If specialties form the cornerstones in medicine, then general medicine provides the fundamental base for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. This department works round-the-clock, taking care of both inpatients and outpatients at the hospital and bringing students in vital medical contact with patients.
Here students gain sound knowledge of the various systems in use in the hospital for patient monitoring and care. This exposure is supplemented by the theoretical sessions with the help of advanced teaching techniques and learning aids that are present in all the lecture halls. These facilities are put to good use by the practicing faculty that makes up this department. The faculty members, besides practicing medicine, conduct Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs and attend national and international conferences to exchange knowledge on the progress made in different areas of medicine.
The undergraduate program trains students in medical skills and inculcates in them respect for human life. Their curriculum takes the form of regular bedside clinics followed by frequent assessments. Students are thrown into problem-oriented teaching sessions during outpatient clinics, challenging them to use their knowledge to come up with a diagnosis and treatment.
Research and Projects:
The department has already initiated several projects in the research arena. In collaboration with the other departments, the faculty is conducting studies on the use of music as a therapeutic tool to decrease the prevalence of depression and other psychiatric disorders in the peripheral areas of Lahore and Sheikhupura. Soon a diabetic foot clinic will be started in association with other departments. A bronchial asthma clinic and hypertension clinic will also be started. Postgraduate courses and Diploma NB in Medicine are in the offing.
The faculty is actively involved in providing health checkups to students as well as community members in and around the Ferozpur interchange campus through frequent medical camps. The camps spread awareness about diabetes mellitus, hypertension and dyslipidemia. Health checkups are also conducted in companies to screen employees for diabetic hypertension.
Hospital and Facilities:
Apart from the inpatient and outpatient wards, the department runs an Intensive Medical Care Unit, an Intensive Cardiac Care Unit and a Respiratory Intensive Care Unit, as well as a Toxicology Center that specializes in snake-bite management.
The hospital boasts of one of the largest blood banks in the Shaikhupura district and can provide emergency assistance as necessary. Needy patients can expect free medicine, beds and a nutritious special diet. A junior resident is always on standby to attend to patients and to assist the faculty in supervising students during their bedside proceedings like lumbar puncture, paracentesis, pleural effusion tapping and bone marrow trephine.
The central laboratory has a state of the art CT scan, USG, and other radiological studio apparatus that cater to patients round the clock and last but not the least MRI machine. Faculty members assist students in conducting common tests such as Pulmonary Function Test (PFT), Electro Encephalo Gram (EEG) and Treadmill Test (TMT). The diabetic clinic involves the services of a dietician, a diabetic educator and dialectologist to provide quality care for patients.