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The department had its origin in the year 2001. The department and the faculty gradually grew to the existing number .Right from the inception one theory class per week and regular clinical postings were conducted for the undergraduates. In the year 2007, the Department was authorised to start Post Graduate courses in Pulmonary Medicine.

Special clinics:
  • Asthma clinic – once a week (Wednesday)
  • COPD & Pulmonary Rehabilitation clinic – once a week (Friday)
  • Lung Cancer clinic – once a month ( 2nd Tuesday)
Regular camps are being conducted to detect the respiratory disorders at the earliest from the school to the community level. The department actively follows RNTCP-DOTS and is a recognized centre for DOTS therapy. The Department conducts Indian Chest Society (ICS) accredited & sponsored annual Spirometry workshop (March/April).The department balances both the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching methods specifically tailored for the respective needs.  Above all the department tries to inculcate the modem clinical practices in view of the ever changing medical world along with quality patient care.

 

The department has a quality bronchoscopy suite with a well trained staff in addition to the Respiratory ICU. Portable ultrasonic and jet nebulisers are also available in the outpatient unit along with the ward nebulisers. Computerised spirometer with a printer and DLCO testing is done for evaluation of lung function.

Departmental library with an extensive collection of books along with journals are available along with a departmental museum with specimens and charts. Enough space is available for faculty chambers. Demonstration hall with a seating capacity of 30 with LCD projector is available for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Lobbies for Radiological studies are also available in enough numbers. The entire campus is WiFi enabled along with LAN connectivity to departmental computers.

Undergraduate Teaching Modality 

Weekly lectures are taken for the VI th  semester students. Lectures are taken in spacious airconditioned lecture halls. State of art audio visual aids like dual projection, document camera and interactive panel are available. Lectures are video-recorded, edited and stored and retrievable for e-Iearning and  i-Ieaming.

  1. Duration of clinical posting-14 days .Orientation of students posted .
  2. Pre assessment (When the students come to the department few questions pertaining to respiratory system is asked).
  3. History taking (4 days). One and a half hour teaching followed by bedside elicitation of patient history.
  4. Examination of the patient (bedside demonstration by the teacher-5 days)
  5. Students take case independently and present it to the faculty (4 days)
  6. End of posting assessment (Written exam for 1 hour followed by critical assessment of each student).
 

Post Graduate Teaching modality 

The first batch of post graduate students entered the portals of the department in the year 2007 after MCl's inspection and permission was granted. Initially there was one M.D and one Diploma seat . In the year 2010 MCI inspected the department for the enhancement of postgraduate seats and granted an extra M.D seat to the existing seat. The postgraduates hold the post of junior residents and are involved in outpatient care, inpatient care, emergency care of patients. They have short term postings in other specialities like cardiology , radiology etc. They  take part in active learning and teaching programmes with modem audio-visual aids. There are regular case presentations, journal clubs, symposiums and radiological discussions. The post graduates actively follow the guidelines of RNTCP-DOTS and actively participate in  special clinics conducted by the department. Dissertation topics are chosen and regular reviews are made to ensure quality of the same. The post graduates are regularly exposed to various national and international conferences along with the CMEs. Feedbacks from the undergraduates and postgraduates are got about each facility at the end of each academic year and self appraisal & evaluation is also done for the students. Work Place Based Assessment (WPBA) is done for postgraduates.

Some of the recent CMEs and conferences attended by the department faculty and post graduates are as follows - 1) Pondicherry Chest Society
  1. Diagnostic approach to pulmonary nodule
  2. Bronchial artery embolization
  3. Aerosol Therapy in Asthma
  4. SMART study in COPD.
  5. Pneumonia-Community acquired
  6. Spirometry
  7. Recent trends in Chemotherapy in the management of Bronchogenic carcinoma

Workshops-

  1. Fibre Optic Bronchoscopy
  2. Thoracoscopy
  3. EBUS

2) Regional Conferences-

  1. Pulmocon          -Kottayam
  2. Respicon          -Coimbatore
  3. Mid-Respicon     -Calicut
  4. RNTCP State Conference -Puducherry -JIPMER-2009 & 2010.
  5. Respicon     -Cochin
  6. Mid-Respicon     -Kasargod

3) National conferences-

  1. Broncocon-Calicut
  2. NAPCON -Calicut
  3. NAPCON –Chennai
  4. NAPCON - Agra
  5. Yearly Conferences on ACCP and ERS Updates

4) Zonal

  1. Workshop on Interventional Pulmonology-Coimbatore.
  2. Yearly South Zone CME for Post Graduates – in various centres in South India
  3. Pulmonary Artery Hypertension-Chennai
  4. Yearly PG workshop in Pulmonary Medicine – “ Ramachandra Rapid Respiratory Review” in Chennai .

5) Organised  “ CME on Respiratory Disorders in Pregnancy in 2009 ”
6) Annual Internal oration by Dr.K.Surendra Menon on "XDR-TB . . . a looming threat?” (2011)
7) RNTCP State Operational Research (OR) Conference was hosted by the department in 2014.

 

  1. Airway abnormality in patients treated for pulmonary tuberculosis. Dr.Jijo Oommen Roy (2010)
  2. Comparison of BODE index and Spirometry after medical intervention. Dr.R.Ramanan (2011)
  3. Prospective comparative study of sputum Eosinophils in acute exacerbation of asthma. Dr.M.Harish ( 2012 )
  4. A comparative study of clinico – radiological profile of pulmonary tuberculosis in diabetic and non diabetic adults. Dr.R.Ragulan ( 2013 )
  5. A study of serum albumin levels in pulmonary tuberculosis prior to and following Anti tubercular treatment . Dr. Sandeep Krishna ( 2014 )
  6. Prevalence of aerobic bacteria and fungi in sputum specimens of post tubercular Bronchiectasis. Dr.Jagadeesh Kumar (2014 )
  7. Prevalence of cardiac comorbidites in relation to severity of staging COPD. Dr. Vineeth Alexander ( 2015 )
  8. A comparative study of spirometric pattern in obese and non obese asthmatics . Dr.Varghese Louis ( 2015 )
  9. Correlation of Sputum Eosinophilia, Peripheral Eosinophilia and Serum IgE levels in assessing the severity of Bronchial Asthma. Dr. Roshan kumar (2015)
  10. Diagnostic accuracy of combining PCR and Cytopathology in TB Lymphadenitis. Dr. Varunn . (2015)
Postgraduate Research (ONGOING) :
  1. Prevalence and Severity of Anxiety and Depression in relation to Spirometric severity in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  2. Effect of anabolic steroids on exercise testing and serum lactate level in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients
  3. A study of utility of Polymerase Chain Reaction compared to lymphocyte count and adenosine deaminase in the diagnosis of tuberculous pleural effusion
  4. Effect of antitubercular treatment on thyroid profile in newly detected smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis cases during initiation and at the end of treatment
   Faculty Research (ONGOING)
  1. A study of Knowledge, Attitude & Practice of Inhalation therapy among patients with Obstructive airway disease attending a tertiary care hospital
  2. Sonographic evaluation of Diaphragmatic function in COPD
  3. Effect of a comprehensive Yoga therapy module on the Pulmonary function and quality of life in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)