At the inception of CTMRF, a sanction was obtained for one seat in DNB Pediatrics in 1989. From that status, today we have 10 DNB seats, 5 of which are 2 year courses for students’ who have completed their DCH Course. In the year 1998 one seat was sanctioned for Pediatric Surgery, a 6 year long direct course for a candidate with M.B.B.S. degree. National Board of Examinations sanctioned a two year Fellowship in Critical Care in 2007 and a three year course in Neonatology in 2009. Indian Academy of Pediatrics recognized the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, to train two fellows for a period of two years in Critical Care Medicine. Candidates have all been successful in the examination and so far have procured 7 Gold medals for the All India best student award in Pediatrics during the year 2002 – 2009.
Overall supervision of the teaching Programme of the institution which focuses on the DNB course conducted in the K.K.C.T.H. under the auspices of National Board of Examination, New Delhi. The latter is the autonomous regulatory authority of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, which conducts post graduate course in broad specialities and super specialities.This diploma is considered equal to the post graduate degrees of M.D and M.S of the Medical Council. This institution started with a single seat for the DNB courses of India and has the unique distinction of having 10 seats, which is the largest number at the all India level given to a single hospital. The facilities and infrastructure provided by the hospital for the teaching programme are monitored by the foundation. Internal assessment books are scrutinized by the chair person every month, and if students get adverse remarks, they are counselled by the chairperson.
It is highly commendable that on five occasions candidates stood first in the final DNB examination and secured the gold medals. Pediatric Surgery has one seat for the diploma course, which was for five years, and candidates after MBBS degree could join this course which has been abolished now but candidates who have completed the post-graduation with M.S or DNB in general surgery can undertake this course for a period of 3 years now and take the examination. One candidate who stood first in the all Indiaexamination received the gold medal for that year in Pediatric surgery.
The foundation in addition, conducts CME programs, workshops, OSCE training programme and guest lectures.
Commitment of the Foundation to DNB Course
When DNB course was started there was a mandate by the National Board of Examination to give 30% free service to sick children, and only if this is complied with, the institution shall be recognized for teaching. Secondly another additional mandate now to be adopted is to have a separate accounting, Office and clerical staff for this purpose. The national board of examination which is directly under the ministry of health and family welfare department of the Government of India has the privilege to send inspectors for surprise checks. Our institution which has 10 DNB students in Pediatrics and one candidate in Pediatric surgery is also subject to this ruling.
There is a recent communication of the National Board of Examination which clearly defines another obligation-all the patients who are treated free must have beds labelled (DNB STUDENT BED) so that at the time of inspection, we can show that free treatment is going on. The foundation provides for these patients through donations that grant access to lab facilities, instruments and so on. This in turn requires exemption certificates from depts. of science and technology and the income tax department to give the donors.
This 100% exemption certificate given to donors is a continued practice and needs to be validated every three years.