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Top notch : DNB Radiotherapy at Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer hospital , Jaipur

Edited by Dr Varsha Ukrani

Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Jaipur (BMCHRC) came into existence in the year 1997 as a cancer specialty hospital offering cancer prevention, treatment, education and research with just 50 beds at an initial stage. 20 years later, it grew into a super-specialty, 200-beded hospital with leading-edge infrastructure housing several wards, laboratories, utility services and specialties. With its specialty being cancer services, DNB radiotherapy program is at the core of its functioning and Dr Taruni Bhattacharya who is pursuing it from this hospital is extremely satisfied with her choice. She answers some key questions to guide everyone about this place. if you still have queries you can 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?


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


What are the usual working hours??

9 to 5

How many emergency duties per week?

Two to three per week in first year. One to two thereafter per week

Brachytherapy requires a well equipped minor or major operation theatre with an anaesthesist required in some cases

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Are you allowed to touch the patient??

Full clinical history taking and examination and metastatic work up prescription is done by us, also weekly follow up and dealing with r.t. resulted side effects and emergencies are handled by us.

How are the academics? any case presentations done?

Weekly classes and presentations are held along with tumor board on Saturdays to discuss cases and recent articles and developments in journals being published.

How is the pass rate??

Last 7 batches all residents have passed in first attempt and my senior's theory results are awaited

How satisfied are you with your choice?

Very satisfied

Any other departments at your institution good for DNB??

Superspecialities :medical and surgical oncologies

Speciality: pathology

Stipend and Accomodation details:

First year:46,500

Second year:48,500

Third year:50,500

Any other info you would like to give.?

First year involves subjects like radio-biology and radio-physics which need to be studied from scratch since they are not taught in MBBS. The first few months will be a little confusing since everything's new.

It needs sound anatomical knowledge, clinical examination and diagnosis along with knowledge of management of medical emergencies(though their occurrence is less) and  good counselling skills.

It's not so hectic branch with future scope expanding , since the need for cancer specialists is increasing and new centers are cropping up even in tier two cities.

Cons: dependent branch, we work in conjunction with surgical and medical oncologists and physicists.

Pros: almost nil radiation exposure , clinical branch with less emergencies and working hours, end branch,  specialisation branch, more suitable for those inclined for medical field

Why did you choose this hospital?

I wanted a clinical branch but which was not too hectic and where I could get time for me and my family. Also I consulted people from this branch who had been working in this field for years , they advised me to opt for a place with good patient load and semi private setup where LINACs  were available hence I chose this field. Also, when I joined there is scope of doing DM oncology after my residency in Radiotherapy  for further study.

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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