The broad goal of the teaching of undergraduate students in Forensic Medicine is to produce a physician who is well informed about medicolegal responsibilities in practice of medicine. He/She will also be capable of making observations and inferring conclusions by logical deductions to set enquiries on the right track in criminal matters and connected medicolegal problems. He/She acquires knowledge of law in relation to medical practice, medical negligence and respect for codes of medical ethics.
At the end of the course in Forensic Medicine, the learner shall be able to:-
- Identify, examine and prepare report or certificate in medico-legal cases/situations in accordance with the law of land.
- Perform medico-legal postmortem examination and interpret autopsy findings and results of other relevant investigations to logically conclude the cause, manner and time since death.
- Be conversant with medical ethics, etiquette, duties, rights, medical negligence and legal responsibilities of the physicians towards patients, profession, society, state and humanity at large.
- Be aware of relevant legal/court procedures applicable to the medicolegal/ medical practice.
- Preserve and dispatch specimens in medico-legal/postmortem cases and other concerned materials to the appropriate Government agencies for necessary examination.
- Manage medico-legal implications, diagnosis and principles of therapy of common poisons.
- Be aware of general principles of environmental, occupational and preventive aspects of toxicology.