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Department of Medicine is one of the major clinical departments of SMIMER. The Medicine Department of SMIMER has grown over time to a full-fledged department of 16 full-time post graduate faculty members, 9 senior & 19 PG - residents, besides technicians & other para medical staff.There are 6 units in department which manage a daily OPD of 350-450 patients, 200 indoor patients in general plus intensive care units along with 24-hr emergency services. The department has 6 general wards with 180 patients and also isolation & special rooms. The 2 intensive care units are well equipped with latest technology instruments for patient management & monitoring such as multipara monitors, defibrillators, ventilators, infusion pumps, bedside X-ray, echo and dialysis machines. Additionally, there is a 6-bedded dialysis unit with 6 haemodialysis machines, bedside monitors & crash cart. About 250 dialysis are done every month. Apart from management of routine & emergency patients, department has also helped the community to tide over numerous epidemics like Swine flu, Leptospirosis, Laththakand etc.


Aim

The aim of the department is to provide best health care to the society as well as to teach the undergraduate and postgraduate students to have the knowledge, skills and behavioural attributes necessary to fulfil their roles in society effectively.


Objectives

Knowledge

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

  • Diagnose common clinical disorders with special reference to infectious diseases, nutritional disorders, tropical and environmental diseases;
  • Outline various modes of management including drug therapeutics especially dosage, side effects, toxicity, interactions, indications and contra-indications;
  • Propose diagnostic and investigative procedures and ability to interpret them;
  • Provide first level management of acute emergencies promptly and efficiently and decide the timing and level of referral, if required;
  • Recognize geriatric disorders and their management.

Skill

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

  • Develop clinical skills (history taking, clinical examination and other instruments of examination) to diagnose various common medical disorders and emergencies;
  • Refer a patient to secondary and/or tertiary level of health care after having instituted primary care;
  • Perform simple routine investigations like haemogram, stool, urine, sputum and biological fluid examinations;
  • Assist the common bedside investigative procedures like pleural tap, lumbar puncture,bone marrow aspiration/biopsy and liver biopsy.

Integration

  • With community medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation to have the knowledge and be able to manage important current national health programmes, also to be able to view the patient in his/her total physical ,social and economic milieu;
  • With other relevant academic inputs which provide scientific basis of clinical medicine e.g. anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology and pharmacology.