The Orthopaedic Surgery Department at SRM Medical College Hospital has already made a niche for itself and people from the city and even far off places make a beeline for it. Prof. R. Dhanapal, Head of Department, is a highly experienced teacher and a skilled surgeon with special interest in spine and joint replacement. Prof. Selva Kumar, an experienced surgeon who heads the second unit in the department, ably assists him. The faculty team comprises of an associate professor, 4 assistant professors, 5 tutors and 7 junior residents.
Faculty members attend national, South Indian and state orthopaedic conferences and present papers. The department participated actively in the trauma life support workshop held in October 2006.
A streamlined teaching program has been designed for the undergraduates who are posted to the Orthopaedic Department in rotation. Clinical demonstration classes take place in the outpatient department, and the students are trained through clinical examinations and presentations. Students are encouraged to interact with the faculty members to create an atmosphere of trust. Orthopaedic cases of clinical interest are discussed at the CME programs. The students are exposed to pre-operative planning where surgical cases are discussed in great detail.
A journal club benefits young orthopaedic surgeons. The department library has all the latest editions as well as back issues of national and international journals.