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First Choice : DNB General Medicine at St Stephens Hospital, Delhi

Edited by Dr Varsha Ukrani

St Stephens Hospital has always been first choice of candidates in every DNB councelling as it offers excellent hands on exposure for almost all the subjects .We already have a good review of DNB Anesthesia at St Stephens which can be found here. Dr Jemshid who Completed his DNB General Medicine from St Stephens Hospital, Delhi says that General Medicine department is no different in offering excellent training opportunity to both General medicine and Family Medicine residents. He answers some key questions the place. If you Still have doubts you can email him 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 DNB CET ?


How many consultants are there in your department in the concerned specialty?

11 consultants (3 in each of the 3 units, and 2 in the Intensive care). Apart from this there is a Professor emeritus (Dr. Vinod Kumar, Retd. Professor from AIIMS) for guiding daily academics and thesis work.

What are the usual working hours??

8 AM to 4:30 PM

How many emergency duties per week?

Emergency duties for DNB are flexible and variable, roster mostly prepared by the DNB residents themselves, supervised by consultant. The tradition, as in any medical college, is to give lesser duties as one approaches final year. Emergency duties vary between 6-7 per month in first year to 3-4 in final year. There is rotatory posting in Intensive care for 4-6 months usually in second year where 3 residents rotate on 8 hour shifts. All duties under supervision of a senior resident and a consultant.

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Are you allowed to touch the patient??

DNB residents get free hand for examination, evaluation and starting treatment be it General category or private category - duties are always in pairs and there are seniors who guide juniors. Consultants provide requisite inputs on rounds and also guidance whenever required. All basic procedures are freely done by DNB residents including pleural and ascitic tapping, lumbar puncture, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. We have got training in all emergency medical procedures during Intensive care posting of 6 months including central line placements and Intubation/Mechanical ventilation. The ICU posting lasts for around 6 months in second year under supervision of 2 consultants and morning rounds are academically fruitful. Recently the new Head of Dept. has started 2 months rotation in the Intermediate care unit during 1st year under his supervision which also is proving to be a good opportunity for learning during rounds. There is fixed super specialty posting in the departments of Neurology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, and Nephrology during final year as per NBE guidelines. Neurology posting is especially fruitful. Cardiology posting lacks exposure to rheumatic heart disease which is a drawback of all private hospitals.

How are the academics? Any case presentations done?

Academics are good. An academic roster with daily class schedule is prepared by our Professor Emeritus which is strictly adhered to. It includes power point presentations, journal club and 2-3 bed side case presentations per week.

How is the pass rate?? Have your seniors passed?

The pass rate in theory is almost always 100% since last few years. Practical pass rates usually average 50-100%. My batch had 100% pass rate after a gap of many years. Previous batch 3 out of 4 passed practical in 1st attempt. Pass rate mirrors the trend and difficulty of DNB General Medicine in general and cannot be compared to other subjects.

How satisfied are you with your choice?

Very satisfied

Any other departments at your institution good for DNB??

Almost all departments are good and follow the same approach towards the training of DNB students. Notable are OBGY and Pediatrics. Family Medicine training is equivalent to Medicine and there is no discrimination. They roughly get the same exposure including ICU except the super-speciality postings as they have to complete postings in other departments as well.

Stipend and accommodation details:

Stipend is 50-55k depending on year of training and which is also increasing slightly every year. Hostel accommodation is available on a twin sharing basis after a waiting period of 6-12 months.

Any other info you would like to give?

DNB as a specialty degree may have its merits and demerits, but if one has no good option to join an MD program in India then DNB from good institutes is worth it. St. Stephen's Hospital is one of the best options in North India. I believe it is at par with Gangaram Hospital (but may not have the same brand value) as far as DNB program is concerned.

Why did you choose this hospital?

Its one of the best option in North India for DNB Medicine. Its near to my home. Academics are good and schedule strictly followed. Being in Delhi has advantage in access to many CMEs and Medicine Updates conducted by Government colleges.

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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