Community Medicine

About the Department


GOAL

The undergraduate course in community medicine aims at preparing students to function in community as primary level physicians in accordance with the institutional goals.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE

At the end of the course the student shall be able to

  1. Explain the principles of sociology including demographic population dynamics.
  2. Identify social factors related to health, disease and disability in the context of urban and rural societies.
  3. Appreciate the impact of urbanization on health and disease.
  4. Observe and interpret the dynamic of community behaviors.
  5. Describe the elements of normal psychology and social psychology.
  6. Observe the principles of practice of medicine in hospital and community settings.
  7. Describe the health care delivery systems including rehabilitation of the disabled in the country.
  8. Describe the National Health Programmes with particular emphasis on maternal and child health programmes, family welfare planning and population control
  9. List the epidemiological methods and techniques.
  10. Outline the demographic pattern of the country and appreciate the roles of the individuals, family, community and socio-cultural milieu in health and disease.
  11. Describe the health information systems.
  12. Enunciate the principles and components of primary health care and the national health policies to achieve the goal of "Health for all".
  13. Identify the environmental and occupational hazards and their control.
  14. Describe the importance of water and sanitation in human health.
  15. Understand the principles of health economics, health administration, health education in relation to community.

SKILL

At the end of the course, the student shall be able to make use of

  1. The principles and practice of medicine in hospital and community settings and familiarization with elementary practices.
  2. The Art of communication with patients including history taking and medico social work.
  3. Epidemiology as a scientific tool to make rational decisions relevant to community and individual patient intervention.
  4. Collect, analyze, interpret and present simple community and hospital base data.
  5. Diagnose and manage common health problems and emergencies at the individual, family and community levels keeping in mind the existing health care resources and in the context of the prevailing socio-culture beliefs.
  6. Diagnose and manage common nutritional problems at the individual and community level.
  7. Plan, implement and evaluate a health education programme with skill to use simple audio-visual aids.
  8. Interact with other members of the health care team and participate in the organization of health care services and implementation of national health programmes.

INTEGRATION

Develop capabilities of synthesis between cause of illness in the environment or community and individual health and respond with leadership qualities to institute remedial measures for this.

Facilities

Specialized equipment available in the department

  • Barometer (Mercury based instruments to be replaced with other alternatives)
  • Filter, Pasteur Chamberland, complete set
  • Filter, Berkefeld
  • Hydrometer, spirit
  • Hydrometer, Milk
  • Hydrometer, wet and dry bulb
  • Incubator Electric (can be procured from Microbiology)
  • Museum jars
  • Models, Charts, Diagrams, Specimen
  • Balance Analytical 200 gm
  • Balance for weighing food stuff (Capacity 2 Kg)
  • Centrifuge Clinical
  • Weighing Machine, Adult
  • Baby weighing machine
  • Salter's Baby weighing machine
  • Harpender Calipers (for skin fold thickness)
  • Height measuring stand
  • Refrigerator 9 cu. ft
  • Ice Lined Refrigerator (I.L.R.)(at Health Center)
  • Dissecting microscope
  • Microscope oil immersion
  • TV and DVD Player
  • Autoclave(Can be shared with Pathology/ Microbiology departments)
  • Computer with printer scanner and photocopier and internet facility
  • Vehicles for transport of students / interns/ faculty/paramedical staff to the RHTC & UHC
  • Multimedia Projector with Screen
  • Public Address system (2 portable for field based activities and one each RHTC & UHC)
  • Chloroscope
  • Horrock's Apparatus
  • MUAC tapes
  • Haemoglobinometer
  • BP Apparatus (Digital)
  • Stethoscope
  • Kata Thermometer
  • Globe Thermometer
  • Anemometer
  • Sound level meter
  • Soil testing kit
  • Water sampling bottle from any depth
  • Needle Shredder
  • Vaccine carrier
  • Craft water testing kit
  • Protective devices for occupational safety
  • Ear muffs
  • Ear Plugs
  • Safety helmet
  • Goggles
  • Safety boots
  • Swine flu kit
  • Gloves
  • Triple layer surgical mask
  • High efficiency mask
  • Long sleeved cuffed gown
  • Protective eye wear
  • Cap
  • Disposable delivery kit
  • Treatment kits as per national health programs
  • Iodine testing lit
  • Glucometer
  • Slide set for entomology
  • Mosquito catching kit
  • Clinical Thermometer
  • Sling Psychrometer
  • Solar radiation thermometer
  • First Aid kit
  • Spirometer
  • Audiometry
  • Otoscope
  • Ophthalmoscope
  • Laptop
  • Portable x-Ray (Maybe shared with other departments )
  • ECG (Maybe shared with other departments

Specialized Intensive care services provided by the Dept.

NA

Specialty Clinics being run by the Department

UHC, Gangapur Road, Nashik

  • Skin & VD Clinic
  • OBGY & Pediatric Clinic
  • Ophthalmology

RHTC Girnare, Nashik

  • Ophthalmology
  • OBGY & Pediatric Clinic

Specialized services provided by the department

Special Services

  • Urban Health Centre (UHC)
  • Location: At Shivaji Nagar, Gangapur road, Nashik; Located in the centre place of Nashik city; 10 km from the institute

    Population covered: around 37, 290

    Transport facility is available from institute

  • Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC)
  • Location: At Girnare, Nashik; Located in the tribal area of Nashik district; 22 km from the institute

    Population covered: around 33, 193

    Transport facility is available from institute.

    For field visits and other Activities:-1.PHC:-Shinde(Village).2.PHC:-Mohadi(Village).3.PHC:- Pandhurli(Village).

    Hostel & mess facilities are available at the centre

  • Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) in collaboration with National Health Mission (NHM)

    Mobile Medical Unit is functioning at Tribal blocks of Nashik district namely Peth, Surgana, Trambakeshwar and Igatpuri,

    • To provide a range of health care services for populations living in remote, inaccessible, un-served and underserved areas.
    • To provide preventive, promotive and curative services including but not limited to RCH services, which are free to the patient at the point of care.

Services provided by the Department

  • OPD services at UHC and RHTC
  • IPD services at UHC and RHTC
  • School health services
  • ANC, PNC services
  • Geriatric services
  • Immunization services
  • Referral services
  • Health education services
  • National Health Programme related services

Library Facilities

  • Books – Available
  • CDs – Available

Departmental Research Lab

  • Equipment. Centrifuge Machine, oil immersion Microscope, Autoclave
  • Research projects utilizing Dept. research lab.

Departmental Museum

  • Specimen
  • Charts / Diagrams

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