Community Medicine is the branch of medicine concerned with the health of populations. It strives to protect and promote the health and well-being of the community through the Primary Health Care approach.
Health needs of populations are measured and appropriate strategies are developed to improve the health status of the community through health promotion, disease prevention and health protection.
Training in Community Medicine aims at nurturing Primary Care Physicians who can recognize and manage common health problems in the community. The Community-oriented Primary Care Physician will have the ability to identify, prioritize and manage the health problems of the community. He / She would be an effective leader of the health team at primary care level.
The Community Physician demonstrates excellence in academics, health research, and leadership skills. He/she is instrumental in development of public health policy, design, implementation and evaluation of health programs and applies them to a broad range of community health issues.
Students of this subject will have to apply the knowledge they have gained in several areas of medicine for the benefit of the community. They are taught the preventive, curative and promotive aspects of every illness. They are also encouraged to involve in the community during their Compulsory Rotatory Residential Internship (CRRI).
Community Medicine Department Vision
The Community Medicine Department is committed to educating medical students to be community responsive primary care physicians who meet the health care needs of the community and the country, including rural and medically underserved communities.
Community Medicine Department Goal
The goal of undergraduate teaching / training in Community Medicine is directed towards achievement of “Better Health for All”. Aim of undergraduate training is to prepare the students to become Primary Care Physicians competent to handle commonly occurring health problems in the community. Aim of this training is to prepare the students to be
- Teachers / Trainers
- Researchers & Epidemiologists
- Health Planners, Organizers and Administrators
Community Health Centers
A state of the art rural training center showcases a primary healthcare service delivery model forthe population of Sheikhupura. This is an excellent learning medium for undergraduate medical students. The urban health center is also being covered. Visits to public health institutions (Govt and Private/industrial) as part of community orientation program for medical students are conducted periodically.
Laboratories and Facilities
The department features a learning laboratory with multimedia teaching aids and the latest health models to complement their on-the-field mode of training. Students have access to a good library with titles by reputed authors and various international as well as local journals.