Smt. L.P. Patel Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology (earlier known as Institute of Diploma in Medical laboratory Technology), under the aegis of Charutar Arogya Mandal, Karamsad, has been established in 1981.
The Institute, through its post-graduate programmes, DMLT & M.Sc.-Medical Technology (in Clinical Laboratory Technology), provides a unique opportunity to candidates to acquire not only the knowledge and skill in the laboratory techniques at its NABL-accredited clinical laboratories and NABH-accredited A. D. Gorwala Blood Bank; but also to sharpen up the edge in the laboratory-based research by undertaking an in-house research project as a compulsory P. G. dissertation in M.Sc. Programme.
We believe that purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open mind. Our aim is to teach the upcoming youths to learn, not just to study. Hence, we strive to travel beyond the boundaries of mere books. We realized that the future is abstract and unknown but the youth in our hands are real and can be moulded. Our institution also focuses on moulding the students towards the bright future. Our institution provides a basic foundation for the students so that they can acquire the necessary skills for becoming future nightingales.
We constantly strive to upgrade the existing programs, to make it more skill oriented to cater the need of the hour. The management has taken an initiative to utilise the expertise and experience of the senior faculty members by creating seven Education Groups, viz, Curriculum Design and Implementation, Assessment, Clinical Training, Students Support, Research, Professional Development and Academic Administration. Chairman of each group is a senior faculty and other members of the groups are also dedicated faculty of our institute. Each group has its Guiding Philosophy and Scope of Work. Each group is actively engaged in working in their respective areas, takes policy decisions for the benefit of the students in general and submits the same to the management. There is a deliberation, if required, and then it is implemented. Horizontal and vertical integration in teaching at undergraduate level, Clerkship program at III MBBS level, promotion of research at undergraduate and post graduate levels, excellent co- & extracurricular activities are the results of such initiative of the management.
Horizontal and vertical integration has been introduced since 2008 at UG level. For the first two years it is system based integration and for third year it is disease based integration. The concerned faculty members plan the teaching and follow the plan. A feedback is taken in the end. Case Base learning facilitates the integration approach. Such integration also includes the clinical application part.
Feedback is taken after its teaching is completed. It is analysed and necessary changes are done in teaching methodology in the following years.
Foundation course is a unique feature of our institute. It is conducted when a new session commences. It covers not only professional skills but also includes ethics, integrity, mutual respect, trustworthiness, sympathy,, empathy, managing the self etc. It is mandatory for all the students at all levels to attend this course.
The institute organizes orientation for UG as well as PG freshers.
“Orientation” helps students with the first steps toward academic success. It's essential to cultivate a relationship between students and advisors by focusing on creating intentional time with the faculty.
The goals and objectives of Student Orientation are:
The students interact with the Principal of the college, Dean of other college, course coordinators and faculty members of the college on the first day. They are made familiar with the campus, different departments of the college, hostels, activity centre etc. They are informed about the members of anti-ragging cell and how to approach the members in case of need. The topics discussed are Allied health science and society, various aspects of professionalism, e.g. time management, team learning, stress management, self-directed learning, discipline, attendance etc.
Majority of the students have studied in vernacular language up to class xii. A special session is arranged for such students to provide them tips for English language proficiency. A few sessions to orient the students to work in village are also organised.
Students are informed about mentorship program and alumni association of the college. Health check-up, vaccination and thalassaemia screening is done on last day.
The college has a unique mentorship programme for their undergraduate students. In each year, 10 students are allotted to one mentor teacher who regularly, through mentorship sessions, interacts with the student mentees, where the issues like attendance, academic performance, hostel life in campus, and any other problems faced by the students are discussed, with the aim of providing psychological and moral support.
Students admitted are covered under a suitable scheme for hospitalization by the College.