Father Muller Medical College
|Father Muller Medical College|
|Motto||'Heal And Comfort'|
|Type||Private Religious Minority Medical College and Hospital|
|Dean||Dr. Jayaprakash Alva|
|Location||Mangalore, Karnataka, India|
|Affiliations||Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences|
Father Muller Medical College, located about a kilometre from the National Highway-17 (the Mumbai-Mangalore highway) at Kankanady in Mangalore, is a religious minority educational institution forming a part of the Father Muller Charitable Institutions (FMCI). It is famous for being one of the oldest hospitals in Mangalore.
Fr. Muller's Hospital, a well-known household name, opened its doors to the people of South Canara in 1880. It started when Fr. Augustus Muller S.J., a German Jesuit priest dispensed homeopathic medicines under a Banyan tree. It went on to become a Leprosy hospital (now known as the St Joseph's Leprosy Hospital) and then into a fully fledged hospital. Its started the School of Nursing which offered diplomas in General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) and later College of Nursing which offered degree in Bachelor of Nursing Science.
In 1989, Fr. Muller Institute of Medical Education and Research was duly constituted. Fr. Muller's Institute of Medical Education and Research (FMIMER) started in 1991 with postgraduate courses and then went on to include other courses under its banner, including the Bachelors in Physiotherapy (1994–95), M.Sc in Hospital Administration (1996) and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) course in 1999. It was thereby was raised to the status of Medical College.
Fr Mullers also has a history of charging students Fines as a method of earning income in addition to fees from NRI students and those from management quota. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Mangalore-medical-college-fines-students-Rs-10000-for-using-cellphone-on-campus/articleshow/7659602.cms?referral=PM
The college is fully run by the Diocese of Mangalore with its president being Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius P. D'Souza, Bishop Of Mangalore. Others in the administration include:
- Rev. Fr. Patrick Rodrigues — director, F.M.C.I.
- Dr. Jayaprakash Alva — Dean
- Rev. Fr. Richard Coelho — Administrator, Fr. Muller Medical College Hospital
Attached teaching hospitals
The college is affiliated to Fr. Muller Medical College Hospital. They have another attached hospital at Thumbay, Mangalore called Father Muller Hospital, Thumbay which acts as a rural connect as well as post graduate posting as a means of obtaining cheap labour. The college rural health care centre is located at Mullerkad, near Kavoor.
Students and interns posted in the Department of Community Medicine undergo postings at public health centres in Surathkal and Jeppu as well as rural hospitals in Belthangady, Badyar in Dakshina Kannada district and Honnavar, Uttara Kannada district.
The college offers a four-and-a-half-year MBBS course affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences with a one-year compulsory rotating internship. There are 150 seats: 40% admissions are through a state level CET, 40% through the COMED-K entrance test, 15% through the NRI quota and 5% through the Management discretionary quota.
The college offers courses in B.P.T. (Bachelors in Physiotherapy), B.Sc. M.L.T. (Medical Laboratory Technology), B.A.S.L.P. (Bachelor in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology) and B.Sc. Radiography.
Postgraduate degree (MD/MS) and diploma in specialties which include Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Radio-diagnosis, Psychiatry and Pathology and Master's Degree (M.Sc) in Hospital Administration. Seats can be quite expensive costing about 60 lakhs for MBBS and over 1.5 crore for post grad seats
The one event that manages to capture the imagination of the Mullerians is the yearly interclass competition, named "Big Bang" in 2003, "The Quest" in 2004, "The Arena" in 2005, "The Conquest" in 2006, "The Apocalypse" in 2007, "Chakravyuh" in 2008, "Argonautica" in 2009 and "Solaris" in 2010.
Fr. Muller's also conducts an inter-college competition known as the "Mullerfest" annually.
Every year Fr. Muller's holds several events. One was "Deca Fest" in 2010. It concluded on 21 February 2010 after about 30 scheduled events.
The college organises sporting events which include Football, Basketball, Throwball, Volleyball, Badminton, Table-Tennis and athletic meet "Velocity" at interclass and intercollegiate level (RGUHS Mysore Zone tournaments).