Dermatology

The Department runs both inpatient and outpatient facilities. Separate Out Patient services for Dermatology, STD, leprosy and Paediatric Dermatology. Special clinics for Psoriasis, Pigmentary disorders, Contact dermatitis, Leprosy, Autoimmune disorders. About 25 Scientific published in the National and International Journals.

The Department offers Comprehensive out-patient and in-patient care for all diseases affecting the skin and mucosae, and systemic diseases with skin manifestations. The Outpatient department runs from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and provides care in various dermatological diseases. Special clinics function on certain specific days to give special care to certain common diseases such as vitiligo, psoriasis, leprosy, contact dermatitis. The schedule is as follows.

Pigmentary disorder clinic Monday
STD clinic Daily
Leprosy clinic Tuesday
Contact dermatitis clinic Wednesday

A comprehensive care is given to various dermatological disorders ranging from cutaneous infections to cosmetological problems with the various diagnostic facilities and instruments available.

Instruments Available Diseases Treated
PUVA chamber, Narrowband UVB, Spot NBUVB Comb Psoriasis , vitiligoetc
Electro Cautery
Chemical Cautery
Liquid Nitrogen Cryotherapy
Warts, molluscum
Punch grafting and suction blister equipments Vitiligo
Dermabrasion Unit Acne scars
Iontophoresis Unit Palmoplantar hyperhidrosis
Dermojet Keloids
DIAGNOSTIC FACILITIES AVAILABLE
Facility for staining for AFB ( Mycobacterium Leprae)
Facility for various staining techniques - Tissue / fluid smears
Woods Lamp
Facility for Patch Testing
Derma scope
Dark ground microscopy

Undergraduate training

Includes both clinical classes and didactic lectures based on the syllabus prescribed by the MCI. The didactic lectures are scheduled weekly on 7th& 8th Semester.

7th Semester - Wednesday 1.30 – 2.30 p.m
8th Semester - Friday 1.30 – 2.30 p.m.
Clinical postings

The clinical postings are as scheduled as follows

4th Semester - 2 wks
6th Semester - 2 wks
8th Semester - 2 wks

The didactic lectures cover varied topics as prescribed by the Medical Council of India. Besides lectures other methodology of teaching such as role play, clinical quiz and group discussion are adopted to inpatient students better knowledge of subject. Further modular teaching on STD, HIV, Leprosy, connecting tissue disorders is conducted to impart comprehensive knowledge to students.

Internship training

The interns are trained in proper clinical examination; elicit and interpret physical findings, and diagnose common dermatological disorders. They are also trained to perform simple, routine investigative procedures for making bedside diagnosis, specially the examination of scraping for fungus, preparation of slit smears and staining for AFB for leprosy patient and for STD cases. They are also trained to take a skin biopsy for diagnostic purpose. Manage common diseases recognizing the need for referral for specialized care in case of inappropriateness of therapeutic response.

Post Graduate training

Training of Postgraduates is an important part of departmental activities. The post graduates undergo full time residency program. The objectives of the training course in MD Dermatology, Venereology &Leprology are –

  • Diagnose and manage independently common skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and leprosy.
  • Manage independently and efficiently all medical emergencies related with skin, leprosy and venereal disease.
  • Adopt preventive measures at individual and community levels against communicable and non-communicable skin, venereal diseases and leprosy.
  • Teach requisite knowledge to the under graduate medical students.
  • To teach laboratory skills to other medical / paramedical team members.
  • Adopt a compassionate attitude toward towards the patients (and their families)under his/her charge.
  • To inculcate the principles of research methodology, so as to enable the resident to write scientific paper for thesis, publication in reputed journals and presentation in national and international conferences.

Teaching program

Acquisition of practical competencies being the keystone of postgraduate medical education, postgraduate training is skill-oriented. Learning in postgraduate program is essentially self-directed and primarily emanating from clinical and academic work. The formal sessions are merely meant to supplement this core effort.

Teaching methods
  • Bedside Teaching Round
  • Histopathology session
  • Seminar
  • Journal Club
  • Case discussion
  • Short talks
  • Group discussion
  • Drug review

Central session (held in hospital auditorium regarding various topics like CPC, guest lectures, student seminars, grand round, sessions on basic sciences, biostatistics, research methodology, teaching methodology, health economics, medical ethics and legal issues)

Teaching schedule
Monday Wednesday Thursday Friday
I week Seminar Long case presentation Drug review Short talk
II week Seminar Journal club Dermatopathology Consultants talk
III week Seminar Short case presentation Spotter discussion Short talk
IV week Seminar Journal club Dermatopathology Consultants talk
  • All sessions are supervised by faculty members. It is mandatory for all postgraduates to attend the sessions.
  • All the teaching sessions are assessed by the faculty members at the end of the session and marks are given out of 10 and recorded for internal assessment.

Hair transplantation hands-on workshop

We are very glad to inform everyone that our department has reached yet another milestone. Recently hands on workshop on hair transplantation was conducted by our department by the efforts taken by the head of our department Dr.Karthikeyan, for all the faculty members, postgraduates and few invited delegates. The workshop was a very successful one where an eminent hair transplant surgeon Dr.Sachin Yoele from Mumbai shared his experiences & knowledge on follicular unit extraction. Everyone had hands on and mastered the technique. With this initiative we are planning to enhance our department as a full-fledged cosmetology – dermatosurgery department.

Articles published from the department

  1. Karthikeyan K, Latchoumibady K, Sowmya S Double trouble: a case of von Recklinghausen’s disease with coexistent lepromatous leprosy.J Infect DevCtries. 2012 Mar 12; 6(3):287-9.
  2. Kumar A, KarthikeyanK.Madarosis : a marker of many maladies. Int J Trichology. 2012 Jan; 4(1):3-18.
  3. Subramaniam G, Kaliaperumal K, Duraipandian J, Rengasamy G. Norwegian scabies in a malnourished young adult: a case report. J Infect Dev Ctries.2010 Jun 3: 4(5) : 349-51.
  4. KarthikeyanK.Crusted scabies. Indian J DermatolVenereolLeprol. 2009 Jul-Aug; 75(4):340-7. Review.
  5. KarthikeyanK.Tonsuring: Myths and facts. Int J Trichology. 2209 Jan; 1(1):33-4.
  6. KaliaperumalK.Recent advances in management of genital ulcer disease and anogenital warts. DermatolTher. 2008 May-Jun: 21(3):196-204. Review.
  7. Karthikeyan K.Scabies in children.Arch Dis Child EducPract Ed. 2007 Jun; 92(3):ep65-9.
  8. Karthikeyan K. Treatment of scabies: newer perspectives. Post grad Med J 2005; 81:7-11

Articles accepted for publication

Karthikeyan K et al. Kumar A. Bupathy A. RajagovindanD.Integrated modular teaching for under graduate medical students. National medical journal.

Chapters in text books.

Karthikeyan K et al. Recent advances in Scabies and pediculosis. Recent advances in pediatric dermatology. 1st edition. ArunInamdar. Editor. Jayapee publications 2011.

Ongoing research projects

  1. Clinico epidemiological study of hand foot and mouth disease in suburban Pondicherry.
  2. Role of Autologous serum testing in patients with chronic urticaria.
  3. A cross sectional study of dermatological manifestations of chronic alcoholics.
  4. Insect bite induced hypersensitivity and the quality of life of children.
  5. A study on the role of thyroid disorders in the development of melasma.