Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
The Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology exists since the inception of Pramukhswami Medical College
“To be an outstanding department in the field of medicolegal work and strive to prepare future medical practitioners being self-reliant in handling medicolegal issues”
- To provide necessary infrastructure and learning resources for fair and efficient medicolegal practices
To share and disseminate knowledge through Faculty Development Programs
To engage in fruitful research and provide support for research to future medicolegal experts
To promote practice of medical ethics
The Department has a well equipped mortuary and conducts good number of postmortems per year. It assists medical officers in dealing with medicolegal cases time-to-time. It is also involved in examination and certification of disability and sexual offence cases. Round-the-clock guidance on medicolegal issues at institutional level is provided by the Department. Government Medical Officers and Police Officers receive consultancy services from the faculty 24hrs. One of the faculty members has started a Medicolegal Helpline for registered medical practitioners involving medicolegal issues namely www.medicolegalhelpline.blogspot.com. The site has been well appreciated by peers.
We take pride in stating that we are one of the handful departments in the country where undergraduate students are taken to District Courts for live courtroom experiences that give them first hand exposure and also help them in building confidence as a medical expert witness.
The Department has always been striving hard to achieve excellence in the subject of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology. The faculty is actively engaged in teaching of undergraduate students and students of allied courses like Ayurveda, DMLT and Forensic Science.
The Department has introduced OSPE for formative evaluation in between the internal exams. As a valuable learning resource, the Department has its own library comprising of more than 100 books containing standard text books and reference books; time to time replaced with latest editions. Online access to e-journals is also available. The Department has a well-equipped, excellent museum comprising of soft tissue specimens, bones, poisons, weapons, photographs, radiographs and mannequins with labels and catalogues.
Research & Publications:
The faculty of the Department research-oriented and has been constantly engaged in research activities. Faculty members have contributed more than 50 publications in State, National and International Journals. Two of them are on the Editorial Board of National and International Journals too. They have also been recepients of Best Paper Awards at various conferences. At present, many research projects with approval from Institutional Research Ethical Committee are ongoing in the Department, addressing need of the society in different perspectives.
The Department is also involved in conducting CME/ Workshop. In 2010, it conducted a State-level CME for medical officers who are the backbone of our medicolegal system.
Dr Swapnil S AgarwalProfessor
Dr Sanjaykumar K GuptaProfessor
Dr. Utsav ParekhAssistant Professor
Dr. DidarAli KutchhiTutor
Dr. Chandni BhattTutor
Dr. Mihir PandyaTutor