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Department of Dermatology, Venercology & Leprology is one of the most active departments in Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute. The Dept. of Dermatology, Venercology & Leprology started functioning since the inception of the institute in 2001. It has competent faculty, well equipped laboratory and dermato-surgical unit. It now caters to a large population not only in and around Puducherry but also from South Arcot district. It is also one of the premier referral centers in this area.

For almost a decade, the Department has been training under-graduate students. Since 2007 it has been training post-graduate students through the MD programme. Both are certified and recognized by the Medical Council of India.

In addition to routine teaching and provision of health care to patients, the department since 2007 has been identified as Sentinel Surveillance Site by the Puducherry AIDS control society [PACS] for HIV, making it the only private institute in the Union Territory identified to participate in such a National Programme.

Under-graduate training

The Undergraduates are taught by extensive use of audio-visual aids to reinforce their understanding of the subject. The curriculum followed is as prescribed by the Medical Council of India. Clinical demonstrations and case presentations are done in small groups to reach out to every student. Assessment of the students done at the end of the clinical posting by Objective Structured Clinical Examination [OSCE] and theory test conducted at the end of semester. Feed backs are taken from the students at the end of the semester and clinical postings.

Post-graduate training

The Institute has been accepting students for post graduate courses since 2007. One degree and one Diploma student in each batch were being trained for the first 3 years. The current batch has two degree and one Diploma.

Teaching programmes for post graduates students include:

Case conferences
Journal club
Dermato pathology discussion
Short talks
Teaching ward rounds
Regular MRD visits for ICD classification
Each post graduate student’s performance is assessed through a prescribed assessment format by the faculty.

The Diploma Examination for the first batch was conducted in June 2009 and the Degree Examination was conducted in March 2010. Model examinations were conducted prior to the University examinations.



  1. The Department is fully computerized
  2. Well equipped side lab including a dark ground microscope.
  3. Full fledged Dermato-Surgical unit include:
    • Co2 Laser
    • Cryo therapy
    • Microdermabrasion
    • Electro cautery
    • Chemical cautery
    • Radio frequency cautery
    • Dermojet
    • Punch grafting for vitiligo
    • Chemical peeling
  4. Other facilities include
    • Phototherapy from a Whole Body Unit
    • Iontophoresis
    • Patch testing

Departmental Library
Well equipped Departmental Library with more than Fifty books not only pertaining to our specialty but also other specialties like Medicine, Pediatrics, Physiology, Pathology, pharmacology, microbiology etc., Both International and Indian Journals are also available. It is one of the user friendly Department Library in the institute.

Four International and three Indian journals are being subscribed for the department.

Special clinics run by the Department:

1. Hansen’s Disease clinic - Monday    2.30 to 4.30 PM
2. Dermato - Surgery clinic - Tuesday    2.30 to 4.30 PM
3. Contact Dermatitis clinic - Wednesday    2.30 to 4.30 PM
4. Psoriasis and Vitiligo clinic - Thursday    2.30 to 4.30 PM

Outreach activities also include weekly special clinics in rural and urban health centers.

Teaching -  Learning Aids

  • Over head projector
  • Writing board
  • Computer

Extension activities

  1. Active participation in camps.
  2. Co-ordinating with Society For Development, Research and Training(SFDRT), an NGO with a project on women in prostitution (WIP). This facilitates better understanding of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV / AIDS by the post graduate students.
  3. HIV / AIDS awareness week organized jointly by Dept. of DVL and community medicine since 2005.
  4. Participates in the care of the Transgender people via the Transgender Clinic of the Institute

Outreach Activities of the Faculties
Dr. S. Ambujam-

  1. Interviewed on All India Radio for creating awareness for parents in adolescent health- broadcast on 9th & 16th Dec. 2009.
  2. Headed the team of consultants from the Department to screen the employees of Shashun Chemicals, Cuddalore for occupational dermatose.
  3. Guest speaker in advocacy programme for teachers and parents-National Adolescents Education Programme-spoke on Adolescent sexual & Reproductive health.
  4. Co-organizer of HIV/AIDS awareness week to create awareness among public & students since Dec.2005
  5. Addressed on HIV/AIDS awareness programme for trans gender people organized by Sahodaran(NGO) at Alliance Francaise, Puducherry.

Dr. S. Srikanth

  1. Interviewed on All India Radio about Vitiligo ,Psoriasis, and Acne on April 2009.
  2. Co-organizer of HIV/AIDs awareness week to create awareness among students and public.


List of Conferences attended by the Faculty
Date Faculty Name Details of Conferences/ Workshops/ Training Programmes
Sep 2010 Dr.S.Ambujam Registered For Hair India 2010- Chennai (International Congress Of Trichology)
Aug 2010 Dr.S.Ambujam Registered For Dermazone South 2010 –Mysore (XV1 South Zone Conference of IADVL)
Jan 2010 Dr.S.Srikanth 19th Annual Conference Of The Indian Assosiation of Dermatologists, Venereologists & Leprologists, Pondicherry Branch
Feb 2010 Dr.S.Ambujam Recent Trends In Medical Genetics’conducted By The Department of Anatomy, MGMC&RI
Jan 2010 Dr.S.Ambujam 19th Annual Conference Of The Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists & Leprologists, Pondicherry Branch
Nov 2009 Dr.S.Srikanth 7th National Conference of Paediatric Dermatology, Chennai
Aug 2009 Dr.G.V.Seethalakshmi 2nd Annual HIV Symposium – Chennai
Mar 2009 Dr.G.V.Seethalakshmi CME on HIV/AIDS At Jipmer
Jan 2009 Dr.G.V.Seethalakshmi “Vincutis” - CME Conducted At Vinayaka Mission Medical College Karaikal.
Jan 2009 Dr.G.V.Seethalakshmi 37th National Conference of IADVL 2009 - Bangalore
Dec 2008 Dr.G.V.Seethalakshmi 18th IADVL Annual Conference - Pondichery
Oct 2008 Dr.G.V.Seethalakshmi National Conference of IASSTD& AIDS 2008-Kodaikanal
Jan 2009 Dr.S.Ambujam 37th National Conference of IADVL - Bangalore
Jan 2009 Dr.S.Ambujam “Vincutis” - CMEConducted At Vinayaka Mission Medical College Karaikal
Dec 2008 Dr.S.Ambujam 18th IADVL Annual Conference - Pondichery
Nov 2007 Dr.S.Ambujam National Conference of Indian Society of Paediatric Dermatology - Trisur
Jan 2007 Dr.S.Ambujam 35th National Conference of IADVL Chennai
Jan 2006 Dr.S.Ambujam 34th National Conference of IADVL - Hyderabad
Dec 2005 Dr.S.Ambujam 15th IADVL Annual Conference - Pondichery
Nov 2005 Dr.S.Ambujam IADVL Annual Conference - Kt Branch - Trichy
Feb 2005 Dr.S.Ambujam National Teachers’ Training At Jipmer


The department encourages the faculty and postgraduate students to actively take part in clinical research and publications.

To date following projects are completed/ongoing in the department:
A. Dissertation

  1. Prevalence of Streptococcal infection and Hypocalcaemia in Psoriasis Vulgaris -Prospective study.(Completed)
  2. A study on Cutaneous Manifestations of Type 2 Diabetes mellitus.(ongoing)
  3. A comparative study of Pediatric dermatoses in tertiary care set up and community care set up.(ongoing)

B. Non Dissertation

  1. Cutaneous Manifestations of early and asymptomatic phase of HIV-An attempt to contain the infection and to improve patients quality of life.
  2. Study of incidence of tropic ulcer in leprosy patients undergoing treatment-impact of practicing proper hand and foot care.(ongoing)
  3. Adverse cutaneous drug reactions-A prospective study.(ongoing)
  4. Sensitising girl students about the importance of Pediculosis Infestation of the scalp as a health seeking behavior
  5. Study on features and aggravators of lepra reaction.(ongoing)

Best practices in patient care:

  1. System of Feedback from MBBS students (both theory and clinical postings) since 2005.
  2. Display of clinical photographs in the demonstration room as a mode of teaching Under graduates and Post graduates.
  3. User friendly Departmental library.
  4. Regular use of needle destroyer to destroy the needles after use.
  5. Biological waste segregation done since 2006.
  6. Provision of steroid cards to patients on long term systemic steroid therapy.
    e.g. 1) pemphigus group of diseases,  2) Patients in lepra reaction.
  7. Provision of methotrexate chart for patients on methotrexate for clinicians to be aware of the cumulative methotrexate dose.
  8. a)    Administration of paracetamol and ranitidine tablets in OPD itself in a patient who is febrile (temperature > 100deg.F) while reporting to OPD.
    b)    Administration of anti histamines to patients with urticaria without angioedema while reporting to OPD.
  9. Teaching self administration of Insulin to the patients admitted to DVL department who are diabetic.
  10. Providing sample medicines for poor patients attending the OPD.
  11. Providing clothing to poor patients coming for treatment to the Department (IP/OP).
  12. Charity box kept in the Department to buy medicines for the poor patients admitted to the Department.
  13. Notice board outside the Department with newspaper cuttings for health education of the public.
  14. Use of alcohol based hand rubs emphasized and carried out by faculty & post-graduates in the OPD as a good hand hygiene practice.

Best practices in teaching - learning and evaluation

  1. Optimal use of OHP, writing board & LCD s as teaching aids.
  2. Postgraduate students are made to repeat the inadequately prepared & improperly presented Topics.
  3. Regular evaluation of postgraduates activities being done since 2007.
  4. It is insisted that patients be referred to only by their names & not by their diseases.
  5. Pre & Post test counselling in HIV being taught to postgraduate students & practised by them.
  6. Monthly MRD visit being done for ICD classification of diseases.
  7. Use of Alcohol Based Hand Rubs (ABHR) emphasized and carried out by faculty & post graduate students in the OPD, as a good hand hygiene practice.
  8. OSCE (objective structured clinical evaluation) adapted in ward leaving exams for UG students.
  9. Undergraduate students taken for ward rounds and clinical teaching is done in wards also.