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First Impression : Secondary DNB Pediatrics at HBTMC & RN Cooper Hospital,Mumbai

Edited by Dr Varsha Ukrani

HBTMC & RN Cooper Hospital has been the first choice of candidates for many branches. It is now a complete medical college now providing equivalence with MD Pediatrics. Dr Carpur Shirsat​ who joined Sec DNB Pediatrics here almost an year back answers some key questions about this place and tells us how it offers a balanced lifestyle (read as proximity to Juhu Beach) which is quintessential in today's fast paced world. If you still have doubts about this hospital you can email her at [email protected]

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 ?

118, 205 (PDCET)

How many consultants are there in Paediatrics department ?

5 permanent consultants with 4 honorary consultants.

What are the usual working hours??

Depends on the posting.

How many emergency duties per week ?

NICU call every 3rd day. Starting 9am till next day 1pm. Includes NICU duties, labor room calls, lscs calls , PNC rounds. PICU Every third or second day call depending on number of people posted which lasts 24 hrs. WARDS every alternate day call with every alternate call as first on call which is a 30 hour call. Ward strength usually depends on the month. Rainfall sees increase in admission rate. Up to 20 per day. Otherwise around 10 per day.

Are you allowed to touch the patient??

Yes. Being a tertiary care government run hospital, patient influx is good. Pediatrics department has PICU, so sick patients too are referred here. As a secondary DNB candidate, you are given full free hand to practice. In the past 7 months post joining, I have done intubation, ventilation, PICC insertion, and intraosseous line insertion to name a few. Recently department has started doing peritoneal dialysis as well.

How are the academics? Any case presentations done?

Academic activities do happen including seminars, case presentation, journal clubs, group reading. But again depends on the time of the year, as and when time permits. Being a medical College, every UG clinics teaching and lecture are undertaken.

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How is the pass rate??

75 percent roughly.

How satisfied are you with your choice?


Any other departments at your institution good for MD/DNB??

Orthopaedics, Dermatology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, medicine, psychiatry.

Stipend and accommodation details:    

53k and with accommodation provided. RMO Quarters room on 2 to 3 sharing basis.

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Any other info you would like to give? 

HBTMC and Dr RN Cooper hospital, department of pediatrics boasts of:

24*7 Pediatric Emergency Services

20 bedded Neonatal Intensive care services

05 Bedded Pediatric Intensive care services

45 Bedded Indoor services

Daily Immunization services

Special Pediatric Asthma & Allergy OPD, twice/week

Special Pediatric Hematology OPD once a week

Special High-Risk OPD and Child Rehabilitation Clinic, once per week

May be starting with Pediatrics neurology and nephrology consulting opds as well.

Why did you chose this hospital?           

1. Preferred location: Mumbai!

2. HBTMC and RN Cooper hospital is a government run tertiary care hospital with NICU and PICU with attached Medical College. Need I say more! First batch of UG students are going to graduate in 2020.

3. Most importantly Mumbai Sion Indian academy of Pediatrics clinics

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. 

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