The Fernandez Hospital Educational and Research Foundation continues to focus on the education of doctors, nurses, technicians and school / college students. It has conducted and promoted medical programmes, conferences and workshops, enabling doctors to interact with colleagues and learn from peers.
Fernandez Hospital collaborated with the Society of Obstetric Medicine, India to conduct the Obstetric Medicine Update 2016 on 4th, 5th and 6th November at the Marriott Convention Centre, Hyderabad. The Hospital’s 17th Annual Conference drew nearly 600 delegates from all over the country. The Scientific Programme focused on “Meeting Challenges” faced in Obstetric Medicine. The Conference addressed these challenges based on current guidelines and evidence based knowledge and also provided expert opinions.
Dr. Sandra Lowe from Australia was the keynote speaker. She also delivered the 11th Annual Dr. L. C. Fernandez Oration. Also bringing vast experience to the dais was Dr. J. Ravichandran from Malaysia. Complementing the international speakers was a national faculty of 21 experts from various fields who presented their talks on subjects ranging from Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Neuropsychiatry, Haematology, Obesity, Hypertension and Critical Care. A PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP was also held on 4th November, 2016 with the theme : Challenges in Obstetric Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
In conjunction with Fernandez Hospital, the Foundation continues to receive requests from all over the country for workshops. Several were conducted by the Hospital in cities like Thrissur, Chennai, Mumbai, Baroda, Nandyal, Hyderabad, Guntur and Vijayawada.
The Foundation is collaborating with Fernandez Hospital in promoting the concept of PROMISE – Professional Midwifery Services. The focus is on selecting the right candidates to be educated and trained as midwives and nurses within the maternity hospital environment. The two-year Professional Midwifery Education and Training (PMET) Programme, which began in 2011, regularly brings in tutors / midwives from the U.K. to systematically train batches of eight student nurses over 50 sessions. The fourth batch of midwives graduated at a special ceremony on 13th September 2017. Since August 2011 till September 2017, the midwives have helped deliver 6835 babies.