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Top-notch : DNB Radiodiagnosis at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai

Edited by Dr Varsha Ukrani

Breach Candy Hospital is a hospital located in Mumbai, India. One of the most renowned and prestigious hospitals in India, it is located in the Breach Candy area of South Mumbai and has been a beacon of light for the suffering for over 50 years. Situated on the coastline of South Mumbai, the hospital is renowned for its medical expertise, excellent nursing care and quality diagnostics. Specialists on the hospital's panel of doctors include some of the most distinguished names in Indian medical profession. Department of Radiodiagnosis at Breach candy hospital is a fine example of same. Dr Anisha Talreja who joined DNB Radiodiagnosis here in 2016 is extremely satisfied with her choice and answers a few questions to put all your doubts to rest. If you still have any queries feel free to email her 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 and your colleagues rank in DNB if any?

My rank was 253 and my colleague’s rank was 189 in January 2016 session.

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

We have 2 senior MRI/CT consultants, 4 senior USG consultants, 1 senior X ray & barium consultant, 2 junior MRI/USG consultants,  and  a PET consultant. In addition, 2 senior registrars are there with around 2-3 years of post PG experience.

What are the usual working hours??

Working Hours are:

XRAY/USG: 8-7 on Mon to Fri & 8-3 on Saturday.

CT/MRI: 8-8 on Mon to Fri & 8-4 on Saturday.

Sundays: off (except on emergency duty over the weekend)

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How many emergency duties per week?

Emergency duties average 7-8 per month including one weekend in a month.

Are you allowed to touch the patient??

There is no problem with hands-on at all. We are allowed to do all the cases. Each and every ultrasound is documented first by the resident including free hand even in all the obstetric scans. Infact talking to the patient is essential, may it be before xray/usg/ct /mri reporting! Clinical Radiology in true sense!

All the Barium & Contrast Studies are done by the residents. We are allowed to do all radiography procedures like Micturating Urethrograms(MCU), Retrograde Urethrogram(RGU), IVP, Barium procedures(Swallow, Meal, Follow-up), assist in procedures like HSG, sonography guided ascitic and pleural tappings and assist in USG/CT guided Biopsies etc.

In X-RAY, the provisional reporting of all the cases is done by us and then the consultant comes and checks it.

In USG, right from the basic abdomen-pelvis scans, transvaginal scans, TRUS, sonomammos, obstetric scans to all forms of dopplers be it carotid, renal, portal or peripheral Doppler etc each and every scan including the portable sonographies, is documented first by the resident. Then the consultant comes and checks each image taken, points out the technical faults and any missed findings. This type of hands-on learning is unparalled anywhere in India.

In CT/MRI we get to see every scan, discuss it with the senior registrars and do the provisional reporting. Then finally the consultant comes and checks everything rectifying the mistakes if any. Infact, it is an excellent place to learn CT Chest and Cardiac & Musculoskeletal MRI!

After-all Radiology is not only about quantity but mainly about quality!

How are the academics? any case presentations done?

Academics are good ! All consultants keep insisting and probing us to read and learn! Our HOD too himself takes efforts to take lectures when time permits and his lectures on Chest including on ILD, Liver, Neck-spaces, Tongue and Oral cavity have been extra-ordinarily helpful.

There is an official integrated clinical meet every Friday in our institute, where in we not only learn about our subject (radiology) but it also helps us to know about other subjects. The inter-departmental meets helps all the branches to interact and discuss cases and prosper individually in their own fields. This not only helps us academically but also helps us to improve patient care and evolve better as Clinical Radiologist.

More importantly, are the case discussions which happen while reporting which helps us tremendously.

We get ample opportunities to attend Conferences/CMEs/Lectures/Workshops/Talks.

Many of our residents have already co-authored books with our Head of the Department who is very interested in academics.

How is the pass rate??

Our Pass rate has usually been 100%. We get 2 months of preparation leave before theories and around 3 weeks before practicals.

How satisfied are you with your choice?

Extremely satisfied !

Any other departments at your institution good for DNB??

Anesthesia.

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Stipend and Accomodation details:

First year: 49,000

Second year: 50,000

Third year: 51,000

Free food (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) is provided.

Accommodation is available in a separate hostel/flat on sharing bases in Shyam niwas society near the hospital and at Prabhadevi. Accommodation is also available within the hospital campus in a wing called as the Godrej wing on twin sharing bases. Accommodation is free with all the facilities.(Wifi, TV, AC etc).

Besides all these, call rooms are available for the on call residents.

Any other info you would like to give?

The great advantage of this institute is that all the Consultants and residents sit in 1 Console room with many Mac s with PACS loaded so you can access any report and can discuss any case directly with the senior registrars and the consultants. The Consultants and seniors are very good &friendly.

A very important point as you start finding out about different colleges and hospitals, call the present residents there and find out. Only they are able to give real and honest opinions. The rest of opinions floating around online are very biased and sometimes downright false.

Why did you choose this hospital?

1. When I came to enquire about the hospital, I received positive vibes. I chose this hospital because it has a good reputation, it's patient load , exposure is very good  and passing rate has usually been 100% .All the residents working here were extremely satisfied with the hospital. All seniors and staff were very cordial and helpful. Apart from these , the strong reason was our HOD Dr Anirudh Kohli, a jovial down to earth one of a kind human with extra-ordinary intelligence, who is a renowned radiologist nationally and internationally.

2.It is one of the best hospitals to pursue DNB in Radio-diagnosis. It has all the latest equipments and a dedicated PACS : MRI 3 T (with the latest 3T Vida machine launching next month), dual source CT, USG, Mammo, Dexa, Fluoro & PET. We have a Mac setup in every room and full PACS connectivity. Plus a Huge teaching files collection. Every resident has full 24*7 access to these facilities.

3.This hospital organises 2 conferences every year where the best National and International faculty comes and participates. The exposure and networking opportunities we get as organisers is unbelievable.

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. If there are two blogs available for the same specialty/same hospital please consider the latest one to be updated with latest information.

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