In June 2004 the department of Pathology started functioning with various activities including investigative services, teaching and training of M.B.B.S., students. Since then the department has progressed rapidly in terms of expansion in services, recruitment of capable faculty members, paramedical & supportive staff as well as installation of sophisticated and modern equipments.
The department has started a graduate research laboratory. In addition, range of various immunohistochemical stains which have been added now help in further making a more specific diagnosis. For better services a fully Automated Tissue Processor, a semi-automated strainer and a Cryostat have been added.
Teaching of undergraduate students is done by modern methods by use of audio-visual aids, projection slides, seminars and group discussions.
The department participates in training of in-service doctors from Puducherry . The department conducts regular weekly biopsy-cytology rounds with clinicians. The staff participates in various clinical meetings, Intradepartmental discussions on difficult cases. Journal club & seminars are held weekly. The faculty & Senior residents are encouraged to pursue research work & publications and present their work at Zonal, Regional & National level conferences.
Departmental Library : Departmental library is having more than 100 recent edition books on various sub-specialties.
Museum : The department has one of the best organized and modern museum. The museum has about 200 specimen (mounted & wet). Another unique feature includes display of educational materials such as numerous line drawings of specimens, charts of pathogenesis, similes of common terms used in pathology and a gallery full of portraits of famous pathologists with their major contribution tracing the history of Pathology.
The pathology department caters laboratory services to the patients of the Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital as well as outside patients. The laboratory services are given under the following categories.
Clinical Pathology Laboratory of the department is located in the hospital close to the OPDs for patient’s convenience. It offers routine diagnostic services to the patients like
The departmental cytology laboratory is situated in the hospital in the other OPDs for patients’ convenience.
Blood Bank works round the clock to serve the patients during emergency and elective therapeutic procedures. Apart from the routine Blood donation, cross matching and Coomb’s test, Blood Grouping camps in other institutes & companies are also conducted. The Blood Bank maintains a voluntary Blood donor database to help the patients. Recently the Blood bank has been upgraded for component separation. RBC concentrate, platelet concentrate and fresh frozen plasma are issued to the patients, depending on the indications.
Histopathology laboratory receives specimens from the operation theatres in the hospital. After grossing, processing is done by Leica automated Electronic tissue processor.
Apart from the routine Hematoxylin and Eosin staining, special stains for fungus,, bacteria, TB, Lepra bacilli, iron, melanin, and mucin are regularly used.
Immunohistochemistry lab is functioning with epithelial markers (cytokeratin, EMA), soft tissue markers ( Desmin, Vimentin ,SMA, S 100, NSE, Melan A), Lymphoid markers ( CD 3, CD 20, CD 15, CD 30, CD 45) and hormone receptors ( ER,PR Her2).
A Well organized museums functioning in the department with 300 mounted specimens, catalogues, display folders with gross and microscopic descriptions.
The list of text books, reference books, national and international journals available in the central and departmental library.
(UG & PG Teaching schedule and evaluation as per Pondicherry university guidelines)
(III, IV & V semesters) – Duration 1 ½ years
Lecture classes – are of 1 hour duration each
Didactic lectures are taken with usage of power point presentation and necessary illustrations.
Practicals- 2 hours duration in a week for each batch
They are conducted using various modalities
Seminars- 2 hours per month on ongoing topics
Quiz/ symposium/OSPE- Once in 6 months for each semester.
Clinical pathology postings- Aimed at hands on teaching of routine hematological techniques, Blood Bank procedures, Urine analysis, sputum and body fluid analysis. Short topic presentation and evaluation with end posting practical test are carried out.
Academic evaluation – Monthly internal Assessment test with practical and viva; term test at the end of each semester; model theory and practical exam with viva before the University exams.
Research activities – ICMR Short term projects – 4 are completed and 3 are ongoing
Lecture halls – 200 seating capacity. Air conditioned with LCD, OHP facilities with continuous internet connection.
Practical hall – there are 2 fully equipped practical halls – one for surgical pathology slides and specimen demonstration and the other for clinical pathology and hematology exercises. Students are provided with individual monocular microscopes – 65 in morbid anatomy practical hall and 40 in clinical pathology students’ practical hall.
Demonstration rooms – 2 in number one with LCD, OHP Facilities. Other one equipped with CCTV attached Trinocular microscopes for slide demonstration.
Two batches of Post Graduate students are posted in the different sections of the department
Dissertation topics include
Routine seminars, slides discussions, gross discussions, histopathology techniques are conducted in the department. Proper evaluation of students is done with weekly slide tests, gross discussions and theory examinations. Attending slide conferences, National and international CME s and paper and poster presentation are always encouraged. Three Post-graduate students got best paper award in the recently conducted CME in Tamilnadu.
Post graduates will be performing the day to day work in the department with the guidance of faculty, like:
Departmental research activities include Dissertation of postgraduate students, paper presentations- oral, poster and publications in various journals and participation in Scientific committee meetings
Log book is maintained to record individual PG activity and periodically evaluated.
Clinicopathological meetings are conducted with the departments of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dermatology and Orthopedics
Conducted once in 2 to 3 months involving all the medical colleges in Pondicherry.