It is with immense pleasure that I pen my message as Dean of Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College. I feel deeply honoured to be associated with a vibrant Institute that has, proven its pre-eminence and uniqueness by blending medical, and public health sciences under a single institutional framework.
The hospital wing of the Institute, with a team of eminent health care professionals and state-of-the-art medical technology, continues to provide high quality patient care. Patient load in the all the Departments has increased over the previous year, as reflected in the number of registrations, admissions and follow-up cases. The hospital has a total bed strength of 1044 including non-teaching beds. During the year 2015 the hospital attended to about 552796 outdoor patients and 38183 inpatients and has conducted 29489 surgeries, without compromising on quality of care. During the year an impetus has been given to Foetal Medicine and facilities for intervention radiology have been made available with the procurement of Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) for the Dept of Radiology.
Like the previous seven years, this year also the achievements of the students and staff members have been encouraging.Our students also excelled in the fields of academics, sports, cultural and other extra-curricular activities and secured positions in the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. Quite a few Interns have applied for and done their apprenticeship in the USA.
The Institute remains committed to the conception and implementation of innovative post-graduate training courses in all specialties, and steps were initiated during the year to increase the number of admissions in Post-Graduate Programs.
Continuing Medical Education and Research and faculty development has been a major thrust during the year and will continue to do so. A number of National and International CMEs, conferences and workshops were organised during the year and there of the staff members were deputed for Fellowship in Medical Education conducted by Medical Council of India and Research Methodology workshops for PG students and Faculty were organised in the Institute.
During the year, the Institute had more than 140 research publications in major national and international journals in the areas of basic and clinical research. Gratifyingly, several members of the faculty and staff of the Institute were recipients of coveted awards at the national and state levels.
The Rural Health Training Centre and the Urban Health Training Centres of the institute provide health care to the community in the rural areas and urban slums. Various National Health programme activities and health camps are held in the community
The Institute has quite an ambitious journey ahead and, inexplicably, lofty pursuits are often fraught with daunting challenges. However, individuals and institutions that are devoutly committed to their calling are bound to succeed, regardless of all the impediments that threaten to eat into their vitals from time to time. I would unhesitatingly say that the best is yet to be for the Institute because it is founded on the sacrosanct principle that service to society is the highest goal of human life. I am also confident that the dedication and support of the staff members would act as a catalyst and catapult the Institute to greater heights in the times to come.
My very best wishes to the Institute in its pursuit of excellence.
Dr. P.S. Chawla