The Department of Community Medicine provides excellent opportunities for UG and PG students. It is the backbone of all peripheral services being provided by the institute. The Department is involved in a number of extension programs of its own as well as in partnership with various national and international agencies. Apart from preventive, promotive, and curative services are also offered at the field practice areas of the Department.
The Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC), Bhadran situated 25 km from Pramukhswami Medical College serves more than 10000 people. RHTC provides OPD-based care, training opportunities for interns, resident doctors, and students of Masters in Social Work along with 24 hours normal delivery and family health care services.
The Urban Health Training Centre (UHTC) is located in Petlad town about 17km from PSMC. The UHTC is in the building of the erstwhile Nagarpalika Hospital (Sudharai Davakhana) since 1997. The facility is functioning as a health & training centre having General OPD and Specialty based care along with 24 hours facility for Reproductive and Child health services. It caters to more than 80000 people in the vicinity.
Multi-diagnostic camps are organized by the Department at various villages. Department runs School health programs, Adolescent health clinics, and Non-Communicable disease clinics regularly. Along with sections on Epidemiology, Communicable/ Non-communicable diseases, Biostatistics, Occupational Health, Entomology, and Parasitology, the Department also has well-equipped laboratories, a Health museum, a library, computers, etc.
Palliative Care OPD
The department has played an instrumental role in starting Palliative Care Services. An OPD in the Shree Krishna Hospital has been operational since July 2016 where a team of caregivers including physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, and social workers provides their services for ensuring a pain-free life to patients coming to us with terminal conditions. A pain specialist is heading the team; a Medical Officer trained in administering palliative care manages the OPD with help of other caregivers.