“It takes a village to raise a child” goes the saying. It takes dedicated team to treat one, bearing this in mind; our department has a fully fledged faculty and the required infrastructure to run the department seamlessly.

The Peadiatrics Department is functioning since March 2005 and has been achieving milestone after milestone.

There are 3 Pediatrics wards, NICU and PICU. All the units are well equipped with instruments and medical and paramedical staff for round the clock monitoring. In addition specialty clinics are conducted every day, to cater to children with long term illness. We constantly strive to provide quality care and ensure patient satisfaction.

An Important fact of every medical college with hospital is a robust academic aspect. The Department has adequate Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors and Senior Residents as per MCI guidelines. In addition, there are Junior Residents and CRRIs. Regular programmes, lectures and training sessions are conducted for under graduates, Post graduate students as well as nursing students.

SNo Name Designation
1 Dr.Arulkumaran.A Professor & HOD
2 Dr.Kuppusamy.K Professor
3 Dr.Singaravelu.M Professor
4 Dr.Bharathkumar.T Associate Professor
5 Dr.Sujaykumar.E Assistant Professor
6 Dr.Kanimozhi.T Assistant Professor
7 Dr.Thirumal.P Assistant Professor
8 Dr.Preethi.T Assistant Professor
9 Dr.Revathy.K Assistant Professor
10 Dr.Tanaygupta Senior Resident
11 Dr.Bondada Hemanthkumar Senior Resident
12 Dr.Borra Rajesh Yadav Senior Resident
13 Dr.Nirmal.S.R Junior Resident
14 Dr.Duwar Preethika Reddy Junior Resident
15 Dr.Sri Lakshmi Chordia.M Junior Resident
16 Dr.Uma maheswri.R Junior Resident
17 Dr.Gayathri G Nair Junior Resident
18 Dr.Maha lakshmi Jagatha Junior Resident
19 Dr.Ramya.G Junior Resident
20 Dr.Sharani.B Junior Residents
21 Dr.Anupriya.C Junior Residents
22 Dr.DineshM.S Junior Residents
23 Dr.Kamidi Kishore Junior Residents
24 Dr.Mohana Priya.N Junior Residents
25 Dr.Thambi Prabhagarane.K Junior Residents
26 Dr.Thiyagaraajan.V Junior Residents

Laboratory

Each Pediatric ward is supported by a side laboratory where basic blood, urine and stools investigations are carried out.

Museum

The department has got a Museum in the Clinical Department of the Hospital. Pictures depicting children with signs of important diseases, deficiencies etc. are displayed.

The Departmental Library

The Departmental Library is well equipped with 172 books on Pediatrics and related subjects. There is a Central library with varieties of books related to Pediatrics and its sub specialties. A number of Regional, National and International journals of Pediatrics are also available in the Central Library of the Medical College.

Equipments and Instruments

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) are well equipped with Ventilators and other instruments.

Out Patient Department (OPD)

The Out Patient Department (numbered 39) is in the ‘E’ wing of the ground Floor of the Hospital. It has adequate space for Reception and Registration of our Patients, a cubicle for special clinics, four cubicles for consultation and a separate cubicle for the admitting Unit Chief. In addition there is a treatment room, a demonstration room for Medical Students and a Record room. There is a separate breastfeeding room for nursing mothers.

The number of Out Patients attending the OPD will be in the range of 175-180 per day and around 15 children are admitted for In Patient Care every day.

Pediatric Ward

There are three Pediatric wards for three units. The I Pediatric Unit is located at the “F” wing of the III floor of the hospital capable of accommodating 30 children. The II and III Pediatric Units are housed in the ‘G” wing of the III floor of the hospital, each capable of accommodating 30 child patients. Each Pediatric unit is functioning under one Professor of Pediatrics and a minimum of 2 qualified Assistant professors. On an average, 70 child patients are given inpatient treatment at any given time by the three Pediatric Units. A qualified Pediatrician is on 24 hrs duty on rotation to attend to emergencies as well as resuscitation of babies born of interventional deliveries like Caesarean section.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Very seriously ill children are looked after in a Pediatric Intensive Care ward. There are six such beds with all supporting facilities like Ventilators, Multipara monitors, Central oxygen supply, Central suction ,CPAP machines, along with a stock of life saving drugs.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Our 10 bedded NICU caters to both inborn and outborn newborns. It is equipped with warmers, phototherapy units, ventilators, CPAP machines and portable x-ray unit, ultrasound and 2D echo machines. High risk procedures requiring skill, such as exchange transfusions, surfactant administration, and central line insertions are being done regularly.

Both the PICU and NICU are supported by Clinical Laboratories round the clock for doing emergency investigations and Radiology department for emergency X-ray, CT and MRI.

Postnatal Ward (PNW)

There were 30 beds in postnatal ward. It is supervised and treated by our Pediatric Assistant Professors along with Postgraduates and here the newborn babies are screened for jaundice and sepsis. Regular health talks are given to postnatal mothers and to their relatives adding to the comprehensive care of newborns.

Operation Theatre

Pediatric surgical problems are attended by a qualified Pediatric Surgeon of our hospital.

There are facilities for Pediatric Endoscopy, Bronchoscopy etc.

Research Laboratory

A Research Laboratory has been established in the Clinical Department in the II Floor of the Hospital with adequate infrastructure.

A number of Special clinics are run in the department on specified days.

Day Name of the Clinics Time
Mondays Neurology Clinic 9.00a.m to 4.00p.m
Tuesdays Well Baby clinic/Immunization Clinic 9.00a.m to 4.00p.m
Tuesdays Endocrinology Clinic-Alternate I & III 9.00a.m to 4.00p.m
Tuesdays Hematology Clinic/Thalassemia Clinic-Alternate II & IV 9.00a.m to 4.00p.m
Tuesdays Nutrition Clinic 9.00a.m to 4.00p.m
Wednesdays Pulmonology Clinic/Gastroenterology Clinic 9.00a.m to 4.00p.m
Thursdays High Risk Newborn clinic 9.00a.m to 4.00p.m
Fridays Cardiology Clinic 9.00a.m to 4.00p.m
Fridays Child Guidance clinic 9.00a.m to 4.00p.m
Saturdays Nephrology clinic 9.00a.m to 1.00p.m
Daily Diarrhoea Clinic 9.00a.m to 4.00p.m

Clinical Activities

Each Special Clinic is functioning under a qualified Pediatrician, supported by other Specialists wherever applicable like Dietician, Urologist, Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physiotherapist etc.

A qualified Pediatrician visits the Urban and Rural Health Centers run by SMVMCH on Fridays at Thiruvennainallur.

A qualified Pediatrician in turn attends Health Camps conducted under Chief Ministers extended Health Scheme.

Undergraduate

Goals

The broad goal of the teaching of undergraduate students in Pediatrics is to acquire adequate knowledge and appropriate skills for optimally dealing with major health problems of children to ensure their optimal growth and development.

Objectives-Knowledge & Skills

At the end of the course, the UG student shall be able to:

  • Diagnose and appropriately treat common pediatric and neonatal illnesses.
  • Describe the common pediatric disorders and emergencies in terms of epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, rational therapy and rehabilitation.
  • Identify pediatric and neonatal illnesses and problems that require secondary and tertiary care and refer them appropriately.
  • Advise and interpret relevant investigations.
  • Counsel and guide patient’s parents and relatives regarding the illness, the appropriate care, the possible complications and the prognosis.
  • Provide emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation to newborns and children.

Teaching includes both clinical classes and didactic lectures based on the syllabus prescribed by the MCI.

Clinical and Theory Postings

Theory Postings

The Theory postings are as scheduled as follows:

6th Semester  Every Monday
7th Semester Every Monday
8th Semester All Tuesdays & Wednesdays
9th Semester All Wednesdays & Fridays

Clinical postings

The clinical postings are as scheduled as follows:

4th Semester 2 Weeks Posting
6th Semester 4 Weeks Posting
8th Semester 2 Weeks Posting
9th Semester 2 Weeks Posting

Integration

The training in Pediatrics will be integrated with other disciplines, including Anatomy, Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Community Medicine, Obstetrics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, to prepare the student to deliver preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative services for care of children both in the community and at hospital as part of a team.

Training and Learning Methods

Lectures, Small group discussions, Seminars, Tutorials, Quiz, Debates, Algorithms, Problem Based Learning, Videography, Integrated teachings, modular teaching and e-modules are some of the teaching methods of UG students.

Plan of Examination

Periodical examinations in Pediatrics Theory are conducted every 4th Monday of every month in VIII & IX semesters and average was taken as internal Theory marks.

Total of three Clinical tests are conducted and average was taken along with the Records marks as internal Clinical marks.

The Pass percentage of UG students in the University exam in Pediatrics department is range between 90% to 95%.

Many of our students have fetched gold medals in University examination every year.

Internship training (CRRI)

A two day training programme is organized for the newly joined interns in the beginning of their posting on neonatal resuscitation, common pediatrics emergencies and drug dosing in children. They are posted in NICU, PICU, Postnatal wards and general wards in order to expose them to common neonatal and pediatric problems, so as to establish confidence in managing any cases, once they go out of our college.

Postgraduate

Purpose

The purpose of PG education is to create specialists who would provide high quality health care and advance the cause of science through research& training.

A post graduate student after undergoing the required training should be able to deal effectively with the needs of the community and should be competent to handle the problems related to his specialty including recent advances. She/he should also acquire skills in teaching of medical/paramedical students.

Objectives

The objectives of MD course in Paediatrics are to produce a competent pediatrician who:

  • Recognizes the health needs of infant’s children and adolescents and carries out professional obligations.
  • Has acquired the competencies pertaining to Paediatrics that are required to be practiced in the community and at all levels of health system.
  • Has acquired skills in effectively communicating with the child, family and the community.
  • Is aware of contemporary advances and developments in medical sciences as related to child health.
  • Is oriented to principles of research methodology.
  • Has acquired skills in educating medical and paramedical professionals.
  • Is competent enough to handle any pediatric and neonatal emergencies.

Teaching methodology

This includes regular bedside case presentations and demonstrations, didactic lectures, seminars, journal clubs, clinical meetings, and combined conferences with allied departments.

Teaching Sessions

Monday Seminar
Tuesday Short topic Discussions
Wednesday Case Presentation
Thursday *Journal club once in a fortnight
*Interdepartmental topic discussion once in a fortnight
Friday Case Presentation

Every teaching programme is assessed and evaluated by the faculties and their peer group.

Postgraduates are encouraged to attend as many CMEs, Workshops, Conferences, PALS and NALS courses wherever they are conducted, both state and national level. They are also guided to present posters, give oral presentations and publish articles in reputed journals.

Original Articles

  • Balagopal M, Thiyagarajan P, Vinayagamoorthy.V, Venkata Naveen Kumar. A study on antibiotic prescription among the hospitalized pediatric patients at a referral centre in Puducherry, India. International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics May-June 2017; 4(3):1-6
  • Balagopal Muthusamy, Vinayagamoorthy Venugopal, Sumithra .Prevalence of anemia among the hospitalized children in a rural tertiary care teaching hospital. International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics March-April 2017;4(2):431- 437
  • Thiyagarajan P, Balagopal M, Ghosh SK, Mihir Sarkar. To study the efficacy of non-invasive ventilation in severe bronchiolitis. Pediatric review; International journal of Pediatric Research Feb 2017; 4(2):108-114
  • Balagopal M, Babji NSR, Vinayagamoorthy V, Venkata NK..Clinical, laboratory profile &antibiotic use in first time Wheezers in the tertiary care centre in the rural area. Pediatric review: International journal of Pediatric Research November 2016;3(11): 818-825
  • Dineshkumar N, Arulkumaran A, Revathy K, Raghavendran V.D.,Clinico-Laboratory Profile of Scrub typus-An Emerging Rickettsiosis in India. Indian j Pediatr June2016;83(12):1392-1397
  • Sujay Kumar E, Lakshmi Narayanan D, Arulkumaran.A, Shilpa K, Clinical Spectrum and Epidemiological profile of patients admitted to pediatric intensive care unit at Tertiary care centre in south India. J of scientific study June 2016;4(3):1-5
  • Arulkumaran A, Bharathkumar T, Dineshkumar N, Anupriya R, Raghavendran V.D Clinical Profile and Outcome of Dengue Fever case in Children by Adopting Revised Who Guidelines.: A Hospital based Study .International Journal of Scientific study May 2015;3(2):174-178
  • Arul Kumaran A, DineshKumar N, Bharathkumar T, Anupriya R, Raghavendran .Clinical Spectrum and Outcome of Acute Post infections Glomerulonephritis in Children: A Hospital Based Study. International Journal of Scientific Study August 2015; 3(5): 163-166
  • BharathKumar T, Arulkumaran A. Clinical Profile of Children in the age group of 6 months with Lower Respiratory Tract Infection. Journal of Evaluation of Medical and Dental sciences May 2015; 4(41):7154-7172
  • Arulkumaran A, Thirunavukarasu B, Earan S, Vishwanathan IS, Sukumanaran B, Morbidity and Mortality Patterns of Late Pre-terms and Their Short-term Neonatal Outcome from a Tertiary Care Hospital Puduherry Intenational Journal Sciientific Study October 2015;3(7):158-162

Case Reports

  • Arulkumaran A, Dinesh Kumar N, Anupriya R, Balaji.S. Envenomation: an uncommon cause of respiratory distress in a neonate. International Journal of contemporary Pediatrics 2015Feb;2(1):56-8
  • Dineshkumar N, Arulkumaran A, Anupriya S, Balaji S.Cyclopia-holoprosencephaly sequence: a rare entity. International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics2015 Feb;2(1):53-55
  • Dineshkumar Narayanaswamy, Arulkumaran Arunagirinathan, RevathiKrishnakumar, Sivaramansangili Incontinentia Pigmenti: A rare Genoderematosis in a Male child. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 2015 Feb; Vol-9(2):06-08.
  • Dineshkumar N, Balaji S, Sivaraman S, Arulkumaran A, Raghavendran V.D, HaimMunk syndrome – a rare genodermatosis. International Journal of Scientific study2015 Feb;2(11):187-189
  • Arulkumaran A,Anupriya R,Dineshkumar N, Sivaraman S.Scrub typhus pneumonia-A forgotten entity in children-case report. Intrnational Journal of Scientific Study,2015 Feb;2(1):190-192
  • Dineshkumar N, Arulkumaran A, Balaji S, Anupriya R. Congenital Nasal Pyriform Aperture Stenosis: A Rare causes of Respiratory Distress in Newborn. J clinic Neonatology 2015;4:203-5
  • Sivaraman S. Revathy K, Raghavendran V.D. A rare case of schizencephaly.J.Evolution Med.Dent.Sci.November 2015:4(93):15911-15912
  • Revathi K, Sivaraman S, Raghavendran V.D. Neuronal Migration disorder.J.Evolution med .Dent.Sci.December 2015; 4 (102):16808-16809.
  • Dinesh N,Arulkumaran.A Kimura Disease-A rare cause of Neck swelling Pediatric review, International Journal of Pediatric Research-July-September 2014; 1(2):64-67
  • Balaji S, Indu SV, Dinesh N, Raghavendran VD, Spondylocostaldystosis with Sprengel Deformity. A rare association. International Journal of Pediatric Research. July-September 2014;Vol 1(2): 54-57
  • Prijo Philip, Sandra Premkumar, Arulkumaran.A, Indu S, Vishwanathan, Raghavendran Sjogren-Larsson syndrome- a case report Indian Journal of Basic and applied Medical research Sep 2014; Vol 3(4):240-42
  • Arulkumaran A, Balaji S, Dineshkumar N, Raghavendran VD. Abdominal Mass in a Neonate: A case of neglected posterior urethral value. Of Evolution of Med and Dent Sci 2014 Nov;3(61):13602-6
  • Arulkumaran Arunagirinathan, Dineshkumar Narayanaswamy, AnupriyaRaghavan, BalajiSukumaran. A rare case of Bilateral Empyema in an Infant-Case report. Indian Journal of Neonatal Medicine and Research. 2014 Dec; Vol 3(4):1-2
  • Arulkumaran Arunagirinathan, JeyakumariDuripandian,GopalRangaswamy, Smita Shivekar Prachisaban, Sunil Shivekar.Bilateral breast abscess in a neonate- A case report.IJCRI- International Journal of Case reports and Images, Vol.2,May2011;2(5)

CME organized by the department

S. No Title of the CME Period Sponsor
1. Paediatric CME March 2012 IAP Villupuram, Puducherry &SMVMCH
2. National Polio surveillance update 2014 24th January 2014 Indian Academy of Paediatrics
3. Recent trends in Immunization 6th April 2015 SMVMCH
4. Approach and management of Childhood Asthma 26th July 2015 SMVMCH
5. Nutricon –CME on Childhood -2016 25th Sep 2016 IAP Villupuram – Puducherry &SMVMCH
6 CONPEDS’18 14th Oct 2018 IAP Villupuram -Puducherry-Cuddalore Chapters jointly organised

Workshops conducted:

  • Workshop on IAP Neonatal Resuscitation Programme – Golden Minute Project on 9th February 2014.
  • Workshop on “Neonatal Resuscitation” for Staff Nurses organized by Department of Pediatrics For on 2nd and 3rd June – 2016.
  • Workshop on “Pediatric Basic Life Support and Management of common Pediatric Emergencies” for Staff Nurses on Nov 29th and 30th of 2016.
  • Workshop on “Breast feeding” conducted for staff nurses along with NYCF foundation on 03rd August 2017.
  • Workshop on “Neonatal Resuscitation for staff nurses” conducted on 20th November 2017.

Various awards received by departmental faculty: Prof.Singaravelu.M

  • Prof. Dr.Singaravelu .M was awarded as Best Teacher award by Tamilnadu Dr.M.G.R University in the year 2012.
  • Awarded as Best doctor by Tamilnadu government in the year 2013.
  • Fellowship in IAP (FIAP) by National Pediatric Association.
  • Best Doctor Award by IMA Tamilnadu State Board in 2015.
  • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam award for social services by Thamiz IsaiMandram in the year 2017.
  • Best doctor Award by IMA – Tanjore branch in the year 2018.
  • Senior Pediatrician award by IAP – Tamilnadu state branch in the year 2018.
  • Mamannan Raja Raja Cholan award by District administration of Tanjore in 2018.
  • Dr. V.Balagopalraju Active Pediatrician award by IAPTNSC

University gold Medalist of Undergraduates in Pediatrics- Batch wise:

Name of the Under graduates Batch University exam medal
Vaishnavi Devi.V 2006-2011 Gold
Karthika Vimal.CH 2007-2012 Gold
Balamurugan.T 2008-2013 Gold
Ramya.B 2010-2015 Gold
Divyalakshmi.C 2011-2016 Gold

One of the Assistant professors makes regular visits on specified days of the week to Urban Center of our Institution in Tiruvennainallur where Pediatric cases are screened and treated and sick children requiring investigations and treatment are advised admission in our hospital.

In addition Pediatrician accompanies the health camp organized by the institution every month on a Sunday where pediatric patients with various alignments like CHD, renal problems are screened and patient are admitted for further management in our hospital.

One qualified Pediatrician along with the Post graduate students goes for school health camps for screening for nutritional problems, hypertension and obesity and proper health education is advised.

Pediatric CMEs

Periodic CMEs are organized by Pediatrics department every year since 2012, in association with the District branches of Villupuram & Pondicherry and Cuddalore of Indian Academy of Pediatrics. Every year around 100 Delegates from Virudhachalam, Cuddalore, Thirukovilur, Gingee, Tindivanam, Villupuram and Pondicherry and postgraduates from other medical colleges will also attend the CME. Credit points were awarded to them by the Tamil Nadu, Dr.M.G.R Medical University. The last CME was conducted on 14th of October 2018, were eminent speakers from Chennai were invited.

Inauguration of Pediatric CME-CONPEDS’18 on 14.10.2018

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National Newborn Week Celebrations

The Department of Pediatrics is celebrating National Newborn care week in every year from NOV’15th to 21st. The week long celebrations include awareness camp in the community on essential newborn care, workshops on neonatal resuscitation for postgraduates, staff nurses, and Newborn quiz for the Medical Students and guest lectures by eminent faculties in the field of neonatology. Last year (2017) Prof.Arasar Seeralar, Director, IOG attended the valedictory function and highlighted the importance aspects on preterm care.

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World Breastfeeding Week

A week long World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in the first week of August every year since 2006. During the week activities like Breastfeeding promotion rally,Radio talk, Quiz programs, Elocution competitions for Medical and Nursing Students, Rural camps for Women folk etc. are undertaken to create and strengthen the awareness about Breastfeeding.

A valedictory function is held on 7th August every year for which eminent persons from Literary World, Departments of Education, Health, Social Welfare, Lactation Consultant are invited to address the Womenfolk, Nurses, Medical Students etc. and Prizes and Certificates are distributed to Winners of various competitions held during the WBW.


Rural Breastfeeding Awareness Camp

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ORS week celebration

ORS week is celebrated in the last week of July every year. This year from 23rd-29th of July 2018, it was celebrated in grand manner. This year theme is “ORS all the day keeps dehydration at bay”. There was a mini stall exhibition and Awareness talk and oral quiz to the public on 26.07.2018 at 10.00 a.m in Reception corridor near Pediatric OPD and prizes were given.

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Children’s Park

An Indoor Park Opposite to reception area is provided with a cushioned floor mat and plays articles like Tricycles, Swings, Slope, and See-saw etc. for Children under 3 years of age.

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PG Alumini

Year Name Designation Institute E mail ID
2012 to 2015 Dr.Indu Senior Resident Anathapuri Hospital & Research Institute Institute,Tirvandram drinduonline@gmail.com
2012 to 2015 Dr.Prijo Philip Pediatric Nephrology fellowship CME Vellore prijophilipkk@gmial.com
2013 to 2016 Dr.Anupriya.R Junior consultant SRISHTI Hospital Puducherry anupri95@gmail.com
2013 to 2016 Dr.Balaji.S Junior Consultant NICU Sooriya Hospital Chennai drbalaji87@gmail.com
2014 to 2017 Dr.Sivaraman.S Fellowship in Neonatology GKNM in Coimbatore sivaramansangili@gmail.com
2014 to 2017 Dr.Revathy.K Assistant Professor SMVMCH revathikrishnakumar1990 @gmail.com
2015 to 2018 Dr.Shilpa.K Senior Resident Alluri Sitaramaraju Academy of Medical Science(ASRAM)’ ELURU, Andrapradesh shilpakantamneni@gmail.com
2015 to 2018 Dr.Priyaja.P Senior Resident Chennai Medical College in Tiruchi snowwhitejerry2011@gmail.com

Testimonial from PG Alumini:

  • Anupriya-2013 batch  Pediatric faculties have immense knowledge in guiding to handle any emergencies.
  • Prijo Philip -2012 batch Has necessary infrastructure and patients which enable us to gain enough experience.
  • Student friendly department and encouragement in participating workshop and conferences.
  • Good training in Special Clinics