The Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical care, as we see today, is located in Main Block of the Armed Forces Medical College. It has the Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab flanking it and is staffed with distinguished faculty and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
Far removed from its current state, the department had humble beginnings. It started as a postgraduate department in February 1960. The first postgraduate instructor to be assigned to this department was Major S Thirumalai who later headed the department from 20 Mar 1961 to 31 May 1966. Major Thirumalai subsequently rose to become Dean of Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. The dept was initially recognized for conducting Diploma courses in Anaesthesiology and subsequently for MD course on 01 February 1968. Down the lane, in 1993, Sqn Ldr (now Gp Capt) RM Sharma went on be the first Clinical Tutor of the Dept. The Department was relocated from old barracks to the Golden Jubilee Block in 1998 and later to its present location in Main Block in Sep 2013 under the stewardship of Brig GS Ramesh, VSM. The anaesthesia department museum one of its kinds in the country was brought to the present state by efforts of Col AK Bhargava. Later Col CVR Mohan pioneered the anaesthesia awareness programme to bring anaesthesia in the lime light.
The Department has kept pace with the evolution of Anaesthesia as a speciality across the globe. In fact it has the distinction of being the first medical college in the country to acquire and impart training on the state-of the-art Human Patient Simulator. This multi crore Human Patient Simulator was inaugurated in the year 2005 by the then DGAFMS and has then been the centre of attraction for any visiting dignitary and medical professionals alike. The Department has the distinction of being amongst the first few in the country with a simulation lab and has been the pioneer in keeping abreast with the latest improvements in quality medical education. The Clinical Skills and Simulation Laboratory was inaugurated by the then DGAFMS Air Marshal DP Joshi AVSM, PHS on 17 Jun 2013 and amalgamated with Anaesthesiology department.
From 2014 department had 02 clinical tutors. From the same year department started regular workshop in emergency medicine such as advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) in liasion with Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences by the initiatives of Col Mathews Jacob and Col D Vivekanand. Presently the department is headed by Brig S Hasnain a renowned cardiac anaesthesiologist.
To train the young doctor so to mould him into a safe anaesthesiologist endowed with the aptitude of a physician, above par academic ability, enthusiasm and dynamism, humane nature, understanding of team spirit, mental stability, sense of humour and conscientiousness.
(i) Dept has been recently relocated to Main Block of the college in the month of Sept 2013.
(ii) New Clinical skills and simulation lab has been established next to Dept of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care. The lab provides training to Medical Officers, Nursing Officers and Paramedics on BLS, ACLS, and ATLS. In addition it provides training on surgical and medical skills such as endoscopy.
(iii) Future Plans:
Research Activities: Department will be involved in more world class research activities. Each resident will be assigned one retrospective and one prospective study.
Pain Treatment Centre: Pain treatment centre will be started by procuring new equipment such as Radio frequency ablation machine, Ultrasound machine, and Image intensifier
New Equipment Acquisition: We shall liaise with Command Hospital (SC) to acquire following equipments such as point of care Hb, Continuous acid-base analysis, Automated ventilation ventilator for ICU, Simulators for Neuraxial anaesthesia, Anaesthesia record keeping software to be placed in all OTs with a central server, ECMO, TEE and USG simulators, Hypothermia system for prevention of hypoxic ischaemic brain injury following cardiac arrest and advanced haemodynamic monitoring system for cardiac output.