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Physiology
 

Introduction
The Department of Physiology being one of the three pioneer Departments of The Oxford Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, has the responsibility of imparting medical education to the first year medical students.

The department is well equipped with four practical halls, two of them measuring 225sqm and the other two are 115 sqm.

The major practical halls are provided with compound microscopic and other teaching materials to conduct practical's. human physiology lab is also equipped with latest equipments to measure accurate od vision and other systems of human body.

Physiology seeks to understand biological function spanning the range from molecular mechanisms to medical problems. No other field has such an important task or is as cross-disciplinary in nature.

Areas of systems level investigation include the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, immune and central nervous systems. Physiology also explores cellular processes such as synaptic transmission, the immune response and muscle excitation-contraction coupling as well as molecular mechanisms of ion channels and transporters.

Academic Activities
The academic programme at the Department of Physiology is tuned to encourage maximum participation by medical students. Besides conventional teaching, emphasis is laid on active learning and problem based learning approach.

The Department will impart education and training to 150 students of 1st Professional M.B.BS, in the subject of Physiology in the form of lecturers, practical classes, seminars and tutorials.

Emphasis will be laid on small interactive group teaching as it is more beneficial to the students because individual care is possible in such classes.

Facilities for conducting mammalian experiments are available in the Department but conduct of actual experiments are restricted in the M.B.B.S, course due to restrictions laid down by the Government of India. Computer Based Learning is replacing animal experiments at the undergraduate level. The Department of Physiology is well equipped to carry out Computer Based Learning. During their posting at the Hematology laboratory, students perform various hematology experiments and are also given practical demonstrations of ESR,PCV, Osmotic Fragility of red blood cells, Platelet and Reticulocyte counts.

The Department will initiate a number of innovative teaching programs like Vertical Orientation Program, Quiz Competitions, Clinical Problem based learning, Learning through Video Presentations, Undergraduate projects, Computer based experiments etc.,

Undergraduate Projects:
The students will be also encouraged to obtain latest information on recent advances in various topics allotted to them in the subject of Physiology through Internet search and prepare undergraduate research projects.

Vertical Orientation Programme
Students will visit the department of Transfusion Medicine for learning safe blood transfusion procedures and live demonstration, Department of Pulmonary Medicine for getting introduced to the latest techniques and sophisticated equipments available for assessment of pulmonary function and the Department of Medicine for getting acquainted with echocardiography and stress ECG., EMG, EEG., Nerve Stimulators etc., This is in conformity with the MCI recommendations of 2005.

Practical Manuals
Practical manual cum record book has been prepared by the Department, Incorporating the MCI syllabus.
The Department of Physiology intends to focus on the following areas of research:
  1. Neurophysiology
  2. Heart rate variability analysis
 
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