Forensic Medicine Department

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We teach the II MBBS students for 18 months in Forensic Medicine including Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology. There are 2 Lecture classes and 2 Practical classes, all 1 hour each per week.

In the Lecture classes we cover all the Theoritical aspects of the subjects and in the Practical classes we teach them by Demonstration and instructions for filling up and writing all Medico- Legal forms and Certificates with regard to:

  • Examination of Injuries and issue of Wound Certificate
  • Examination of cluster of bones.
  • Age estimation by Physical, Dental, and Radiological Examination.
  • Examination for Drunkenness.
  • Medico- Legal Examination of foetus.
  • Sexual offence cases.
  • Viscera Packing
  • Interpretation of Medico- Legal certificates including Post Mortem Certificates etc.

We also show them and explain the features and Medico- Legal importance of all specimens weapons, poisons, plants etc. Training is given for OSPE too. We valuate their Practical Records meticulously and include the record marks in IA marks.

Periodically we conduct Seminars and symposia for small groups on different topics also

We conduct CME atleast once every Academic year and last year`s CME on Current Medico- legal Issues was conducted on 12.08.2015., the topics being,

  • Collection of Medico- Legal evidences in living individuals,
  • Refusal in treatment of Medico- Legal cases in Private Health Sector,
  • Examination of sexual assault victim – as per recent guidelines.
  • Euthanasia.

Head of the Department and three speakers from outside spoke and it was a grand success.

Since we donot undertake Post Mortems and Medico – legal cases Examination like Sexual Offence Cases, Age estimation cases etc. we have a tie up with the Govt. Chengalpattu Medical College for training the students in these areas. We used to take students in groups there and get them trained.

To conclude, when we send the students out of our Department after a period of 18 months they are trained so well that they can attend to any Medico- Legal work without fear, fright or hesitation.


Dr. R. Baskar, M.D. (Path), M.D. (FM), B.L.
-- Professor & HOD of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology.

Dr. R. Baskar, M.D. (Path), M.D. (FM), B.L., is an eminent teacher with credit of more than three decades of teaching and research in prestigious institutions of the country. Currently, he is Professor and HOD, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Tagore Medical College and Hospital where he joined as a regular faculty in 2022. He completed all his formative education in Government Stanley Medical College (UG) and Madras Medical College (PG in both Pathology & Forensic Medicine), Chennai. He is also a law graduate (B.L.), graduated in Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai.

He worked as Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine at Government Thoothukudi, Kilpauk and Madras Medical College from 2002 to 2005. He was the Professor and HOD of Forensic Medicine at Government Kilpauk Medical College (2005-2010), Chennai. He also worked as Professor and HOD of Forensic Medicine in R.M.M.C., at Chidambaram, MGMC & RI at Pondicherry and MAPIMS at Melmaruvathur. He is a life member of Tamil Nadu Medico-Legal Society.

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