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Paediatrics

The Department of Paediatrics is a well-developed clinical department with routine OPD/Indoor services (including well equipped NICU/PICU) as well as regular outreach activities. The students are exposed to the discipline of paediatrics in second and third MBBS.

 

The PG Teaching programme includes:

  • Regular case presentations and seminars

  • Perinatal Meeting (with the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics )

  • Journal Clubs

  • Mortality Review

  • Interdepartmental Presentations

  • CPC

  • Involve” Academic Meetings

  • Orientation to community programmes


In addition, the PG students are given duties in rotating manner between NICU, PICU, Paediatrics Ward and OPD.

 

The undergraduate training programme is divided in to two components of 4 and 8 weeks respectively during second and third MBBS. During the first paediatrics term the students are given basic orientation and some clinical exercises focused on skills. During the second paediatrics term, a two-weeks’ modular training on IMNCI is incorporated which is conducted in co-ordination with the PSM department. Subsequently, a one-week skill based module on ENBC (Essential Newborn Care) has also been introduced. During the clinical terms, daily clinics are taken regularly for the UG students. All the PG Students are involved in clinical UG Teaching. For each batch of the undergraduate students weekly two theory lectures in paediatrics are taken on regular basis.

 

Participation in the outreach activities of the Department is compulsory for the PG students. These activities include :

  • Periodic multi-diagnostic camps

  • Participation in important National Health programmes like Pulse Polio Immunization and Surveillance, Promotion of Breast-feeding, National Newborn Care Week, etc.

  • Our college is also a training center for medical officers and health/anganwadi workers for IMNCI and FIMNCI

  • Providing training to the grass root workers of hospital extension programmes, health workers and medical officers of the government health services

  • Regular periodic visits to ‘Mitra’ – a special school for the rehabilitation of children with special educational needs

  • Regular weekly visits to peripheral clinics run by the college at Ardi and Petlad

 

The Department also organizes regular training programmes like Pediatrics Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS) and Childhood Asthma with the support from the Indian Academy of Pediatrics and National Neonatology Forum.

 

The Department has carried out a pilot project titled ‘Mental Health for school going adolescents’ for the Government of Gujarat (GoG) in 25 schools of Anand district. The department is very actively involved in a new initiative of the GoG – Tapovan, which aims at holistic care of women and children during perinatal period. All the faculty members and some of the residents have already attended the state level TOT on IMNCI and FIMNCI. PSMC is a recognized institution for IMNCI training.

 

The Department has three full time professors, one full time associate professor, two full time assistant professors and a very senior and reputed professor emeritus who have some important publications to their credit. Thus, the Department of Paediatrics is truly developing as a comprehensive child health care department.