Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Pharmacology

Department of Forensic Medicine

The main aim is to produce a physician who is well informed about medico-legal responsibility during the practice of Medicine. The student acquires knowledge of law in relation to medical practice, medical negligence and respect for the codes of Medical ethics

Course Objectives

  • The basic Medico-legal aspects of hospital and general practice.
  • Medico-legal responsibility of a physician.
  • Physician’s responsibilities in criminal matters and respect for the codes of medical ethics
  • Explain the medico-legal aspects and post-mortem examination findings in the causes of death
  • Poisoning, prevention and epidemiology of common poisoning and their legal aspects
  • General principles of medico-legal examination, documentation and reporting of Injury, age, sexual offences, intoxication, poisoning and chronic toxicity.

Department of Pharmacology

To provide students with a solid grounding in the basic concepts and scientific underpinnings of Pharmacology.  It provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental Pharmacology and uses of the major classes of clinically important drugs currently used in medical practice.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss indications, rationale, efficacy and risks for commonly prescribed medications in primary care settings.
  • Describe appropriate strategies for monitoring the expected effects and potential adverse effects of medication
  • To understand the fundamental scientific principles of drug action and the various mechanisms by which drugs can mediate their pharmacological effect
  • To understand the fundamental principles of pharmacokinetics that underlie the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs in the body and thereby affect drug effectiveness
  • To understand the biochemical reactions that result in the metabolism of drugs within the body
  • To understand the rationale behind designing different dosing regimens of particular drugs in specific patient populations
  • To understand how specific patient characteristics and genetics can affect the response to a particular class of drugs
  • To understand the scientific basis underlying how two different drugs can interact within the body and can have undesirable effects either on drug concentrations or drug clinical effects.
  • To understand the Pharmacology and clinical use of the major class of clinically important drugs. These include drugs affecting the autonomic nervous system; anesthetics and analgesics; drugs to treat the heart and disease of the cardiovascular system; drugs affecting the pulmonary system; antibiotics; drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders; drugs of abuse and drugs used to treat addiction; drugs that affect the immune system; drugs that affect the endocrine system; dietary supplements and herbal medications; antiviral drugs and chemotherapeutic drugs used in the treatment of cancer.