The Department of Surgery at Maulana Azad Medical College is at the forefront of teaching the principles and art of Surgery to Undergraduate, Postgraduate and doctoral students. There are 16 faculty members and 3 specialists, who provide OPD, operative and emergency cover apart from their teaching and research obligations. Although all faculty members are proficient in general surgical procedures, each has a core area of interest on which he conducts research. The department has the latest in surgical equipment, such as argon plasma coagulator, Harmonic and Ligasure, radiofrequency ablation, holmium and KTP lasers, lithotripsy, etc. Faculty members have published a number of books and are acknowledged as leading experts in various fora.
Two hundred and fifty undergraduate students join the undergraduate course every year, and continue till they pass out after spending 3 ½ years affiliated to the department. To ensure that clinical teaching is not affected, the group posted in Surgery is divided into further small groups and attached to a clinical unit. This ensures that each student gets adequate clinical exposure to a variety of cases. The students are expected to work up the cases allotted to them, to discuss them with the faculty and residents, observe and assist in the surgeries and follow up the patients till discharge. The involvement of the students can be assessed from the fact that many students come to the wards and Emergency department in the evenings, outside their regular hours. It is gratifying that many go on to pursue careers in the surgical sciences.