The Community Medicine Department trains the undergraduate and postgraduate students in the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health and efficiency through organized community effort. The aim of the department is to prepare medical students to function as community and primary care physicians. To move towards the achievement of these goals, the department conducts many programs.
It provides Undergraduate Training and Post Graduate Training. It offers health services at primary Health Centres in the nearby areas of Kannamangala, Muthasandra & Kadugodi. It extends its health services by holding diagnostic camps, school health services and family health services at (Nallurahalli,Seegehalli,K.dinnur,Chikbanahalli & Samethanahalli).
The Department has to its credit excellent infrastructure, good facilities, a good research background coupled with trained and highly qualified manpower. The students who go through this course during their tenure at VIMS & RC are placed to look after the Family Medicine and Departments of the institutions at the Urban and Rural Health Centres in the field practice areas and serve a two month period of internship.
Urban Health Training Centers
The department has an Urban Health Centre at infantry Road which caters to surrounding slums covering a population of about 12,792. The centre provides free out patient service and free drug distribution. Patients needing inpatient care are brought to Vydehi institute of health sciences & research centre. Regular health checkup and Health education camps are also conducted by the department.
Rural Health Training Centers
The main Rural Health Training Centre is situated at Kannamangala. This comes under Avalahalli PHC. It caters to a population of 45152. Services provided at RHTC includes out patient care and 24 hours inpatient care with delivery facilities. The center has also implemented the various National Health Programmes in this area.
The Specialists from Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre provide consultation at rural centre as follows: Monday – Ophthalmology & Medicine; Tuesday – Paediatrics; Wednesday – Surgery & ENT; Thursday – Orthopaedics; Friday – Pulmonology, Endocrinology, Psychiatry: Saturday – Dermatology. The OBG & Dental consultation are from Monday to Saturday.
There are additional rural health training centres in Muthasandra & Kadugodi also catering to a population of 15,478 and 84,460 respectively. The interns ,Undergraduate and Post graduates students together with the Assistant Professor, Health Inspectors and Social workers provide comprehensive health care to the community at these field practice areas.
Patients from Rural Health Centres who require Tertiary Care are referred to Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre for further treatment. Family planning operations and Cataract surgeries are conducted free for people from the rural community and urban slums.
Specialist Health Camps:
Specialist health camps are conducted on a regular basis in the surrounding villages and urban slums of the college. A total of 115 camps have been conducted in the past year and over 10,000 people have been screened for health problems at these camps. Fortnightly camps are also conducted at Kannamangala where on an average 200 patients are seen by specialists of various departments. Patients requiring further treatment are referred and treated for free at Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre. From Janauary 2017 to march 2018, a total of 339 camps were conducted all over Karnataka, 3680 patients were referred to Vydehi institute of health sciences & research centre for further treatment.
Comprehensive School Health Programme:
The department conducts regular school health programs where all school children are evaluated for various health problems like visual abnormalities, vitamin deficiency, dental diseases, mental disorders and skin diseases. The children at these camps are referred to Vydehi Hospital for any further treatment. 12 government schools and 2 private schools have been covered under this programme and a total of 3900 children have been screened by Assistant Professors, Post Graduates, Interns and social workers of the college in 2016-17. Regular health education programmes are conducted during the follow up visits.
The department runs a Statistical Cell to serve the Statistical needs and to enhance research activities in the Institution. It offers postgraduate and undergraduate teaching programme related to statistics to several health science courses.
The department uses the software IBM SPSS Statistics Version 21
Department runs a Statistical Service Centre for all levels of researchers in the institution. The statistital services are offered to the research studies conducted by UG & PG as well as faculty of Medical Dental, Nursing and allied health sciences
An epidemiological unit is present in the hospital which focuses on the surveillance of communicable and non-communicable diseases, investigation of epidemics in the community and surveillance of water quality in the field practice area.
Immunization and Antenatal/Postnatal Section
Regular immunization as well as Antenatal & Postnatal clinics are conducted in the Rural Health Training Centres and Urban Health Training Centres. Antenatal mothers receive monthly check-ups by obstetricians from Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre. They are also given TT injections and IFA tablets at the RHTC.
Postnatal mothers are given check-ups by Interns and Postgraduates as well as by OBG Specialist. Those who completed their families are motivated for TO/LTO which is done free of cost at Vydehi hospital. The mothers who require spacing methods are motivated for IUCD, OCP or Conventional contraceptive methods.
Integrated Child Development Services Scheme
Health checkup of under five children is being carried out regularly at the anganwadis attached to the rural and urban health centres. These children are given treatment for Acute Respiratory Infections, Diarrhoea or other ailments at the Rural & Urban Health Centres. Those who require further investigation and management are referred to Vydehi Hospital.
Children who are undernourished are provided free Davangere Mix and their mother’s receive Nutritional Education by the Interns, Postgraduates and Social workers. These children are regularly dewormed every 6 months. They are monitored closely for improvement in their nutritional status using Growth Chart.
1. Awareness of post exposure prophylaxis in HIV/AIDS among interns
2. Family planning acceptance in a rural area
3. A study on diarrhea among under five children in a rural area
4. Immunization status of infants in the field practice area of VIMS & RC
5. Prevalence of diabetes in a rural community
6. A screening program for coronary heart disease in a rural area
7. Breast feeding and complementary feeding among infants
8. Health status of Health care workers in Rural Health Centre
9. Immunization status of Interns with regard to Hepatitis B and Tetanus
10. Screen for cataract in rural field practice area
11. Study of Infant death and its determinants in Kannamangala PHC
12. Study of immunization status in under five children in RHTC, Kannamangala
13.Obesity-Rural Women of Reproductive Age group.
14. Infant and Young Child feeding practice And its Association with growth and Development.
1. Role Model to Establish Comprehensive Health Care in Primary Health Centre area with Special Reference to Metarnal and Child Health Funded by Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project.
2. Strategy to sensitize private practioners on RNTCP through medico social workers in urban area, Bangalore. Funded by RNTCP.
3. A study on the Epidemiological profile and the perceive stress among autorikshaw drivers in Bangalore city ICMR STS projects 2016.
NON FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
1. Role of IEC in Improvement of Breast feeding and infant feeding practices in pregnant women in field practices area of VIMS & RC- Dr. Pradeep
2. Impact of nutrition education and supplementary nutrition under ICDS scheme on nutritional status of preschool children in rural field practice area.- Dr.Imran
3. Reasons for defaults among tuberculosis patients treated under revised national tuberculosis control programme in selected tuberculosis units in Bangalore urban district Karnataka. – Dr. Srinath
4. Prevelance of repetitive strain injury, visual disorders and stress among information technology professional in Bangalore city. – Dr. Ashwini
5. Role of IEC in Reduction of overweight and obesity in school children – an interventional study – Dr. Hemalatha
6. Assessment of Environmental sanitation practices and implementation and evaluation of information education and communication programme in selected rural field practice area. – Dr. Radha Reddy
7. Effectiveness of behavior change communication on selected risk behaviours among rural high school children – Dr. Swetha Rajeshwari
8. Effectiviness of behaviou change commication among non acceptors of family planning in rural field practice area – Dr. Hemavarneshwari
9. Behavioural change communication on attributable factors associated with road traffic accidents in two & four wheel drivers stationed at whitefield area Bangalore – Dr. Mouleeswara Reddy
10. Effect of BCC Strategy on knowledge and practice of BMW management among health care personnel working in Bangalore City. Dr Mustafa
11. Effectiveness of IEC on knowledge and practice of mothers under five regarding ARI in Mallasandra rural field practice area of VIMS&RC. Dr Vikas Jaiswal
12. Effect of IEC in prevention and control of diarrhoeal diseases among pre-school children in rural field practice area of VIMS & RC, Bangalore.- Dr Kajok
13. Lifestyle modification in pre diabetes for glycemic control in rural field practice area of VIMS & RC, Bangalore -Dr Achuth.K.S
14. Effectiveness of nutrition education on growth pattern of low birth weight babies in the field practice area of VIMS & RC, Bangalore.- Dr.Nivedita.B.M
15. Effectiveness of IEC and Drug Compliance and life style modification among hypertensives and Pre hypertensives in a rural area. Dr Indumathi
16. Effectiveness of BCC on tobacco usage among the adolescents in a rural field practice area of a medical college. Dr Althaf Hussain
17. Effectiveness of BCC on modifiable risk factors of Hypertension among school children in field practice area of a medical college. Dr. Srikanth S
18. Work related factors affecting breast feeding practices in women working in software companies in EPIP Area, Bengaluru: A cross section study Dr. Mona Sharma
19. Effect of interpersonal communication on knowledge. Attitude and practice regarding cervical cancer among women of reproductive age group in White field area of Bengaluru city, Before and after interventional study. Dr. Garima
PROJECTS COMPLETED- NONFUNDED
1) A Situation Analysis of Vitamin A Deficiency in Preschool Children of Rural Field Practice Area of Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
2) Assessment of Nutritional Status of Preschool Children in a Rural Area
3) A Study on Obesity Among Medical Students in Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
4) Impact of Educational Intervention on Oral Rehydration Therapy During Diarrhoea
5) Feeding Practices in Under Fives During Diarrhoea Before and After Educational Intervention
6) Impact of Educational Intervention On Knowledge of Mothers Regarding Home Management of Diarrhoea
7) A Study of Determinants of Protein Energy Malnutrition in Under Five Children in a Rural Area
8) Prevalence of Refractive Errors in School Children in Sarjapura
9) Prevalence of Hypertension in Kalkunte Rural Health Centre Area
10) Prevalence and Determinants of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity in an Urban School
11) HIV/AIDS Awareness Among High School Children in Sarjapura Rural Area Before and After Information Education and Communication Programme
12) Acceptance of Family Planning Methods in Rural Field Practice Area
13) Awareness on Smoking and its Ill Effects Among School Children Following an Intervention Programme
14) Pevalence of Cataract in Rural Area and Utilization of Facilities at Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
15) A Study on Epidemiology of Genital Prolapse in Vydehi Hospital
16) KAP Study of Diabetes Melllitus Among Patients in VIMS & RC
17) A Study of Hypertension in Non-Teaching Staff of VIMS & RC
18) Road Traffic Accidents Treated at Vydehi Hospital- A Retrospective Study
19) A Study of Protein Energy Malnutrition in a Rural Community Among 1-5 Year Children
20) A Study on Diabetes and Its Complications
21) Awareness About Eye Donation Among Medical Students
22) Nutritional Status of Medical Students in VIMS & RC
23) Profile of Incidence of Post- Operative Wound Infection in Vydehi Hospital- A Retrospective Study
24) Immunization Coverage in Under Five Children at Arehalli Rural Area
25) Common Medical- Surgical Emergencies in Vydehi Hospital-A Retrospective Study
26) A Study of Water Supply and Sanitation in Handenahalli Village
27) Refractive Errors in School Children in Sarjapura PHC Area
28) A Study on Immunization Status of Under Fives in Sarjapura Rural Health Centre Area and Conduction of Intensive Immunization Programme
29) Study on Gastroenteritis in Hostel Students of VIMS & RC
30) A Study on Hospital Waste Management
31) A Study on Blood Bank Activities in VIMS & RC as per the Norms of NACO
32) A Study on Hypertension in Bodhanahojalli Village
33) A Study on Awareness and Use of Tobacco among College Students at Sarjapura
34) A Study on Alcohol Dependent Syndrome in Adigarakallahalli Village
35) A Study of Hemoglobin Levels in First Year Medical Students- A Cross- Sectional Study
36) Assessment of Health Status of Non-Teaching Staff of VIMS & RC
37) A Study on Heart Diseases in School Children in Rural Field Practice Area
38) Study on Effect of Physical Activity on Blood Pressure and BMI Among Non-Teaching Staff at VIMS & RC
39) Determinants of Low Birth Weight in VIMS & RC
40) A Study on Implementation of RNTCP and Treatment Outcome at VIMS & RC
41) A Study on Health Status of Traffic Police Personnel
42) HIV awareness among high school children, Sarjapura
43) A study to assess the sanitation facilities in households of Thindlu village of Sarjapura, RHTC
44) A study to assess and understand the practices of personal hygiene in school children and to raise awareness for the same
45) A study to assess the immunization status of under five children in Bhurgunte village, Sarjapur.
46) Evaluation of MCH care in the project on role model to establish comprehensive health care in PHC area with special reference to MCH.
47) Evaluation of Malaria, TB, HIV, Programme in Rural Field Practice Area.
Urban Training program
Training in Community Medicine begins from the very first year of MBBS and is a subject for all medical students till they finish their internship. The course is taught through theory classes, practical classes, family study, clinico-social case study, field visits, project work, seminars and tutorials.
Specialist Health Camps
The college conducts specialist health camps on regular basis in its surrounding villages and urban slums. Fortnightly camps are conducted at Kannamangala, where in on an average 200 patients are seen by the specialists of various departments in each visit. These patients are given free treatment and referral cases are treated free of cost at Vydehi Hospital. Camps are also conducted in other villages covering radius of up to 30 kilometers.
Training in Community Medicine begins in the first year of the MBBS Course and continues up to internship. The course content is taught through theory classes, practical classes, Family Study, Clinico Social study, field visits and project work.
Importance is given to participatory learning. During family study and field visits, students are taken to the community where they interact with the people to try and understand their health issues at the grass root level and the factors that have contributed to the same.
Post Graduate teaching
Postgraduate teaching in Research Methodology and Biostatistics is provided to the post graduate students of the institution. Post graduate training in Community Medicine has started since June 2008. There are regular seminars and journal club meetings every week. The post graduates are also posted to the rural health centres and the Urban Health Training Centre. They are also involved in the planning and organization of the health camps and the school health programmes.
|Sl.No||Title of paper||Authors||Citation of journal(details)||Whether published in International / National / State / Institutional Journals||Details of indexing||Date of Publication|
|1||Obesity and body image perception among nursing students in a tertiary hospital in Bangalore, India||Chaitali AG,
|Int J of recent Scientific Research,Nov2014.5(11):2146-48||International||Index Copernicus||Nov. 2014|
|2||Improvement of protein energy malnutrition by nutritional intervention with moringa oleifera among anganwadi children in rural area in Bangalore, India||V S Shrikanth,
|India.Int J of Scientific Study April 2014.2(1):32-35||International||Index Medicus for South East Asia||2014|
|3||Role model to establish comprehensive health care in primary health centre area with special reference to maternal and child health||Mangala S,
|Int J of Current Research Sep2014. 6(9):8504-07||International||Index Copernicus||Sep. 2014|
|4||Positive deviance approach and supplementary nutrition under ICDS Scheme on improvement of nutritional status of 2-6 year children in rural Bangalore||Mohammed Imran,
Mangala Subramanian, Subrahmanyam G,
|National J of Community Medicine. Jan –March 2014. 5(1):109-113||National||Index Copernicus||Jan- March
|5||Role model to establish comprehensive health care in primary health centre area with special reference to maternal and child health||Mangala S,
|Int J of Current Research Sep2014. 6(9):8504-07||International||Index Copernicus||Sep. 2014|
|6||Childhood and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity – A public Health Challenge in India||G Chaitali , S Mangala, A J Hemalatha, C Pradeep||Int J of Scientific Study.2014;2(4):17-19||International||Index Medicus Index Copernicus||July 2014|
|7||A Effectiveness of student seminars as a Learning model among Medical students in a Teaching Hospital in Bangalore||S Mangala , G Chaitali||J of Research in Medical Education and Ethics.2014;4(2):226-9||National||Index Copernicus||July 2014|
|8||Epidemiology of malnutrition among under five children in rural area in Karnataka, India||Mangala S,
|International Journal of Recent Trends in Science And Technology 2014. 9(3): 311-14||International||Index Copernicus||2014|
|9||A call to address Dokha smoking: an emerging form of tobacco use.||Shaikh RB, Muttappallymyalil J, Sreedharan J, Osman OT.||Public Health. 2014; 128(8): 766-767||International||MEDLINE
Science Citation Index
|10||Assessment of Breast Cancer Awareness among Female University Students in Ajman, United Arab Emirates||ShathaSaed Al-Sharbatti*, Rizwana Burhanuddin Shaikh,
Elsheba Mathew, MawahibAbd
|Sultan QaboosUniv Med J. 2014 Nov; 14(4): e522–e529.||International||Pubmed||2014|
|11||Prevalence of Dokha Use among Secondary School Students in Ajman, United Arab Emirates.||Noora Al Shemmari, Rizwana Burhanuddin Shaikh,
|Asian Pac J Cancer Prev, 15 (2), 427-430||International||Pubmed||2015|
|12||Evaluation of Tinnitus in Call Center Professionals Using Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions||Dr. Vinodh RS , Dr. Pradeep C , Dr. Veeranna N , Dr. Shankarappa C , Dr. Komaladevi , Komal Khanna||J Pharm Chem Biol Sci 2015; 3(2):206-213||International||Index medicus,
|13||Depression and Insomnia among medical students in Bangalore||Jose Roshini, G Chaitali||Int. J of Preventive and Public Health Sciences||International||Index Medicus||May – June
|14||Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in adolescents in a Medical College in Bangalore, India||Achuth K,
|Int J of Scientic Study 2015;3(4):86-89||International||Index Medicus||2015|
|15||Knowledge and attitude towards family planning practices among non-acceptors In a rural area in Bangalore, India||Hemavarneshwari S,
|Int J Research in Medical Sciences.2015 Dec;3(12):3611-13||International||Index Medicus for South East Asia||2015|
|16||A study on hypertension in urban slum in Bangalore, India||Gore Chaitali,
Dr Subramanian Mangala.A
|Int J of Medical and Applied Sciences,2015. 4(2)2;78-83||International||Pubmed||2015|
|17||Factors influencing the use of complementary and alternative medicine for musculoskeletal disorders in the United Arab Emirates.||Sharfaa Ahmed, Faryal Shaikh, Salihu M Lawal, Fredrick Ogugua, Khaleifah Al-Hafeiti, Saif Saeed Al-Hafri, Rizwana B Shaikh||Hamdan Medical Journal2015; 8(1):137-144||International||Pubmed||2015|
|18||Utilization of Social Security Schemes among Elderly in Kannamangala,Bengaluru||B M Nivedita, Hemavarneshwari S, S Mangala, G Subrahmanyam||Int J Sci Stud 2015;3(7):82-85.||International||Index medicus,
|19||Awareness and practice towards dengue fever in Kannamagala village Bangalore, Karnataka, India||Pradeep C,
Achuth K S
|Int J Community Med Public Health. 2016; 3(7): 1847-1850. doi:10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20162053||International||Index Copernicus||2016|
|20||Bio-Medical Waste management: KAP study on Health Care Personnel working in Private Hospitals of Bangalore city||Md Mustafa Ahmed, C Pradeep, Manasa R.V, Suhail Ambi,
|National journal of Research in Community Medicine,2016;5(1):64-8.||National||Index Copernicus||2016|
|21||Knowledge and practice on breastfeeding and infant feeding practices in pregnant women, at Sarjapura, Bangalore||Pradeep C., Hemavarneshwari S||Int J Community Med Public Health. (2016), [cited August 09, 2016]; 3(2): 533-537. doi:10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20160446||International||Index Copernicus||2016|
|22||Diabetes risk in an Urban Slum Population in Bangalore||G Chaitali, S Mangala||Int. J of Prevent Public Health Sci 2016:
|23||Effect of Health Education on Awareness and Practices Related to Menstruation among Rural Adolescent School Girls in Bengaluru, Karnataka.||Chitra Nagaraj, Kavita S Konapur||Int J Prevent Public Health Sci 2016;2(1):18-21.||International||Index Medicus Index Copernicus||2016|
|24||Bio-Social Correlates Of Primary Infertility In Rural Field Practice Area Of Kempegowda Institute Of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bangalore||Dr. Shilpa
|International Journal of Current Research 2016;8(05):30786-30792.||International||Pubmed
|25||Treatment seeking pattern among infertile couples in a rural area||Chethana,R
|Int J Community Med Public Health. 2016 Oct;3(10):2884-2890||International||Index copernicus||2016|
|26||Evolution of technology in teaching: Blackboard and beyond in Medical Education||Jayakumary Muttappallymyalil, Susirith Mendis, Lisha Jenny John, Nisha Shanthakumari, Jayadevan Sreedharan, Rizwana B Shaikh.||Nepal Journal of Epidemiology 2016;6(3):588-592||International||Pubmed||2016|
|27||Composite index of Anthropometric failure among anganwadi children in rural field practice area of Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre||Vishakh C keri,
|IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences 2016; 15 (3):09-13.||International||Index Copernicus||2016|
|28||A study of prescription pattern of Neutraceuticals, Knowledge of the patients and cost in the Tertiary care hospital.||SiddharthGosavi, Mangala Subramanian, Rajendra Reddy, BharthL.Shet||Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic research, 2016;10(4):01-04.||National||PubMed Central||2016|
|29||A comparative study of breast feeding practices among working and non working women attending a tertiary care hospital Mysuru||Vindhya Polineni
|Natl J Community Med. (2016), [cited August 09, 2016]; 7(4): 235-240.||National||Scopmed, Index Copernicus||2016|
|30||Study of breast feeding practices among working women attending a tertiary care hospital Mysuru, Karnataka, India||Prakash Boralingiah
|Int J Community Med Public Health. (2016), [cited August 09, 2016]; 3(5): 1178-1182. doi:10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20161380||Interntional||Index Copernicus. Index medicus||2016|
|31||Effectiveness of behaviour change communication for preventing tobacco use among highschool children in the rural area, Bangalore||Swetha R, Hemavarneshwari. S, Sathyanarayana.P||Int J Community Med Public Health.
July 2017-4 (7):2486-91
|Interntional||Index Copernicus. Index medicus||2017|
|32||A study on knowledge regarding first aid among under graduate Medical students||Chaitali Gore etal||Int J Community Med Public Health.
July 2017-4 (7):2555-7
|Interntional||Index Copernicus. Index medicus||2017|
|33||Knowledge of diabetes, its complication and treatment adherence among diabetic patients||Deepali B.S, Mangala Subramanian etal||Int J Community Med Public Health.
July 2017-4 (7):2428-34
|Interntional||Index Copernicus. Index medicus||2017|
|34||Effectiveness of behavior change communication on reduction of overweight and obesity in urben school, Bangalore||Hemalatha, Mangala S.
Mini J. Subrahmanyam G.
|Indian journal of public health research and development Jul to sep 2017;8(3):280-86||National||Embase