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General Inforamtion

The Department of Pulmonary Medicine earlier referred to as the Department of Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases, is one of the broad specialty departments in this tertiary care hospital. Since its inception in 2010, the department has seen a leaping growth in Patient care services and infrastructural facilities. The Department has an Undergraduate curriculum designed in consultation with senior academicians and practicing experts. Sufficient care is taken to ensure that the curriculum provides skill development among MBBS students by giving them a clear clinical orientation and training. The department has excellent infrastructural facilities to provide state of art treatment for all respiratory ailments and is the preferred referral centre for difficult-to-treat cases. The department has excellent and competent faculty trained to impart knowledge to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Regular participation and deliberation in regional and national conferences helps in kindling the research spirit among the faculty.
“With the steady growth in academic and infrastructural fronts, the department is poised to attain a national standard in the near future!”
The aim of teaching the undergraduate student in Pulmonary Medicine (Tuberculosis & Chest Diseases) is to impart such knowledge and skills that will enable him/her to diagnose and manage common ailments affecting the chest with special emphasis on the management and prevention of Tuberculosis and RNTCP.
  1. At the end of the course, the undergraduate student shall be able to:
  2. Demonstrate sound knowledge of common chest diseases including emergencies, their clinical manifestations and relevant investigations.
  3. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of various modes of therapy used in the treatment of respiratory diseases.
  4. Describe the mode of action of commonly used drugs, their doses, indications, contra-indications and side-effects.
  5. Describe commonly used modes of management of various respiratory diseases and to offer a comprehensive plan of management inclusive of RNTCP. 
  1. Patient interview-History taking.
  2. Clinical examination– interpret clinical findings-clinical Diagnosis.
  3. Perform simple, relevant routine investigations and bedside procedures
  4. Interpretation of Lab tests.
  5. Assist in performing common procedures like Pleural tapping, ICT drainage etc. 

1.The broad goal of effective teaching is obtained through integration with Departments of General Medicine, surgery, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Community Medicine.

Future Vision: 
The field of Pulmonary Medicine is a fast developing specialty by itself and the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at IGMC&RI is all poised to keep pace with the latest trends and developments in the field.
            Our plan of action for the next 5 years:
  1. To start Post-Graduate courses (MD/DM) in the discipline.
  2. To set up a fully functional Level 3 Pulmonary Function Laboratory with facilities to measure Diffusion Capacity of the lung and Body
  3. To set up a State of art Sleep Study Lab.
  4. To set up/augment the facilities for Non-invasive ventilator support.
  5. To set up Asthma/COPD Research centre.
The department shall strive in all earnest to establish these proposals in the near future, while it will always focus on producing quality Respiratory Physicians who will address to Patient care and comfort as their highest priority.


Department of Pulmonary Medicine
Indira Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute
Vazhudavoor Main Road,
Puducherry – 605 009
Phone: 0413-2277289-Extn: 2026  

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