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Top Notch : DNB General Medicine at Howrah District hospital

The District hospitals of West bengal have always been the last choice of many candidates as they are new to the seat matrix. Unexpectedly they are extremely good for many surgical branches and often some medicine branches because of a government hospital setup with tremendous exposure. Howrah district hospital is one such place which though new, offers a good hands on exposure in DNB General Medicine and Dr Sakar Jalan who joined here an year back as a fresher vouches for it. He has penned down his story for you all to read.

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.

My very first attempt for DNB entrance exam  was in July ‘15 session and getting 879 rank made me feel great, but soon after it in another couple of days I was tensed to know that getting DNB general medicine from a good institute was far away from reality.

In first round of counselling I had the choices of all the district hospital of WB and north east India, but what bothered me..WAS IT WORTH DOING DNB GENERAL MEDICINE FROM THERE??

Having no choice, but to take help of, got a contact, and after talking to a resident here, got a positive feedback for this place. Not thinking too much, I took DNB general medicine in Howrah District hospital and then started my journey as a first year DNB Medicine resident.

These are just highlights of all that I had in the last 1 year:

1) Government hospital, 70-80 admissions avg per day, 250-350 OPDper day, you get all types of patients  over here, no limit to learning scale and hands on patient procedures.

2) Getting super speciality postings from your 2nd year residency for varied period of time : 12-16 months in Calcutta medical college which is the first and oldest medical college of Asia and also at  SSKM/ PGI Kolkata  which is one of its kind in North East India. You can search it on web for the same, so that there is no doubt about exposure.

3) The most comfortable department you can have, 6 consultants, tendency to teach a lot all the time, all consultants are extremely polite, always there to help you out in both academic and non academic things.

4) Academics- case taking, seminar, topic discussions, journal club, procedures are just a routine.(Case presentations are more focused for 2nd year; first year is to make theory plus clinics strong)

5) Procedures like-- pleural/ ascetic tapping, bone marrow aspiration, central line, lumbar puncture etc are routine for PGs

6) Food and language are not a problem, relax about it.

7) Emergency duties- being a government institute, they are variable, with 2 duties approx per week, can be more or less too. It can be 6-7 days per week too as case load is too good.

8) Proximity of Howrah to all parts of India with Kolkata being is just one bridge paar  so you get ample time to study, relax, work and do everything.

I can safely say that, at this moment I can face any emergency and probably have gained enough confidence with hands on patient to treat them (though every day you improve).

I am really happy to choose this institute for my PG studies; it can’t get better than this.

P.S- Counsellors don’t know about this institute much, since DNB General Medicine has started here since last 2 years only. Blindly trust me and my COPG Manish and enjoy DNB General Medicine here.

Other departments that are good for DNB: OBGY, lot of exposure and work.  Average 10 CS per day from what i know, please talk to a resident of concerned department to confirm this.

Accommodation: government quarters, average arrangement. I stay in rented house.

Stipend is 30k,32k,35k in respective years, but now there will be increment by 10 % soon.

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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