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Aim

  • Impart knowledge to undergraduate and postgraduate students about medicolegal and ethical issues for day to day medical practice.
  • To help the police/ investigation authority through medico-legal post-mortem examination and visiting scene of crime.
  • To guide medical officers and practioner on ethical and medicolegal issues.
  • To give expert opinion as and when required by investigating authorities
  • To give evidences in court of law.
  • To do research which help in crime investigation.
  • To promote practice of medical ethics and etiquettes.


Goal

The board goal of the teaching of undergraduate students in Forensic Medicine is to produce a physician who is well informed about medicolegal responsibilities in practice of medicine. He /She will also be capable of making observations and inferring conclusions by logical deductions to set enquiries on the right track in criminal matters and connected medicolegal problems. He /She acquire knowledge of law in relation to medical practice, medical negligence and respect for codes of medical ethics.



Objectives

Knowledge

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Identify the basic medicolegal aspects of hospital and general practice;
  • Define the medicolegal responsibilities of a general physician while rendering community service either in a rural primary health center or an urban health center.
  • Appreciate the physician's responsibilities in criminal matters and respect for the codes of medical ethics.
  • Diagnose, manage and identify the legal aspects of common acute and chronic poisonings.
  • Describe the medicolegal aspects and findings of post-mortem examination in case of death due to common unnatural conditions and poisonings;
  • Detect occupational and environmental poisoning, prevention and epidemiology of common poisoning and their legal aspects particularly pertaining to workmen's compensation act;
  • Describe the general principles of analytical toxicology.

Skill

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Make observations and logical inferences in order to initiate enquiries in criminal matters and medicolegal problems;
  • Diagnose and treat common emergencies in poisoning and manage chronic toxicity;
  • Make observations and interpret findings at postmortem examination;
  • He / she can able to examine and issue medicolegal certificates required by police and court.
  • Observe the principles of medical ethics in the practice of his profession.

Integration

Department shall provide an integrated approach towards allied disciplines like Pathology, Radiology, Forensic Sciences, Hospital, Administration etc. to impart training regarding medicolegal responsibilities of physicians at all levels of health care. Integration with relevant disciplines will provide scientific basis of clinical toxicology e.g. medicine, pharmacology etc.