team selected five Supervisors, two Tutors, and 23 Performers from the potential candidates. The candidates were given the new position at a special function held in the presence of Ms. Cindy Harrison, Dr. S.R. Krishnadas and Dr. Usha Kim.

TNOA Mid-year Sandhippu

Courtallam, January 28-29

TNOA Mid-year Conference was held at Courtallam under the leadership of Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, President – TNOA and Advisor, Aravind-Tirunelveli. The conference was well planned and the sessions were organised in an interesting and engaging way. These also included talks on general topics such as work-life balance, financial freedom and independence. Thulasiraj Ravilla, Director-Operations, AECS gave a talk on unlocking the goldmine in private practice. Pattimandram fame Prof. M. Ramachandran gave a special address. Delegates from all over Tamil Nadu participated in the conference.

Workshop on Simulator-based Training in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery

Aravind-Madurai, January 21-22

Cataract services of Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai organised the workshop which included classroom lectures, complex case handling video sessions and hands-on practice on the simulator. A total of 39 participants from various medical colleges took part. Sessions were moderated by faculty from Cataract Clinic and HelpMeSee.

Library Week

Aravind-Madurai, January 7-25

Aravind Library and Information Centre, Madurai observed Library Week, a weeklong event from January 7 to 14, and January 19 to 25. This was a unique programme organised for all resident doctors and AOP. It aimed to reach out, teach and spread knowledge to everyone. Several competitions were conducted for the users as part of this:

Library Week started off with a Writathon arranged from January 7 to 9. A photo quiz on clinical images was anchored by Dr. Rupa, Medical Officer, Paediatric Ophthalmology Clinic, Aravind-Madurai. She also gave a motivational talk. Dr. Manju Pillai, Medical Officer, Glaucoma Clinic, Aravind-Madurai introduced the online skill test for doctors. Treasure hunt, clue-based competition based on library resources was also conducted. Dr. Madhu Shekhar, Chief, Cataract and IOL Services, Aravind-Madurai distributed the clue puzzles to participants. A debate on Google Vs Librarian was conducted. Dr. C. Gowri Priya, Scientist, Aravind Medical Research Foundation welcomed the participants to the debate. Dr. Usha Kim, Chief, Orbit and Oculoplasty Clinic, Aravind-Madurai was the judge. Dr. Naresh Babu, Chief, Retina Services, Aravind-Madurai anchored a quiz for all the library users. Skill tests for AOP were also conducted.

Pongal CME

Aravind-Coimbatore, January 4-11

Pongal CME was organised during January 4 to 11. Mr. Gautham Kumar, Manager-Quality, Aravind-Coimbatore reviewed the incidents and errors in 2022, explained the route cause analysis and corrective and preventive actions. Dr. D. Chandrasekhar, Consultant, Aravind-Coimbatore conducted a general quiz which the participants enjoyed thoroughly.