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Physiology Department

Dated:16-Jan-2013

 Physiol ogy is the backbone of medicine. The purpose of teaching Physiology is to know the functions, process, inter-relationships of the different organs and systems of the normal human being, a necessary introduction to their disturbances in the disease and to equip the students with normal standards of reference for use while diagnosing and treating deviations from normal. To fulfill this, the department is manned by dedicated and competent staff.

 

The Torch Bearers :

 The de partment was established in the year 1964. During its infancy, the department worked in collaboration with Biochemistry under the headship of Dr. A.P. Sharma. He continued to steer the department for twenty five long years and contributed a lot to its upliftment. It was under his stewardship that MD Physiology was started with Dr. Lily Walia as the first PG Candidate.

  The  reins were then taken over in 1989 by Dr. (Mrs.) G.K. Ahuja, a teacher par excellence. It was in her tenure that the department got its independent identity in 1989. Under her leadership, MD course got recognized in 2005.

 

Present Status :

 Current ly the department is under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Lily Walia who took over as head in 2005. From a handful of faculty members, the department has grown over the years and flourished having 7 faculty members at present. The entire faculty is actively involved in the teaching of MD, MBBS and B.Sc. Nursing students. The whole faculty has received formal training in medical education. The teaching of the department is well appreciated in student feedback.

 

Areas of Learning :

  • Haematology.

  • Experimental Physiology.

  • Human Physiology.

  • Mammalian Physiology.

  • Clinical Physiology.

  • Sports Physiology.

Assets :

 

  • Research Lab : Fully equipped with latest technology meant for studying the various clinical aspects. It includes :

    • Neuroperfect updated with software for conducting nerve conduction studies, EMG, EEG, spirometric studies and evoked potentials.

    • Glare recovery apparatus.

    • Galvanic skin resistance apparatus for autonomic function testing.

    • Steadiness tester and flicker fusion apparatus.

  • Lab equipped with multimedia projector.

    • Well equipped haematology cum human, experimental and mammalian labs.

    • A good number of student physiographs used for training the UG & PG students covering the various clinical aspects like recording of arterial pulse, EEG, ECG and EMG.

    • Adequate microscopes for performing various haematology exercises.

    • Students spirometers, autospirometer and Benedict’s Roth apparatus for pulmonary function tests & BMR.

    • Apparatus for assessing ART, VRT and testing of cranial nerves with special emphasis on auditory and visual functions.

    • Mammalian lab is set up to perform PG practicals on isolated tissue preparations.

    • Models for understanding various organ functions.

    • Library well stocked with books and journals for easy referral.

PG Training Programme : The Postgraduate teaching cum training programme is fostered through a challenging self-learning programme in Physiology. It includes :

  • Regularly held indepth Journal club sessions, intra and inter departmental seminars, discussions & monthly evaluations.

  • Training of PGs in haematology, experimental, mammalian, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurophysiology.

  • Training of PGs not only in developing an understanding of the subject but also to develop skills in teaching the subject by carrying out supervised undergraduate practical demonstrations.

  • Writing plans and conducting research project.

UG Teaching Programme : The department of Physiology has a long tradition of excellence in teaching at the UG level by incorporating meticulously planned UG teaching programme which includes :

  • Painstaking efforts in preparing lectures with innovative teaching methods.
  • Well planned weekly tutorials, discussions and problem oriented learning.

  • Small group practical demonstrations helping UGs to acquire practical skills.

  • Computer assisted learning.

Activities :

  • Research : Several research projects are done in the department by faculty members.
  • Conference & CMEs: The department has been organizing symposia, workshops and CMEs regularly. The department organizes APPI Symposia periodically which are well attended and appreciated.

 

Future Vision : Setting up well equipped state-of-art clinical physiology lab.

 


   
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