Department of Physiology

  • Department
  • HOD Profile
  • Activity


Goals :

The department aims to give a holistic view of Physiology as relevant to the practice of medicine, with particular focus on must-know areas as specified by the Medical Council of India and The TN Dr MGR Medical University.

Facilities :

We have well-qualified and experienced teachers to guide the students in theory and practicals and also adequate non-teaching staff to ensure smooth conduct of departmental work.  There are five fully-equipped laboratories in the department – Clinical, Hematology, Amphibian, Mammalian and Research laboratories – for training students in the requisite skills. Equipments include polygraph, physiograph, Computerized Pulmonary Function Testing, etc.

There is a well-stocked departmental library having the latest editions of all standard books in common use and also select titles for special reference by the faculty.  We also have departmental computer facilities with internet connection for online journal browsing.

Assessment :

Assessment consists of multiple and periodic formative assessments both in theory and practicals throughout the academic year and a final summative assessment at the end of the first MBBS course.

Post graduate teaching will commence shortly and we are fully equipped for the same.

In keeping with the Vision of our Chairperson to make Tagore Medical College an institution of excellence, we constantly endeavor to improve the various activities in our department by encouraging regular feedback from students, parents and staff and acting on their suggestions.


HOD Profile

Dr. Navin Rajaratnam, M.D., M.Phil.
Professor & Head,
Department of Physiology,

Tagore Medical College and Hospital.


  • MBBS - Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
  • MD - Madras Medical College, Chennai
  • M.Phil. in Health Professions Education, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth
  • PG Diploma in Bioethics, University of Porto, Portugal
  • PG Diploma in Biostatistics - Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu
  • Advanced Course in Medical Education, CMC Vellore

Teaching experience

  • 20 Years of Undergraduate teaching
  • 11 Years of Postgraduate teaching

Areas of interest:

  • Neurophysiology
  • Learning & Memory
  • Electrophysiology
  • Curriculum Development
  • Bioethics
  • Biostatistics

Positions Outside Institution:

  • Joint Secretary of the Association of Physiologists of Tamil Nadu (APT)
  • Junior National Training Faculty for 3T - IBHSc International Course in Bioethics for Medical Teaching Faculty, Department of Education, International Chair in Bioethics
  • Member of the Editorial Board of National Journal of Physiology
  • Executive Committee Member of Association of Physiologists of Tamil Nadu

Previously held Positions:

Member Board of Studies, Member of Institutional Ethical Committee, Member of Scientific Advisory Committee, Member of Institutional Review Board, Member of Postgraduate Curriculum Committee, Member of Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, MEU Coordinator, Secretary of Bioethics Unit, Editor-in-chief of Karpaga Vriksha, Member of Research Committee, Member of Library Committee, Cultural Committee Member, NSS Coordinator


Published many papers in Indexed National & International Journals; Guide for ICMR-STS projects; Resource faculty and organizer of many Conferences, CME programmes & Faculty Development programmes and UG & PG Examiner in many Universities.

Academic activities :

Academic activities for each year are scheduled systematically and regular lectures are supplemented with student seminars, integrated teaching and Continuing Medical Education programs. Weekly proctor group sessions in which a small group of students are placed under the care of a single faculty member are held throughout the year to facilitate one-to-one interaction and personalized attention.

Research activities :

Students are actively encouraged to take up research work including ICMR - STS projects in order to orient them towards research and to enable them to develop a scientific temper right from the beginning of the course. Research is being done by the faculty in the fields of stress, neuro, respiratory and cardiovascular physiology and papers have been published in peer- reviewed indexed national and international journals.

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