Department of Pathology is a specialized diagnostic department with multiple divisions involved in complex laboratory processes including Histopathology, Cytopathology, Hematology and Clinical pathology as well as pathology training for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students and various other courses. Its laboratory services help the clinicians to arrive accurate diagnosis which allows different modalities of treatment thereby promoting health care services among the public.
Our department provides timely, accurate, precise and clinically relevant pathology reports to help clinicians alleviate patient suffering & disease with best suited treatment; to inculcate simplified and foundational pathology education for undergraduate students of various medical and allied health science courses; to impart comprehensive training for post graduate students of pathology; and to conduct clinically meaningful pathology research.
To transform into a modernized pathology laboratory with highest standards operated by trained & motivated personnel, which is high throughput, cost effective, error free, having shortest turnaround times and performing all the essential pathology tests for current needs as well as for personalized medicine; to render world class pertinent pathology education for undergraduate & postgraduate students to create health professionals with sound understanding of diseases; generate top quality pathology research publications which widen our knowledge on diverse aspects of pathology including diagnostic, prognostic & theragnostics dimensions, in turn benefitting the patients and medical services universally.
The department strives to enable students develop comprehensive understanding of origin, cause and nature of the human diseases and to correlate normal and altered morphology of various organs, so that, understanding clinical manifestations of diseases become easier. The student is trained to describe alterations in cells, the patho-physiological processes, patterns of tissue response to injury, normal and altered morphology of different organ systems, describe the rationale, principles and interpretation of routine diagnostic tests, perform basic blood and urine tests, understand the physiologic and biochemical disturbances that occur as a result of diseases as well as integrate the diseases to its causes for the most prevalent diseases in our country.
Based on the guidelines laid down by MCI/Pondicherry University at the end of course the post graduates will be skilled in the following competencies:
DR.S. P. Arun Kumar, Professor and HOD
The department library has large collection of recent edition books covering various branches in pathology along with recent advances and reference books, catering the needs of undergraduate, post graduate students and faculties. We also have subscription of international and national pathology journals with high impact factor and access to various e journals.
The department museum exhibits more than 350 mounted specimens comprising various organ systems. It also has numerous displayed charts and models.
Practical laboratories & Demo rooms:
The department is furnished with two well equipped practical laboratories and two ICT enabled demonstration rooms with audio visual aids.
The pathology department provides comprehensive diagnostic services with accuracy, precision and rapid reporting helping patients in prompt patient management.
The various labs functioning under this department include Histopathology, Cytology, Hematology, Clinical Pathology and Blood bank.
Histopathology deals with macroscopic examination followed by processing and microscopic analysis of body tissue samples taken by surgery to assist the clinician in arriving at diagnosis as well as appropriate management of patients. A team of well-trained pathologists do the reporting in hierarchy basis. All reports are given with adherence to turn around time. Special stains and immune histochemistry are done at the requests of the pathologists, as and when required.
Cytopathology comprises of FNAC (Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology) of lesions, PAP smears from uterine cervix and all body fluids (CSF, pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, synovial fluids) . Cytopathology provides rapid analysis of samples aiding in early diagnosis of tumors, as well as other inflammatory conditions.
In the 24 hour Hematology/Clinical Pathology labs, complete blood counts are done by auto analyzers, along with other tests like peripheral smear, parasite screening, coagulation studies, Bone marrow examination and ESR along with urine & semen analysis. The department has IQA [Internal Quality Assurance] programs and participates in External Quality Assurance Programs [EQAP] with AIIMS, New Delhi and CMC Vellore.
The department undertakes undergraduate pathology teaching for MBBS, BDS, BPT, BSc. MLT, BSc. Nursing, and D. Pharmacy students. We also do post graduate training in Pathology (MD PATHOLOGY).
Undergraduate teaching is done with Audio visual aids, Overhead projection as tutorials, seminars and small group discussions. Two spacious laboratories with individual microscope facility for all students are availed for practical classes. Internal assessment exams, practical exams and viva are conducted with timely intimation about the students’ performance and attendance to parents is done. Special care is given to all students to overcome difficulties in studies and to provide psychological support in the form of Mentor- Mentee programs. The students are encouraged to do research activities and to participate in quiz, oral and poster presentations in many conferences.
The post graduates undergo rotational postings in Histopathology, cytology and hematology with additional postings in Histology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Radiology and blood bank. The students are sent for peripheral postings to recognized centers like Malabar Cancer Centre in Thalassery, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology in Bangalore, The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences in Bangalore for training in oncopathology, autopsies, neuropathology and advanced molecular pathology. The post graduates are given hands on experience in grossing including oncology specimens and fetal autopsies. The students are allotted undergraduate classes for various courses to improve their teaching skills. Routine daily work also includes presentations, journal clubs and technique discussions. Clinico pathological meets with multiple departments are conducted to enrich the clinical knowledge with enhancement of interdisciplinary correlation. All students do their dissertations under qualified faculties with their support and encouragement. The post graduates will be given solid foundation so that they will be able to choose their field of interests and scale great heights.
All faculty and students [both undergraduate and postgraduate] are encouraged by the management to do authentic scientific research. Undergraduate students participate actively in Short Term Studentship projects by Indian Council of Medical Research (STS– ICMR). Faculty and students participate in various continuing medical education programmes, seminars, workshops, as well as do paper & poster presentations in many conferences.
Some of the publications by the Department Of Pathology, are listed below:
University toppers in Pathology [MBBS]
2014 – 2015
V. Vimal Kumar
2014 – 2015
K. Dharan Kumar, S. Fathvunisa, M. Balanivedha
2014 – 2015
S. Vijayakumar, M. Supriya
CME in Pathology
Dr. Rekha Kumar
Dr. Ramachandra V Bhat
Paradox, reality with updates on thyroid FNA
Treasure hunt in pathology- CME
Breast lesion – A diagnostic dilemma
Patho hunt- Quiz for under graduate students
Blood donation camp -ALLINAZ BIOSCIENCES LTD
Practical Diagnostic Approach to Hepatic Mass Lesions
Blood donation camp- KK NAG LTD
Blood donation camp – CAPLIN POINT LABCTD
Training programs in blood grouping conducted for The Roy International School
School Educational program
Blood donation camp- STERIC GENE LIFT
UG – Quiz
Blood donation camp Motherson company
2014 – 2017
Velammal Medical College Hospital & Research Institute, Madurai
2014 – 2017
Gayatri Vidya Parishad Medical college, Vishakapattinam
2015 – 2018
Dr. Kalla Ravi Teja
Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, Puducherry
2016 – 2019
Aarupadai Veedu Medical College & Hospital, Puducherry
2016 – 2019
Vinayaka Missions Medical College & Hospitals, Karaikal
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