After completion of training, the MBBS student must be:
1. Aware of the physical, social, psychological, economic, and environmental health determinants of health and disease.
2. Able to think epidemiologically, diagnose totally, treat comprehensively and be able to function as community and first contact physician.
3. Able to apply the clinical skills to recognize and manage common health problems including their physical, emotional mental and social aspects at the individual, family and community levels and deal with public health emergencies.
4. Able to identify, prioritize and manage the health problems of the community after making community diagnosis.
5. Able to perform as an effective leader of health team at primary care level, in planning, supervising & monitoring the services of health professionals in health team.
To achieve this, the student should:
a. Inculcate values like compassion, empathy to poor, rational and ethical practice, to ensure quality professional practice.
b. Understand the principles of prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
c. Participate actively in epidemiological studies to identify and prioritize health problems of the community. Collect data, analyze, interpret, and apply relevant statistical tests, to make a report.
d. Participate actively in health care service for special groups like mothers, infants, under five children, school children, adolescents and elderly of rural, tribal and urban slum dwellers.
e. Participate actively in investigation of outbreaks/epidemics of various diseases and other public health emergencies.
f. Participate actively in implementation of National Health Programmes.
g. Learn and practice principles of behavioural change communication, supervision, leadership, resource management, health information management, community participation and coordination, administrative functions etc.
h. Continuously upgrade his knowledge, attitude and skills in the subject.
MD (PSM/ Community Medicine) Course
Every year 7 medical students can be admitted to the course of MD (post graduation). The total duration of the course is of 3 years. The whole duration is divided into 6 terms where each term is of 6 months duration.MD (PSM/ Community Medicine) is full time course to produce such an expert for the country who can discharge their duty as expected and thus can contribute to uplift the level of health of community as a whole. MD (PSM) curriculum constitutes four areas:
Basic Clinical and Practical skills (managerial skills)
Leadership attitude including communication skills
The academic departments of PSM/ Community Medicine envisage imparting the teaching to its disciple so as to produce the competent specialist by attaining goal and objectives mentioned herewith so that the disciple after successfully completion of the PG study he may carry out the desired role effectively.
The disciple shall acquire the understanding and skill in community medicine and develop the quality of leadership so that s/he becomes an expert and function effectively as Community Physician, Public Health Specialist, Health Manager, Faculty and/or Researcher in the field of Community Medicine (Preventive & Social Medicine).
Acquainted Following Knowledge:
Basic principles of General Epidemiology, Bio Statistics, Research Methodology and Health Management.
Health environment, Medical Sociology, Nutrition & Health Communication.
On Public health problems prevailing in the globally in general and in India in particular.
Health care delivery system including rehabilitation of the disabled in the country. (Comprehensive health care) including the Health information system
Various National & State health policy, law, act and programs.
Develop Following Skills: -
Develop epidemiological & analytical skill for interpreting the health information so as to be able to generate evidences and deduce inferences useful in community medicine
Managerial skills so as to understand the designing of health care services & program, policy formation, and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the various health care services including health program.
Develop Research skill in the field of health, and health management to general evidences and new knowledge in the field of community medicine.
Communication skill so that s/he is able to interact with people from a wide range from community to policy makers by uses of different principles and methods of communication.
Diploma in Community Medicine / PSM
Every year 2 medical students can be admitted to the course of DCM (post graduation). The number of seat varies on the basis of the policy of MCI and Government of Gujarat. The total duration of the course is of 2 years. The whole duration is divided into 4 terms where each term is of 6 months duration. The post graduate teaching in the department is carried out with the following goals and general objectives-
1. Goals and General Objectives of Diploma in Community Medicine:
1.1 The goal of postgraduate medical education shall be to produce competent specialists of Community Medicine (PSM)
1. Who shall recognize the health needs of the community, and carry out professional obligations ethically and in keeping with objectives of the national health policy;
2. Who shall have mastered most of the competencies, pertaining to the specialty, that are required to be practiced at the health care delivery system;
3. Who shall be aware of the contemporary advances and developments in the discipline of community medicine
4. Who shall have acquired a spirit of scientific enquiry and is oriented to the principles of research methodology and epidemiology and
5. Who shall have acquired the basic skills in training of the medical and paramedical professionals?
1.2 General objectives of post-graduate training
At the end of postgraduate training in the Community Medicine (PSM) the student shall be able to:
1. Recognize the importance of the community medicine in the context of the health needs of the community and national priorities in the health sector;
2. Practice the community medicine specialty ethically and in step with the principles of health care;
3. Demonstrate sufficient understanding of the basic sciences relevant to the community medicine
4. Identify social, economic, environmental, biological and emotional determinants of health in a given case, and take them into account while planning therapeutic, rehabilitative, preventive and promotive measures/strategies.
5. Diagnose and manage majority of the health conditions in the community on the basis of clinical assessment, and appropriately conduct investigations.
6. Plan and advise measures for the prevention and rehabilitation of patients suffering from disease and disability
7. Demonstrate skills in documentation of individual/community case details as well as morbidity and mortality data relevant to the assigned situation.
8. Demonstrate empathy and humane approach towards patients and their families and exhibit interpersonal behaviour in accordance with the societal norms and expectations.
9. Play the assigned role in the implementation of national health programmes, effectively and responsibly.
10. Organize and supervise the chosen/assigned health care services demonstrating adequate managerial skills in the clinic/hospital or the field situation.
11. Develop skills as a self-directed learner; recognize continuing educational needs; select and use appropriate learning resources.
12. Demonstrate competence in basic concepts of research methodology and epidemiology, and be able to critically analyse relevant published research literature.
13. Develop skills in using educational methods and techniques as applicable to the teaching of medical/ nursing students, general physicians and paramedical health workers.
14. Function as an effective leader of a health team engaged in health care, research or training.