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:

   • Teaching/Training of Medical Undergraduates students of allied health sciences ( In future: Interns and Postgraduate students)
   • Community diagnosis of community health problems
   • Participation in different programmes in relation to Public/community health
   •Family health programme. Visit to home/family of patients with minimum 3 visits for each patient for 3rd year
  •Health Care Management programme. Posting at regional and district hospital for 9 wks for 4th year
  •Practical exercise focus on integrated application of study subjects under community medicine
  •Field orientation programme Valeted to environment for 1st year
  •Field observation visit to different national health program for 3rd year Student.

Future plan:

   • School health programme
   • Peripheral community based clinic at certain VDCs focused on maternal, child and geriatric health.
   • Planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of various health care programmes and activities in the field practice area
   • Handling research projects funded by various national and International agencies
   • Conducting research in the field of Public Health
   • Development of linkages with different development partners in relation to prevention and control of different public health issues
   • Conduct of workshop/seminar/conferences related to public health
   • Establish and operatonalized public health related clinics like ( DOTS clinic, HIV/AIDS clinic, immunization clinics, Rabies clinic)


List of faculties:

S.N

Rank

Name

1

Prof and Head

Dr.Lochana Shrestha

4

Professor

Shambhu Nath Pant

3

Associate Professor

Dr.Sanjeev Das Rajbhandari

2

Asst. Professor

Dr. Bikal Shrestha

5

Asst. Professor

Sabin Bahadhur Zoowa

6

Asst. Professor

Dr.Lee Budhathoki

7

Asst. Professor

Dr.Naveen Phuyal

8

Demonstrator

Dr.Kundan Raj Pandey

9

Demonstrator

Chankha Bahadur Bist

10

Lab Assistant

Roshani Maharjan

11

Office Assistant

Shyam Kumar Lamichane

12

Office Helper

Bimala Basnet