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Aim

The aim of teaching the under graduate student in tuberculosis and chest diseases is to impart such knowledge and skills that may enable him/her to diagnose and treat common ailment affecting the chest with the special emphasis on management and prevention of tuberculosis and especially National Tuberculosis Control Programme.



Objectives

Knowledge

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

  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of common chest diseases, their clinical manifestations, including emergent situations and of investigative procedures to confirm their diagnosis;
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of various modes of therapy used in treatment of respiratory diseases;
  • Describe the mode of action of commonly used drugs, their doses, side-effects/ toxicity, indications and contra-indications and interactions;
  • Describe commonly used modes of management including medical and surgical procedures available for treatment of various diseases and to offer a comprehensive plan of management inclusive of National Tuberculosis Control Programme.

Skill

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

  • Interview the patient, elicit relevant and correct information and describe the history in chronological order;
  • Conduct clinical examination, elicit and interpret clinical findings and diagnose common respiratory disorders and emergencies;
  • Perform simple, routine investigative and office procedures required for making the bed side diagnosis, especially sputum collection and examination for etiologic organisms especially Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB), interpretation of the chest X-rays and respiratory function tests;
  • interpret and manage various blood gases and pH abnormalities in various respiratory diseases;
  • Manage common diseases recognizing need for referral for Specialised care, in case of inappropriateness of therapeutic response;
  • Assist in the performance of common procedure, like larynogoscopic examination, pleural aspiration, respiratory physiotherapy, laryngeal intubation and pneumo-thoracic drainage aspiration.
  • Interpretation of data of investigation like biochemical, histopathological, radiological, ultrasound etc.

Integration

The broad goal of effective teaching can be obtained through integration with departments of Medicine, Surgery, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Preventive and Social Medicine.