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GENERAL MEDICINE

OVERVIEW

The Department of Medicine was established at Sri Devaraj Urs medical college on March 1988 under guidance of Dr. Mohamed Noor Uddin as first Head of the department with vision of excellence in academics, research and clinical care. The department has 150 graduate admissions. The department is upgraded to postgraduate department with 3 post graduates in 1997 and later to 6 in the year 2003.In 2013; MD general medicine seats increased to 8 per academic department is upgraded with 8 post graduate admissions. Both undergraduate and post graduates are well trained to acquire knowledge and various clinical skills through  audio visual teaching and e-learning ,bed side clinics, and exposure to simulation and skill labs. Both undergraduates and postgraduate students are guided by well experienced teachers and will be exposed to present their scientific research work at various state, national and International level conferences. The advanced learners are sent to various state and national level scientific events. Department is involved in teaching Allied health science courses- like physiotherapy, dialysis technology. Department has well trained faculty with rich research experience in their respective thrust area. Faculty is actively involved in research projects and completed projects are published in reputed indexed, peer reviewed Journals.

VISION

“Excellence in academics, research and clinical care”

MISSION

“To Improve The Health Of The Community Through High-Quality Medical Education, Research And Clinical Care.”

Why RLJH?

Department of Medicine encourages graduate students in Research activities like ICMR- STS projects, our academy funded projects and publish them in indexed journals. The department is well supported by various super specialities like oncology, cardiology, nephrology, pulmonology. The department has largest and state of art ICU in the rural area of Kolar district providing best health care facilities to rural folk, as well training both graduate and postgraduate students. Medicine department regularly conduct various outreach programs in rural areas in and around Kolar for screening communicable and non-communicable diseases like diabetes screening etc. Department actively takes part in all national programmes. Department of general medicine is actively involved in level-3 care for COVID-19 patients. At present the department is running with 5 units.

TREATMENT & PROCEDURES

  1. ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG)

An ECG is a simple test that can be used to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity. Sensors attached to the skin are used to detect the electrical signals produced by your heart each time it beats. It can be used to investigate symptoms of a possible heart problem, such as chest pain, palpitations (suddenly noticeable heartbeats), dizziness and shortness of breath. An ECG can help detect arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and cardiomyopathy.

2.2D ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY (2D ECHO)

2D Echo of heart is a test in which ultrasound technique is used to take pictures of heart. It will be displayed in a cross-sectional ‘slice’ of the beating heart, showing chambers, valves and the major blood vessels of heart. It is used to see, size of the chambers, pumping function, valve function, volume status, pericardial effusion. It can help detect arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and cardiomyopathy.

  1. LUMBAR PUNCTURE/ SPINAL TAP

A lumbar puncture is a procedure performed in your lower back, in the lumbar region. During a lumbar puncture, a needle is inserted between two vertebrae to remove a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. This is the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord to protect them from injury. It can help diagnose serious infections, such as meningitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome and multiple sclerosis and cancers of the brain or spinal cord. It is also used to inject anaesthetic medications or chemotherapy drugs into the cerebrospinal fluid and also measure the pressure of CSF.

  1. THORACENTESIS (PLEURAL TAP)

Thoracentesis is a procedure in which a needle is inserted into the pleural space between the lungs and the chest wall. This procedure is done to remove excess fluid, known as a pleural effusion, from the pleural space to help you breathe easier. It may be done to determine the cause of your pleural effusion such as Tuberculosis, heart failure, other lung infections, and tumours.

  1. PARACENTESIS (ASCITIC TAP)

An ascitic tap is a procedure where a needle is used to drain fluid that is trapped in an internal body cavity, most commonly the abdomen (belly). It may be used to help determine the aetiology of ascites, as well as to evaluate for infection or presence of cancer. It is used to diagnose conditions such as abdominal tuberculosis, Hepatic cirrhosis, Heart failure, Nephrotic syndrome, peritoneal carcinomatosis and Peritonitis.

  1. CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER

It is a catheter placed into a large vein for venous access. It is often needed in critically ill patients, or in those requiring prolonged intravenous therapies, for more reliable vascular access for haemodialysis. These are commonly placed in veins in the internal jugular vein, subclavian vein, axillary vein and femoral vein.

  1. BONE MARROW ASPIRATION

Bone marrow aspiration is a procedure that involves taking a sample of the liquid part of the soft tissue inside your bones. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue found inside bones. It contains blood cells and its precursors. It is used to diagnose, anaemia, pancytopenia, myelodysplastic syndrome, polycythaemia Vera, leukaemia and lymphoma.

FACILITIES & SERVICES

SCOPE OF SERVICES:

  • Department of General Medicine provides high-end specialty care in Neurology, Cardiology, Tropical Medicine, Genomics, Endocrinology, Geriatric Medicine Haematology, Rheumatology and Nephrology. Also covered under the scope are the departments of Gastroenterology and Pulmonology.
  • CAMPS – as an outreach Program, Immunization for Adults
  • The services have state of the art technology and equipment, highest level of environmental controls and fully trained and experienced staff who are dedicated to the care of patients.
  • The services provided by the organization are clearly defined under the title “Scope of Services” of the departmental manuals.

DISPLAY OF SERVICES:

OPD SERVICES AND SPECIALITY CLINIC     

Tropical Medicine and Genomics                                    

  •  Diabetology                                                               
  • Endocrinology                                      
  • Nephrology                                                                                 
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Haematology and Immunology                                                                 
  • Rheumatology
  • Medical Oncology

DISPLAY OF SERVICES:

OPD SERVICES AND SPECIALITY CLINIC     

Tropical Medicine and Genomics                                    

  •  Diabetology                                                               
  • Endocrinology                                      
  • Nephrology                                                                                 
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Haematology and Immunology                                                                 
  • Rheumatology
  • Medical Oncology

ILLNESSES COMMONLY DIAGNOSED AND TREATED

Diabetes mellitus, Hypertension, Stroke, Acute/chronic kidney disease, Pneumonia, Organophosphate poisoning, Snake bite, Myocardial infarction, Heart failure, Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Pyelonephritis, Anaemia, Dengue, Malaria, Thyroid disorders.

FACULTY

Unit 1

EXPLORE STORIES

As the entire country shut down to curtail the spread of the pandemic Kolar was a green zone with no cases. As restrictions lifted the first case came positive on (insert date here) but who would treat this patient? Here was a new strain of virus, spreading rapidly and bringing entire nations to a halt, with no treatment as of yet. The fear and anxiety in the air was palpable. Following that first positive there was a string of further positives. Quickly that 1 case had turned to 5. Wards were set up to isolate and treat them. Taking that first step in, even equipped with the PPE felt much like entering an exam hall unprepared. The cases were discussed everyday and there was constant flurry of activity trying to provide treatment with the latest updated guidelines.  We had all heard about the complications of the illness, wondering every step of the way if we had prepared adequately to face them if and when there were any. In the midst of all this we were also cut off from our own families for fear of spreading the virus to them. At the end all of that effort paid off and fortunately all 5 of them recovered completely. It felt like we had beaten the odds. Little did we know at the time that the worst of the pandemic was yet to hit kolar but perhaps this initial joust with the virus helped us prepare for the battle that was yet to come.

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