The Department of Psychiatry has been functioning in JIPMER since 1961. Dr. N.C Surya was its first Head and it was under his visionary leadership that the foundation for the growth of the Department was laid. Subsequently, the Department evolved and expanded under the able leadership of Dr. S. Trivedi, Dr. P.S Gopinath and Dr. R. Chandrasekaran. Post Graduate Residency (MD) programme was started in 1990 and the current intake of postgraduate residents is four per year. JIPMER is one of the nodal centers for Drug Deaddiction and Treatment and has been rendering yeoman service in this regard to the clients. The Department is actively involved in multidisciplinary clinical care and training, as well as research both at the intra-departmental level and in liaison with other disciplines. The services of a clinical psychologist, psychiatric social worker and occupational therapist are utilized to provide comprehensive and multimodal care enhancing treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction.
About 150 patients utilize the outpatient services on non-clinic days (Mon/Wed/Thu)with the number being roughly around 300 on clinic days (Tue/Fri/Sat).
The Department provides round the clock consultation-liaison psychiatry services to address psychiatric issues in patients who are medically ill and provide prompt opinions on cross-referrals. A 3 tier approach consisting of the junior resident, senior resident and consultant is the model followed to handle these services on a rotational basis.
The Department also caters to the needs of various special populations through specialty clinics and inter-departmental collaborations. Details regarding these services are available on the "Out-Patient Services" page.
Quality in-patient services are provided in the 30 bedded Psychiatry Ward. Weekly bedside grand rounds are conducted on Tuesday afternoons where all faculty, residents and support staff participate in discussing and deciding the ongoing management of the admitted patients.
The Department also regularly participates in community health camps and community awareness initiatives with the aim to promote mental health.
Faculty and Staff:
The Department is currently served by 2 Additional Professors, 1 Associate Professor, 2 Assistant Professors, 2 full-time clinical psychologist-cum-tutors, one medical social worker-cum-tutor and an occupational therapist. The technical staff include a full-time laboratory technician and a stenographer.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students of various disciplines are trained, and conduct research, under the guidance of the Department. These include students from the following courses: M.B.B.S, B. Sc (Nursing), M.Sc (Nursing), B. Sc (Medical Records Technology) and the Diploma course for Emergency Medical Technicians.
The Department offers the M.D. (Psychiatry) course to two residents each year. Admission to this course is through the common entrance examination conducted by JIPMER each February. Learning is mainly self-directed and facilitated by the conduct of weekly seminars, journal clubs and clinical case conferences.
An annual quiz competition, "PsyQuiz", is conducted each year for undergraduate medical students. From 2012 onwards, this has been an inter-collegiate quiz.
Students from other institutes, including Pondicherry University, also attend the Department for short- or long-term training. Students interested in the same can route their applications to the Dean, JIPMER, through the heads of their respective institutions.
Equipment available in the department:
- Brief Pulse Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) Machine
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator
- Electro-Encephalography Apparatus with Video Facilities
- EMG Biofeedback Apparatus
The Dept of Psychiatry conducted the 28th Annual Conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society - Tamil Nadu Branch (TANPSYCON 2013) at JIPMER, Puducherry from June 29th - 30th, 2013.
The Dept is actively involved in clinical research and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in the last 5 years.