Virtual CME & Workshop- “MICROSPIRE 2021

Trichy SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Tiruchirapalli

Department of Microbiology

MICROSPIRE 2021 (Virtual CME and Workshop)

MICROSPIRE-2021, a virtual CME cum Workshop program was conducted by the Department of Microbiology on October 21 &22, 2021.

Organizing Chairperson – Dr.P.ChitraRajalakshmi, Professor & Head of the Department

Organizing Secretary – Dr. A. Anupriya, Associate Professor Microbiology

Participants – A total of 158 Clinical Microbiologists including PG students pursuing MD Microbiology participated in this programme through online mode

Outline: This Program outlined the operational and administrative challenges that Clinical microbiologists face and to cope up with the evolution of automation and other related technologies that are shaping the way laboratory medicine will be practiced in the future.

Goal: To prepare the budding Clinical microbiologists to become competent in the following areas- Laboratory testing, Diagnostic skills, Leadership skills, Laboratory Safety, and Communication skills.

Objective: To create a platform for young budding clinical microbiologists to update and discuss the advanced Laboratory testing methods, share updates on Diagnostic challenges and prepare them to take up the responsibility of Leadership and Organizational challenges they would require in the present and future laboratory Microbiology practice.

Assessment and Accreditation: This programme was assessed and accredited with 10 credit points under category II by The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai

E Poster competition

Theme: Advancement in Microbiological Techniques

Number of participants: 09

Winners (Five best posters – Cash prize of Rs. 500/- and Certificate)

No. Participant Institution Poster topic
1 Dr.P.Bharathi ArupadaiVeedu Medical College, Puducherry Bronchogenic Cyst Caused By Lasiodiplodiatheobromae – A Case Report
2 Dr. D. Varshini Trichy SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Tiruchirapalli RhinoorbitalMucormycosis in post COVID patient- case report
3 Dr.K.V.Manjari Madurai Medical College, Madurai An unusal isolate of Salmonella paratyphi B in chronic Amoebic Liver
4 Dr.R.M.Nivetha Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai Bacillus cereus– A serious pathogen
5 Dr.T.PoojaPreethi Thanjavur Medical College Scedosporiosis in Burns patient

The ability to communicate and collaborate online has become an added advantage as evidenced by this program which has been well received as a successful Continuing medical education (CME) program addressing novel issues in the field of clinical microbiology. Also conducting events also motivates faculty to work as a team and provides an opportunity for professional development.


About Workshop How could made better Other Remarks
1.     Novel idea of instrument virtual tour

2.     Presentations are simple and understandable

3.     Newer methods were introduced in a short and sweet way

4.     MALDI-TOF & antibiotic stewardship are good

5.     Animation of Biosafety and security are informative

6.     All session are well planned, neatly executed and overall informative

1.     Offline in future

2.     Need of pre CME hands on workshop

3.     Included some activities/ tasks/ events for participants

4.     Can be on leave days/ weekends

5.     Quality of network is poor

1.     Conduct annually

2.     Conduct of NABL session separately

Session on Framework for Interpretation and Reporting in Diagnostic Microbiology

Lead Speaker: Dr. N. Palaniappan, Professor of Microbiology, SreeMookambika Institute of Medical Sciences, Kanyakumari

Session on Advanced Diagnostic Equipments in Clinical Microbiology

Lead Speaker: Dr. LalithaPrajna, Consultant Microbiologist, Aravind Eye Hospitals, Madurai

Session on MALDI TOF

Lead Speaker: Dr. Arthy, Consultant Microbiologist, SIMS Hospital, Chennai

Session on Role of Microbiologists in  Antimicrobial stewardship

Lead Speaker: Dr. K. Lakshmi,  Professor of Microbiology, Government K.A.P. Viswanatham Medical College, Tiruchirapalli

Session on Steps to Medical Laboratory Accreditation in India- Scope

Lead Speaker: Dr. J. Jayalakshmi, Professor of Microbiology, KMCH College of Health Sciences, Coimbatore

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