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Department of Internal Medicine

internal medicine    The Department of Internal Medicine came into being with the inception of Armed Forces Medical College on 01 May 1948. The first Professor and Head of the Department was Lt Col S Medhi Basu. The initial mandate was to impart postgraduate training in Internal Medicine. With the establishment of Graduate Wing of AFMC in 1962 the Department had the added responsibility of training the budding doctors in Internal Medicine.  

    The Department moved to the present location in 1967 under the leadership of Brig R S Hoon. The location and its corridors with historical paintings evoke nostalgia in all those who have been closely associated with the Department.

    The faculty of the department, eminent physicians in their own right have strived hard over decades to make it one of the best departments imparting both undergraduates and postgraduate training at AFMC. The department has been headed by eminent physicians of the Armed Forces who have risen to the highest positions in Armed Forces Medical Services and received numerous accolades at the national level (see attached list).

    The department runs the ART centre established under the National AIDS Control Organisation and amongst those with largest number of registered patients in Pune district. It has also been upgraded as a referral centre for Drug Resistant HIV cases.The department also runs the DOTS clinic catering exclusively for the civilian population in Pune. The Department is also entrusted with training of paramedics in Emergency Medicine and Neurology. It will also start conducting short term in service training in HIV Medicine.

    The faculty of the Department have been active in carrying out research and have to their credit publications in reputed National and International Journals. The Saturday Clinics held for the postgraduates are compiled and published regularly as Saturday Clinics of AFMC, a much in demand book amongst residents and physicians alike. National Medicine Update (NMUD) conducted by the Department as a biennial event, attracts the best of faculty, to discuss contemporary issues and futuristic ideas.

    The Department has under its aegis the Student Scientific Society which nurtures undergraduates in exploring the various advances in Medicine. The members of Students Scientific Society AFMC were selected to represent India for the HULT prize in 2019. The department also encourages undergraduates to conduct research under the Short Term Scholarship schemes offered by government agencies.

    Illuminati an annual undergraduate research conference started by the Department has grown over the years as one of the most popular forums for medical students across India to present their research and innovative ideas in field of Medicine. In the year 2020 the conference was held on an online platform.

     The faculty and residents of the Department were actively involved in patient care in COVID-19 pandemic in Pune, New Delhi and Bihar. COVID-19 bulletin brought out by the Department was well appreciated and hosted on the website of AFMC for wider dissemination. The Department adapted to the need of online teaching during the pandemic with clinics, tutorials, seminars and lectures by eminent physicians on a virtual platform.


    The Vision of the Department of Internal Medicine is “to emerge as Centre of Excellence in imparting Training, Patient Care and Research in General Medicine”.  


Presently, the department is headed by Brig A S Menon







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