Department of Pharmacology
B J Medical College, Ahmedabad
i) Undergraduate Pharmacology Teaching
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
a) Describe the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of essential and commonly used drugs.
b) List the indications, contraindications, interactions and adverse reactions of commonly used drugs.
c) Indicate the use of appropriate drug in a particular disease with consideration to its cost, efficacy and safety for individual needs and mass therapy under national health program.
d) Describe the pharmacokinetic basis, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of common poisonings.
e) Indicate causations in prescription of drugs in special medical situations such as pregnancy, lactation, infancy and old age.
f) Integrate the concept of rational drug therapy in clinical pharmacology.
g) State the principles underlying the concept of 'Essential Drugs'
h) Evaluate the ethics and modalities involved in the development and introduction of new drugs.
ii) Postgraduate Pharmacology Training
At the end of the course, the student should be able to undertake following functions/activities successfully,
3. Head of the Department’s Message
Pharmacology aims to make better prescribers. It draws heavily from other basic as well as applied sciences. As a result, people at all levels will find something interesting in this subject. I invite you all to come, enjoy the discipline and contribute to the cause of better healthcare for the mankind.
4. Facilities in the Department
Teaching: Department of Pharmacology provides training in the subject of Pharmacology for the following courses
The department also evaluates the course contents, teaching methodology and methods of examination from time to time and updates them. The department has revised the practical pharmacology course curriculum as per the current need and relevance with emphasis on clinical and rational basis of therapeutics. ‘A manual of practical Pharmacology’ and ‘Pharmacology Curriculum: Guidelines for Teachers’ have been published in this regard.
Advance level training on Pharmacovigilance - B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Regional training center and ADR monitoring center, B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad successfully organized ‘Advance level training on Pharmacovigilance’ on 20th January-2017 in technical collaboration with IPC, Ghaziabad. There were 110 participants including the AMC Coordinators and Patient safety Pharmacovigilance associates of Gujarat and Rajasthan States, Pharmacologists and postgraduate students from various medical colleges of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The objective of training programme was to sensitize the participant to next level of pharmacovigilance activities i.e. benefit risk management, signal detection and management.
The programme was inaugurated by Shri Arvind Kukrety, Deputy Drug Controller, CDSCO, Dr. M. M. Prabhakar, Additional Director, Health, Medical Education and Services, Dr. B. J. Shah, Dean, B. J. Medical College and Dr. R. K. Dikshit, Prof & Head, Pharmacology, GCS Medical College, Ahmedabad.
Dr. Mira K. Desai, Professor & Head, Coordinator, Regional Training Centre & AMC, Pharmacovigilance Programme of India, B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad welcomed and addressed the gathering. She emphasized the importance of the integration of Pharmacovigilance with different Public health programmes (PHP) and its advantages in detection of new signals. She said that Public health programmes are good platform to quantify ADRs and risk profile of new drugs. Such quantitative information will be useful for treatment guidelines, policies and improve the patient safety.
Dr. Kiran Marthak, Director, Global Drug Development Programme, Lambda Therapeutics Research limited, Ahmedabad said that Risk Management Plan is an important component of Pharmacovigilance, as it is a part of submission of New Drug Application (NDA) as well as Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA).
Dr. Neha Vala, Deputy General Manager, Pharmacovigilance Division, Lambda Therapeutics Research Limited, Ahmedabad discussed different Principles of drug safety signal detection in post marketing phase. She explained the various method of single detection include traditional methods (qualitative) and data mining methods (quantitative).
Dr. Prasad Thota, Assistant Scientific Officer, NCC, Pharmacovigilance Programme of India, Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, Gaziabad, enumerated the signal detection process in PvPI. He also addressed the quality management system in PvPI which include total of thirty six Standard Operating Procedures to ensure the effectiveness of the system. This will be amended as and when required based on the comments and suggestions from the stakeholders.
The theme sessions were followed by group activities and discussions among the resource persons and participants. Moreover, the programme was evaluated by pre / post test and feedback from the participants. It was very well appreciated by participants with remarks to frequently organize such training progamme.
5. Subject Curriculum:
Theoretical knowledge is imparted by way of lectures, tutorials, discussion, seminars and symposia on:
o Autonomic Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System
o Autacoids and related drugs
o Central nervous system
o General Chemotherapy
o Specific Chemotherapy
o Blood and Kidney
o Cardiovascular System
o Endocrine System
o Respiratory system
o Gastrointestinal system
o Miscellaneous topics (drugs used in skin, eyes and ear disorders, vaccines, management of poisoning and chelating agents)
The training in practical skills is imparted during practical/demonstration classes in laboratories and also in the form of tutorials and small group discussions. The practical curriculum is divided into three parts:
6. Examination Pattern
Formative examinations are conducted at the end of each semester by theory and practical examination and a MCQ test. Summative examination is held at the end of 5th semester.
Paper – I 40 marks 2 hours duration
Paper – II 40 marks 2 hours duration
Internal assessment 20 marks
Practicals: 40 marks
Internal assessment 10marks __________________
7. Teaching Staff (as on 15/07/2013)
Dr Mira K Desai
Professor and Head
Dr Chetna K Desai
Dr Anuradha M Gandhi
Dr Manish N Solanki
Dr Chandresh Dumatar
Dr Prakruti P Patel
Dr Dinesh J Vyas
Dr Megha Shah
Dr Jigar Panchal
Dr Vishal Mishra
Dr Jigar Kapadia
Dr Shailesh M Vadajiya
Dr Ami B Suthar
8. Non-Teaching Staff
Sr. No Name Designation
1 Mr. Ramesh C Vaghela Lab. Technician
2. Ms. Neelam Parmar Clerk