Postgraduates and Undergraduates have a Competency based curriculum, well defined Objectives, formative assessment, feedback and counselling. Innovative teaching programmes through which the postgraduates and undergraduate students are encouraged to fine tune their clinical skills through this programme.
Courses handled by the department :
UG– MBBS (annual intake of 250 students)
PG – MD (annual intake of 24 students)
We also handle students coming from UG-BDS (Annual intake of 120 students), BPT, B. Sc Nursing, B. Pharm, AHS, BSc optometry at the undergraduate level.
At the postgraduate level, we handle post graduates of Physiology, Community Medicine, Biochemistry, Accident and Emergency, Dermatology, Obstetrics and gynecology, Orofacial-Maxillary surgery, Psychiatry, Sports Medicine, Pharm D, M Pharm.
Under graduates are posted in the department of medicine from their 3rd semester till the final semester on rotation basis.
Separate classes are being taken for each semester.
3rd SEMESTER STUDENTS-
First session classes - Introduction to medicine - History taking and symptomatology between (9 30 – 10 30am)
Second session(11 am to 12pm)- students are taken for bedside clinics. Clinical assessment is done at the end of each postings
Clinical classes taken between 9.30 am To 12 noon. Focus is on cardiovascular and respiratory system. Clinical assessment is done at the end of each postings
Clinical classes taken between 9.30am and 12.00noon by a faculty. Focus is on abdomen and central nervous systems. Clinical assessment is done at the end of each postings
8th / 9th SEMESTER
Clinical classes take between 930am- 12.00noon by a senior faculty. Entire case is discussed in detail with emphasis on examination techniques, differential diagnosis and management.
Students maintain a log book detailing the case presented during their postings which is assessed by the faculty.
Afternoon classes focus on radiology, ECG, instruments, problem based learning, case charts and spotters.
Clinical assessment is done at the end of each postings and feedback is given to the students.
Theoretical assessment is also conducted at the end of posting, which is co-ordinated through MEU.
Feedback is obtained from the students at the end of every posting for analysis and self-improvement.
Lecture classes are taken by the department of medicine for all semester students, based on a pre- formed schedule.
SKILLS TRAINING CLASSES
Undergraduates are taken to clinical skills lab in the afternoon for hands on training for various skills.
Various mannequins are used for demonstration of cardiac murmurs, breath sounds and practicing techniques such as intravenous cannula insertion, lumbar puncture, intubation, etc.
Post graduates teach undergraduates, under the supervision of faculties, through well-structured OSCE programmes which are done twice a month in the afternoon between 2 to 4 pm.
All post graduates are guided for their dissertation, byaProfessor/ Associate Professor.In first year, the post graduates undergo rotation among the 8 units along with two months training in ICU & 1 month in rural healthcentre.
In second year, the post graduates undergo six months rotation in various speciality departments including pulmonology, neurology, endocrinology, oncology, nephrology, cardiology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, dermatology, psychiatry and medical ICU. The remaining months they are posted in their respective medicine units for training.
In third year, the postgraduates are offered full year intensive training in the department of medicine undertheir unit Chiefs.
Teaching schedule for the post graduates:
DAILY MORNING REPORT
Discussion of the inpatients admitted over the previous 24 Hours by admitting unit with teaching inputs from the faculty.
PG SYMPOSIUM(EVERY MONTH)
A topic is chosen every month and subdivided into various components which are then presented by 3 post graduates, one from each year with emphasis on recent advances.
JOURNAL CLUB (TWICE EVERY MONTH)
Two journals are chosen from reputed medical publications and are analysed for methodology, statistics and conclusions. Basics on research methodology is also discussed.
PHYSICIAN CONFERENCE (TWICE A MONTH)
Interesting cases with learning points are presented twice a month, not just from medicine, but also from Pathology and medicine allied super specialities.
MEDICINE RADIOLOGY MEET (EVERY MONTH)
Interesting images of X-rays, CT scan and MRI are discussed by the radiologists, with clinical information provided by the physicians.
MONTHLY MORTALITY AUDIT
All the mortality cases of the previous month are audited by a committee and discussion is held with the post graduates on management issues and probable measures to prevent untoward incidents.
As part of the continuing medical education, Experts from various departments from outside hospitalsare invited to deliver a guest lecture on recent guidelines, advances and innovations on a topic.
CLINICOPATHOLOGICAL CONFERENCE & CLINICAL SOCIETY MEETING:
Our department postgraduates and faculties also participate in clinic-pathological conference & clinical society meetings.
BEDSIDE CLINICS (WEEKLY THRICE)
One long case is taken up for discussion by the post graduates of the department between 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm and is discussed by the unit chiefs and also speciality department chiefs.
Post graduates discuss a case every month in General clinics, in the presence of all faculties of the department and active discussion from various aspects occur.
THESIS MEET (MONTHLY ONCE)
First year postgraduates are helped in choosing an appropriate topic for dissertation and guided in the methodology and in submission of proposal to the ethics committee for clearance. Second year post graduates present on the progress of theirthesis. Final years are helped with statistical analysis of the data and in submission of their completed dissertation.
LOG BOOK REVIEW (MONTHLY ONCE)
Post graduates are expected to maintain a daily log book, detailing outpatient & in patient cases, procedures performed and other academic activities.
MONTHLY ONCE THEORY ASSESSMENT
Topics from Davison’s textbook of medicine are covered for 1st year post graduates.
For the second year post graduates, assessment is done based on theirconcerned speciality postings.
Topics from Harrison’s textbook of Medicine are covered for 3rd year post graduates.
Faculties undergo periodic training in the faculty development programmes conducted in our University which is also a nodal centre for faculty training in India and also undergo regular training in BLS & ACLS.
Problem based learning module for undergraduates
Short group discussion of cases
Hands on training through skills lab
Hands on training through OSCE
Competency based PG curriculum
Clinical methods booklet for UG
Clinical video demonstration CD
E-resources: Up-to-date and various e-journals
Annual CME “AIM”
Annual Post graduate clinical program: MEDICLINICS, is conducted every year. Post graduates from all over India participate in this 4 day exam oriented programme where case discussions & clinical pearls are discussed.
Our faculty are also invited for being the examiner for various universities in Tamil Nadu and also in other states too.
BDS, BPT, Examiner for the Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
MBBS, MD (Gen. Med), Examiner for the Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
MBBS, MD (Gen. Med) , Examiner for the NTR Medical University
MBBS Examiner in Puducherry University
BPT,BDS,MBBS,MD Examiner in Sri Ramachandra Medical College (D.U)
MBBS and MD examiner at Rajiv Gandhi University
MRCP PACES Examiner.
Dip. NB Examiner