About the Department
The broad goal of the teaching of undergraduate students in Medicine is to have the knowledge, skills and behavioral attributes to function effectively as the first contact physician.
A postgraduate in general medicine is expected to diagnose and treat common medical illnesses and have a sufficient knowledge of rare diseases, advances and technologies in medicine. He should be able to manage medical emergencies and carry out research and undergraduate medical teaching.
At the end of the course, the student must be able to :
- Diagnose common clinical disorders of cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal system with special reference to infectious diseases, nutritional disorders, tropical and environmental diseases;
- Outline various modes of management including drug therapeutics with indications and contra-indications,dosage, side effects, toxicity and drug interactions.
- Perform diagnostic and investigative procedures and ability to interpret them;
- Provide first level management of acute emergencies promptly and efficiently.
- Recognize geriatric disorders and their management.
- Be competent to practice preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative medicine in respect to commonly encountered health problems.
To achieve the goal, following objectives must be fulfilled:
- Cognitive Domain
- Present clinical history, perform thorough clinical examination, elicit clinical signs, interpret findings, propose differential diagnosis and request relevant laboratory investigations.
- Interpretation of investigations with reasonable accuracy and making a final correct diagnosis.
- Plan and write prescription for comprehensive treatment, using the principles of rational drug therapy.
- Prompt diagnosis and management of emergencies like Acute Myocardial infarction, anaphylactic shock, snake bite etc.
- Update knowledge by attending activities of Continuing Medical Education (CME)
- Teach and guide undergraduate (MBBS) students.
- Carry out research work and publications in index journals
- Cultivate the attitude for continued self-learning and expertise and seek latest knowledge of the subject.
- Psychomotar Domain
- To perform diagnostic/ therapeutic procedures like central venous line insertion, lumbar puncture, pleural/ pericardial/ ascitic tapping, bone marrow aspiration, liver/ kidney biopsy, and interventions such as mechanical ventilation, tracheostomy , cardiopulmonary resuscitation, temporary pacing etc. with aseptic precautions and with minimum complications.
- To be familiar with complication of procedures and be equipped in their management.
- Affective Domain
- Ethical principles during work
- Seek and give consultation when required.
- Sympathetic behavior with patients and their relatives.
- Develop affective empathy, respect patients’ rights and privileges including patient’s right to information and right to seek a second opinion.
- Supplement information about their illness and progress of treatment.
- Develop communication skills to interact with colleagues, seniors and paramedical staff.
- To realize that patient management is a team work.
- Be able to appreciate the social, psychological, cultural, economic and environmental factors affecting health and develop humane attitude towards ones professional responsibilities.
- Recognize fears of patients and relatives which underlie the symptom complexes or disease and know how to alleviate their concerns.
At the end of the course, the student shall 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;
- Acquire skills to perform minor procedures under supervision like IV cannulation, insertion of nasogastric tube, catheterization, ECG.
- Perform simple routine investigations like hemogram, stool, urine, sputum and biological fluidexaminations;
- Assist the common bedside investigative procedures like pleural tap, lumbar puncture, bone marrow aspiration/ biopsy and liver biopsy.