Urban Health Training
Training in Community Medicine begins in the first year of MBBS and goes up to Internship. The course content is taught through Theory Classes, Practical Classes, Family Study, Clinico-Social Case Study, Field Visits, Project Work, Seminars and Tutorials. Importance is given to participatory learning. During family study and field visits students are taken to the community where they interact with the people and try to understand their health problems at grass root level and the factors that have contributed to the same.
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 41732. 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. Specialists from Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre provides consultation at rural centre.
There are rural health training centres in Mallasandra and Kalkunte also catering to a population of 42,950 and 27,080 respectively. The interns and students together with the Assistant Professor, post graduates, Health Inspectors and Social workers provide comprehensive health care to the community at these field practice areas.
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 95 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 Hospital.
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 diseases 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 2015-16. Regular health education programmes are conducted during the follow up visits.