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Department of Physiology

Physiology

The Department of Physiology AFMC was established in Aug 1962 in the imposing ‘Wanowarie Barracks’ of the British Army with Wing Commander MK Mookerjee as the first professor and head of department. From its humble beginnings, imparting undergraduate and postgraduate training in Physiology to medical students, the department has come a long way. It has broadened its scope to include training for post graduate dental students, undergraduate and post graduate nursing students, pharmacists, health assistants and bachelors of paramedical technology. The department prides itself in having its faculty trained in Medical Education Technology and also associated as full time faculty with the Department of Medical Education AFMC and as invited faculty with the Medical Education Technology Cell of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Regional Centre Pune.

Apart from its academic expertise, the department has evolved into a center for functional diagnostic support in the fields of cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurophysiology.  This functional diagnostic support includes orthostatic stress testing for evaluation of syncope, spirometry for assessment of lung function, autonomic function test, Gastro-intestinal manometry and ambulatory pH metry for evaluation of gastro-intestinal function, body composition analysis, polysomnography and paediatric EEG. The department conducts basic and applied clinical research in collaboration with clinical departments of AFMC, Command Hospital (Southern Command), Military Hospital Cardio Thoracic Center Pune, Army Sports Institute Pune and other centers like the High Altitude Medical Research Centre at Leh. Undergraduate research is encouraged and promoted in the form of Short-term Student project under the aegis of the Indian Council of Medical Research and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.

 

RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS OF DEPARTMENT

  • The Physiology department of AFMC successfully managed to effect a change in the I MBBS Physiology curriculum of the MUHS by introducing CPR as a practical in the Physiology syllabus replacing on obsolete practical on artificial respiration.
  • Lt Col SP Singh has been chosen as a member of “The Lake Louis AMS Score Consensus Committee 2018”. Lt Col SP Singh presented a poster at the 42nd International Conference of Military Medicine at Vigyan Bhavan, New-Delhi.
    Surg Capt Gaurav Sikri delivered a guest lecture on “Reaching safe at High Altitude: Physiology behind preventive strategies” and Lt Col SP Singh delivered a guest lecture on “ Oxygen sensing mechanisms” at the 17th seminar of APPI, Belgavi chapter at JNMC Belgavi.
  • Surg Capt Gaurav Sikri was awarded ‘best poster award’ at the 42nd International Conference of Military Medicine at Vigyan Bhavan, New-Delhi.
  • Surg Capt Gaurav Sikri delivered a guest lecture on “Physiology behind Gama reaching high altitude rapidly at KIMS Karad.
  • Lt Col Raksha Jaipurkar delivered a talk on “ Cognitive function and role of cooling vest in engine room workers of a Naval ship-A pilot study” at the 42nd International Conference of Military Medicine at Vigyan Bhavan, New-Delhi and Lt Col Srinivasa A Bhattachar delivered a talk on “Ibuprofen Prevents Altitude Illness: A Randomised Controlled Trial for Prevention of Altitude Illness With Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories” at the 42nd International Conference of Military Medicine at Vigyan Bhavan, New-Delhi.
  • Lt Col Raksha Jaipurkar presented a symposium on “Physiological monitoring of sports personnel” and poster at APPICON held at Pudducherry.
  • Lt Col Dharmendra Kumar delivered a talk on “Running the Khardung-La Challenge, an ultra-marathon at high altitude, causes pulmonary edema in acclimatized lowland runners” at APPICON-2018 held at Manipal.
  • MCI inspection of the department was successfully conducted for increased UG seats in Jun 2018. Thirty four Medical Cadets of E3 batch got distinction in Physiology in I MBBS MUHS Examination, Jun 2019.