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First Impression: DNB Orthopedics in Apollo Hospital, Bilaspur

Edited by Dr Varsha Ukrani

Apollo Hospitals, Bilaspur was established in October 2001. It was the first multi-specialty tertiary care hospital in the state of Chhattisgarh. The 300-bed hospital (including 50 bedded ICU) is set on a lush green of 19 acre-campus. Healthcare in Chattisgarh is pretty backward and only handful of hospitals provide quality healthcare, Apollo hospital is one of them says Dr.Satish kumar.  Going against the norms and taking a bit of risk proved beneficial for Dr. Satish Kumar who is pursuing DNB in Orthopaedic Surgery in Apollo hospital .He tells us about the uniqueness of this hospital in detail and about the risk he took but later did not regret it even a bit  and is totally satisfied with the choice he made. For further doubts and queries you may contact him on 7000164919 or email your queries on [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?       


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

Two Consultants. One consultant has specialized in spine surgery. The other consultant does knee and hip replacement surgery. We are posted every month alternately with each consultant.

What are the usual working hours?        

Morning work starts usually at 8am. During OPD day, we have OPD from 10am-2pm and 4-6pm. During OT day, operation starts around 9am and usually finishes by 4-5pm, except few days when it goes up to 8pm.

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

Usually the first year pg attends the case first in emergency

In first year, emergency duties are 15 days per month. Duties gradually decrease as we become senior.

If it’s a surgical branch then what all surgeries you have performed till now?        

Surgeries depend on, which year the pg student is doing the surgery  and whether the candidate is primary or secondary. For primary candidates, we get good cutting chances here.

In first year, I have performed K-wire fixation for colles fracture, dislocation reductions under GA, dynamizations , wound debridement, casts, intra- articular injections. I have assisted super major cases like TKR, spine instrumentation, disscectomies and scoliosis correction.

 In second year, we usually get to do external fixations, tibia nailing, femur nailing, PTB casts etc. In third year, we get to do dynamic hip screw and PFN for IT fracture, caudal epidural injections, skin grafting, ulna plating, radius and ulna nailing etc.

Secondary candidates get to do more peri- articular fractures like proximal humerus, distal femur and proximal tibia fractures and once we gain their trust, they give us chance to do them too. What we get here, is almost comparable to what MS candidates in govt medical colleges.

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

Yes, consultants as such don’t deny us to see patients first hand. We can take history and do examination of patients beforehand and note down the findings in OPD. It depends on our self interest. If we show interest in learning, the consultants are willing to teach and correct us, otherwise they will limit us to just writing prescription pad and giving it to patients.

OPD procedures like slab, cast, knee aspiration, intra-articular injections, k-wire removal , dynamization of tibia ,femur screws are routinely done by candidates.

How are the academics? any case presentations done?

The Achilles heel of this institute is academics. Classes are not so regular and it solely depends on self interest to do seminars and case presentations. Consultants do tell occasionally to keep the academics regular but are not strict. I have strived to keep regular classes and once I enter second year I am planning to make things more streamlined and organized.

How is the pass rate? Have your seniors passed.

One secondary candidate has passed theory exam in second attempt and awaiting practicals. Another primary and secondary candidate have given their theory and awaiting results.

How satisfied are you with your choice?

Totally Satisfied

Any other departments at your institution good for DNB?

Anaesthesia department is decent work wise and passing rate is very good.

Stipend and accommodation details:      

Stipend is 43.5k,45.5k and 47.5k in 1st,2nd and 3rd yr.

 Accommodation is free in quarters but subject to availability.

Just beside the hospital, a hotel is in tie-up with hospital for accommodation which is given if a quarter is not available and costs 4.5k per month.

Any other info would you like to give?

This hospital is unique in the sense, 70% of the patient case load is actually patients referred by government. Healthcare in Chhattisgarh is pretty backward and only handful of hospitals provide quality healthcare. Many govt companies which have huge number of employees but poor hospital infrastructure are in tie with our hospital and they refer their patients here for treatment. So we get a medical college like atmosphere in a private setup.

Many candidates become apprehensive of APOLLO brand thinking they won’t be allowed to touch patients or do surgeries, but it’s not true at our hospital because hardly 30% of our patients are cash patients who are usually demanding, ask more questions and can land doctors in medico legal problems.

Why did you choose this hospital?

1. I wanted orthopaedic surgery.

2. Cutting chances here is far better than so many private DNB hospitals where the cutting is next to nil.

3. I have lived here before and I am familiar with this place.

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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