CHRISTIAN MEDICAL COLLEGE VELLORE
Not to be ministered unto but to minister

OUTREACH

CMC’s founder, Dr Ida Scudder, within two years of starting a one-bed dispensary, had single-handedly treated 12,000 patients. But she felt frustrated: many patients still remained outside the ambit of medical services.

So, in 1906, she and her small team began setting up roadside clinics, taking the services to villages and hamlets outside Vellore, first in bullock-carts loaded with medicines, and later in motorised vehicles. The 'clinics' were usually held in the shades of trees and when news spread of their regular occurrence, the sick began to arrive early and wait for Doctor Amma and her team of healers.

That was the beginning of CMC’s outreach and the work of caring for the poor and marginalised who have fallen through the cracks has since become a part of the institutional ethos.
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Watch an early film showing Indian villages and the training of CMC's medical students for service in rural India.

Outreach work carried out by various departments