Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Medical Superintendent, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, has received the prestigious British Medical Journal Award - 2016 (South Asia) in the category 'Infectious Disease Initiative of the Year'.
Last year, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital) was awarded the British Medical Journal Award for the Best Surgical Team of South Asia. While in 2014, the Paediatric Heart program at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital) received the first British Medical Journal (BMJ)-India 2014 Health Care Award under the Quality Improvement category.
Launched in 2009, The British Medical Journal (BMJ) Awards are the UK's premier medical awards program, recognizing and celebrating the inspirational work done by doctors and their teams. BMJ introduced awards for excellence in health care this year in India for the first time. The awards seek to recognize excellence in healthcare in India by felicitating individuals, teams and groups that have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the practice of medicine. The 2014 awards showcased knowledge, expertise, and practices that have helped transform the healthcare ecosystem in India.
Dr. Anil Kumar, Professor, Department of Microbiology, has played a vital role in championing antibiotic stewardship at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.The Antibiotic Stewardship Committee, consisting of Dr. Vidya, Dr. Zubair, Dr. Shyam, Dr. Sabarish, Dr. Sadiya Khan, and Ms. Vrinda and Clinical Pharmacist Ms. Sindhu, has been playing key role towards implementation. A similar model of antibiotic stewardship has been taken forward to formulate State Antibiotic Policy, which has been adopted by the Government of Kerala. Antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention has been added in the medical curriculum at Kerala University of Health and Allied Sciences for undergraduates, house surgeons and postgraduates. State level training of the physicians and public engagement modules are also in progress.