Department of Community Medicine

Introduction:

Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences -COM establish in 2068 basically service oriented non-profit making institution and it produce quality health professional not only for army but for the nation as a whole at an affordable cost.

Community medicine department is one of the departments under basic science. Following the medical education curriculum of Institute of medicine (IOM) university, this department carries out academic session that is community oriented, student-centric, self-directed and problem-based with integrated teaching and learning. It will abide a holistic approach to make understand students to health and health care system in Nepal, community diagnosis, encourages students to familiarize with the health care delivery system at community settings in Nepal.

Community health teaching is intended to enable the students to acquire skills in using the tools necessary to promote community health, to learn about the determinants of health and diseases of communities, learn about the organization and delivery of health-care services and develop appropriate attitudes to practice public health medicine.

Based on IOM curriculum, during year one and two classroom-based teaching focused on basic subjects is offered. In addition, there is a community component. Year three and four cover teaching focused on applied science with field oriented community action, Wide areas of content are covered in the classroom-based learning module.

Field-oriented/field-based research will be an important component of the undergraduate training in community medicine. Linking the research activities in community medicine and clinical disciplines was considered a useful approach.

The major areas of the Department programme are: (i) Academic sessions on community health focused on community based; (ii) Preventive health services; and (iii) planning, management and education IV) Research




Mission

To develop a well-rounded professional demonstrating knowledge and competence in population and primary health care, life-long learning, evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary teamwork, a balance between disease management and disease prevention/health promotion, professional and ethical behaviour, optimal use of available resources and consciousness of well-being of self and colleagues.


Objectives


After completion of community medicine in undergraduate course, the medical graduates should be able to:
 • Use basic epidemiological principles in the investigation of diseases and outbreaks and apply health promotion and prevention of communicable and non communicable   diseases prevalent in the country.  
• Contribute to national health system performance as a member of the public health team in the generation and efficient utilization of human and material resources for provision of health services.
• Promote healthy living, nutrition and environment in the community, school and workplaces and advocate for elimination of personal and environmental hazards.
• Identify health-care needs of populations and population subgroups, undertake relevant interventions and evaluate the impact.
• Provide patient-centric comprehensive primary health care including referral to specialized services while continuing care and responsibility.



Educational programme:

   • Curricular strategy
   • Curricular structure, composition and duration
   • Specification of outcomes/competencies/objectives
   • Scientific thinking/evidence-based medicine/research
   • Subject content (Core plus behavioral and social sciences)
   • Interaction with health sector







Teaching and learning strategies

   • Use of communities as “laboratories” or settings for skill learning
   • Role models, role plays
   • Workshops, seminars etc.

Educational resources


   • Physical facilities (lab)
   • Educational materials (Models, charts and IEC materials)
   • Facilities for field/clinical training
   • Information technology
   • Pedagogical expertise

Current Activities:

   •World Health Day 2019
   •World Enviroment Day 2019
   •World Diabetes Day 2019
   •Training Report On EPPR
   •Community Training Center(CTC)
   •Dental Camp 2019


Future plan:

   Establish a training site
    Collaborate with local government to conduct a health program
    Student Exchange Program
    Collaborating for research work with National and International Universities
    Establish OPD service( Community Medicine OPD) to provide promotive, preventive and curative services
    Compulsory 2 weeks posting for interns at Department of Community Medicine
    Conduct Research activities involving Undergraduate and Postgraduate student


Ongoing Research Programme:

  Study of Hypertension and Diabetes mellitus and its associated risk factors among Military Personnel of Nepalese Army in Selected Areas.
  Study of association between Vit-B12 deficiency and Dementia in the Elderly.

List Of Faculties/Staff

   •Prof.Dr.Lochana Shrestha (Head of Department)
   •Prof.Shambhu Nath Pant (Professor)
   •Asso.Prof. Sanjeev Das Rajbhandari (Associate Professor)
   •Maj.Dr.Bikal Shrestha (Lecturer)
   •Maj.Dr.Lee Budhathoki (Lecturer)
   •Maj.Dr.Naveen Phuyal (Lecturer)
   •Col.Asso.Prof.Dr.Sudha Sen Malla (Associate Professor)
   •Dr.leela Paudel (Lecturer)
   •Dr.Sagar Khadka (Demonsrator)
   •Dr.Kshitij kumar Shrestha (Demonsrator)
   •Mrs. Jeebika Maharjan (Lab Technician)
   •Mr.Ganesh Bhandari (Field Co-ordinator)
   •Mrs.Shanti Tamang (Office Assistant)
   •Mrs.Samjhana Gautam(Office Helper)