DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE
Community Medicine department has the unique distinction of being the only department
which takes a medical student to the community.
We orient our students towards the health problems of the rural & urban poor; we
give them the first hand experience of the way people live & survive in urban slums;
we show them how & why diseases thrive in families; we make them do innovative interventions
through PSBH (problem solving for Better Health) projects; we make them understand
the national health programmes; we teach them epidemiology of diseases and how to
prevent them at primary, secondary and tertiary levels; we teach them the importance
of low tech interventions like safe water, sanitary latrine, pollution free air
in preventing millions of lives; we also teach them to practice as well as preach
the judicious life style practices like regular exercise, Yoga & pranayam, avoid
smoking & drinking, proper diet etc.
In short we try to make them five star doctors (Care Giver, Decision Maker, Communicator,
Community Leader and Manager).
To do all this work we have very dedicated & committed staff; good infrastructure
, well equipped community outreach centres (Health Centres) as well as wonderful
support from our principal & management to carry out is unique role of making the
doctor badly needed by our country men and others world over. In 2008, the department
was allowed the permission for starting the PG degree course vide letter of permission
no. U.12012/231/2008-ME (P-II)from ministry of health and family welfare, Government
of India, dated 31st March 2009.
Objectives of the Department of Community Medicine:
The primary objective of the Department of Community Medicine is to train the Undergraduate
Medical students as Primary Health Care Physicians so that, by the end of the training,
they should be able to:–
1. Perform early diagnosis and treatment (using essential drugs) for the locally
endemic health problems in the community.
2. Provide health education (including counseling) to all the patients who are treated
3. Provide preventive and promotive health care to the most vulnerable sections
of the society, for example – children under five years of age, children in urban
slums, pregnant women, adolescent girls and elderly persons.
4. Take active participation in the National Health Programmes even if they choose
to be a private practitioner.
5. Use their knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology in preventing the spread
of disease from person-to-person within the family and from person to in the community.
6. Use their knowledge of general epidemiology in planning and conducting community-based-research
of good quality.
7. Provide preventive, promotive and curative heath care to the workers in the various
occupations (Occupational Health).
8. Play the role of a friend, philosopher and guide to every individual (be it a
patient or a community member) so that, whosoever comes in contact is motivated
to bring a health promoting change in the life style.
The department has highly qualified and able faculty to impart academic training
to the undergraduates as well as postgraduates. We have fourteen faculty members
who are qualified and well trained in various areas of academics and research.