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Department of Paediatrics

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The Department of Pediatrics has been functional in the Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences since the inception of this institution in 2002. It is recognized for training MBBS students and MD (Pediatrics) postgraduates. The pediatric team is headed by DrLalitha Krishnan, ably supported by Professor Dr. Vishnu Bhat and Dr Peter Prasanth. The rest of the team consists of a set of bright, enthusiastic and competent Associate and Assistant Professors who cover the Department in-house round the clock on all days of the year.

The Department commenced under the expert guidance of Professor V Nalini and was subsequently headed by Dr Philomena D’Souza and Dr MNG Nair. Each of them brought their experience from JIPMER, Goa and AFMC colleges, respectively to this department.DrLalitha Krishnan and Dr Peter Prasanth both are from the Christian Medical College, Vellore and Dr. Vishnu Bhat from JIPMER.

Pediatrics department out-patient services and administrative offices are located in the main OPD block in the ground floor. A child friendly attractive Thomas, the tank engine will greet the children at the entrance(Photo of engine here)

The mission of the department covers patient care, teaching, research and social responsibility for all children.
Dr. Lalitha Krishnan

Professor &   HOD

Dr. Peter Prasanth
Kumar  Kommu
Dr. Manasi Garg Assoc. Professor
Dr.Rashmi Kullu Asst. Professor
Dr.Nishanth R Asst. Professor
Dr.Priya Jose Asst. Professor
Dr. Divya Mishra Asst. Professor
Dr. Antonieo Jude Raja B Asst. Professor
Dr. Rohit Bhowmick Asst. Professor
 Patient care services

Out-patients : There are three units in the department details of which are given below

Unit Head OP & admission
Unit I Dr. Lalitha Krishnan Monday
Unit II Dr. Vishnu Bhat Tuesday
Unit III Dr. Peter Prasanth Wednesday

Timings : All working days from 8am to 4pm
Age seen : Birth to 18 years
Types of cases: All problems pertaining to newborns, children and adolescents

Cross consultation, when required, is given to various departments like dental, ENT, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology under one roof.

Immunization : This is given on all working days between 9am to 12 noon. Government of Puducherry vaccines and special vaccines are all available. The immunization card has all details of the current schedule.(picture of immunization card)

Specialty clinics: The Department runs the following speciality clinics where children with special problems are seen

  1. Asthmaclinic: All types of asthma, All wheeze, Cystic fibrosis, Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  2. Cardiology clinic: Acyanotic heart disease, Cyanotic heart disease, Rheumatic fever followup, Infective endocarditis, Valvular heart disease, Kawasaki disease, Cardiomyopathies, Myocarditis, Pericardial effusion, Arrhythmias
  3. Child guidance and rehabilitation: This is a multi-disciplinary clinic with paediatrician, child psychologist, speech therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and sees children with the following problems : Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism spectrum disorders, Adolescent issues,, Cerebral palsy, Developmental delays(Global/Specific), Diseases with prominent psychosomatic difficulties, Emotional and Behavioral disorders., Handicaps or Behavioral disorders, Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation), Learning disabilities/ Difficulties, Speech and Language disorders (Delays/ Stammering etc), post-operative cleft lip and palate
  4. Endocrinology clinic: Short stature, Growth hormone deficiency and MPHD, Puberty disorders including precocious puberty, delayed puberty, Thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and goiters., Type I diabetes – insulin therapy, Sugar monitoring and compliance, Atypical genitalia, Bone disorders
  5. Gastroenterology clinic:Persistent diarrhea, Acute hepatitis, Chronic hepatitis, Direct jaundice , Ascites, Hemetemesis
  6. Hematology clinic: Thalassemia, Sickle cell anemia, Other chronic anemias, Bleeding disorders like hemophilia, von Willebrand, Primary immune deficiency diseases, Hematological malignancies, Acute Leukemias, Lymphomas
  7. Nephrology clinic: Bed-wetting , Renal stones , Nephritis , Nephrotic syndrome, Urinary tract infections, Nephrocalcinosis, Renal tubular acidosis , Urinary tract anomalies
  8. Neurology clinic: All cases of seizures, CNS infections, persistent headaches, tumours etc seen.

In-patients: There are 90 beds in the general category under the pediatric department. The children admitted are looked after round the clock by pediatric consultant and residents. Expert nursing care is provided by trained pediatric nurses, supported by MSc and PhD pediatric nursing faculty from College of Nursing.

The pediatric ward is large child-friendly and well ventilated. Food is supplied by qualified dieticians in a clean and hygienic manner. Only one female attendant per child is allowed, except during visiting hours (12-1pm, 5-7pm)

Pediatric intensive care unit: This is a well equipped 7 bedded unit with facilities to manage all types of pediatric emergencies. The unit has state of the art ventilators, monitors and syringe pumps. It is headed by a full-time Pediatric intensivist (DM Pediatric Critical Care). It is covered by a pediatricians and trained intensive care nurses round the clock.

The Department of Pediatrics prides itself on the excellent complement of teaching faculty available for undergraduate and postgraduates.

MBBS course:

MBBS students are trained through theory, clinical and e-learning methods spread over 3 years during their course. They have formative assessments by means of OSCE, clinical and theory examinations. Log books are compulsory and corrected by concerned faculty all through the posting. Regular counselling and feedback sessions are carried out to maximize the learning process. Faculty at all levels are readily available for clarifications and re-inforcement of knowledge. At least 8 topics are covered by having integrated lectures with inputs from other departments.

Early clinical exposure: This is given for 2 weeks during the VI semester of the MBBS course. Students spend time in the department learning emergency management, skills required in making a clinical diagnosis, how to take a detailed history and communication with patients.

MD (Pediatrics) course

This is a rigorous three year course where the resident is given graded responsibility from the first to the third year in managing children in out-patient and in-patient wards. They are supervised at all times by faculty and knowledge is imparted by a continuous hands on process.

Presentations: The resident is expected to make oral and power point presentations in the various topics assigned. These will be evaluated instantly and feedback given.

Audit : The duty postgraduates are expected to present the cases admitted and discuss emergency and evidence based management protocols. Care plans are discussed. Emphasis is always on quality of patient care, academic approach to the problem, ethical considerations and establishment of communication skills.

Interdepartmental meetings: These are held regularly with Obstetrics, Radiology, Pediatric surgery. And others as and when the need arises. The concerned postgraduate is expected to present the problem, draw up a plan and be up to date with recent advances.

Case presentations, seminars, journal clubs, weekly theory assessment, yearly progress are all done regularly throughout the course

Others: The Department actively participated in all State and National programmes, especially those conducted by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics.

  1. ORS week
  2. Breast feeding week
  3. IAP postgraduate quiz
  4. IAP undergraduate quiz
  5. Intra and Intercollegiate quiz competitions
  6. Poster and oral presentations in conferences
  7. Undergraduate teaching by the postgraduates under supervision
  8. NRP & PALS Workshop

PANDA : This is the Annual CME of the Department of Pediatrics which was commenced in the Year 2012. This is planned around the Children’s day and National Newborn week, usually the second week of November. This is conducted as a panel discussion, didactic lectures or workshops. Topics are of current interest to all faculty, postgraduates and undergraduates, including extramural ones.