The Department of Biochemistry was established in April 1978 by amalgamation of parts of Departments of Physiology and Pathology. This department strives to achieve excellence in the fields of medical education and diagnostics by providing holistic education inclusive of up to date knowledge and research in the field of clinical chemistry, compassion for the patients and courtesy for fellow soldiers with an ultimate aim to fulfill the mission of this college.. The department was shifted to the third floor of Diamond Jubilee block in 09 April 2012.
The Dept has adopted the philosophy of Total Quality Management in all spheres of its functioning by streamlining all the processes and systems to achieve clientele satisfaction of patients as well as clinicians.
The dept reached an important milestone in its history when it attained accreditation by NABL (National Accreditation & Calibration Board for Laboratories) as per ISO 15189(2007) on 01 Feb 2010, which was renewed in year 2012, 2014 and 2016 successfully.
National Accreditation Board for testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is the only authorized and autonomous body of Govt of India, to grant accreditation in accordance with International organization for standardization (ISO) standards. It has granted NABL accreditation to Clinical Chemistry Laboratory of Dept of Biochemistry, AFMC as per the latest addition of ISO 15189 (2012).
The dept of Biochemistry is the first NABL accredited lab in the Armed Forces Medical services and is the accredited since Jan 2010 as per ISO 15189 (2007). This accreditation has been renewed every two years . The laboratory has been successful in maintaining the quality since since its first accreditation in Jan 2010 and thus the laboratory was able to achieve NABL accreditation uninterrupted for the fourth consecutive time as per the latest addition 15189(2012).The ISO has revised its standards in 2012 by further adding 87 new clauses leading to more stringent quality. The NABL reaccreditation which has been granted is applicable to almost all serum analytes as per ISO 15189 (2012) and recently stands valid till 13 Feb 2018.
This department has the distinction of being the first Govt sector Biochemistry Laboratory to have attained NABL accreditation.
This dept also has the unique distinction of conducting an External Quality Assurance Programme for all the service laboratories of India. Lyophilised samples are despatched to all services laboratories quarterly . Their results are analysed and each lab is graded according to its performance.
The department is engaged in the following teaching activities.
|Under graduate courses
||MBBS, BSc Nursing, Post Basic BSc Nursing
|Post graduate courses
||MD Biochemistry, MD Pathology, MDS, Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Lab Technology
|Para medical courses
||Lab Technicians Remustering, Lab Attendants Class I, Lab Attendants class III, D Pharma, Blood Transfusion Attendants, Bachelor of Para Medical Training
The Department’s passion for teaching can be judged by the fact that in the last five years, the MD students have been university toppers. The teaching methodology adopted is that of problem based learning exemplified by case discussions and Quality control clinics held by the department. The problem based approach is a force multiplier for our students to become better practicing doctors.
The laboratory handles a massive workload of tests of approximately 600 tests per day. It handles routine tests in clinical chemistry as well as special tests in the field of endocrinology and clinical enzymology. The department is equipped with modern equipments viz Two fully automated biochemistry analyser with facility of therapeutic drug monitoring, hormonal assays and electrolyte analyser (SIEMENS EXL 200),. Fully automated RadioImmuno assay system, Manual Gamma counter, semi- automated chemistry analysers, Fully automated chemistry analysers ( TRANSASIA-EM 360 and XL 600), UV spectrophotometer, Electrophoresis and densitometry, ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay), and Nyco card reader for glycated hemoglobin, ISE (Ion Selective Electrode) besides host of other equipments
It also engages actively in meaningful undergraduate research as it believes that research is the only method of igniting young minds which propels them to the frontiers of learning. The Department has enrolled in two External Quality Assurance Programmes for proficiency testing which are Bio Rad EQAS & Association of Clinical Biochemists of India EQAS programmes. Our laboratory has been rated in the excellent category by both the EQAS programmes.
The dept has to its credit a new inexpensive method for estimation of ceruloplasmin which was awarded a patent. The other special investigations pioneered by the dept are ADA estimation.
Molecular lab has been established and studies on methylation of various genes in different carcinomas are in progress.
The Department is headed by Col (Prof) HS Batra. The other faculty member includes Wg Cdr (Prof) Sangeetha Sampath, Lt Col (Asst Prof) Kapil Bhatia,& Maj Deeptika Agarwal(Asst Prof). Dr Vivek Ambade, Scientist “F” is the civilian officer posted to this department from DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organisation)
Together we strive to fulfill the mission statement of this department of imparting holistic teaching to undergraduate and Post Graduate students and delivering accurate reports and their clinical interpretation to our clientele by adhering to the highest standards of Quality control.