FMMC holds Dr Venkat Rao Memorial PG Quiz 2019

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FMMC holds Dr Venkat Rao Memorial PG Quiz 2019

Mangaluru: The Department of General Surgery, Father Muller Medical College, conducted “Venkat Rao Memorial PG Quiz 2019” for postgraduate students in General Surgery on January 20 at the Knowledge Centre, A V Hall.

Students from six Medical Colleges in and around Mangaluru consisting of 30 teams participated in the quiz. The inaugural programme began with a prayer song by Dr Nitu Joy, final year Surgical Postgraduate.

The organizing chairman of the live workshop and PG quiz, Dr Leo Francis Tauro, Professor & Head of the department welcomed the gathering. Fr Richard Coelho, Director, Father Muller Charitable Institutions presided over the programme. The programme was inaugurated by lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries on the dais accompanied by the quiz master, Dr Prathvi Shetty, Associate Professor.

The Chief Guest of the function, Dr Antony Sylvan D’Souza, reputed Academician, Professor of Anatomy and Dean, D.M. Wayanad Institute of Medical Sciences, Kerala was introduced to the gathering by Dr Clement R.S. D’Souza, Professor & Unit Head, Department of General Surgery. Dr Antony Sylvan D’Souza in his inaugural speech stressed the importance of participation in such kind of academic programmes. He also requested the surgical fraternity to upgrade their knowledge by conducting live workshops for better care of the patients. He remembered the great services rendered by Dr Venkat Rao at Father Muller Hospital, Mangaluru.

The Director, Fr Richard Coelho, in his Presidential address, congratulated the Department of Surgery for conducting the quiz in memory of the surgeon par excellence and a General Surgeon in true sense Late Dr Venkat Rao and wished good luck to the participants.

The Dean FMMC, Dr J P Alva stressed the importance of participation in the quiz. The quiz will help the participants to get rid of mental blocks and enrich their knowledge. He recollected his memories of the services rendered by Dr Late Venkat Rao.

Dr Rakesh Rai, Professor & Unit Head and Organizing Secretary delivered the vote of thanks. Fr Rudolf Ravi D’Sa, Administrator was present during the inauguration. The programme was compered by Dr Nisha Samantha Thambuchetty and Nayan John Pinto, Surgical Postgraduates.

Dr Prathvi Shetty was the quiz master. The quiz consisted of a preliminary selection round followed by a final quiz of 5 rounds with the top 5 teams. The final quiz consisted of five rounds which included case presentation, viva-voce, gammath (fun) rounds, clinical ward, surgery – operative videos (buzzer round).

The first prize was won by Dr Manmohan Singh Rajneet and Dr Deepika C A, Kasturba Medical College, Mangaluru. The Second prize was won by Dr Lijin J L and Dr Gaikwad Avinash, Father Muller Medical College, Mangaluru and the Third prize was won by Dr Monalisa D’Souza and Dr Gandla Kiran Kumar, Father Muller Medical College, Mangaluru.

The prize distribution was done by the HOD and Senior Faculty members of the department. All the staff members and postgraduates from the department of surgery attended the programme. A total of 60 members participated in the programme. The programme was well appreciated by the participants.


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  1. Late Dr. Venkat Rao was one of the original pioneers of Fr Muller’s Charitable Institution. He was a successor to Dr. Lorsab and Dr Mathews and changed the entire outlook of Fr. Muller’s with new technologies and new ideas. He was wholeheartedly supported by late Fr. Reginald Pinto and late Fr. Marian Fernandes. Dr. Venkat Rao brought a new name and fame for Fr. Mullers Hospital by attracting thousands of new patients who came to Fr. Mullers because of Dr. Venkat Rao.

    We as a family had close association with Dr. Venkat Rao who was virtually our neighbor. He came to Fr. Mullers when he was a bachelor, and when he got married he brought additional fame to our neighborhood. Dr. Venkat Rao was a kind-hearted person, and he rendered free medical services to hundreds of patients that visited Fr Mullers Hospital as well as his home when they could not afford medical services.

    We distinctly remember that when Mother Theresa first visited Fr. Mullers Leprosy Asylum several decades ago, Dr. Venkat Rao was there to first meet Saint Mother Theresa and greet her.

    We are so pleased that in the name of late Dr. Venkat Rao many worthy ideas being generated. This is an excellent idea, and late Dr. Venkat Rao deserves all the worldly recognitions.

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