Department of Community Medicine

Community Medicine Department

Vision & Mission

   Department of Community Medicine is primarily vested with the responsibility of imparting community-based education, which is essential to acquire skills for providing primary health care. The domain of the subject is extensive, ranging from the promotion of health and prevention of diseases to the implementation of policies and programmes using socially-oriented strategies. The goal of the specialty is to ensure that students should achieve broad public health competency for providing comprehensive care, taking into consideration the various principles of primary health care.

   The goal of the department is to produce skilled, knowledgeable and empathetic doctors, capable of providing need-based services to the community, trained through innovative teaching-learning methodologies. He/She should be a good clinician, capable of providing comprehensive care, a good researcher, an excellent communicator and a lifelong learner who is ethically responsive to the community. Students should be able to identify the socioeconomic inequalities as determinants of health and suggest interventions based on moral values at individual, family and community level.

Dr. Samir Bele.,M.B.B.S., M.D (Community Medicine).,

Professor & Head of the Department

Dr. Samir Bele is presently working as a Professor and HoD, Department of Community Medicine in Velammal Medical College Hospital & Research Institute, Madurai since August 2014. He has done his MD in Community Medicine from LTMMC, Mumbai in 2006 and he is currently pursuing FAIMER fellowship (2019 fellow) at PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

He is having over 12 years experience in teaching and training wide variety of students. Additionally, he is a “Secretary of Academic Coordinating Committee” for the proposed Velammal University, “Convener of Appointment Committee” and member of “NAAC Accreditation Committee”. He is also serving the institute as an editor of “VELNEWS”, a hospital newsletter. He is having over 21 publications and worked as a founder editor of “Perspectives In Medical Research” a multidisciplinary, peer reviewed, national, indexed journal. He has undergone training in Basic and Revised Basic Course Workshop in Medical Education Technology and worked as a member and faculty of medical education in his previous institute. He has organized and conducted a state level quiz competition, a national level innovation summit, several workshops, and Zonal CMEs.

Dr. Trupti Bodhare.,M.B.B.S., M.D (Community Medicine).,


She is Professor in Community Medicine and Chief Warden of Ladies Hostel at Velammal Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. She has been a dedicated academician since last 12 years and has organized and conducted several workshops, regional CMEs, and quiz competitions. She is currently pursuing FAIMER fellowship (2018 fellow) at PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

She is committed to innovative teaching learning methods in imparting community based medical education relevant to the needs of the community. She is skilled in creating engaging lessons and training contents. She played a lead role in planning, designing and implementing educational innovations in the department like problem based learning (PBL), team based leaning (TBL), flipped classroom, e-Learning and blended learning to teach MBBS students. She is having several publications in reputed journals and received award as a best author. She is member of Medical Education Unit, Institutional Ethics Committee and Curriculum Sub-committee in the present institute and have undergone several training programmes pertaining to medical education. She worked as Founder Member Secretary of Institutional Ethics Committee, Member of Medical Education Unit and Editorial Board Member of a journal in her previous institute. Her areas of interest are Problem Based Learning and Qualitative Research.

Dr. Sudhir Ben Nelson B T.,M.B.B.S., M.D (Community Medicine).,

Associate Professor

Dr. Sudhir Ben is currently working as Associate Professor in the department of Community Medicine at VMCH&RI. He joined the department in October 2018. He did his MBBS in Madurai Medical College and obtained his MD from Meenakshi Medical College in 2014. He has also completed the PG Diploma in Epidemiology from IIPH, Delhi. He has been a member of the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) since 2015.

He has accumulated five years of experience as Medical college teacher, researcher and public health professional & has authored 11 publications in various indexed national & international journals. His areas of interests are Epidemiology, Research, Environmental health and health systems.

Dr.Deiveegan C.,M.B.B.S., M.D (Community Medicine).,

Assistant Professor

Dr.Deiveegan is a community medicine expert with special interest in Non-communicable diseases, epidemiology, primary health care & preventive geriatrics.
He has completed his under graduation in PSGIMS&R, Coimbatore & post graduation in MD community Medicine in St Johns Medical College Bangalore. He is currently working in Velammal Medical college as an Assistant Professor since March 2015. He is currently pursuing postgraduate diploma in Bioethics. He likes to spend leisure time in travel & visiting new places.

Dr Munish.N.,M.B.B.S., M.D (Community Medicine).,

Assistant Professor

He is currently working in the department of community medicine as assistant professor . He joined the department in July 2017 . He did his M.B.B.S and M.D from Chettinad medical college hospital and research institute .He has published 2 articles in various National and International journals . He is professionally engaged in improving primary health care. He is also interested in extrapolating community based health care services .

Dr. Saravanan K.,M.B.B.S., M.D (Community Medicine).,

Assistant Professor

Dr. Saravanan is an assistant professor of community medicine department at VMCH&RI. He finished his MD in community medicine in 2018 from the Central Institute, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) of Manipur. He has finished his fellowship in Diabetology from Royal University of Liverpool (UK). He has also completed his certificate course in Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke (CCCS) organised by Public Health Foundation of India. His hobbies are going for long drive, playing badminton, Chess, Carrom & gym.

Dr.Sudharsan Balasubramanian.,M.B.B.S., M.D (Community Medicine).,

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sudharsan Balasubramanian is a Clinician, Researcher and Teacher. He is currently designated as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at VMCH&RI. He finished his MBBS at Vinayaka Mission Medical College, Karaikal and MD from Chettinad University in 2018. He has done his fellowships in nutrition and geriatrics from National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad and Haryana respectively. He has authored 4 articles in various indexed national & international journals.
His field of interest lies in developing the better health care system for the geriatric people at the community level and at the household level and a bit more towards the geriatric emergencies.
He is passionate about exploring new places and new people in view of studying their customs and lifestyle.

Dr.M.S.Regan.,M.B.B.S., M.D (Community Medicine).,

Assistant Professor

Dr. M.S. Regan MD is an Assistant Professor in department of Community Medicine in VMCH & RI. He obtained his MBBS from SRM Medical College, Chennai in 2015 & MD in Community Medicine from the same college in 2019. He is the coordinator for research activities of the students.His interests lie in epidemiology and health management.

Dr. A.Ra. Boornema

Assistant Professor

Dr. A.Ra.Boornema MD is an Assistant Professor in department of Community Medicine in VMCH & RI. She obtained her MBBS from Dr. Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College, Trivandrum and MD from Rajah Muthiah Medical College, Chidambaram in 2019. Her areas of special interest are Non communicable diseases, Nutrition & Geriatric health. She has published 3 research articles in various journals.

Mr.Vijay Anto .J


Vijay Anto .J is a teacher and statistical analyst. At present he is working as an Assistant professor cum Statistician in the department of Community Medicine. He completed his BSc and MSc from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. He is pursuing PhD in St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli. His areas of interest in Statistics are Survival Modeling, Bio-Statistics, Stochastic Modeling, Agricultural Statistics and Time series Analysis. He has published five research papers in national and international journals. He has presented many research papers in international conferences.



   The aim of teaching and learning in the Community Medicine department is to create a knowledgeable and morally responsive student capable of identifying and providing need-based services to the community. The faculty of Community Medicine is more focused toward teaching medical students the issues beyond clinical illness, especially biopsychosocial aspects, communication, epidemiology, the natural history of diseases, health systems and the role of support mechanism, the knowledge of which is crucial in providing comprehensive care to the patient. The faculty in the department are practicing innovative teaching-learning approaches to achieve this aim. Instructional methods adopted are learner-centered; invoke critical thinking, promote self-directed learning and motivate them to become lifelong learners.

   Much focus is given in creating a supporting and collaborative learning environment for students. The department has successfully incorporated student-centric learning strategies like problem-based learning (PBL), team-based learning (TBL), flipped classroom, e-learning and blended learning to facilitate higher learning skills among MBBS students. The department has also designed and developed a flexible and convenient E-learning platform to teach new topics and improve the teaching outcomes.

Group Based Learning

Problem Based Learning

Health Centres


   Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC) is located in Ladanendhal in Sivagangai district, 23 km from Velammal Medical College Hospital & Research Institute, which showcases a primary health care service delivery model. Intensive coverage area includes Ladanenthal, Thiruppuvanam, Kottangulam, Thiruppachethi, Panaiyanendal, Thoothai, Valaiyanendal covering the total population of around 22,428.

Services provided at RHTC

Curative Services:
1. OPD
2. Inpatient
3. Referrals
4. Basic Laboratory services
5. Specialist camp
6. Emergency services

Preventive services:
1. Antenatal services
2. Postnatal services
3. Immunization (TT)
4. School health services
5. Health education

   OPD runs every weekday from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm and specialist visits are organized on first and third Thursday of every month with the involvement of department of General Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology. The RHTC is manned by one lady medical officer, two nurses, one receptionist, two attenders and one housekeeping staff, Average OPD patients are around 60-80 per day. The Institute extends its healthcare services free of cost to the villagers. Few essential drugs are also given free of cost. However certain services like administration of intravenous fluid, injections and certain antibiotics and other medicines are given at MRP rate to the patients who are willing to pay. RHTC is providing a wide range of services to the villagers including health promotional activities, prevention of disease, curative services for minor ailments and referral services in complicated cases. The lab facilities are available at RHTC and baseline investigations are carried out especially on the specialist camp day. The RHTC is participating in several national health programs with the major focus on maternal and child health and non communicable diseases. It serves as an ideal platform for community based learning by undergraduate. The department of community medicine is undertaking several epidemiological surveys and community-based research at Ladanenthal.


   It is located in Viraganoor in the Madurai-Rameshwaram Highway, 6 km from Velammal Medical College Hospital & Research Institute. The total population covered by the UHTC is around 24,209 and it includes areas like Puliangulam, Silaiman, Viraganur, Pirakkudi, Kiladi, and Manalur.

Services provided at UHTC

Curative Services:
1. OPD
2. Inpatient
3. Referrals

Preventive services:
1. Antenatal services
2. Postnatal services
3. Immunization (TT)
4. Health education

   The centre is located within the campus of Velammal College of Engineering and Technology, Viraganoor. The daily OPD on an average is around 50-60 patients, however majority of the patients visiting UHTC are either engineering college student or staff. The contribution from outside area is negligible. All the services including medicines and injectables are provided at free of cost to the patients. The other services includes Antenatal Clinic, Postnatal Clinic, Family Planning Services, TT immunization and referral of patients to Velammal Hospital as and when required.

   The medical students posted in the community medicine department during their third semester posting are made to visit the centers to study the structure process and outcome of the centre. Similarly interns will be posted to the centers for a period of one month on regular basis as a part of their compulsory rotator internship where they will be trained to deliver the primary health care to the community.

Number of Publications:
S.No. Faculty Designation No. of Publications
1 Dr. SamirBele Professor and Head 21
2 Dr. Trupti Professor 20
3 Dr. Sudhir Ben Nelson Associate Professor 11
4 Dr. Deiveegan Assistant Professor 2
5 Dr. Saravanan Assistant Professor 3
6 Dr. Sudharsan Assistant Professor 3
7 Dr. Regan Assistant Professor -
8 Dr. Boornema Assistant Professor 3
9 Mr. Vijay Anto J Statistician 5

Current ongoing projects:
Faculty Topic
Guide: Dr. SamirBele
Students: Jai Chandra Bose, Gopala Krishnan, Gopinath
Assessment of levels of disability, social support and stigma among leprosy patients Awareness of medical law and ethics among medical practitioners in tertiary care hospital
Guide: Dr. Trupti
Students: Gowshika, Gownisha, Bawapoorni
Quality of life after the completion of leprosy treatment Perceptions of medical students towards assessment and its impact on approves to learning Feasibilty , perceptions and effectiveness of Team based learning among medical students
Guide: Dr. Sudhir
Students: Gifta Catherine, Haritha, Aishwarya
Depression in the wives of alcoholics
Guide: Dr. Deiveegan
Students: Chandrika, Harshitha, Evengelin
Awareness on newer vaccines among parents residing in rural Madurai.
Guide: Dr. Saravanan
Students: Chandrapriyan, Dharun, FidalHastro, Gokila
Evaluation of cognition in type II diabetes patients in a tertiary care centre
Guide: Dr. Sudharsan
Students: Aravind, Gokul, Denesh, Deepan
Cross sectional study of prevalence of myopia in under 12 age group children in urban centre.
Guide: Dr. Regan
Students: Bovaneshwari, Hareni, Dhikshaya
A study to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice about HIV and its related ethical issues among medical interns in a medical college in Tamil Naud.
Guide:Mr. J. Vijay Anto
Students: Farzana, Dharani
Mental Health and Quality of life among leprosy patients.