Smt. L.P. Patel Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology (earlier known as the 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 for 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 molded. Our institution also focuses on molding students toward a 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 them more skill oriented to cater to the need of the hour. The management has taken the initiative to utilize 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. The 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 deliberation if required, and then it is implemented. Horizontal and vertical integration in teaching at the undergraduate level, the Clerkship program at III MBBS level, promotion of research at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and excellent co- & extracurricular activities are the results of such initiatives of the management.
Horizontal and vertical integration has been introduced since 2008 at the UG level. For the first two years, it is system-based integration and for the third year, it is disease-based integration. The concerned faculty members plan the teaching and follow the plan. 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 the teaching is completed. It is analyzed and necessary changes are done in teaching methodology in the following years.
The 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, the Dean of other colleges, 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 the 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.
The majority of the students have studied in vernacular language up to class xii. A special session is arranged for such students to provide them with tips for English language proficiency. A few sessions to orient the students to work in the village are also organized.
Students are informed about the mentorship program and alumni association of the college. Health check-ups, vaccination, and thalassemia screening are done on the last day.
The college has a unique mentorship programme for its 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 on 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.