Community Medicine department has the unique distinction of being the only department which takes a medical student to the community.
We orient our students towards the health problems of the rural & urban poor; we give them the first hand experience of the way people live & survive in urban slums; we show them how & why diseases thrive in families; we make them do innovative interventions through PSBH (problem solving for Better Health) projects; we make them understand the national health programmes; we teach them epidemiology of diseases and how to prevent them at primary, secondary and tertiary levels; we teach them the importance of low tech interventions like safe water, sanitary latrine, pollution free air in preventing millions of lives; we also teach them to practice as well as preach the judicious life style practices like regular exercise, Yoga & pranayam, avoid smoking & drinking, proper diet etc.
In short we try to make them five star doctors (Care Giver, Decision Maker, Communicator, Community Leader and Manager).
To do all this work we have very dedicated & committed staff; good infrastructure , well equipped community outreach centres (Health Centres) as well as wonderful support from our principal & management to carry out is unique role of making the doctor badly needed by our country men and others world over. In 2008, the department was allowed the permission for starting the PG degree course vide letter of permission no. U.12012/231/2008-ME (P-II)from ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India, dated 31st March 2009.
Objectives of the Department of Community Medicine:
The primary objective of the Department of Community Medicine is to train the Undergraduate Medical students as Primary Health Care Physicians so that, by the end of the training, they should be able to:–
1. Perform early diagnosis and treatment (using essential drugs) for the locally endemic health problems in the community.
2. Provide health education (including counseling) to all the patients who are treated by them.
3. Provide preventive and promotive health care to the most vulnerable sections of the society, for example – children under five years of age, children in urban slums, pregnant women, adolescent girls and elderly persons.
4. Take active participation in the National Health Programmes even if they choose to be a private practitioner.
5. Use their knowledge of infectious disease epidemiology in preventing the spread of disease from person-to-person within the family and from person to in the community. 6. Use their knowledge of general epidemiology in planning and conducting community-based-research of good quality.
7. Provide preventive, promotive and curative heath care to the workers in the various occupations (Occupational Health).
8. Play the role of a friend, philosopher and guide to every individual (be it a patient or a community member) so that, whosoever comes in contact is motivated to bring a health promoting change in the life style.
The department has highly qualified and able faculty to impart academic training to the undergraduates as well as postgraduates. We have fourteen faculty members who are qualified and well trained in various areas of academics and research.