Thursday, 29 January 2015


SIHS is an International Training Centre (ITC) of the American Heart Association (AHA), USA.  To date we have conducted 415 AHA approved training programmes viz. Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) both at the Provider and Instructor level.

We at SIHS are delighted to inform you that out of 1200 International Training Centers in US and across 98 countries,

SIHS has been ranked 2nd in American Heart Association (AHA) training & has therefore received 2014  RECOGNITION AWARD SILVER.  

AHA quotes: we value, respect and honour the work you do each day to bring high-quality lifesaving training to hospitals, pre-hospitals, workplaces and general public in your communities. Your effort is creating a ripple effect that will improve systems of care, strengthen the chain of survival, improve safety and save more lives.
 We created this recognition program to celebrate the commitment to saving lives and recognize those International Training Centres who exemplify quality training with a significant or meaningful impact.
 We thank you for your commitment to quality lifesaving training and we elaborate your outstanding impact over the last year.

Together we can save lives.’



Monday, 19 January 2015

Admissions Open for PGDEMS course at SIHS

The only Institute with an International Training Organization (ITO) status of the American Heart Association (AHA) and a "Chapter" status of the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) organization, USA. Hence, BLS, ACLS, PALS and ITLS courses offered free) by Symbiosis are Internationally accepted.
Modern teaching methodologies. Complete set of imported manikins for Adult, Pediatric and Trauma modules. Uniform and standardized teaching through CD roms, simulation studies etc. Question bank of over 10,000 MCQs
Internationally qualified, experienced faculty.
To date, trained more than 2500 doctor students in India & Overseas

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Healthcare Communication Workshop

 Workshop was held on 9th Jan, 2015 in SIHS auditorium. It began at 9am with student anchors of MBA – HHM 1st year welcoming the speakers and the faculty felicitating the dignitaries.

Brig. Pandit gave a small introduction on how communication is important in healthcare followed by the 1st speaker – Ms Prasanna Hulikavi, Deputy director at SIMC. She was extremely interactive, a very pleasing personality who taught us about Behaviour change communication, community mobilisation and advocacy negotiation through a presentation and some videos.

She started with interacting with students by asking them if they follow safe sexual practices, by using contraceptive barriers.  She mentioned about ‘ Saheli project’, that was started long back where in the ladies took the responsibility on their shoulders to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and promoted the use condoms. Even the female sex workers sold condoms to men before indulging into any such practice. A video called – ‘Jo bola wahi sikandar’ was shown which inspired men to be bold and ask for condoms.
She also stated use of tobacco by women in various parts of rural India which is indirectly consumed by infants as these women while cooking, transfer small particles of tobacco that are left in their hands.
She also expressed the need of right knowledge, attitude, and cultural practices to make any change possible.
Further she showed us a video sponsored by Govt of India to create awareness about menstrual cycles – the myths, problems girls face and explained how and why hygiene is an important esp during these days.
Another very innovative and touching video we saw, made by life boy company, was about how important it is to wash hands which can cut down infections like diarrhoea up to 70% and can increase our life expectancy.
The next topic of discussion was behaviour changes – its determinants and steps involved. And lastly she showed another touching video about cancer survival.
And lastly she concluded with a quote – ‘make a change when you are in power to make that change- make it happen!!!’

In the second session  Dr Dilip Padgaonkar, consulting editor with Times of India and member of board of management at SIU addressed us about role of media in healthcare.

The usual health blogs include – medical breakthroughs, medical malpractices, fitness and dieting and a little about epidemics. He gave the insight about print media that contains half-truth and rest is all lie.
There ain’t enough journalists to cover issues about public health and neither there are enough professionals to write and talk about public health and it is extremely difficult if not impossible to find such professionals. There aint any informed websites of public health either.
He gave us an overall picture which was certainly not very bright but the good fact here was that there is a growing awareness about health and better health coverage amongst media unlike earlier.

Initiatives like ‘Swacch bharat abhyan’ were pointed where the Indian Prime minister has appointed brand ambassadors to help create awareness.
Also he pointed that along with daily sensex, it is equally important to view our HDI (human development index), where India lies much below the African countries.
While concluding, he told us that there is a lot of scope for improvement. We as citizens of India need to be ‘media literate’. We need to form a healthy, knowledgeable and active workforce to bring in the change.

The 3rd lecture started at 12pm where Mrs Chritine D Patham, an expert at various fields of training including behavioural, communication, attitudinal and leadership training programmes,- addressed us on ‘empathic communication and cognitive empathy’. These are indeed big words, but very easily she simplified these for us. She started with explaining the meaning about empathic communication, its role in healthcare and the need and skills required to be empathic.
She supported her statements by showing us various videos, one of which explained that the grass is always green on the other side. When you actually step into the shoes of others, you understand the life is not very easy for anyone. The 2nd video was on perception (once of the skills required to become empathic) that explained how ones thoughts drive their feelings and how feelings drive your thoughts.
Video 3 was a very touching video about how can one manage his or her professional and personal life. How can you handle what you encounter daily and still not let it affect your caregiving at home.

Then she talked about ‘cognitive and compassionate empathy’, and the do’s and don’ts of the same and how to we associate with empathy.
Lastly she concluded with telling us that amongst all the feelings, we should put compassion, gratitude and kindness under the microscope of life and do a deed of kindness daily.

Dr Divya Nayyar

Academic committee 
MBA - HHM 14-16

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Workshop on “Finance for Non-Finance Managers”

The Students of MBA-HHM batch 13-15 and batch 14-16 had the opportunity to attend a seminar titled “Finance for Non-finance Managers” on 29th December, 2014 at SIHS auditorium at S.B. Road, Pune. Considering the fact that Finance is very important in the current industry scenario for healthcare professionals, SIHS conducted this pioneer event for its MBA-HHM students.
Eminent speakers for the morning sessions were C.A. Mr. Amey Sane, a visiting faculty member at Symbiosis School of Economics, and C.A. Miss Priyanka Satarkar, the visiting lecturer for finance subjects at SIHS. According to Mr. Amey Sane, everybody needs to know a little bit about accounts, finance and income tax.  He explained the concept of TDS (tax deducted at source), various tax slab rates, how to calculate income tax according to slab rates, section 80C, section 194, various heads of income etc. Miss Priyanka Starker also explained the importance of finance in healthcare. She briefed students about the concept of opportunity costs and explained that two things which are very important for an organization are planning and budgeting. She enlightened the students about the finance-related upcoming opportunities in healthcare viz. the growing popularity of insurance, the rising per capita spending on healthcare and increasing healthcare costs.
In the afternoon session, six students of the senior batch of MBA-HHM spoke on the same topic of “Finance for Non-finance Managers”. Starting from the speaking order, Dr. Akhila Nayak explained a case study followed by various types of accounting and importance of finance in healthcare. Dr. Amrita Singh spoke about importance of balance sheet and cash flow statements. Mr. Niranjan Lele explained about the accounting cycle and accounting process. Dr. Suchita Aggarwal explained the various concepts of accounting. Dr. Beauty Sinha spoke about cash budgets and cash flow statements and their benefits. Miss Shivani Sule spoke about the national budget.  The senior batch speakers were rated by members of the faculty, and Dr. Amrita stood first.

The seminar helped MBA-HHM students to understand that in the healthcare industry, finance is involved right from managing treatment costs to strategic planning for future expansion. Since the healthcare industry is vast and complex, financial planning helps in decision-making at every step. Finance brings value to healthcare, as we have moved from the traditional doctor-patient concept to a multidimensional system involving hospitals, pharmacies, insurance, IT and many more verticals where delivering affordable quality healthcare is the prime motto. 

Submitted by: Srishti Upadhyay