Department of Psychiatry was started in February 1994 with start of outpatient services in Polyclinic Sector 22. Inpatient services were started in 1996 after the joining of Dr. Priti Arun and Dr. B. S. Chavan./span>
From the very beginning the department has given a very high priority to the quality of care and human resource development in the field of psychiatry. Department has been organized in such a way that psychiatric services are available round the clock and help is available immediately without a long waiting time. Department has also given high priority to include patients and their families in treatment planning. Through active community outreach programs the department has been making constant efforts to receive feedback from the patients who dropped out from treatment as well as patients who do not seek treatment. Health education through pamphlets, video cassettes, articles in newspapers and radio talks is an integral part of the comprehensive treatment package.
MD Course in Psychiatry: The department is running MD Course in Psychiatry since 2005 as per MCI recommendations. Currently every year 2-candiates are enrolled for MD Psychiatry.
a) Outdoor Patient Services
Ward has 30 beds. Facilities and activities include daily morning prayer and exercises, recreational facilities consisting of television, indoor games, book/magazines/newspaper and weekly staff meetings with patients and their relatives. Psychiatric patients and patients of alcohol and drug dependence who are unmanageable at home are admitted in the ward for short periods.
c) Community Clinic:
Regular services, four times a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday) are provided by the Department of Psychiatry. Clinic provides comprehensive services for patients of drug and alcohol dependence and mental illnesses.
d) Clinical Psychology Services:
It includes both psycho-diagnostic and therapeutic services by a consultant, clinical psychologist, play therapist, assistant clinical psychologist and counsellor. The section has a well equipped behavior therapy lab and a playroom also.
e) Consultation Liaison services:
Department is providing 24 hours services for psychiatry emergencies as well as routine psychiatric consultations for inpatients and outpatients of other specialitiesIt .
f) Community outreach Services:
Department is taking active participation in community education and outreach activities.
State Resource center
For social and vocational rehabilitation of mentally ill persons to facilitate their reintegration in the community. Disability certification for mental illnesses is also done.
Rehabilitation Services via Umeed and Prayatan:
rehabilitation of the mentally challenged and mentally ill has been taken up by the dept
in a very novel and unique way. A number of kiosks( snack huts/ juice bars) have been set
up in different locations across
l) Institutional services:
Visits to various institutions are regularly made to provide consultation for psychiatric patients. Currently dept is providing these services to institutions like Burail Jail, Samarth and Pingalwara etc.
m) Govt. Institute for Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC):
Currently, Govt. Institute for Mentally Retarded Children has 280 children on roll and is providing following services:
· For the children:
Training of Medical Officers and teachers in the area of mental retardation. They will subsequently train other categories of staff sponsored by WHO
Further detail about GIMRC can be found on website www.gimrc.nic.in
Department has given a very high priority for teaching undergraduate medical students.100 hours of training are provided to Medical undergraduates. It includes both theory lecture and practical clinical classes
o) Important achievement of the faculty and staff :
RESEARCH & MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT
Research Priority of the department in the field of research is to design cost effective and innovative intervention strategies which can be implemented with minimum expertise as well as to study the financial and social impact of mental disorders.
resource development; From the very
beginning, department has given priority to Human Resource Development (HRD) in the field
of Psychiatry. Department started training programme for nurses and psychology students.
The Postgraduate course in Psychiatry(MD Psychiatry) was started in 2005 and 2 candidates have completed MD Psychiatry from the department. This degree is recognized by the Medical council of India (MCI). The number of seats for this course was increased from 1 to 2 in 2009 and currently the department has 5 postgraduate students.
of counselors under NACO The department of Psychiatry has been recognized by National AIDS
Control Organisation(NACO) as a center for training of counselors in HIV/AIDS for the
states of Punjab, Haryana and
under Rehabilitation council of
CME Programmes, Conferences and Academic Activities
Recent Activities &
to develop a Community Mental Health Model for
of these projects, a MOU was signed between the
Training to Medical Officers in alcohol and substance abuse:
ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has selected six nodal centers
in the country to provide training to Medical Officers in alcohol and substance abuse, out
of which the Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College (GMCH),
In this regard, the Department of Psychiatry, GMCH has conducted the Training Programme on Substance Use Disorders from 17th August, 2011 to 31st August, 2011 and again from 8th November, 2011 to 22nd November, 2011 for two different groups of Medical Officers.
Dr B.S.Chavan has been elected as a member of World Psychiatric Association section on Public Policy and Mental Health.
Starting of M.Phil courses (Clinical Psychology and Psychiatric Social Work):
Department of Psychiatry, GMCH, has started M.Phil
in Clinical Psychology and M.Phil in Psychiatric Social Work and First batch was admitted
on from 19th October, 2011. Eight students enrolled for the M.Phil in Clinical
Psychology course and two students enrolled for the M.Phil in Psychiatric Social Work