Head of the Department: Dr.Ravikumarkurup
The idea of starting a Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram took shape in the minds of two conscientious men. Dr.C.O.Karunakaran and Dr.Kesavan Nair. The two men worked relentlessly for months and years, pleading for this cause to all the governments in charge. Finally the foundation stone of our college was laid at 11.45am on 25th January 1950,the day India become republic. The laying of the foundation stone was the first official function of the Maharaja of Travancore, after becoming the ‘Rajapramukh’ .The building began to shape and was inaugurated by then the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, at 8am on Wednesday 27th November 1951. The campus was complete when hospital was also inaugurated in 1954.Right from that day, the college has been steadily scaling new height when all the necessary expansions and additions.
Facilities at a Glance:
At present the department is functioning with 240 beds. There are 6 units in Medicine with
6 Associate professors
10 Assistant professors
Subspecialties under Internal Medicine:
3 Metabolic Medicine
4 Geriatric medicine
The department of Internal Medicine is conducting daily OP and has 24-hour casualty services. On Sundays casualty services are being conducted by rotation by the different units.
The department has a Medicine Intensive Care Units with 11 beds and 3 beds in the lysis side (total 14 beds
The department caters to about 600 outpatients daily and there are about 175 admissions per day. More than 50% of the admission in the hospital are in the department of medicine.
The usual Medicine casualty attendance come to around 700 patients per day, but it may rise to 1000 patients especially during the fever epidemics, which strike at least thrice yearly.
The department is training House Surgeons (31 at a time).
The department conducts academic activities for house surgeons and postgraduates. To name a few are Clinical clubs, journal clubs, symposium, clinicopathological conferences,medisats ,general clinics and post graduate clinics and mortality meetings which are conducted in the telemedicine room with tele conferencing to general hospital Trivandrum.In addition to that, each unit is conducting separate unit symposium every week.
Every day there will be a morning teaching session for the undergraduates, in wards there will be bedside clinics and case discussion daily.
Other training programmes by faculty of Department of Internal Medicine
Our department is training
1 BDS students,
2 BSc Nursing students
3 MSc Nursing students
4 BSc Optometry students
5 BSC Perfusion technology students
6 M Pharm students and guiding research activities of MSc nursing students.
Every Saturday is the academic feast- medisat where eminent invited speakers from various departments give their expert opinion on a particular topic to enrich the knowledge of the staff and students a like.
Held every Tuesday at 12 noon -1PM the clinical club is organized by each of the six medical units each in turn ,followed by one club for the super specialities .This is a forum where each unit presents rare and difficult to diagnose cases so that the entire department gets to know about these clinical gems. we also have facilities for telemedical conferencing and the club is regularly transmitted to other centres like General hospital, GH Pathanamthitta, GH Ernakulam to get the view of the experts there also .cases are presented by the post-graduates involved in the work up of the patient with expert comments of the unit chief followed by active discussions among staff and students regarding various aspects of the case.
This is the unique forum conducted by the department of internal medicine where cases worked up in detail in the various medical units are presented in a format similar to the case records of the Massuchussets general hospital .the clinical details are discussed by the post graduate student presenting the case who tries to arrive at his own diagnosis .This is followed by expert comments by the faculty members. The final word is by the consultant who has investigated the patient and the diagnosis is revealed before the audience.
Held every alternate Saturday, this is the forum where the department meets to go through each death with a critical eye to try to define anything more that could possibly have been done in that particular case .mortality statistics are presented monthly to give an idea of the number of deaths occuring.
A Unique exercise as part of post graduate training ,this is where post graduate students and staff meet every wednesday to go through the research topics in the department ,to give the study a proper design and to orient it in the right direction .thesis presentation is done by one post graduate student a week.apart from all this there is a morning class at 7.30 am everyday for final year postgraduates by the head of the department as wll as classes for junior postgraduates and undergraduates by the HOD and other staff members held on a regular day to day basis .The department also conducts consenous meeting where the staff and expert try to formulate a protocol for the department for clinical examination , management of common conditions etc
An academic feast conducted every alternate Wednesday at 12 noon; this is a forum where postgraduates presenting elaborately on selected topics. Various aspects of th4e particular topic selected -its etiology, pathology, pathogenesis, clinical features, investigations, management and complications can be discussed in detail. The theoretical as well as practical aspects are discussed inch by inch.
RDG (RESEARCH DISCUSSION GROUP AND PUBLICATION TEAM)