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Dr Gajanan Rodge talks about Medicine and Lilavati Hospital,Mumbai

Lilavati Hospital is a premier multi-specialty tertiary care hospital of India which has been acknowledged globally as a centre of medical excellence. The hospital is located in the heart of Mumbai.The hospital started functioning in 1997 with 10 beds and initially had only 22 doctors. Today, it boasts of 314 beds with one of the largest Intensive Care Units (ICUs), most advanced 12 Operation Theaters, more than 300 consultants and manpower of nearly 1,800.Hospital attends to around 300 In-patients and 1,500 Out-patients daily.

First of all I would like to clear some misconceptions regarding DNB residency at Lilavati Hospital. Many students think that at Lilavati they will not be allowed to touch the patient which is completely wrong. Here you have freedom to take the history, completely examine the patient and start the initial management after discussing with your respective consultants.          

In DNB Medicine during your First year you will be looking after all the ward patients who are admitted .In between if you get any call from emergency or casualty you will also be attending those calls. In Medicine there are about 12 consultants including two intensivists. Gastroenterology department is also clubbed with medicine department which has another 7 to 8 consultants.   In all there are 20 consultants whose patients we look after and we get approximately daily 35 to 40 indoor patients with 20 to 25 references. Morning rounds of resident doctors are to be completed by around 9.30 a.m. after which consultants start coming and taking rounds. Not all but many consultants do teach in rounds. Till now every year only one DNB Medicine seat was sanctioned so work load was pretty heavy as there would be only one junior resident. From this year two DNB seats are accredited which will divide the work load in decent amount and allow students to get some time for studies during first year.

The Second Year DNB Medicine student goes for rotation in Departments like Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Haematology, Chest medicine, Endocrinology and Radiology. We also get 3 to 4 months of postings in I.C.U. which is very important and useful as you see many critical patients and also learn to do procedures like intubation and central line placement.

The Third Year DNB Medicine student comes back to the department and has comparatively less work load. He takes the morning rounds with his juniors and then with consultants and manages rest of his time for studies or to attend clinics or lectures at other hospitals like Holy Family, K.E.M. Hospital, Sion Hospital and J.J. Hospital. During last 3 to 4 months prior to exam 3rd year candidate gets maximum time to concentrate on studies.

Overall I would say exposure is quite good with decent amount of patients and nice consultants. Academics as such is not much but with consultants in rounds you get to learn a lot. Case presentations and journal readings do take place. Each consultant has their own O.P.D. timings. You can attend O.P.D. with any of the consultants if you have finished the work in ward or if you are off call.

In the last three years all Medicine students have cleared there DNB Medicine(theory plus practical) in First attempt.

Stipend is 30 k, 31 k, 32 k with accommodation and food free of cost.

I personally chose Lilavati as 

  1. Mumbai - overall great exposure, easy availability of academics at other medical colleges
  2. Having free time during third year which is required to study and clear a difficult exam like DNB.
  3. Good stipend ( including accommodation and food )
  4. Medicine at a corporate hospital, you will be following the correct line of management and standard protocols with good superspecialty branch exposure.

For other branches at Lilavati Hospital I would not be the correct person but DNB in Radiology and Paediatrics also seem to be good at Lilavati Hospital.

I would like to thank Dr.Jateen Ukrani for giving me a chance to share my views regarding DNB Medicine at Lilavati Hospital for other DNB Aspirants.

Dr.Gajanan A. Rodge

DNB  Resident, Dept of Medicine

Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre,Mumbai                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


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