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First Impression : DNB General surgery at Saifee Hospital, Mumbai

Edited by - Dr Varsha Ukrani

Saifee Hospital is a premier healthcare destination in Mumbai catering to patients from various parts of the country and abroad. It is a 254 bedded multi-speciality hospital which is located on queen's necklace - marine drive and provides a beautiful view of sea from every floor. Dr. Ankit Chauhan who is pursuing his DNB in General surgery from here is willing to help DNB aspirants with valuable information and also guide those who are aspiring for DNB in General surgery. With view of offering helping hand to all DNB aspirants  he answers few questions  about this hospital and if you still have doubts you can send your queries on his E-mail [email protected] or whatsapp on 9971084124.

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 and your colleagues rank in DNB if any:      

5100 , batchmate’s rank 5093

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

There are around 8 senior consultants 2 junior consultants

What are the usual working hours?       

Morning 8 to 6 pm. In 1st year usually you get free by afternoon, then evening rounds and admissions usually start from 4 to 8 pm ,in 2nd and 3rd year you have to attend  OT from 8am to 8 pm six days a week.

How many emergency duties per week and describe work if possible.:               

On an average once a week , workload depends, if there are lot of emergency cases then its busy , otherwise its not that busy.

What all surgeries you have performed till now?            

Initial 2 to 3 months we are posted in wards , after which first year has to attend OT on alternate days , and ward work simultaneously. Due to availability of World Class Infrastructure and highly skilled medical professionals the volume and variety of cases performed here ranges from toe nail removal to robotic surgeries. (Recently in December Saifee completed 100 robotic cases)

To  specifically name few important ones ,surgeries done are laproscopic APR , colectomy with RA , cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC , lots of MRM and thyroid cases , ovarian tumours , oral cavity tumours ( commando with reconstruction ). Frankly free hands on is average to good , but the good part is due to lack of superspeciality seats you get to first assist every case , ranging from craniotomy , CABG , abdominoplasty , micro vascular reconstruction and general cases viz fistula , hernia etc. Urology work load is immense , I have assisted 5 radical nephrectomy and 2 radical cystectomy and 3 KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS( naming just the major ones) in my 6 months tenure of urology OT .Free hand cases like toe amputation , lymph node biopsy , varicocele , orchidectomy , incision and drainage , cystoscopy ,biopsies, dj stent removal , sebaceous cyst are given to residents. There are lot of oncology cases being done here. Saifee has a bariatric department under Dr. Lakdawala ( they have their lap fellow , but DNB resident also gets opportunity to go and assist surgeries there )


Are you allowed to touch the patient ?? Please describe the procedures you have done .:         

Yes , first assessment is done by us , most of the consultants give you free hand in managing patient post op , order investigations you want , change medications , management of patient is in your hand only you have to timely inform consultants changes you wish to do , winning confidence of your consultants is important , there is gradation of patients general class and free patients which are your main learning source , then semi private and super private , you are allowed to touch every one .

How are the academics? Any case presentations done?

Academics is average , consultants are really good but , you have to put in an extra effort to learn ,read about the cases , discuss on rounds , a pg training program is going on from 1 year on every alternate Sunday which is attended by surgery residents from all over Mumbai , case presentations are there but not very frequent , there is a lovely library facing the serene sea on 9 th floor to read all you want.

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

Pass rate is good , third year are exam going right now previous results have been good , but the results are mainly student dependent.

How satisfied are you with your choice?

I am very satisfied

Any other departments at your institution good for DNB?          

From what all I know is Radiology , Anesthesia, Medicine and pathology are real good.

Anesthesia has lot of work load and exposure. Pathology lot of learning experience (thousand of cancer specimen)

Orthopedics and obstetrics and  gynecology are average.

For Family medicine it is good because due to lack of ENT and  ophthalmology dept you mainly work in medicine and pediatrics so its almost like doing medicine.

For further details please contact residents of respective departments.

Stipend and accommodation details:    

Recently revised 43, 45 and 46 k , accommodation is nearby hospital , accommodation is average.

Any other info would you like to give?

Work load is real good , you may or may not get absolute free hands on but you will get to learn the best of surgeries being performed by amazing surgeons in the most apt and correct way. Plus Saifee is on marine drive , every floor you get the most beautiful view of marine drive , its a beautiful building , you cannot be sad here.

Why did you choose this hospital?         

I wanted Mumbai , Delhi or Bangalore

A friend was doing obstetrics and gynecology here so knew a little beforehand about the institute and last but not the least marine drive was one of the reasons too.

Note : The information provided here may change over a period of time eg the stipend may increase over a period of 1-2 years . So 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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