A sound knowledge of microbiology gives students a foundation in the diagnosis and management of diseases. Microbiology is an ever-expanding science and includes various branches like bacteriology, immunology, virology, parasitology and mycology. Students also undertake research in allied sciences like genetics, biotechnology and immunology.
M.B.B.S. students can expect to be given complete knowledge of contagious diseases in order to deal with the etiology, mode of spread, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of infections in the community. Regular assessments ensure that they are progressing in their coursework. A thorough foundation is given through theory and practice in basic medical sciences, namely anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology, biostatistics as well as in the sub-specialties of microbiology. They are introduced to basic research methodology so that they can take up fundamental and applied research. Students are also trained in teaching methods that enable them to excel in teaching assignments at medical colleges and teaching institutions.
They are introduced to research methodology through research projects. They are encouraged to take part and present scientific papers in CME programs, conferences and workshops.
Students are encouraged to take up short projects. The faculty offers guidance for research to AMIC students as well as students from other universities. The department is known for its active involvement in social service and has conducted several projects that have earned appreciation:
- World TB day
- Continuing Medical Education program at the national level
- Annual World AIDS Day to generate awareness of HIV among public, medical students and practitioners
As a part of the Kishwar Fazal Hospital, the department takes care of its patients in the area of bacteriological, parasitological, serological (including viral serology) and mycological investigations. The microbiology division of the central laboratory is adequately equipped for handling these investigations. There are separate internal, as well as external, quality control programs to ensure the reliability of reports.