The department’s faculties are active participants in the imparting of undergraduate MBBS curriculum in Orthopaedics in the 4th to 9th semester of MBBS programme. Preplanned academic schedule of interactive lecture sessions are conducted by our faculty, one hour fortnightly in the 4th & 5th semester, one hour weekly in the 6th & 7th semester and one hour weekly in the 8th & 9th semester. These individual sessions have predetermined objectives clearly defined with reading resources provided. Assessment is done through instant questioning and three theory internal assessment examinations.
Clinical case discussion are held every day during the UG clinical postings between 9–12noon for batches of 20-25 for 1month in 4th & 5th semester, 1month in 6th & 7th semester and 15days in the 8th & 9th semester. End of clinical posting assessments are done for every student. Every MBBS graduate also goes through a one month Orthopaedic rotation during their compulsory rotating internship programme including rehabilitation where they perform basic skills and procedures required to be done by them and log book maintenance ensures assessment.
The department runs a robust postgraduate M.S.Ortho degree programme with an intake of 12 / 18 students annually. The students undergo intense 36months training through rotation postings in all the Orthopaedic units, Spine Unit, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Unit, Plastic Surgery and general surgery, A & E unit. The departments puts up the monthly academic schedule well in advance and there are separate schedules for the 1st year students and for the 2nd & 3rd year students. The postgraduate programme objectives based on knowledge, skills and attitudes are clearly defined year wise and these are imparted. Students have time allocated for several opportunities to present long and short cases; monthly interactive Orthoradiology, monthly Orthopathology and journal review sessions.
Postgraduates are provided opportunities to skill learning in a graduated way through their participation in the Orthopaedic bone skills labs and also focussed cadaver based education.
Student progression in academics is monitored through monthly formative assessment reporting forms, through several theory and clinical examinations conducted and clearly informed about their performance. Log book maintenance also helps in assessment.
Annual rapid review programmes in Orthopaedics like SCORE and other CME programmes and guest lectures further enhance student learning. Assessment methods like OSCE & Mini Cex are being used in the department. Meritorious awards have been instituted to bring out the competitive spirit in students.
The department provides 24hour trauma and emergency services, daily outpatient services, daily inpatient service including referral service to other specialities when ever required 6 day operative procedural service for Elective operations, Special clinic services in spine, Paediatric orthopaedics, Hand and Arthritis clinics on allocated days. Auditing of clinical service is done length analysis of patient satisfaction questionnaire, weekly departmental surgical audit, departmental Mortality & Morbidity audit, Infection rate audit (SSI). On an average the department provides on a daily basis. Inpatient care for nearly 180 patients, OP care for nearly 350 patients and operative services for nearly 10 – 12 patients.
The department undertakes research activities, through carrying out dissertation work of the postgraduate students also basic research through candidates involved in Ph.D work and through clinical trials.