Aurangabad’s Govt Cancer Hospital to start DM Paediatric Oncology

This is the first ever government hospital in the state which got approval to start the super speciality course DM Paediatric Oncology.

The Government Cancer Hospital (GCH) of Aurangabad has received permission to start the super speciality course DM Paediatric Oncology. With this nod, the hospital became the first ever government hospital in the state to get approval for the course which will have four seats.

Officer on Special Duty of Cancer Hospital Dr Arvind Gaikwad expressed gratitude to Commissioner Virendra Singh, Director Medical Education and Research Dr Dilip Mhaisekar, Dr Kailash Sharma, Dean Dr Varsha Rote Kaginalkar for their all assistance in the project. “Our staff worked hard to pass the National Medical Commission inspection. The team under Dr Bhattacharya and Dr Shiraz Baig conducted a mock inspection and guided us. We are expanding our Cancer Hospital and this speciality will get a special ward,” he said.

Dean of Projects in Tata Memorial Center (TMC) Dr Kailash Sharma said he envisaged this course 10 years ago when he was a member of the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and first introduced it at Tata Cancer Institute (TCI) in the country in the year 2012 -13 with three postgraduates.

Dr Kailash Sharma said, “Earlier there was only a Medical Oncology super speciality course in which MD Medicine and MD Paediatrics candidates were eligible to join.”

“I felt that cancers in children should be handled by superspecialists who have basic training in Paediatrics, as children with cancer have special problems. After this, three other colleges in the country started the course, GCH of Aurangabad is the fifth. There were only 18 postgraduate seats in the country. With four new seats, their number will go up to 22. The super-speciality course in the GCH is very satisfying, after helping to set up other courses like Radiotherapy, Surgical Oncology, Neonatology and even Geriatrics,” he said.

“Also, the students admitted for this course will get six months posting at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, as a part of special training. By this, we will try to strengthen the cancer services and education at GCH which is very close to my heart and mind,” he added.

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