The department of Psychiatry was established in 1970. The First professor Maj S B Chatterjee laid the foundation of this prestigious department. The department in the initial years occupied offices in small building behind the Anatomy department complex. In April 1998, under Col PS Valdiya the department moved into its current location in the Golden Jubilee Block.
The department of Psychiatry aims for making this department a centre of excellence not only amongst Armed Forces but also across all medical institutions; India and abroad. We impart training to both undergraduate and post graduate students to the current and future need of clientele and empower them with knowledge and skill to meet any future challenges in their professional career. This department is a tertiary care psychiatric Centre which caters to the training of undergraduates, post graduates, nursing cadets & paramedical staff.
Post Graduate Training
The post graduate residency programme is elaborate and training is imparted in various sub-specialties including Adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, military psychiatry, biological psychiatry, psychotherapy and clinical psychology.
Facility which exists in the department is inpatient psychiatric service, outpatient treatment, child guidance clinic, memory clinic, deaddiction clinic etc. The Psychometry lab of this department caters to clinical and diagnostic evaluation of patients as well as personality profiling and behavior modification of entrant medical students. Department has been in the forefront of generating guidelines, developing psychological tests and its software’s & publishing books keeping in mind the aspirations of psychiatrists and future of Military Psychiatry.
Regular outreach activity, school visits and community programmes are carried out in which the undergraduates and postgraduates actively participate. Participation in rural mental health in collaboration with Community medicine department is also solicited for purpose of training, treatment, empowerment and advocacy. The department is actively involved in conducting annual workshops in various psychological and psychiatric topics of relevance which are highly appreciated by the faculty and post graduate students from surrounding medical colleges.
Department has been pioneer and active in path-breaking researches; some of them include work on association of life events of soldiers with psychopathology in their children, Mental health of temporarily separated family, volumetric analysis of patients with alcohol dependence syndrome, role of cognitive enhancers in electroconvulsive therapy induced cognitive deficits, management of problem drinkers at unit level, development of scales for assessment of life events of serving personnel or quality of life of military family etc.
Department is currently headed by Brig RC Das who is a child psychiatrist of eminence and his optimal blend of academic excellence and professional dedication is worthy of emulation.