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. Preetha Paul, MD, ACME
-- Professor & Head,
Dept of Physiology,

Member – Medical Education Unit,
Phase I Academic Coordinator,
Tagore Medical College & Hospital.

Prof. Dr. Preetha Paul brings passion and innovation to the teaching of Physiology.  She believes in learner-centric teaching and is a proponent of  interactive teaching methods and small group teaching. She has delivered invited lectures in various CME programs. She is also examiner for medical, dental, nursing and various paramedical courses and is on the editorial board of the National Journal of Physiology, the journal of the Association of Physiologists of Tamil Nadu.


  • MBBS – Madras Medical College, Chennai
  • MD – Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai
  • Advanced Course in Medical Education (ACME) – Regional Nodal Centre (SRMC & RI, Chennai)

Teaching experience

  • More than eleven years of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience for medical, dental, nursing and various paramedical courses

Roles in TMCH

  • Academic Coordinator for MBBS Phase I
  • Member – Medical Education Unit
  • Member – Curriculum subcommittee

Professional Affiliations

  • Life member – Association of Physiologists of Tamil Nadu
  • Life Member – Indian Medical Association

Area of interest

  • Medical Education Technologies

Scientific work

  • Has presented many papers and chaired scientific sessions in state and national conferences
  • Has published eight scientific papers in renowned international and national journals
  • Has guided many students with ICMR STS projects
  • Currently pursuing research in the field of medical education

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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