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Music Therapy Awareness Campaign with Clinicians in MGMCRI Campus

Though music therapy is an established allied health care profession globally, it is yet to develop fully in India and CMTER as a part of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth is a pioneering Center actively engaged in offering patient care services. But often, the clinicians wonder as to what are the appropriate referral areas for which they could recommend music therapy services and also more particularly the referral procedures. In order to create an awareness on the problem areas for which music therapy services could be recommended, the CMTER team under the guidance of Dr. Sumathy Sundar visited the heads of various clinical specialties and explained the music therapy referral procedures and also presented posters indicating the possible referral areas pertaining to each clinical speciality as an illustrative list. The faculty and the residents were addressed of the benefits of music therapy. The CMTER team visited the Department of Pediatrics, Surgery, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Cardiology, and Dermatology to name a few. The team also visited the Dental College and created awareness on the music therapy goal areas and the procedures to refer the patients to CMTER. All the clinicians appreciated this effort and also shared their ideas and thoughts about the scope of music therapy services within their fields of specialization and also research areas in the application of music. There were some good research questions which emanated during this campaign from the Paediatric and Pulmonary rehabilitation department.