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First Impression : Secondary DNB Anesthesia at Breach Candy hospital, Mumbai

Edited by Dr Varsha Ukrani

Breach Candy Hospital is a hospital located in Mumbai, India. One of the most renowned and prestigious hospitals in India, it is located in the Breach Candy area of South Mumbai and has been a beacon of light for the suffering for over 50 years. Situated on the coastline of South Mumbai, the hospital is renowned for its medical expertise, excellent nursing care and quality diagnostics. Specialists on the hospital's panel of doctors include some of the most distinguished names in Indian medical profession. Department of Anesthesia at Breach candy hospital is a fine example of same. Dr  Noorulhaque Shaikh who joined Secondary DNB Anesthesia here  is extremely satisfied with his choice and answers a few questions to put all your doubts to rest. This is one of the first reviews for secondary DNB and we wish to continue and extend this endevaour into this domain. If you still have any queries you can whatsapp him on  8484842284 and he shall get back to you in his free time.

DISCLAIMER :  This information is for Guiding DNB /MD Aspirants only. This is not a review of Overall Patient care in These hospitals which may not be affected by what is being discussed here. The Information Provided here cannot be used for any other purpose or to asses the patient care in these hospitals. This is just a review of a postgraduate course running in the mentioned hospital and is meant for guiding medical aspirants only

What was your rank in PDCET and your colleagues rank if any?
My PDCET Jan 2018 Rank was 113 and My Colleagues Rank was 70
How many consultants are there in your department in the concerned specialty ?
Dr. Alka Halbe is our HOD, She was Professor in Nair Medical College, now work as a full time consultant in Breach Candy Hospital. Apart from her There are about 9 full time consultant and many more visiting consultant. HOD and few full time consultant are very keen about academics and take regular lectures, make sure that DNB resident learn from basics from doing Pre operative checkup to taking IV line to do all Anaesthesia procedures like Spinal Anaesthesia, Intubation and General Anaesthesia, Epidural Anaesthesia, LMA insertion, PCA Pump, USG guided Nerve Blocks and Central Lines. Some visiting consultants are also very experienced and always ready to teach DNB residents and allow them to do various procedures
What are the usual working hours??
There are 3 OT complexes in Breach Candy Hospital. Cardiac OT complex is having 3 OT mainly all Cardiac cases like CABG, Valve Replacements, etc are done here along with all Orthopedic, Neurosurgery and Urosurgery. Main OT complex is also having 3 OT, all Laparoscopic surgery, General surgery, Onco Surgery and Gynecological including Emergency LSCS are done here. Godrej OT complex have 2 OT and all other small surgery are done here.ICU posting for 3 months from 8AM to 5PM,Railway Hospital posting 2 months from 9AM to 4PM,Wadia Children Hospital posting from 8AM to 6PM.Sunday is off if not on CALL DUTY. 
How many emergency duties per week and describe work if possible?
Usual working hours depend upon where you are been posted. Cardiac OT 7AM to 8PM, may extend if Neurosurgery is going on upto 2-3AM.Main OT 8AM to 7PM, may extend if Commando or Flap Onco surgery is going on upto midnight 12AM.Godrej OT 8AM to 6PM.Only 1 Emergency duty per week and next day Pre-operative checkup to be done . Once a month Emergency duty on Saturday and Sunday (2 days Simultaneously). As such there no real emergencies in Breach Candy Hospital, rarely LSCS or Appendectomy or Laparotomy cases are taken on emergency basis. Maximum call come to IV Line as many VIP patients refuse to have IV access from Nursing Staff. In-short emergency duty is not hectic like government hospitals, one can have peaceful sleep after 12 midnight
Are you allowed to touch the patient?? Please describe the procedures you have done?
Yes. Even tough Breach Candy Hospital is prestigious hospital and many VVIP and Celebrities comes here, DNB Residents are allowed to do all the procedures especially Secondary DNB resident. Primary DNB resident is allowed to do all procedures in 2nd year onwards when they finish their Railway Hospital posting. We are the one who do pre anaesthetic checkup and take IV access. Full time consultant allow us to do all the procedures. Being Secondary DNB resident, till now in 3 months of my residency in Breach Candy Hospital i have done/given.  
IV Access to VVIP patients 
Spinal & Epidural Anaesthesia 
Intubation and General Anaesthesia 
Intubated with Videolaryngoscope 
LMA & I-gel Insertion 
Brachial Plexus Blocks 
Central lines & Arterial lines 
PCA pump 
I am the Lucky Resident to Intubate and give General Anaesthesia to a popular actress as well whose name I cannot disclose.
How are the academics? Any case presentations done?
Academic is Good in Breach Candy Hospital,HOD makes sure to have regular lectures and case presentations. Dr. Kalpana Shah, full time Cardiac Anaesthesiologist is very enthusiastic for Academics and take regular lectures, case presentations and she also arranges CME for students and consultants in Breach Candy Hospital. Dr. Shilpa Bhojraj who is also my PG guide also take regular lectures and teaches from the very basics of anaesthesia. Dr. Dhayagude pediatric anaesthesiologst take regular lectures on pediatric anaesthesia. 
How is the pass rate?? Have your seniors passed.?
Pass rate is good about 75%. All the 2 primary residents of previous year cleared their both theory and practical examination in first attempt.Among 2 secondary residents one cleared her both theory and practical examination in first attempt and 1 resident could not clear his practical exam.
How satisfied are you with your choice?
Super Satisfied!!
Any other departments at your institution good for DNB??
Radiology 2 primary seats and 2 secondary seat 
Stipend and accomodation details:
For Secondary Residents its 75000/month in which 6000 is deducted as TDS, in hand 69000 
For Primary Residents its 50000/month in which 3000 is deducted as TDS, in hand 47000 
Breach Candy Hospital provide Free Food including Breakfast, High Tea, Lunch, Evening Tea & Snacks and Dinner. 
Accommodation is really very nice and provided near Breach Candy Hospital (Walking Distance about 350 meters)
For us its 1BHK Flat with 3 attach toilets for 7 resident doctors which include Bed with pillow and bed sheet & Towel which is changed weekly, Cupboard, Study Table, along with AC, TV, Refrigerator, Induction Machine for cooking and Free WiFi. every day Flat is cleaned by Breach Candy Hospital workers. 
Any other info you would like to give.?
For Secondary DNB it is the best place in Mumbai, especially for Anaesthesia. Decent work load and cutting,Very light emergency duties,Very advance OT complexes with all modern machines and equipments,Very experienced consultants and teachers,Best pay in Mumbai,Prestigious Hospital,Free Food & Very decent accommodation.For Primary DNB, its OK because less emergencies and call duties so they learn slowly and they are not allowed to do all the procedures in first year.They have posting in Railway Hospital where they can learn all the basics as it is government hospital with good cutting.
Cons of Breach Candy Hospital : Very few Emergency cases, Very less Trauma cases.Numbers of daily cases are less as compared to Kokilaben, Saifee, Lilavati, Nanavati or Jaslok so less exposure, but it doesn't matter to a secondary DNB resident. 
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Why did you choose this hospital? 
  • I finished my Diploma In Anaesthseiology from Dr. V.M Government Medical College, Solapur,So I wanted to do Secondary DNB in Private Corporate Hospital where all the Advance Machines and Equipments are used. 
  • Best Stipend in Maharashtra with free food and accommodation 
  • 2 months preparatory leave for theory and 1 month preparatory leave for practical exam. 
  • Once week emergency duty.

Note : The information provided here may change over a period of time eg. the stipend may increase/decrease over a period of 1-2 years . Please confirm these details from a resident if the date of publishing of the blog is more than one year old. If there are two blogs available for the same specialty/same hospital please consider the latest one to be updated with latest information.

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