Departments, School of Medicine
The School of Medicine is organized into 39 departments that can be broadly categorized into Pre and Para Clinical Sciences, Clinical Broad Specialities and Clinical Super Specialities. There are state-of-the-art laboratories, spacious lecture halls, best-in-class medical software, and an elaborate anatomy museum. The school provides world-class medical training as well as a training for life that is rooted in core human values.
Department of Anatomy
Anatomy is a dynamic science, which is fundamental to clinical practice. It is of paramount importance to have clear knowledge of the structure of the normal human body and the possible variations from the developmental point of view.
At the undergraduate level, the Department is occupied in teaching Medical, Dental, Nursing and Pharmacy students in addition to postgraduate students of pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical subjects.
The Department facilitates cadaveric dissection exercises for surgical skills development of various clinical procedures for departments like ENT, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, etc.
The Department of Anatomy also undertakes embalming as a public service for airlifting as well as otherwise. Many people have pledged their bodies to the Department after their demise.
Department of Biochemistry
Biochemistry is the language of life, the science concerned with the chemical constituents of living cells. It encompasses the study of cell biology, molecular biology, and molecular genetics.
The main objective of biochemistry is to give a complete understanding, at the molecular level, of all the chemical processes associated with living cells. It explores the chemical reactions, associated macromolecules and metabolites that are found in biological processes, common to all organisms.
The unity of life at the biochemical level makes this approach possible. By comparing and contrasting details of particular biochemical pathways in different organisms we can learn how biological challenges are solved at the biochemical level. Other objectives include helping to understand the origin of life on earth and to integrate biochemical knowledge into efforts to maintain health and to understand diseases and treat them effectively.
Relationship between medicine and biochemistry has important implications for the former. As long as medical treatment is firmly grounded in the knowledge of biochemistry and other basic sciences ,the practice of medicine will have a rational basis that can be adapted to accommodate new knowledge.
Lately, our knowledge of medical biochemistry has grown exponentially with the advent of new molecular techniques. Placing all these information together in a manner comprehensible to an average undergraduate student presents a challenging task. The faculty in our department works together in delivering a student friendly, yet comprehensive and up-to-date manner, without overwhelming the students having their first encounter with biochemistry.
Department of Community Medicine
The Department of Community Medicine provides an innovative, rural based, primary health care oriented medical education
Value-based medical education, using a student friendly, need oriented and evidence based curriculum has been formulated. This field trains doctors to function as community leaders with a vision for the upliftment of the communities in which they work and not just as clinicians confined to their clinics or hospitals.
The Department provides cost effective primary health care through its rural and urban training health centers. The health functionaries of these centers have linkages with the local women self help groups and the Health Service Department of the State.
The Department collaborates with international organizations such as UNICEF, and other reputed institutions in India on various research projects.
Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Forensic Medicine is a specialised branch of medicine which deals with the application of principles of medicine for administration of law and justice.
The Department imparts knowledge and skill in the subject to the medical students enabling them to handle all types of medico-legal issues. These include medico-legal autopsies, poisoning, injuries, drunkenness, potency etc.
Further students will be trained in court procedures, handling of medico-legal documents, production of evidences in court etc. This is the only private institution in State of Kerala having sanction from the Government to conduct medico-legal autopsies in cases of unnatural deaths referred from the adjacent eight police stations. The Department has a full fledged Poison Control Centre functioning under the Analytical Toxicology wing.
In addition to training basic doctors, this is the only department in self financing sector conducting postgraduate courses (M.D. Forensic Medicine). This Department caters to medico-legal needs of the State and also handles poisoning cases as a primary/tertiary/referral centre. Expert opinions in a wide variety of cases are sought from this department by the various investigating agencies including Crime Branch C.I.D. and C.B.I.
Department of Microbiology
The primary mission of the Department of Microbiology at Amrita includes undergraduate and postgraduate education, high quality laboratory diagnostic services and research. The department aims to continuously strive for the highest possible standard in diagnostic services; teaching and research activities.
The department of microbiology is committed in its endeavor to work with all health care professionals to assure that all the services provided by us are clinically relevant, that test results are delivered in a timely fashion so that it aids clinical decision making.
The department believes in team work and in the ideology that every member of the team should perform to the maximum of their abilities. As teams work best when they take pride in the work they do, the department involves the individuals in decision making processes and keeps them motivated by making them aware of the contributions being made in individual patient care.
The teaching curriculum has been carefully planned to include enough theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. We are constantly updating our teaching methodologies to keep abreast with changing times.
The department is working for a maximally efficient and safe work place.
Department of Pathology
The Department of Pathology provides comprehensive diagnostic services with emphasis on accuracy, precision and prompt reporting to our patients thereby helping and guiding the clinicians in proper patient management. The department started in 1998 and since then is located at 6th tower, 3rd floor with easy accessibility to all the clinicians. The various labs that function under this department are Histopathology, Cytology and Hematology. All the labs are most modernised and well-equipped with skilled personnel. The various labs are all NABL Accredited which puts them in a higher platform with regard to quality..
The Department of Pathology participates in the external quality assurance programmes on a regular basis, namely EQAS CBC- Christian Medical College, Vellore and EQAS coagulation in Haematology with AIIMS, New Delhi. For Histopathology with Anand Laboratories Bangalore & Cytology, Ranbaxy Lab Mumbai.
The samples are tested in Pathology Department and reports are made online.We accept samples / slides / paraffin blocks for special tests & review as part of the referral facility and provide a second opinion on them.
Academics: Stress on academic activities is the “manthra” of the department.
The consultant pathologists participate in the clinico-pathological & oncological meetings with the different specialties – Orthopedics, Dermatology, Gastrointerstinal Surgery, Hematology, Oncology, Nephrology to mention a few, on a regular basis.
They also undertake teaching, training of students of various courses like MBBS, BDS, MD Path, DCP (3 candidates), & Laboratory technicians,(undergraduates,postgraduates).
Postgraduate trainees of other specialities & superspecialities ( Neurosurgery, Radiotherapy, Dermatology, Oncology, Nephrology, Forensic Medicine, Oral Pathology, Pulmonology and Microbiology) also spend varying periods of time in pathology. The wide range of material received from various specialities, especially, Gastrosurgery, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Head and Neck to mention a few, provides a rich experience to our postgraduates and help them get the best of knowledge.
Our Faculty are actively involved in various National and International academic events and researches.
The pathology department has a 12-member faculty, assisted by 32 technicians,and 9 clerical staff.This department provides the diagnostic services of Histopathology including Fetal Autopsy, Cytology (including FNAC), and Hematolgy to Amrita Hospital as well as specimens and tissues brought from outside.
Department of Pharmacology
Pharmacology is the detailed scientific study of drugs, particularly their actions (beneficial and harmful) on living animals and man at the organs' cellular and molecular levels
It encompasses all aspects about knowledge of drugs,but most importantly those that are relevent to effective and safe use for medicinal purposes.
The department has set the following goals for the medical students:
- Assimilate the concept of "Rational Drug Therapy".
- Practice "Rational Use of Drugs".
- Develop good prescribing skills.
- Understand the essence of "Essential Drug Concept" and be competent to make/modify the essential drug list.
- Imbibe "Medical Ethics" and uphold the principles in patient care, drug development and research.
- To train students in activities related to detection ,assessment,understand ing and preventing adverse drug reactions(Pharmacovigilance).
- Emphasis on drug interactions when two or more drugs are given together.
Department of Physiology
The main objective of Physiology Department is to train undergraduate medical & allied health sciences students in physiological basis of health & disease and thereby make them aware of the rationale behind treatment measures adopted for each illness. We also assist and promote self learning and research activities of postgraduate students and junior faculty.
We have good experienced teaching faculty consisting of 2 professors, 3 assistant professors and 2 tutors. MD and MSc courses in Physiology are conducted
Department takes extra care of the slow learners by way of assignments, viva, question paper discussion etc. We have a unique system of gurukula for academic and moral support for the students. Regular vertical integration classes by clinical faculty is another special feature of our teaching learning system
We have 7 ongoing research projects in collaboration with other departments in addition to several completed projects. Our evaluation system includes formative and summative assessment, written test, viva, tutorials and seminars in addition to 3 sessional examinations..
Time to time we take feedback from students and modify teaching to suit their requirements.
We also encourage the faculty to take part in teacher’s training course which is conducted in our institution & also in Continuing Medical Education programs, both inside & outside the state. The success rate of last 5 years depicts clear picture of students' performance.
This year the Department conducted seminar on ‘Relieving stress among Medicos’ for students, parents and teachers in connection with Amrithavarsham – 60 which was well appreciated.