I received my Pediatric Surgery Superspeciality training from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi between July 2000 to July 2003.
The three years structured training involved intensive case study and operations involving Neonatal Surgery, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Thoracic surgery, Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Neurosurgery and Pediatric Oncosurgery.
Pediatric Surgery Department of AIIMS had an inpatient ward with 50 beds, 10 bedded post operative and high dependency unit, 10 bedded Surgical ICU and 10 bedded oncology unit. My duties involved weekly first oncall for ward and surgical ICU, attending referrals from other Neonatal and Pediatric Services. I was responsible for running the specialized services e.g Urodynamic Lab, Esophageal Manometry & pH monitoring,and anorectal manometry. I was also responsible for conducting general Out Patients Clinics and special Clinics for Pediatric Urology, Hydrocephalus Clinic & Ambiguous Genitalia Clinics.
During my training I used to present seminars and journal club in the Morning Academic Sessions of the Department, Grand Round of the Hospital, conduct weekly Pediatric Radiological Meeting, biweekly Pediatric Pathological Meeting and Pediatric Cancer Board in collaboration with Medical Oncologists, Radiotherapist and Pathologists. I was also involved in the presentations in the weekly Nuclear Medicine meetings for Pediatric Cases. I undertook clinical as well as experimental studies titled ‘Assessment of GER and pulmonary functions in the survivors of congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia – A prospective study’, ‘Analysis of CSF metabolites in patients of Spina Bifida by proton (H1) NMR spectroscopy’ and ‘Role of Plasma renin activity in the management of primary vesicoureteric reflux’ and submitted those as theses to the University . These studies have been published in reputed indexed journals of high impact factor e.g SPINE, KIDNEY INTERNATIONAL, PEDIATRIC SURGERY INTERNATIONAL. I am also recipient of Mohan Lal Wig Gold Medal for best Post Graduate Clinical Research of the year 2003 and Young Scientists Award of Indian Science Congress Association, 2004.
I have attended several national and international conferences in Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Urology, Intersex Disorders etc. I had the opportunity of interacting and assisting with the eminent Pediatric Surgeons of the world namely Lewis Spitz in Tracheo Esophageal Surgery, H S Asopa in Hypospadias, Warren Snodgrass in TIP, Paddy Dewan in Ureterocystoplasty, McKinnon in ureteric reimplantation, U Patel in trans pubic urethroplasty, DK Gupta in neonatal gastric pullthrough, Minu Bajpai in gastrocystoplasty and craniosynostosis, V Bhatnager in Hepatic Resection, Prem Puri in STING (Deflux), PG Duffy in Ileocystoplasty(Monte’s) and Dr Kelly in Extrophy Bladder surgery.
I was actively involved in the certified undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programme of the University.
I was awarded the degree of MCh in Pediatric Surgery after successfully qualifying the Examination in 2003.