Department of General Medicine

About General Medicine

The Department of General Medicine at Dr. TMA Pai Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services for the management of patients with common and chronic diseases. The Department of Medicine stands firmly on the belief that we can, within the same department, achieve excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. Infectious diseases are one of the major concerns in this region and the department handles a large volume of patients with infections. Among the problems handled are influenza; hepatitis; tuberculosis, acute febrile patients, pneumonia, malaria, and other tropical diseases.

More recently, the department is at the forefront of managing COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic. When the hospital was designated as the first private Dedicated COVID-19 Hospital (DCH) in the country, the physicians and residents of the department took the mantle of facing the unforeseen challenges with grit.


Patient Care

The department manages all aspects of an adult patient’s general health care and provides guidance for health maintenance as well as treatment of medical illnesses.

  • Preventive medicine screening care (complete physical examination, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol screening, preventive advice, etc.)
  • Collaborative care of patients with long-term medical illnesses (high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, heart disease, stroke, epilepsy, bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, etc.) throughout the various stages of their illness.
  • Comprehensive management of medical needs for hospitalized patients.
  • Intensive care for patients who are critically ill (sepsis, infectious diseases, stroke, acute coronary syndrome, respiratory disorders, seizures, acute poisoning situations, alcohol withdrawal, etc.)

Collectively, the team’s goal is to combine the latest evidence-based medicine with thoughtful consideration of each patient’s needs to promote wellness and facilitate healing.



The faculty members in the Department of Medicine are actively involved in teaching undergraduate medical students and postgraduate residents in general medicine.

Residents of general medicine are posted from the National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS), New Delhi. Medical students who have completed MBBS from recognized medical colleges compete in a national level competitive examination (PG-NEET) to get admission to DNB general medicine training in this department.

The undergraduate teaching by the department is highly rated by medical students of MMMC and faculty members of this department have been voted by students for their excellence in teaching too. Patient-centred clinical teaching is given high importance and the students are imparted with the appropriate clinical techniques for history taking and examination to solve clinical problems.

Postgraduate residents receive an immersive clinical training and teaching to learn the skills of specialist internal medicine.



The faculty members in the department of Medicine are actively involved in clinical and collaborative research, the outcomes of which are regularly published in national and international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The department has more than 60 such publications to its credit including many ongoing research projects.

Postgraduate residents pursuing their DNB training in General Medicine also actively pursue clinical research as a part of their curriculum under the guidance of faculty members.


Procedures performed in Medicine Department

  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy
  • Ultrasound guided Pleural Biopsy
  • Ultrasound guided Pleural Paracentesis
  • Ultrasound guided Ascitic Fluid Paracentesis
  • FNAC
  • Liver abscess aspiration

The department is committed to Faculty development through continuing medical education programmes and rigorous quality improvement in its services through adapting best practices.

Contact Details

Court Road, Udupi, Karnataka – 576101

The Team

Dr. Shashikiran U

Professor & Head

Dr. Seema Shetty

Associate Professor

Dr. Afsal P. M

Associate Professor

Dr. Apoorva

Senior Resident

Dr. Ajay V Shenoy

Junior Resident