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About The Department

Physiology is the branch of medicine that aims to understand the mechanism of function of human body, from the basis of cell function at the ionic and molecular level to the integrated behaviour of the whole body. Our first year MBBS students are guided by a team of dedicated faculty members with excellent teaching resources. We impart quality education to our students in the field of physiology as we believe in the need of a strong foundation in basic science in shaping up our future doctors. We motivate students to take up research projects to inculcate the habit of reviewing literature among them. We promote Faculty development through knowledge updates by attending CME’s, Conferences and training in Medical Education Technologies. The department has well-equipped Haematology lab, Amphibian lab, Clinical skills lab and Research lab for undergraduate students.

I. Teaching Learning Activities

The Department of Physiology at SMMCH&RI, as per the NMC guidelines follow a competency based medical education (CBME) so as to enable every single student to equally experience and benefit the most out of different teaching-learning activities as mentioned below.


Weekly seven hours of lecture are being delivered to the students in the lecture hall–Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday (11.30-12.30PM) Tuesday (1.30-2.30PM) and Saturday afternoon 1.30-3.30PM.


Weekly two hours of practical instruction, demonstration and small group training are being done in batches of 37/38 in demonstration hall 1 and practical labs- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 2.30PM – 4.30PM.


Weekly two hours of tutorial instruction and small group discussion are being done in batches of 37/38 in demonstration hall 2 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 2.30PM – 4.30PM.


Weekly one hour on Thursdays 1.30PM – 2.30PM students are assigned topics and mentored to refer to library and literature and document findings and submit the next day.


Monthly 1st Fridays, ECE is being conducted in the lecture hall for 3 hours wherein students are exposed to various clinical case scenarios, followed by small group discussions with mentors and then recording of their reflections. Hospital visits are also undertaken in small batches and discussion of clinical signs and symptoms and demonstration of appropriate skills by clinical side faculty are done for better understanding of the basic science with relevance to the clinical case by the students and also to promote empathy, attitude, ethics and communication skills among them.


Weekly assignment topics are given and students are encouraged to complete it in weekends and submit on Monday.

II. Assessment Activities


Periodic assessments after each lecture session is conducted in an objective type and results and feedback reported to each student by their mentors.


Monthly 3rd Fridays, IA exam is being conducted in the lecture hall for 3 hours consisting of 20 MCQs, 2 Long essay and 10 short notes and papers evaluated and marks displayed.


Viva is being conducted for 20 marks from Monday to Thursday during tutorial hour in the following week of the IA exam.


Practical exam is being conducted twice during Hematology experiments and twice during Clinical Physiology experiments from Monday to Thursday during practical hour.


Regular feedback sessions are held with individual students after each theory, practical and viva exam and the performance is appraised and the students problems are addressed.



Full portion theory exam and practical examination are being scheduled after completion of all portions as per the university exam pattern to sensitize students.


Prize exam is being conducted every year in the month of June/July and papers evaluated by external subject experts and the best student is being awarded a gold medal, certificate, Littman stethoscope, clinical books, postgraduate entrance coaching 100% discount coupons.


Practical observation record, Students academic record and Students assessment records are being evaluated regularly and marks a lot

Other Learning Activities

Regular student learning activities like Roleplays, Seminars, Symposia, Quiz, Project works are being organized to enhance every student’s learning activity.

Head of the Department

Prof. Dr. B. Anandarajan, M.D., M.B.A.,

Has teaching experience in Tamil Nadu Govt. medical colleges like MMC, KMC, Stanley, Chengelpet, Trichy and Thoothukudi.
Also worked at Meenakshi medical college till 2011 and has been heading the department of Physiology at SMMCHRI from 2011.
Has been a senate member at the Tamil Nadu Dr M.G.R Medical University and also received the best teacher award during the year 2017.
Features in the Limca book of records for publishing a multilingual medical translational guide in 13 languages
Well versed in Hypnotherapy and Acupuncture.
Conducted many CME programs and hosted University events
Hobbies include, being a magician, hypnotism, and acupuncture
Conducted multiple annual free medical camps in rural areas during the past 30 years.



1Dr.J.Selvakumar. Effect of training programme on Quality of life of people with type II Diabetes International Journal of Psycho-social Research (IJPSR), December, 2019,Vol, VIII (1) Advanced science Index: 1.3
2Dr.J.Selvakumar. Relationship between Quality of Life And mental health of people with type II Diabetes in rural areas International Journal of Psycho-social Research (IJPSR), December, 2019,Vol, VIII (1) Advanced science Index: 1.3
3Muthukumar S, Anandarajan B. Multimedia teaching helps in better recall of physiological concepts – Perception of the first year medical students in a South Indian medical college. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2019;9(11):1085-1087.
4Suzanne MD. Total pulmonory fibrosis with compensatory emphysema. National Journal of Physiology 2018;6(1):47-49 ISSN: 2321-7839 The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University
5Suzanne MD. A study of learning approaches of medical students before and after clinical posting in a medical college in South India. International Journal of Scientific Study 2018; 6(3): 95-98
6Suzanne MD. Professional identity formation of undergraduate medical students – The proposed fifth level of Miller’s pyramid. National Journal of Physiology 2017;5(1):2-4 ISSN: 2321-7839
7Suzanne MD.  A call for more research in medical education. National Journal of Physiology 2017;5(2):2-4 ISSN: 2321-7839
8Suzanne MD. Learning styles and learning approaches – Are they different? Education for Health 2016;29(1):59-60
9Suzanne MD. A case of acquired amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenic purpura. National Journal of Physiology 2016; 4(2):42-45ISSN: 2321-7839
10Suzanne MD. Assessment of the environmental worldview of young undergraduate medical students using the New Ecological Paradigm Scale. Biomedicine 2016; 36(4):113-119. ISSN: 0970 2067
11Suzanne MD. Awareness about environmental risks to children in women of the reproductive age group in Pulipakkam village, Tamil Nadu. Biomedicine 2016; 36(4):45-50.
12Suzanne MD. Awareness about indoor air pollution in young undergraduate medical students. Biomedicine 2016; 36(4):5-10 ISSN: 0970 2067
13Muthukumar.S, B.Aanadarajan. Effect of moderate exercise on auditory and visual reaction time in middle aged men, The Antiseptic 113 (9) 2016 ISSN 0003-5998
14S.Muthukumar. Perception of medical students on usefulness of interactive lectures: Can it be a welcome change? International Journal of Biomedical and Advance Research 2016; 7(6): 270-273.
15Suzanne MD. Electrocardiographic abnormalities and Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients.  National Journal of Integrated Research in Medicine 2015;6(5):38-45
16Suzanne MD. Is the Time Right to Start Using Flipped Classrooms in Indian Medical Colleges? Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2015; 9(9): JL01-JL02
17Suzanne MD. Curricular change and the learning approaches of medical students.  Education in Medicine Journal 2015; 7(3):e79-e80
18S.Muthukumar. Association between physical activity levels & central obesity students in Tamilnadu, International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology Dec 2015, Vol (17), 85-88 ISSN: 2277-2812
19J.Selvakumar. Heart rate variability in non alcoholic portal hypertension patients – International Journal of Information, Research and Review May 2016, Vol 03, Issue 05.PP2324-2327.
20Suzanne MD, Competency based medical education in India- Preparing physiologists for this imminent shift- National Journal of Physiology 2015, 3(1):10-20 ISSN: 2321-7839
21Suzanne MD. Leptin- Its physiological role in the Metabolic regulation of the Reproductive axis – National Journal of Physiology2015;3(1):26-37 ISSN: 2321-7839
22S.Muthukumar, B.Anandarajan, J.Selvakumar. Prevalence of overweight and Obesity – A study among first year Engineering students in Tamilnadu. International Journal of Health sciences and research, Oct 2015 vol.5; issue:10; ISSN: 2249-9571
23S.Muthukumar. Pre lacteal feeding practice  among rural mothers in Tamil Nadu- a Questionnaire based study-  International Journal of Bio-medical and Advance Research 2015: 6(06):484-487 ISSN: 2229-3809
24B.Anandarajan,  S.Muthukumar. A Correlational relationship among sleep and behavioral pattern with University examination performance in first year MBBS students: A Cross-sectional Study. International Journal of Information, Research and Review October 2015, Vol 2, Issue10, pp1255 -1258, ISSN: 2349-9141
25J.Selvakumar B.Anandarajan. Effect of Fenugreek with biopsychosocial interventions decreases HbA1c in type2 diabetes mellitus patients- A Cross-sectional study – International Journal of Information, Research and Review. Oct 2015 Vol 2 issue 10, pp1285 -1287 ISSN: 2349-9141
26B.Anandarajan,  S.Muthukumar.  Correlation of academic Scores with Blood group among first MBBS medical students. IJBAR June 2015 Vol 4 328-330 ISSN:2229-3809
27B.Anandarajan,  S.Muthukumar. High sensitivity C-reactive Protein in Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus –International Journal of Current Research. April 2015,Vol, 7 (04) : 14583 -14586; ISSN:0975-833
28B.Anandarajan,. Multilingual book for medical conversation-Prof.Dr.B.Anandarajan book released on 7/4/2014-World Health Day ,book featured in Limca book of records
29Suzanne MD. Maintenance of skeletal muscle tone: venturing beyond the conventional. National journal of physiology 2014; 22 – 26; ISSN: ISSN: 2321-7839
30J.Selvakumar. Effect Of Counselling To Improve Diabetes Induced Stress In Women Of Low Socio Economic Status :A Cross –Sectional Study In Urban Slum-International journal of psychological research,Dec,2014,vil.3(2) 0-ISSN :2320-6381
31Suzanne MD. Differences in blood pressure measurements in the forearm and upper arm of obese otherwise healthy first year medical students. International Journal of Medical Research and Health Sciences 2014;3(3)669-674; ISSN: 2319-5886
32Suzanne MD. Correlation between the learning approaches of first year medical students and their performance in Multiple Choice Questions in Physiology. National Journal of Integrated Research in Medicine 2013;4(5):43-48; ISSN:  0975-9840
33Suzanne MD. The effect of Aging on Memory in South Indians. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 2013;3(2):180-185
34J.Selvakumar. A comparative study of Auditory Evoked potential in young obese and Normal subjects- International Research Journal of Medical Science 2013; 1 (8): 11-14 –ISSN -2320-7353
35Suzanne MD. The effect of different bouts of exercise on weight loss in overweight Indian female undergraduates. International Journal of Medical Research and Health Sciences 2013;2(4):949-954; ISSN:2319-5886
36Suzanne MD. Correlation between the learning approaches and perceived stress of first year medical students. Southeast Asian Journal of Case Report and Review 2013;2(5):289-299; ISSN:2319-1090
37Suzanne MD. Learning preferences of students studying Physiology in South India. IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences 2013;7(1):15-19; ISSN:2279-0861
38J.Selvakumar Suzanne MD,. Heart Rate variability in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. International Journal of Biomedical and Advance Research 2013;4(6):420-424 ; ISSN: 2229-3809
39J.Selvakumar Suzanne MD,. Autonomic function in adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 2013;2(4):1031-1035  ; ISSN(online):  2277- 338X  ISSN(print):2320-4664
40Suzanne MD. The effect of Aging on cognitive function in a South Indian population. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publication 2013;3(5):1-5; ISSN:2250-3153
41Suzanne MD. The effect of aging on verbal fluency of South Indians. IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences 2013;6(3):40-42 ; ISSN:2279-0861
42Suzanne MD. Learning styles of first year medical students studying Physiology in Tamil Nadu. International Journal of Medical Research and Health Sciences 2013;2(3):321-327 ; ISSN:2319-5886
43B.Anandarajan,  S.Muthukumar. Professional examination stress induced hemodynamic changes in first year MBBS students – International Journal of Biomedical and Advance Research 2013 ;04 (11) :796-799 ; ISSN:2229-3809
44Muthukumar.S, Suzanne MD, B. Anandarajan. Introduction of Pre-Test and Post-Test enhances attentiveness to Physiology lectures – Students’ perceptions in an Indian medical college – International Journal of Biomedical and Advance Research 2013;4(5):341-344 ; ISSN:2229-3809
45Suzanne MD, Muthukumar.S, B. Anandarajan. Perceptions of medical students in India about the use of role-play as a teaching-  learning method in Physiology – International Journal of Biomedical and Advance Research 2013; 04 (04): 227-232; ISSN:2229-3809
46Muthukumar.S. Prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in rural women of Tamilnadu: implications for refining disease burden assessments attributable to household biomass fuel. Global Health Action 4 (1), 7226 – 45 2011
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