With the aim to bestow quality medical education to the learners, the department of pharmacology was established in 2004 under the able leadership of senior and experienced faculty. It started functioning from the year 2005. The postgraduate training course for awarding the M.D. Pharmacology degree was introduced in 2010.The department comprises of diligent enthusiastic senior faculty as well as young dynamic faculty, keen towards achieving excellence for the department. The department is actively involved in competently designed innovative teaching, learning, evaluation and research activities as per the Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It also provides hospital services and is actively conducting adverse drug reaction (ADR) monitoring in coordination with the clinical departments. The department is an approved peripheral ADR monitoring center (AMC) under Pharmacovigilance Program of India (PvPI), National Coordinating center (NCC), Ghaziabad. The department will be constructively working towards training scholars in Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) and DM clinical pharmacology course in the days to come.

Head of the Department

Dr. Radhika Mayur Sherkhane, MBBS, MD (Pharmacology) heads the department. She has graduated from BLDEA’s Shri B. M. Patil Medical College, Bijapur and is a post graduate from KLE Academy of Higher Education’s J N Medical College, Belagavi. She has been a passionate academician for over 18 years. She has completed a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Research and data management and also a Post graduate diploma in rational use of drugs. She has completed the MCI recognized Advanced course in Medical Education (ACME), during which she was awarded the ‘Best paper award’. She has also received training in ADR Reporting and Pharmacovigilance activities and completed ‘Advanced Pharmacovigilance’ workshop from the regional center of NCC, at JSS Medical College, Mysore. She is also the coordinator of the medical education unit (MEU) of the institute.

She is a NMC appointed Coordinator for the conduct of Basic Course in Medical education (BCME) at other institutions under the NMC Nodal center for faculty development. She is also a university recognized guide for postgraduate students of pharmacology. She has guided many undergraduates of medical & dental students in UG research projects. She has been a resource person at many workshops and conferences of pharmacology and medical education. She has been awarded best oral and best poster papers during regional and annual conferences. She has authored several publications in journals of national and international repute.


Teaching program

Department is involved in training undergraduate and postgraduate students of medical, dental, physiotherapy, nursing and allied health sciences. The undergraduate teaching activities in the department include large group teaching like lectures and small group teaching like tutorials/ student seminars, practical demonstrations, video demonstrations, computer assisted learning (CAL) sessions, clinical pharmacology discussions, AETCOM Modules, DOAP sessions, SDL sessions, integrated teaching sessions and some innovative teaching techniques like Jigsaw interactive learning, SLOT etc. Innovative and student centric learning activities such as 3D model making, chart making and short teaching video making by students  have been a part of the teaching learning process in the department. The department conducts programs for the display of these activities by students during programs named ‘EXPO-PILLS’ and short video displays every week called ‘INFO-PILLS’.  

The department museum with a rich source of display of information regarding various groups of drugs, clinical trials, drug use in Pregnancy, emergency drugs, spurious drugs, banned drugs, rational drug therapy, prescribing habits etc, is also a regular area for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. The museum harbors a section of the History of Medicine section and also provides proficient information on various drugs via the charts and other displays.

The postgraduate training is mainly through subject seminars, journal review meetings, clinical postings, case presentations, group discussions, etc. Post graduates are also trained in animal experiments as per good laboratory practice (GLP) guidelines, clinical pharmacology, adverse drug reaction monitoring and reporting, innovative teaching and training methods etc. Such that the post graduates are ready for academic professions and are also industry ready. The post graduates are also trained in research methodology, clinical trials and are encouraged to take up research projects. The students are also trained to present posters and papers in scientific conferences.

Department manages a well maintained Central Animal House as per the CPCSEA guidelines. Research projects involving animal experiments are reviewed by the institutional animal ethics committee. The Departmental library has over 186 books with updated editions of most of the books to cater the needs of staff and students. Laboratories of the department are equipped with all required instruments for undergraduate and postgraduate training. The department has a well-established Computer assisted Laboratory with 25 computers with internet connections and animal simulation software to train the students in animal experiments. The department also has manikins to help students learn skill competencies like various routes of injections and drug administration.

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