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Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care


Brief History:

The Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care, is located in the Main Block of the Armed Forces Medical College.

The Department started its postgraduate program in February 1960. The first postgraduate instructor to be assigned to this department was Major S Thirumalai who later headed the department from Mar 1961 to May 1966 and went on to become the Dean of this college. The department was initially recognized for conducting Diploma courses in Anaesthesiology and then for the MD degree in 1968. We relocated from an old set of barracks to the Golden Jubilee Block in 1998 from there to our current location in the Main Block in  2013. The Department has a busy Undergraduate Training program which includes AHA certified, BLS & ACLS certification.

The department currently is qualified to train fifteen  postgraduate residents a year. Our postgraduate students come from India, Afghanistan and Nepal. They undergo training in the Operation Theatres and Intensive Care Units of Command Hospital (Southern Command), Military Hospital (Cardiothoracic Centre), Artificial Limb Centre and Military Hospital Kirkee, and  receive a rigorous and challenging exposure to every branch of anaesthetic practice during their three-year course. The department also has a busy academic program with regular journal clubs, case presentations, symposia and faculty lectures. We provide undergraduates with an introduction to anaesthesia which emphasises  acquisition of practical skills in our well-equipped simulator laboratory. We also oversee the training of paramedical staff who are training for their BSc (Operating Room Technician) degree.

The anaesthesia department possesses a museum which provides visitors and students a glimpse of the history of the evolution of Anaesthesiology . We have the distinction of being the first medical college in the country to acquire and impart training on a state-of the-art Human Patient Simulator.

We run an accredited ACLS program in liaison with Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences and conduct the annual RECAP anaesthesia refresher course on behalf of the Indian Society of Anaesthetists Pune. Faculty include experienced Anaesthesiologists, Neuroanaesthesiologists, Intensive Care specialists, Pediatric Anaesthesiologist and Cardiac Anaesthesiologists. The department has a busy research program and takes pride in a long history of training Anaesthesiologists who have served the nation in the Armed Forces and who also have achieved positions of academic and administrative excellence in other colleges and institutions in the country.