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From Dreaming it to living it : DNB General Medicine at Dr Hedgewar Rugnalaya ,Aurangabad

By Ajinkya Patil 

Hi, This is Dr. Ajinkya Patil, DNB General Medicine resident at Dr. Hedgewar Rugnalaya, Aurangabad. I’am writing a sincere review about the course and the hospital in view to help future aspirants.I belong to ’08 batch and I completed my UG degree from Pune in March 2014. It was my first attempt at the entrance and i did not do well in AIPG and maharashtra due to hectic internship schedule. Having familiar to the cut throat scenario of entrances, i started toiling as soon as i finished my internship in march and by God’s grace got myself a rank of 523 in June DNB. I wanted to pursue only General Medicine for my post graduation and i was in two minds whether to opt for a seat now or try for AIPG and state as this was my first attempt. But with so much at stake and owing to the unpredictability of the system, i opted for it.

My co-resident here, Dr. Digvijay Ekbote took the first seat at a rank of 376. He has been a constant help for PG aspirants with his counselling experiences through social networking.

I preferred this institute because

1. It is charitable hospital
2. Huge patient load
3. Good free hand
4. Good passing rate and academics
The institute has grown from a 8 beded clinic to 400 beded hospital over the last 20 years. Apart from the hospital, the institute is very active for social causes like mobile clinics and camps, 3 rural enters, female health and education. There is a cousin institute at Nashik under the same trust currently a 80-100 bedded fully functioning hospital.
There are 6 full time consultants in our department, a visiting neurologist and nephrologist. We have a separate cardiology department. OPD timings are 10-3 in the morning and 6-8.30 in the evening, each session preceded by indoor rounds. We have a indoor capacity of 70-80 beds with a 30 bedded ICU. There’s a separate 10 bedded cardiac ICU. 
OPD is five days a week and is extremely busy. We have to attend two call days per week with alternate sunday as first on call. All the ward procedures are expected to be done by us and the best part is that the paperwork here is less as compared elsewhere. Average OPD per day is 250-300 of medicine.
We have General Surgery and ENT seats for January session. ENT is very good here, huge amount of surgical cut. The institute has also applied for Radiodiagnosis, Pediatrics and Pathology. Our blood bank and pathology lab are exceptional, both NABH and NABL accredited respectively. 
A monthly exam is taken on half of the system every last sunday of the month. Two clinical meetings and two journal articles per month are scheduled. More time can be devoted towards academic from 2nd year onwards. Stipend is 28k, 31.5k and 33k for respective years. No accommodation but you can find it easily in the same locality.
My suggestion to pg aspirants is very simple, DO NOT COMPROMISE ON YOUR BRANCH. There is no better feeling in the world other than working in the speciality you love. There are always some or the other shortcomings in any institute but you got to prioritise your speciality over any damn thing. Follow your passion and the journey will be absolutely magical.

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