SREE MOOKAMBIKA INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

Affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University

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Pharmacology

Introduction

Pharmacology is the branch of medicine concerned with the therapeutic uses, effects and modes of action of drugs in human beings or animals. It studies how different drugs affect the physiological or biochemical functions of a living organism. It incorporates knowledge and skills from a number of basic science disciplines including Physiology, Biochemistry, and Cellular and Molecular Biology.  It is the backbone of Medicine.

Objectives

The goal of teaching undergraduate students is to impart a holistic approach to Pharmacology and inculcate a rational and scientific basis of therapeutics, with regard to the basic domains of knowledge along with skill development, attitude and communication. It aims at building up various competency levels at an undergraduate level.

 

The goal of teaching post graduate students is to create specialists who would provide high quality healthcare and advance the cause of science through research and training. The training during the course will provide job prospects in academics, pharmaceutical industry/clinical research organization, government research institutions, in regulatory bodies and as scientific writer. 

Focus of the Department

For undergraduate students, the focus is on imparting a better insight into the clinical oriented training of the subject which would definitely benefit the student to be more confident and skilled to face the demands expected of him / her and to include all clinically relevant aspects of the subject in assessment.

 

For postgraduate students, the focus is on acquisition of skills related to teaching, research methodology and corporate world, knowledge of elementary statistics and its applications, overall development of skills and to broaden the scope of Pharmacology from bench to bed side

Research Work

  • Evaluation of anticonvulsant activity of Carvedilol in Wistar Albino rats (Dr Biacin Babu, 2014)
  • Evaluation of analgesic and sedative effects of chloroform extract of Solanum Nigrum Linn in Swiss Albino mice (Dr Parvathy R. L., 2015)
  • A study of drug utilization pattern and adverse drug reaction profile of antihypertensive drugs prescribed in a tertiary care hospital (Dr Navaneeth 2015)
  • A study of drug utilization pattern and adverse drug reaction profile of antidiabetic drugs in patients attending a teaching hospital (Dr Shanti M., 2015)
  • Effect of Statin therapy on Serum Lipase and Blood Glucose levels in patients with Hyperlipidemia (Dr Prathab Asir, 2016)
  • Evaluation of analgesic and anticonvulsant activity of Hydroalcoholic extract of Costus Pictus leaves in Wistar Albino rats (Dr Anandhalakshmi, 2016)
  • Utilization pattern, safety profile and cost analysis of antimicrobials prescribed in the intensive care unit of a teaching hospital (Dr Sushmita Ann SJ, 2017)
  • Drug prescribing pattern with cost analysis and monitoring of adverse drug reactions in Department of Dermatology: A prospective observational study (Dr Suhaina, 2017)

Facilities Available

  • Pharmacology Lab
  • Lecture halls
  • Department library
  • Committees – Research, Pharmacovigilance, Institutional Human Ethics committee and Institutional Animal ethics committee

UG Teaching

300 hours of Pharmacolog over 3rd,4th, and 5th semesters;  Theory classes – 180 hours and practical classes – 120 hours

Theory - 180 hrs
Teaching MethodsNumber of Hours

Interactive lectures

110

Problem based learning

20

Small group discussions

14

Integrated lectures

8

Seminars

28

Total

180

Practicals (Small group teaching) - 120 hrs
ExercisesDetailsNumber of Hours

Prescription writing
Prescription audit
Clinical problem solving exercise
Dose calculation
Pharmacoeconomics

30
10
20
5
5

Clinical pharmacology

10

Toxicology

10

Spotters

Drugs, medicinal plant, graphs, photos on ADRs

10

OSPE

  • Administration of eye drops
  • Identification of different syringes and needles
  • Preparation of an IV line
  • Demonstrate use of inhaler
  • Preparation of emergency tray in Anaphylaxis
  • Preparation of emergency tray in Acute myocardial infarction

20

Total

120 Hrs

PG Teaching

Year 1
  • Getting acquainted with the Department
  • Attending all the classes
  • Introduction to Dissertation including statistic classes
  • Visits to Pharmaceutical Industries and Toxicology centres
  • Clinical and special postings to learn new advanced techniques / procedure / skills in institutions of higher repute where the requisite facilities are available without affecting the duties of the parent department.
  • 12th month selection and planning of Dissertationand submitting the topic to the University.
Year 2 & 3

MCI specified practical training is imparted depending upon the availability of animals and other facilities. The student acquires skills

  • To conduct practical classes for the UGs
  • To take lectures for the U.Gs
  • To plan an undergraduate teaching programme and set exam questions

`The student will participate & contribute to other academic activities of the Department like Journal clubs, Seminars, symposia, Group discussion, Computer assisted learning (CAL)and CME programmes.   Students will be, in addition, encouraged to attend conferences, workshops and present papers in scientific sessions

Conferences and CMEs
  • CME on Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Children – May 9, 2013
  • Workshop on Principles of Ethics in Human Research – Dec 12 & 13, 2013
  • CME on Pharmacovigilance: A Global concept – Sept 19, 2014
  • CME on Diabetes mellitus: Pharmacotherapeutic Insight - Sept 16, 2015
  • Workshop on Teaching/Learning methods for postgraduate students - Jan 6, 2016
  • Workshop on Good Clinical Practice and schedule guidelines – Feb 10, 2017

Faculty as Speaker/ Guest Lectures

ConferenceYearFacultyTopic Presented

CME on Pharmacovigilance

2014

Dr Reneega Gangadhar

How to set up an ADR monitoring unit in a Teaching hospital

CME on Pharmacology update

2015

Dr Reneega Gangadhar

Personalized Medicine

CME on Optimizing antibiotic therapy-an overview

2018

Dr Reneega Gangadhar

Newer Antibiotics