Sunday, 28 December 2014

AIDS Awareness Campaign

“A tremendous social responsibility comes only when you are a successful public performer.”

The above quote perfectly applies to the perfect collaboration between Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS) and Mahindra & Mahindra to fight against HIV-AIDS.

We were given the responsibility of conducting the “Spreading awareness” programme at two major supplier units of Mahindra & Mahindra at Chakan near Pune.

1.      To spread awareness against HIV-AIDS by connecting to the audience (working class of Mahindra & Mahindra) in the most simple and convenient language.
2.      To contribute in carrying forward the success in achieving the noble cause for the betterment of public life.
3.      To boost our confidence in terms of exposure to the other side of corporate world, public speaking skills and connection to large number of people.

Two days.
Following are the names of Supplier Units visited with date:
1.      Venue: Mungi Engineering Services
Date of the event: 24th December, 2014.
2.      Venue: Lumax
Date of the event: 26th December, 2014

The modes were effectively used in the following sequences:
1.      Power Point Presentation(By SIHS)
2.      A 30 minute animated film(By Mahindra & Mahindra)
3.      Street play (nukkad natak).

Every member in the group had a unique experience as we realized the importance of Team Building, Team Work with hard work and dedication, Coordination, Communication (verbal as well as non-verbal), Professional etiquette, Appreciation, Interaction skills and public connect with conviction.
Our experience and presentation skills (in anchoring, skit performance and logistics) were more polished than ever.
The selling point of ‘this’ two days event were Punctuality, Manufacturing Visit, Guest Treatment, humbleness of the staff-in-charge and the organizers and the audience.
The audiences were actively involved in every part of the programme with utmost zeal and enthusiasm. Their curiosity regarding HIV-AIDS was evident during the Question & Answer session when many sensible and intelligent questions came up with some logical & relevant suggestions.
The only minor flaw was the logistics part (A-V) and a bit bridging gap between the workers and the organizers on the first day which was later rectified till the end of the event.
The event was a success at the both the supplier units from the audience as well as the organization point of view. By the end, we all received a gift as a token of appreciation.

Every complex thing can be made simpler with mankind by:

Written By  
Group no: 8
Team Leader: Dr. Praful Desai
Team Members:Neha Panikar, Dr. Shailly Singh, Vikash Kumar, Dr. G. PremRao, Shubhankur Sharma, Lincymol Abraham, Anagha Meshram, Komal Pawar , Aneerudh Sarkar, PrithwiRaj Chakraborty, Madhulika Rawat, Dr. Mamta Awachat.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Service Learning

Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences offers a three year  program of B.Sc. Medical Technology. 

The program caters students in the fields of
  •                Respiratory Therapy
·         Cardiac care Technology
·         Imaging sciences
·         Operation Theatre and Anaesthesia
·         Clinical Laboratory Technology
·         Dialysis Technology

The curriculum of this program  has a  Course( subject)  named Service Learning in which students reach out the community and provide various services. The first programme of service learning was an AIDS awareness campaign for which students were divided in a group of 10 members and each group had to set their objectives and action plan depending on which they had to decide a public impact. The students were guided to first conceptualize their ideas, make an action plan and then work on their plan in a defined direction.

Each group came up with different concept which included skits, street plays, posters, banners, slogans, presentations and various other activities and selected different part of community to generate the awareness. 

VENUE:  Muktangan Rehabilitation Centre ( De-Addiction Centre), Yerwada
PROGRAMME: AIDS awareness through presentation, skit, slogans and posters. Activities included distribution of red ribbons and pamphlets, handprints on chart paper, interaction with the crowd.

VENUE: Sparsh (shelter and rehabilitation centre), Bapodi
TARGET AUDIENCE: HIV Positive children
PROGRAMME: To promote unity and stop discrimination against HIV patients by spending quality time with HIV Positive children by educating them on hygiene techniques and nutrition which will help them in their day to day life.
Activities included drawing, storytelling, games and action songs.

    GROUP 3:
VENUE: St. Crispin’s Home (Orphanage), Karve Road
TARGET AUDIENCE: Orphan children
PROGRAMME: AIDS awareness through skit. Activities included question and answer session for doubt clarification.


VENUE: Saras Bagh, Pune
PROGRAMME: HIV AIDS awareness through street play, slogans and posters. Activities included pamphlet distribution and public interaction.

VENUE: Kushalkar Pulta Chowk, Gokhale Nagar
PROGRAMME: AIDS awareness through speech, banners and posters. Activities included distribution of pamphlets and red ribbons.

Through this service learning session the knowledge regarding the subject and sense of social responsibility among the students has increased and the response from the community and the organizations has boosted students confidence to further reach out the community and conduct such programmes. A positive feedback form was given to each group by the organizations appreciating their hard work.

As a token of appreciation a group of students were re-invited to Muktangan Rehabilitation Centre to create awareness on AIDS on the occasion of Global AIDS Week Awareness Programme. Students were given certificates by Muktangan and their hard work was appreciated. Whereas the campaign conducted by another group was covered and published by the local news channels and newspapers respectively.

Dr. Pushpalata Muley 
Teaching Associate 

Friday, 5 December 2014

NABH Workshop - Learnings & Way forward

Patient safety has become a very important role in today healthcare industry. With increased awareness amongst patients about their health rights it has become imperative for hospitals to achieve a certain minimum quality levels & allied healthcare service providers while delivering healthcare. The widely acceptable healthcare quality standards in current India’s healthcare scenario are the NABH standards.

National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) is a constituent board of Quality Council of India, set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organizations. The board is structured to cater to much desired needs of the consumers and to set benchmarks for progress of health industry. The board while being supported by all stakeholders including industry, consumers, government, have full functional autonomy in its operation.


To be the apex national healthcare accreditation and quality improvement body, functioning at power with global benchmarks.

To operate accreditation and allied programs in collaboration with stakeholders focusing on patient safety and quality of healthcare based upon national/international standards, through process of self and external evaluation.

·         Accreditation of healthcare facilities
·         Quality promotion: initiatives like Safe-I, Nursing Excellence, Laboratory certification programs (not limited to these)
·         IEC activities: public lecture, advertisement, workshops/ seminars
·         Education and Training for Quality & Patient Safety
·         Recognition: Endorsement of various healthcare quality courses/ workshops

As future healthcare managers it is very important for us to be aware of what NABH is all about, what its standards are & how to implement them in an organisation. With these objectives in mind a 3-day workshop was conducted by SIHS for both 1st and 2nd year MBA-HHM students on 2nd,3rd & 4th of December 2014. 

The workshop was conducted by Dr Krishnamurthy, renowned anaesthesiologist & currently working with NABH & Dr S.K.M Rao, GM, Columbia Asia hospital, Kharadi, Pune who is also working with NABH on its accreditation board. The first lecture in the morning session on 2nd December was conducted by Dr SKM RAO. He introduced us to the concept of NABH and how it’s a part of Quality council of India. He explained how NABH is different from the regulatory laws of our country & healthcare and how the two should not be confused.
NABH has specific standards for dental establishments as well as pathological labs.
S.K.M Rao, in the first session, explained every standard pertaining to AAC & COP. Later Dr. Krishnamurthy took over in the afternoon & explained standards of MOM & PRE. He had a very effective way of putting his point forth. His session was quite entertaining and educating at same time.

The second day of the NABH workshop was conducted in the SLS auditorium. The workshop began at 9am with the first portion of the session being carried out by Dr Krishnamurthy and the second portion of the session by Dr Sunil Rao. Both the speakers spoke in length about NABH standards like Hospital Infection Control, Continual Quality Improvement, etc. The need for intensive patient safety protocols, signages and documentation and analysis of sentinel events were stressed upon.  They related all the standards to practical scenarios encountered in the hospitals and thus captured the attention of all the students. Questions from the students were invited and answered duly after every standard was explained.  The sessions were very interactive and energetic.

On 3rd day of workshop it started with a core discussion between Dr Krishnamurthy and & Dr Pandit about the entire process of documentation. The discussion was for quite some time which concluded on facts like as NABH is voluntary even the best hospitals is not taking the accreditation & secondly with the accreditation, cost will also increase for general public which is unacceptable for poor section in government setup. In the lecture he explained about the cost which patient pay because of lack of quality. Taking the students as future managers he explained all the process regarding accreditation. He talked about the role of quality control manager for organization.
It was an interactive session for students. He also explained about the plan how NABH are spreading awareness about quality improvement. It is ended with a concept of 

KISS    i.e. Keep it simple and straightforward

Students took part very enthusiastically and cleared their doubts about legal aspect & dental accreditation. In this session he also explained about lab & ICU quality management. The session ended with comparison between JCI & NABH and international plans of NABH. By day end students had ample amount of knowledge about the importance of Accreditation.  

Prepared by-:

Dr Nirmal Shah
Dr Priyanka Arland
Aditya Mittal

MBA HHM 14-16

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Mahindra & Mahindra Chakan Joins hand with SIHS for AIDS Awareness & prevention campaign

 As we stand poised at the start of the second decade of the new millennia, it is time to take stock of the victories won and losses faced in the on going fight against AIDS, deadliest disease known to man till date. No other words conjure up so much revulsion, fear and despair in the human psyche than AIDS or HIV.

   Approximately 2.5 million of these cases are in India, where however the prevalence is only about 0.3%
       Estimated adult and child deaths during 2010 is 250,000.
      By starting an awareness program one can hope to bring together masses of people and enlighten them on the ill effects of this disease.
      By bringing together individuals from all walks of life one can give them information on how the disease is contracted by individuals and the ways one can enlist to save themselves from contracting the disease.
       This knowledge given to the masses will prevent social stigma from becoming rampant and will allow those affected with the disease to live a normal life.

AIDS is a disease that doesn't choose its victims. It affects each and every individual that comes its way.Victims include babies, teen and old people. Their race, sex and age doesn't count when they are affected with the disease.
 Sometime people are infected even if it was no fault of theirs; this is in cases of newborn babies.
    A constructive, coordinated and consistent program will help orient the community to a higher success rate and in turn will help to combat HIV/AIDS in a better way.
     It is essential to get more and more people involved in an AIDS awareness program as this goes a long way in reducing incident as people are well informed regarding what to do and what not to do.
       Student participation in the program will enable them to contribute to nation building.
      The AIDS Awareness program to be carried out by Mahindra Chakan is a very welcome step in this direction

Col Dr. Vijay Deshpande 

Monday, 1 December 2014

NABH workshop for Students

SIHS Organises NABH workshop for Students of Batch 2013-2015 & 2014-2016 ...

The workshop will be held on 2nd to 4th December, 2014 at Vishwabhavan auditorium.

SIHS students shine at healthcare conference Clairvoyance-2014, TISS

Congratulations....Dr. Shailly Singh, Dr. Shrishti Upadhyay and Ms. Linda E Fernandez for winning the first prize for Poster Presentation tilted " Portal Technology-Healthcare at a click" 'Need of the hour'  at Clairvoyance-2014, TISS, Mumbai held on 29-30 Nov 2014.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

How relevant is Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in today’s time…?!!

On 15th august 2014, the Honarable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with the aim to achieve a clean India by 2nd October 2019 which incidentally marks 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. I’m sure quite many of us heard his speech that day on television (or later on in the continuous loops on the news channels) but what I’m more certain of is, many of us also smirked after hearing him out and flipped through the channels on television. Because when it comes to the concept of clean India it is just impossible right?
We have discussed this topic endlessly with friends over coffee many a times at the canteen and share funny stories about how a friend once painted a wall yellow by urinating on it or how the now-famous aunty in the neighborhood throws garbage off her bungalow gate. As usual we talk, we laugh over it and say “India ka kuch nahi ho sakta !”. Everybody knows that what you personally do does make a huge difference and yet we cant even make sure that our fellow classmates don’t leave their half eaten wadapavs under the desk. So does that give you the right to comment on Modi’s vision.
Yes, this campaign may sound superfluous what with the shortage of public bins, shortage of staff for the public cleaning departments and not to forget the in tatters waste disposal system but the least we all can start with is throwing our chewed gums and empty wafers packets into the nearest dustbins and not “smartly” sticking the gums under the first furniture we come across.
We listen to our friends and relatives talking infinitely about the US trip that they recently took and how clean the streets are but during the same conversation they will never miss a chance of criticizing their own country. This they do while actually spitting their pan masala on the road with not a care who gets attractively painted by it. Have we as the citizens of India ever done our bit to keep our surroundings clean?
I would also like to share my personal experience regarding this.   While I was doing my MBBS, many of my classmates and friends would laugh at me when I would pick up their toffee wrappers and pocket them or keep them in my bag and I’m sure many of them would have thought that I was just acting overly smart. And yet quite a few out of them over the years have also got embarrassed when I gave them a look of deepest disgust and in the process have learnt to dispose their wrappers in the dustbin. I take pride to bring about that little change.
But what’s the point, right? You will read this article and still not give a thought to cleanliness because if one around us litters that gives us an automatic right to do the same. In fact that automatically gives you a moral right to stop the person. Remember, that would bring about a small change. And many small drops fills the whole ocean.
Mopping around in our own homes brings no shame then why feel embarrassed for volunteering for a day to clean the streets in your neighborhood? Try doing it or stop talking. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is neither a political revolution nor a strategy of Modi to earn personal gains. In fact he has not said anything new at all. Since childhood we all have been thought that Cleanliness is Next to Godliness but somewhere along the path of growing up physically we have forgotten that lesson. The government will do its part for this campaign but its success will majorly depend on how inspired the masses are to bring about this change.
A classic example is a group called “ The Ugly Indian” in Bangalore, who are normal people like us and have jobs to work at 6 days a week but what is interesting is their philosophy of “Kaam chalu mooh bandh” or “ Stop talking, Start doing” which managed to clean many public places and the cleanliness was maintained because it inspired the others who would pass those filthy areas earlier but never care.
The relevance of this campaign in today’s time is dependent on us, the people, how we play our role and commit to the duty being an Indian citizen. Each one of us is a well educated individual and its not much if we are expected to keep our surroundings clean or educate others about cleanliness as a small token of gratitude to our country for the rights it has provided to us.
Lastly I would like to requote Shri Narendra Modi

“If a country when united for a cause can non violently defeat one of the most powerful imperial empires in the history of mankind...
Then there is no reason to believe that they cant keep their nation clean”

Dr Priyanka Pawar
MBA HHM Batch 14-16

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Guest lecture by Dr.Santosh Shetty

A guest lecture was organized for the students of MBA-Hospital and Healthcare Management on 27/09/14 at Vishwabhawan auditorium. The guest of honor on the occasion was Dr.Santosh Shetty, COO, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai.

Sir, talked about the various growing opportunities in the Indian scenario today ; for the healthcare professionals like us. He told us about the real time statistics and happening of the healthcare industry. He discussed about the distribution pattern of hospital beds as per the various parts of the country. He told us that the major stakeholder is the healthcare service delivery branch. 

He also discussed about the benefits , hurdles, demerits and risking of various healthcare business models like; mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and PPP ( Private public partnership). As told by him RIGHT TO HEALTH will soon be very well prevalent and used by all. He also told that more hard work, Innovation and beyond a critical point only team spirit works. 

He cleared doubts of the various students and finally he concluded by saying “What got you here won’t get you there” .We found the session very enlightening and useful. It gave us a direct peek in view to the industry without actually going there. 

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Leadership Development Series : Session 8

Leaders are the ones who inspire with their thought and vision.

This was exemplified by Dr. Rajeev Dhere, Executive Director, Serum Institute of India Ltd. We were privileged to have Dr. Rajeev as our thought leader from the Pharma vertical to guide and mentor us on our 8th session of the Leadership Development Series. 

Dr. Rajeev works in the R&D portfolio with Serum Institute of India Ltd., one of the biggest suppliers of vaccines such as the measles vaccine and has a body of work constituting over 30 years in this industry. He has traversed the journey from a microbiologist to an Executive Director of Serum Institute and truly embodies the spirit of leadership.

During the course of the lecture Mr. Dhere outlined several relevant and defining points about the growth of the pharma industry and specifically the growth of the vaccine industry within it. Dr. Rajeev also gave several insights on the eras of the Pharma industry and the transition between them over the years. He also increased our depth of knowledge about the organization and working of the Pharma industry. He touched upon relevant aspects such as stages in product development, resource optimization and laying down of systems. He also highlighted the need for gap analysis of the present systems and the necessity to fill those gaps. 

But most of all Dr. Rajeev inspired us with his vision of a leader and the thought that in every person burns the fire of leadership. He narrated several instances where seemingly ordinary people display great courage and leadership potential and rise to the occasion in times of need. His definition of a leader as a human being who is not only brave but sensitive and considerate to men, machine and surroundings as well was truly motivating. He also shared an interesting video clip which urged us to challenge several pre-conceived notions.

All in all this was a most befitting end to our Leadership Development Series initiated on 16th August 2014. This Series, an initiative of the placement team of MBA-HHM2013-15 batch of Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences not only gave the students an opportunity to interact with several leaders from various healthcare verticals but also enabled the students to broaden their horizons and develop a better understanding of the functioning of the healthcare industry. 

The series was a resounding success due to the participation of our thought leaders from various verticals and the dedicated hard-work of the student body and the initiative is truly worthy of applause.

Dr.  Mallika Ramchandran 
MBA HHM  (Batch 13-15)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Session 7 of Leadership Development Series

The seventh session of the ‘Leadership development series’ was presided over by Mr. Ajay Pitre from Pitre Ventures, who enlightened the students on ‘Health care challenges in India and abroad and our way forward to conquer those.   
The guest speaker appreciated the efforts put in by the students to make posters on different healthcare verticals, exhibiting their creativity and enthusiasm. He was then felicitated by Brig. Dr. Anil Pandit, Professor, SIHS.
Mr. Ajay Pitre explained about the practical issues that the Indian Healthcare industry is facing and what are the different ways to counter those challenges. He explained why it is not fair for India to be compared with countries like the United States considering the fact that the US spends at least 30 to 40 times more money on their healthcare system. He widened the views of the students on how our country has achieved so much more with so little resources.

The political factors which play a major role in the execution of the plans have not been very favorable in India. But the situation is changing and the forces are much more favorable today. Further sir added that we are in the best of positions as a country specially if we talk about change of mindset. Today the Indians are more aware and open minded.
Talking about politics and healthcare he also added that time is not far when Health will be an agenda for elections and that will help in penetration and funding of healthcare. The most important point highlighted by him was the population which cannot afford expensive healthcare and they end up visiting the small nursing homes where there is no sign of quality or hygiene. And that should be the area of target for change because most of the country’s population ends up receiving healthcare services from these nursing homes.

After listening to his talk students were very clear about what needs to be done in terms of making healthcare better and affordable to all. And like he said “Change will come very soon” we should not expect change unless we become a part of it.

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