Center of Excellence at CMC Vellore, India
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is a major upcoming sub specialty of medicine. It is estimated that there are around 150 million patients in the Indian Sub Continent alone suffering from allergic and related diseases. It is also a disturbing fact that the prevalence of such diseases is increasing by almost 10% each year, due to various reasons, mainly due to changing life styles and increasing urbanization. In 2006, Christian Medical College,Vellore (CMC) established the DIPLOMA IN ALLERGY & ASTHMA, a year long PG distance learning course in partnership with International Asthma Services (IAS), a USA based organization dedicated to patient and physician education. Each academic year 35 post-graduate doctors are selected for this popular course and this is the ONLY formal training available in India at this time. CMC along with IAS have been thus pioneers in the field of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in India.
MISSION STATEMENT: TO ESTABLISH A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE OF ALLERGY, ASTHMA & IMMUNOLOGY, WHERE THERE WILL BE FACILITIES TO TRAIN, EDUCATE, TREAT, RESEARCH, AND ADVOCATE THE IDEALS OF THIS MEDICAL SUB-SPECIALTY.
Training medical personnel: There are only 500 formally trained physicians in India to handle the HUGE patient load.
Teaching: DAA is considered as a prelude to establishing a formal DM or Fellowship in Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. DM or formal Fellowship in AAI is presently not offered anywhere in Asia.
Basic & Clinical research.
Train paramedical personnel: Asthma-allergy educators, Allergy technicians.
International standard Immunology laboratory: There is no such facility India at present to address this need. We may be missing thousands of cases needing proper evaluation. There is also a major need for research in this ever changing field.
Incorporation of Genomics in this field is upcoming.
A central place for advice on public policies, patient and physician education