The Department of General Medicine of the Velammal Medical College hospital & Research Institute is an eminent unit providing high quality patient care services across the entire spectrum of adult medical care ranging from preventive to promotive healthcare, extraordinary academic platform for the medical students and undertaking ambitious research projects for the betterment of modern healthcare. Ours is a star-studded, highly renowned and vastly experienced General Medicine specialist team that firmly believes in principled approach and the power of professionalism.
The department started functioning in 2012 and has risen to great heights and stunning prominence in the academic arena within a short span of time earning a unique reputation of its own. We attend to around outpatients per day and around inpatients per day making it one of the busiest departments in the hospital. We train MBBS students from their second year to their final year through interactive teaching methods, clinical classes and formative assessments and also train interns and MD General Medicine PGs as well. We got our MCI recognition successfully in 2018 when the first batch of students appeared for the final year exams. 3 PG seats have been approved in 2019 and we have started intake of PGs from 2020.
We have a consistent record pass percentage of 99% pertaining to General Medicine for UG final year exams which is one of the highest among medical colleges. Our UG students have been regular Medal winners in both the theory and clinical exams conducted at the regional level the by prestigious Association of Physicians of India, Madurai Chapter raising eyebrows among academic circles. Our students have bagged top honors and prizes in various intercollegiate General Medicine academic competitions at state level like quiz competitions, case presentations, poster presentations in conferences etc., To name a few, our undergraduate students have won the first place in General Medicine Quiz in the regional level quiz competition in the historic Madurai Medical College and Sivagangai Medical College beating renowned colleges. In one of its kind and exclaiming to many, which is telling of the vibrant and encouraging academic atmosphere in the department, our undergraduate students have travelled overseas and presented rare cases and winning accolades in international conferences in Germany, Dubai, Australia, a feat unheard of. It is only as expected that many of our undergraduate students have gone to pursue their favourite dream of General medicine postgraduation in leading institutions of the country.
Symposiums, seminars, online learning programs and other interactive and innovative teaching methodologies conceived by the department foster an aspiring academic climate for the students. We conduct regular weekly Physician’s conference in the department with high caliber discussion on the important aspects of rare and interesting cases presented to the benefit of interns and postgraduates. We conduct frequent evening classes for medical students too for the fervor we have for academic excellence. Mindful of the need of postgraduation in the medical field, we conduct special General Medicine classes as part of NEET-PG coaching program of the college for UGs, an unthinkably wise venture. Medical superspecialists too are frequently involved in the training of UGs and PGs. We have conducted state level conferences MEDICON and conducted Guest lectures for the scholastic development of the medical students as well as the practicing doctors. Our postgraduate program even before its beginning has been one of the much sought after in the state. We have undertaken many research projects and published articles in international journals. We have even involved underrgraduates as part of our research team in our projects. We guide students in their ongoing ICMR-STS projects.
We still young by years, do have many more progressive ideas further to make the department as one of the top institutions for learning and excellence in the country. We’ll make a history, short while!