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Amala Institute of Medical Sciences

(NABH Accredited and ISO 9001 2015 Certified)

Amala Nagar PO, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA - 680555


The department undertakes Academic activities .


The department has all the facilities for undergraduate teaching as per the regulations of the Medical Council of India. The teaching programme is being carried out efficiently on a regular basis with the help of lectures, practicals, seminars, demonstrations and integrated teaching classes. Projects are submitted by small groups of students based on various clinical problems collected from the hospital. This makes the students aware of rational drug use, over-prescription, under-prescription, drug interactions and adverse drug reactions.

Academic achievements

Recently 2011 regular batch of MBBS students(90 students) cleared the subject with 100% of pass. Out of this 21 students got Distinction, 53 students got First class in the subject of Pharmacology.

Pharmacovigilance Centre
The department runs a pharmacovigilance centre which actively involves in the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of the Adverse Drug Events (ADE) in the hospital. The centre guided by its hospital committee conducts periodic review of the adverse drug events, initiates education programmes and has taken the lead in formulating ADE management protocols. The centre has been recognized as & ADR Monitoring Centre by the Pharmavigilance Programme of India(PvPI) . We report ADEs to World Health Organization monitoring centre at Upsala, Sweden, through Vigiflow.

Drugs and Therapeautic committee
A faculty of the department chairs the hospital Drugs and Therapeautic committee which provides guidance in aspects related to the use of drugs in the hospital so as to ensure quality patient care.

Other academic activities
Other activities of the department include integrated teaching programmes, continuing medical / nursing education programmes, formulation of drug related management protocols and taking post-graduate classes for other departments.


Pharmacy Lab
A pharmacy lab in the department is equipped with all the essential instruments and reagents for demonstration and practice of pharmacy exercises.

Experimental Pharmacology Lab
This well-equipped lab provides facility for demonstration of animal experiments and charts.

Demonstration Room
With a capacity to seat approximately 60 students, this mini-hall in the department is well-equipped with audio-visual aids including OHP & LCD projectors, black board and sound system.

The department Museum contains sample drugs, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic charts, photographs of medicinal plants, plant products, models of receptors and exhibits depicting history of pharmacology to aid illustrative teaching.

Clinical Pharmacology Research Room
A dedicated room with essential computer support is available for clinical pharmacology research.

Research Room
The research room contains all equipments as specified by Medical Council of India.

The department library has 103 books on medical and nursing pharmacology and allied specialities for faculty reference.

Faculty Details

NameDesignationQualificationPost PG
Date of Birth 
Dr.Padmaja G NairProfessor and HODMD Pharmacology, 200313 years03-04-1970Profile
Dr.V.K.PrathibhaAssociate ProfessorMD Pharmacology 2016-08-12-1984Profile
Sri.P Vinod KumarAssistant ProfessorMSc Medical Pharmacology 199817 years15-12-1971Profile
Dr.Boney RajanAssistant ProfessorMD Pharmacology 2019-31-08-1984Profile

Dr. Padmaja G Nair

MBBS from Govt. Medical College, Trivandrum in 1993. MD Pharmacology from Govt. Medical College, Calicut in June 2003. Worked as Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at Academy of Medical Sciences ,Pariyaram. Joined Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur in 2004. Currently working as Professor of Pharmacology in Amala Institute of Medical Sciences and has 13 years experience of teaching undergraduates. Also holding the post of chairperson of drug and therapeutic Committee and was previously secretary of the Pharmaco Vigilence Committe of this institution. Has also recieved additional training in Palliative Medicine (BCCPM) and is a member of Indian Associatin of Palliative Care.

Sri. P Vinod Kumar


M.Sc. (Medical Pharmacology) from B J Medical College, Pune in 1998. Worked as Lecturer at JJM Medical College Davangere Karnataka from 1998-2004. Joined Amala Institute of Medical Sciences in Thrissur in 2004 March as Lecturer. Promoted as Assistant Professor in 2008. Got 1st Prize for the best paper of the Conference, Harshvardhan prize and the best paper in the Post Graduate category for the paper entitled "Evaluation of triazole derivatives for their anti-inflammatory activity" at the XXII Annual Conference of Research Society of B J Medical College & Sassoon General Hospitals on 24th & 25th Jan 1996.

Dr. Deepu Jacob Chacko

MBBS from Government Medical College, Thrissur. Recieved MD - Pharmacology from Government Medical College, Trivandrum. Worked as Regional Medical Advisor at Astra Zeneca. Medical Advisor at Bristol Mayers Squibb. Co.editor of the book - Med PG AIIMS Recall, 2010.


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CME / Workshop / Quiz

Name of CME Theme/Subject Date of Conduct
Online orientation programme in One Amala Clinic Pharmacovigilance 10thFebruary 2021
CNE programme for nurses Drug administration errors 2019
CNE programme for nurses Awareness on Pharmacovigilance & ADR reporting 2018
CME on Pharmacovigilance Pharmacovigilance 27thMay 2017
Drugs of the last decade – An Overview Drugs of the last decade 6thMay 2011
PHARMACON 2008 Drugs – A Renal Perspective 1stMarch 2008