Department of Physiology

The Department of Physiology has been functioning since the inception of Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences in 2002. It is situated on the first floor of the Basic Sciences Research & Training Block of P.I.M.S. The Department is recognized for training of students of MD, MBBS, B.Sc. (Nursing), B.Sc. (MLT), B.P.T., and B.Sc. Medical Records Technology, and, for a period, had trained students of M.Sc. Medical Physiology also. It has several well-equipped laboratories for undergraduate and postgraduate training and research.

Hematology Laboratory

This laboratory is well equipped with individual microscopes and other equipment allotted to each student. Principles of Universal Safety Precautions are practiced strictly in our Hematology Laboratory.

Clinical Physiology Laboratory

This laboratory provides facilities in human practical experiments related to cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. The equipment available include electrocardiographs, spirometers, Benedict Roth apparatus, perimeters, ophthalmoscopes, Mosso'sergograph, bicycle ergograph etc. Four, two and single channel Physiographs are also available for group practical work.

Research Laboratory

The research laboratory is equipped with computerized spirometer, motorized treadmill, polygraphs for demonstration of and research on electroencephalography, electromyography, nerve conduction studies, electrooculography, electrogastrography, heart rate variability, body composition analysis, reaction time recording, sudomotor function etc.

Mammalian and Amphibian Laboratories

These laboratories are equipped for performing traditional mammalian heart, intestine and uterus experiments and amphibian heart and nerve-muscle experiments. Additionally, facilities are also available for simulated mammalian and amphibian experiments and mounted graphs from such experiments.

Yoga Laboratory

This laboratory caters to patients, staff and students for medically relevant practices of meditation and pranayama.

Sleep Laboratory

This state-of-the-art laboratory is equipped to perform Level I polysomnography on patients as well as a part of research and is involved in sleep diagnostics and therapeutic titration studies as well as studies such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test, Maintenance of Wakefulness Test and Video EEG recording on a regular basis.

Other facilities

The department is also equipped with two large demonstration rooms with all audio-visual equipment required for undergraduate and postgraduate training and library cum seminar room with more than a hundred books of relevance to Physiology training.

The Motto of Team Physiology: Curing The Foundation

Vision / Goal

To provide individualized care so as to lay a strong foundation for an empathetic and competent physician of first contact or an expert in the art and science of Physiology

Mission statement

  • To utilize departmental time and beyond for the effective training of UG & PG students
  • To conduct ethical standalone or collaborative research, within the institution or in the community and attempt to publish the same
  • To maintain an ambience of camaraderie, cooperation, collaboration and restrained concern among the team members, so as to project ourselves as role models for those whom we train

Good teaching practices by the Department of Physiology

  • The use of flipped and blended classrooms, cafeteria method etc. for our undergraduate students with continuous formative assessment
  • Increased "hand-holding" and one-to-one training in skill competencies
  • The use of On-demand testing and feedback (tests conducted on student's demand - this is a unique initiative, being utilized by students from 2018 onwards)
  • Clinically oriented practical training and practical assessment
  • Individualized teaching experiences running simultaneously
  • Problem Based Learning sessions in collaboration with other pre-clinical departments
  • Training in and assessment of aspects of attitude, communication and ethics blended with clinical skills training for undergraduates

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