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Careers at CFS & Alumni Experiences

Oct 06 | 2:00 PM

Some of the prominent ophthalmologists in India from country's leading eye care hospital - Centre for Sight (CFS), have taken an initiative to mentor all the budding ophthalmologists across the globe to develop their career beautifully and have an enriching & valuable experience as during their years of practice. Join Dr. Ritika Sachdev as she talks about career at CFS & Dr. Raghav Malik and Dr. Prachi Dave as they share about their experience as alumni of CFS.

[Music] so a very good evening to all of you i think it's a pleasure to introduce our institution to all of you and i have two dear colleagues dr hamletta and dr raghav joining me uh i am dr ritika sachdev director at center for site group of eye hospitals i am a cataract cornea and refractive surgeon and i look at the clinical aspects along with the business aspects at central psy hospitals so uh i'll just take you over a quick introduction of who we are and what we do so uh can you just move to the next time i think where we have become aware what we have become we need to look back and see as to what the dream was and the dream started in the eyes of dr mahapad such day our founder ah can you move to the next slide please so it was in the year 1990 where he as a faculty at the all india institute of medical sciences was chosen to go to the united states of america where he really met his mentor dr dwight kavanagh and he realized that world-class eye care is what people are aspiring for and people are providing back in india anything of scale was either run by the government or it was catered to mass surgeries so the principle behind center for site was to build a large organization which is bigger than an individual so at that time all names were classically a personal name was the tag to an institution so center for site was a d personalized name that he gave it and the logo he gave it was every eye deserves the best because it was for the indian who can aspire for having it all india should not be about camp surgeries if a person has worked hard in his life and is capable of affording the best eye care and indian doctors should be capable of delivering that's best i care that really was the ethos which a center for sight was founded on this was this is partly a culmination of the dream this structure through which i am sitting and speaking to you is a 90 thousand square feet building at dwarka and uh though dr mahapat would have loved to start with this but i think he took many baby steps and created many many centers and the culmination of that was three years ago in this institute which extended center for sight from not just being a corporate player in providing eye care but also having a charitable wing a research wing and a much awaited fellowship program which is now three years old uh moving to the next slide please so we've always been very proud of a super speciality approach to icare and we've been fortunate to be have been led by stalwarts in each speciality uh if you we've moved back which are you need to move forward again so if you really look at the journey of center for site nearly 50 percent of our surgeries are and 50 are non-cataract unlike most other players where 70 to 80 surgeries are cataract that really is the focus on super speciality right from ocular oncology to pediatric ophthalmology to glaucoma to retina we do have a keen eye for super specialists and we believe that we should be able to provide treatment in each and every facet of eye diseases and we have a strong vertical across each super speciality you could just move to the next slide uh another thing we pride ourselves on like the first slide said it's talent technology and trust so talent of course is the backboard the best of talent among doctors technology is something i think most doctors love to work with and it does give you a better level of patient experience so we are quick to latch on to the newest technology the first smile in the world was performed at one of our associate centers we have perhaps performed the maximum amount of smiles in india and we have performed the maximum amount of femto cataract surgeries in india so we are at the cutting edge of technology and we are proud to provide world-class eye care because we believe that india is rising and we should provide the highest standards of ophthalmic care to our indian patients just moving to the next slide please so this is where we are right now we are seeing seven lakh patients a year we have a legacy of 25 years but uh mostly the legacy that we are very proud of is having the trust of our patients at centre for side we are very very particular about ethical medicine good business means good both in terms of making profit and in terms of getting your ethics right both are not counter counter to each other and i think the best way to do good business is by doing the right thing and that is an ethos that i think dr mahepal has made each of us invite and all our fellow cfsc united cfs will vouch for that we are now at 50 centers across 11 states uh along with individual growth we are fortunate that the brand has been recognized across various platforms uh we've had various awards from frost and sullivan eye care provider of the year to uh the latest one that we received was the best health care brand by the economic times in the year 2021 this is a testimony to the team effort though it started as an individual's journey i think now it is a team effort across many cities providing consistency of high quality eye care we can move to the next slide so uh we pride ourselves in being a doctor driven organization most key members of the management are doctors many of us are practicing ophthalmologists though the organization is doctor driven the experience has to be patient-centric so uh right from looking at a lesser waiting time to a better appointment scheduling we do want the doctor to participate in an experience that is centered around the patient's needs because eventually that is what healthcare is about meeting the patient with the right experience moving to the next one uh two things that are very innate in our dna is wanting to teach because only when you teach you dwell up the next level and we are fortunate to have a very beautiful mix of experienced doctors with young energetic ones and we pass on this knowledge through a platform called center for site education which runs one of the pioneer pg teaching programs i focus we took this program online because of kovid and we now have 10 000 subscribers and more than one million views this is powered greatly through dr santosh efforts and contributed by many many faculty at center for site and we were very happy to cross 1 million views and thank you many of you for participating in this kind of democratizing of ophthalmic education we can move to the next one please another innate thing is our passion for growth we we should grow as individuals we should grow in the quality of care that we are providing to the patient we should grow as an organization in terms of the different things that we can provide to the patient and also grow in terms of geography and uh over the last despite being a copy dear center for site has ventured into many new territories including the east part of india with patna and kolkata being the latest city additions and we are also expanding other cities like surat moving to the next slide so uh what do you expect at center for site if you are to join the family i think uh a lot of this actually resonates from the culture at rp center aims because uh that's where a lot of us have had our training i myself spent three of my most beautiful years in ophthalmic learning at the rp center so uh it is basically like the open sky if you stretch your wings you will learn to fly but everybody may have a different journey depending on where you want to wet what level you want to fly at but i would say that you will never see a lack of opportunity so if there is the uh the willingness to want to be a great surgeon or to be a great academician or to be a great researcher there are many avenues available but you do have to stretch your wings and choose that light and so so different individuals soar at different heights or in different directions i think we have enough of an open sky to give the flight but the stretching does have to come from the individual so moving to the next one please but even when you learn to fly it is good to have a safety net and to have people you can readily access so we do have the safety net of an institution processes and great teachers and a fairly accessible management and and very accessible colleagues i would feel so that really makes it more of a family moving to the so uh as regards the opportunities to associate at center for site we offer many learning opportunities we have a two-year fellowship program uh we have a cataract and refractive program a glaucoma and cataract program a surgical retina program a comprehensive ophthalmology program these are all for two years most of them are at new delhi but we have one bitrate in a fellowship at hyderabad as well and we have an oculoplastic fellowship under dr santoshvunawa at hyderabad as well short-term fellowships are available in glaucoma and medical retina we also have basic and advanced faculty multiplication training a few weeks program which we offer at delhi and vadodara and we have lasik training uh and also smile training dr hamrata is also a smile trainer and we have dr rupert shah who or conducts lasik training at mumbai and vadodara so we have the address here fellowship centerforsight.net and dr tulika is the spock for that and we would be happy to have any inquiries that you have answered person through accessing this email id moving to the next one so like i said growth is something which is innate in our dna and we are looking to expand further in delhi uh patna varanasi bhuvaneshwar kolkata and many many more centers coming up in the next uh year we are planning more than a dozen centers and we would be regularly sending out mailers for opportunities we would wish to have partners who believe that in order to give the mission of every eye deserves the best to the country that we live in we have to use the best of technology but also develop the best of systems and the best of environments to really give that experience to the patient so thank you so much for joining in today and i think uh raghav joined us as a fellow and now is a consultant and dr hemlatha joined us nearly a decade ago and she is i think one of our star faco surgeons i think any of us when we grow old and get cataract dr hamrata is our go-to cataract surgeon already chosen for cataract surgery or future booked so i would love for them to share their experience at the center and over to both of you but before that should we do a poll to find out the audience that we are speaking to can you help us with the poll so we'd just like to know uh where in your opthalmic journey you are whether you are doing a you are aspiring to do ophthalmology you are already in ophthalmology as a post graduate you are a practicing ophthalmologist or you just about finished your fellowship okay so we have quite a few aspiring ophthalmologists also it's interesting should we have a next poll question yes so if most of you of course are associated with ophthalmology what would be your preferred profile as an ophthalmologist to work in a government or medical college to have a association with a corporate practice to have your own setup to have an institutional academic practice or to have a group practice okay i think we have a fair amount of people looking at uh corporate practice so i think it will be useful for you to hear the experiences of both dr raghav and dr thank you thank you okay so i don't have a presentation i will just speak about my experience that will speak more than the slides so i joined so i'll start my cfs journey i finished my post graduation and i of course like many of you are totally curious what to do and how to start my career because after doing your solution unfortunately our system does not probably has lesser capacity than the number of aspirants so to get into the right profile is very difficult so i started by giving my cv into max hospital thinking maybe i'll join somewhere and i don't know maybe destiny i got a call from fortis saying that uh please join us so i joined as a resident in cfs uh oakland at that time so and i worked for about three two three months and then i heard about this opportunity of a fellowship and i applied i meant to meet dr itika in the very very room she is sitting right now and i said i would want to join your fellowship program so mama said you keep working as a resident and we have our exams in august august 2018 so i went for the exam i gave my written exam i heard my exam then we have had our interviews i i met a lot of my patch mates were also there for the fellowship exam and looking at the crowd that i turned up for the first exam i i could have made out that it was a very prestigious post and that very moment that dr mahipal he came and he addressed all of all of the uh uh examinees uh saying that he told us about his journey about center site about the technology that he has and that we will not be able to we will be able to use every piece of technology that we that is available in the country and we do have the most cutting yet cutting-edge technology anyway so i was the first one to give my interview and i was on this table in the round table you know all these big names not so much fun to me and i had no clue what to do i i hardly knew anything about ophthalmology because in our post evaluation unless you're from rp center or a very like a guru nanak center you would not know much about technology you only read about a pentagon or a smile so but you don't know how it actually is but to see all those machines to see people who are using those machines on a daily basis it was really inspiring so i had an interview i hopefully obviously it was like uh it was like a very rough 15 minutes it knew about in two minutes but yes it was nice i remember asking about uh what is search multiplication simple question but of course i was friendly and uh anyways answer the interview went well and i got a call and immediately they are they offered me a person in fact that was my first choice and i was first pushed i was with ma'am for the initial one year of my fellowship with mam and doctor so there were there are these three i call them the avengers of cataract surgery so any cataract with them they'll take it out and so anyway i learned them i learned so much they gave me such huge opportunities to do cataract surgery right in the first month of my fellowship and because they had that confidence in me and probably they were confident of themselves that they'll handle any complication i make but anyway that was then i'll give you a very good uh example i remember me and my three uh opg's the pre-prop examination ms we had this question on smile and no one had any idea what's was we just read first two small paragraph and kanski and uh we all cheated with that diagram about smile that posterior cut but we had no idea what it is and from going there to probably six months into my fellowship when i was given my first smile so i so it's such a huge difference that you could see that in six months not knowing what a particular surgery is to doing one on your own so that's how my fellowship journey began it went really slow but then it skyrocketed and then the number of opportunities i got with dr my pal is out of the world you know the international exposure and ophthalmology presentations that kind of people also i am working with so in such amazing research projects so all those opportunities which actually broaden your horizon you know understand what exactly ophthalmology is all about it is inclusive yet so exclusive you are not just doing a cat diet and effective surgery there's so much more to it and of course working in a corporate profile there are multiple facets to just a cataract surgery how the patient comes to your center how the patient is handled how well the patient is operated how well the post of the operative period is tackled just giving the patient a good vision and not giving good services is equal to doing a bad surgery patient is coming to you looking for a good experience not just good vision of course good vision is of course the primary concern but of course if you're going to such a premium institute you want a good service also so during my fellowship these so i did it to your fellowship and post that i worked for six months as an sr because of uh doing so actually covered helped me a lot so kuwait because of covet there was this my co-fellows were not from delhi so they had to go back to their hometowns during covet so i was the only one there and those three months had a lot of mature cataracts so i had a good opportunity of doing lots of mature cataracts and luckily that gave me a lot of confidence and now i am i'm a consultant here and i'm doing my own individual premium cataract surgeries and today i had a list of eight cataract surgeries i did individually and i'm having my own refractive opd and i think it's all thanks to especially these two women on the screen uh for the opportunities all the surgical opportunities they've taught me so much uh what do you mean something please you say something i can't thank cfs enough for what i am today [Music] i think raghav is one of the we couldn't have asked for a better batch of first fellows to start our fellowship with and we are very lucky to have him as one of the first fellows of cfs and he is very very talented and very grounded down to earth and polite so so all his name is all around us and very good in top technology so i am amazed the way he edits the videos and would be very good with the presentations and emotions so that's something you have to learn to hear you have to keep up with all the technology yeah we'll have to learn that from you only so there was so much that i have learned during these two years so dr thulika is a fellowship coordinator she's not not here but if whatever meal is interesting you send that fellowship as i know that will be answered by her so she is someone that you really really can learn a lot from because she has this very structured fellowship program starting from uh so just imagine that you are mentors and central side of people like him and there are so many people so imagine that you are learning from them not their experience you are with them in their ot in their opd and how they are tackling their patients and you have to understand that the way because most of us come from camp backgrounds in our post graduation so we have a very different way of looking at patients and treating them but here it is all that and combined with that corporate aspect of having a very good experience for the patient uh here i'm after you please a very good evening to all of you uh so i'm very happy to share my experience at cfs which is a very very happy one so i joined cfs in uh can we have the next strike please so i joined the cfs in 2008 almost immediately after completing my senior residency from government medical college indigo so i wanted to i was very eager to enhance just the previous life so i was very eager to enhance my clinical and surgical skills i wanted to learn about the best patient care methods and some i wanted some exposure to the cutting edge technology and even in those times it was there only at cfs daily so i thought i'll i mean apply there and most importantly i wanted to work with dr maypal sir who was very famous as a taco master in chandigarh in 2008. so i was very very focused i didn't ask anybody i knew that i have to apply in center for site so i applied to the job and i was very blessed that dr maypal hired me my interview was worse than you raghav so but he still hired me and then after that it was no looking back there were there were only like three centers of central site only in delhi so now there are more than 50 centers so we have kind of grown together so what made me glow to center for site for all those years and can we have the next type case so dr mahipal uh sir he uh turned out to be a like a godfather to me who helped me shape my career and uh he is i mean he's instilled so much of confidence in you that you start believing in yourself like raghav said all the things i totally completely agree with you rather and the main thing his best quality is that he knows your strengths better than you so he knows how to extract the extract the best out of you so but you need to work really really hard with him because uh i think he himself is he himself works the hardest at cfs so he's a big big inspiration for all of us so i want he starts his day at 8 a.m that is the moment he enters the hospital and he ends his day at 9 00 pm at least in the hospital but yes 3 8 a.m and post 9 pm his work doesn't end you have to totally agree all his meals are answered before 8 a.m and after 9 00 pm so i don't know if he sleeps or not better if he sleeps oh he sleeps a bit but i think the dream keeps heroic i know yes yes sir that's true so so i was very lucky that i got trained in refractive surgery from the master himself and then there were several in-house trainings also that is the cfs culture that keeps on happening in between so as regards to the technology i was exposed to almost all kinds of uh equipment surgical and diagnostics so i was very very happy at that time because i was learning what i wanted to learn and all the other departments cornea refractive the plasti neuro of glaucoma they were all well established and we didn't have to refer we don't have to refer patient to anywhere else so i i really enjoyed learning and working in cfs at that time i was scared to coming to delhi but then i never went back and i'm glued to csf now now and so everything was there under one roof uh can we have the next slide please so i also have i am blessed to have the guidance of other stalwarts in ophthalmology like dr lalit verma dr nem so they work as an excellent team and they were always there to support you and with the everybody's guidance i became very proficient in cataract as well as repractive surgery and started training my junior doctors also so that was a big achievement for me and next time slightly so they were very i mean frequent in-house trainings in diagnostic equipment femto femtolastic implantable conductance femtosecond laser surgery visual mass intact and most of these are certified trainings so that also helps to build up your cv next slide piece so apart from the surgery surgeries i started simultaneously i started participating in national i i represented center for site at various national and international conferences next slide piece so academics is not just the conferences we i i am a part of training the teaching program of fellows and dnb students training the staff and counselors and then their nabh trainings and then their banned cfs meetings like coffee with cfs very educative mythic then i focus like dr rithika told us and then we can participate in research and i have many publications and book chapters also so i was the chief editor of cfs newsletter spectrum uh from 2010 to 2016. so there are ample things to do with just i mean up to you whatever you want to do next type peace so to further boost the confidence the doctor my pal again pushed me to do the live surgery perform the surgery life i was very very scared i told him that i'll take a calf accidentally surgery but then he knows how to get the things done so i did my life surgery and trust me i was very very happy and the second time i did the life surgery it was telecasted live in milan so that was again a very i mean good experience uh so he when you achieve one level he pushes you to the other another level so that is he never say he wants you to rest at some place and you know enjoy your comfort zone so next slide please so then the times came when when i became a refractive surgery trainer so i till date i have trained more than 20 ophthalmologists from india as well as outside india and again it it was a very good learning experience for me myself next i slide please so as human beings we all love to be appreciated and central site takes care of that part also so time to time our professional milestones are celebrated and we enjoy that part also a lot and that boosts your confidence and motivates you to work further harder so next slide please and last but not the least i mean i have grown in every aspect of uh life at central site but the best thing is that i made some of the best friends the lifetime friends over here so it has uh so far have been very fulfilling journey so next slide please so i look forward to many more years of working together thank you dr rithika and thank you central side and thank you dr mahipal thank you so uh dr richard would you be able to help us if there are any comments queries that we yeah yeah so definitely then i'll just uh take one more poll i can't see any uh significant questions uh right now so to everyone uh in the audience if you have any questions and uh we have stalwarts of ophthalmology here i can say so if you want to ask them questions directly you can please uh do that and put all your questions in the comment section or anyone who wants to raise hand uh can come on stage and uh will accept your request so uh you've heard about alumni experiences and the culture at cfl so uh there are a few openings if you want to join uh i'll just take one poll uh on that as well so there's one question uh dr sai has asked or is dnb course available at cfs yes we have both primary and secondary dnp available at center site delhi right okay thank you uh these are the comments but uh not really a question uh so i'll just run one poll uh so anyone uh you will be able to see uh some openings uh which are there uh at cfs so if you are interested in those uh you can opt your uh this is actually anonymous your data will not be shared or your name will not be shared with anyone so it's just for the interest that people you want to know great number uh so dr ruthika with this uh we can conclude this there is one question uh quickly uh so mom could you please enumerate the various career paths uh one could take after completing ophthalmology post graduation so uh if you can quickly address that like fellowships or dnb courses so we have both fellowship uh dnb courses after post graduation i mean we do have a secondary dnb as well but a fellowship program is something that i think ophthalmology has moved to a great degree of super specialization and particularly in tier 1 and tier 2 cities where there are a lot of ophthalmologists which gives you a niche uh so we do offer fellowship programs uh i had already listed all the fellowship programs that we offer and you could reach out to us at fellowship at centreforsight.net we uh would be happy to answer your queries personally and you could also look at post post graduation a senior residency which is also a very holistic option because some of the north india institutes do offer a very good senior residency as well and it gives you a very good outlook in ophthalmology fellowship programs in north india are not as commonly available or not as comprehensive we do hope to provide a very comprehensive and holistic surgical as well as medical experience through our fellowship programs and of course down south you do have uh good fellowship programs that have been there for a long time so before coming into a full-fledged private practice or corporate practice i think you should be fairly proficient at your fecal skills because there is a fair amount of ask in terms of the patient to have a successful fake outcome and you should spend your time in senior residency or fellowship or as a junior consultant where you do have a mentor you are able to refine your fake or skills to a level because you don't want to enter with low confidence so that is the only thing i would uh warn against don't be too impatient to enter as an individual solo faker surgeon till you really refined your skills and their fellowship or senior relevancy really helps so dr kasturi has asked i would like to know more about fellowships that are there in laser refractive surgeries so at present we have a refractive plus cataract program because i think most refractive surgeons would want to be proficient at cataract as well we do have short-term refractive trainings which is a three-day program in lasik run by dr rupal at mumbai and madoda where they will be a theoretical one to two days and a hands-on then we have advanced trainings like uh smile training which dr hamlet also runs at delhi and dr drooper runs at madoda and we have femto lasik trainings as well so these are basically modular trainings and the holistic fellowship program that we have is two years combining that right along we can also offer observerships if you are interested for you to come and you know really see refractive practice because a lot of the post graduates don't really even know what refractive practice is it's often glamorized significantly and i think an exposure really helps so we would be happy we are very open to people coming and watching surgeries at cfs and just trying to figure out where their passion lies anything to add drama i think i totally agree with you once you watch doing because uh i came from government medical college so i didn't have any exposure to any kind of refractive surgery so i became refactor surgeon only when i watched uh you know surgeries and observed and i mean learn to deal with the complications then you develop the interest in the subject so i think if you're not sure what to do then do the observer shift and then you would decide yeah my only uh i mean as a cornea surgeon my only slight thing from the heart is a lot of people want to learn how to use the micro keratome and the do lasik but you should learn how to first read a topography and also handle complications of lasik a lot of people just want to be a refractive procedure i would not call them refractive surgeons because they refer their complications and they refer their difficult topographies for review so a refractive also deserves a fair mind share of yours don't touch don't just dip your water and go in for a swim and can i share my experience yes so in these two years of fellowship if you are assisting my pal or dr himata if you're you will see that you are seeing about 10 to 11 patients who are coming in for effective surgery so you're looking at 10 to 11 topographies and there are multiple more tests that are done in the biomechanical strength of the cornea so all these things are when you see on a daily basis you understand what is normal what is normal so more than accepting which patient you treat it is which we need to reject that is more important that's what we learn from uh sir every day so even at this stage there are some cases that even he thinks for about one second not not more than that but yes there are cases he has to think because uh the cornea is such a structure that there are multiple facets to it and we have we need yours uh if not multiple years to just know your topography and know what is abnormal and what can misbehave even though after a lot of tests the cornea can misbehave but still having that experience knowing that the topography well seeing lots of penta camps every day is what gives us a little bit of experience that's what i've always learned over these next over these past three years right so uh there's one last question what options uh do we have uh after post uh three years of seniorship so uh postgraduate and then we complete our senior ship uh in government hospitals so what are the options available how can we so at center for site we have uh at post three years of syrian residency with a significant confidence in fake emulsification we do do look at an independent consultant profile so you have your own independent ope you have your own independent ot and of course the refinement of skills in terms of upgrading to premium or upgrading to femto depending on which center you are can be done under the supervision of you know the senior members but uh three years of senior resident seen a good institute is enough to start you on an independent journey i think raghav has two years of fellowship you never stop learning and fortunately you have enough avenues to learn because you always keep growing and refining your feco but it's a basic starting point where you can start an independent profile at cfs [Music] okay thank you dr ethika for addressing all those questions in detail uh one more has come up any advantage if fellowship done from outside india it looks good on your cv but i think india gives you great surgical exposure right very uh short and very precise thank you uh so yeah with this uh we had amazing session an amazing discussion we learned a lot from your experiences uh so i think with this we can conclude the session uh to everyone if you have any more queries uh feel free to approach us uh on our support id or the support whatsapp and uh we'll make sure that we get back to you with the answers so thanks for your time dr radhika dr himalata and dr thanks a lot thank you thank you thanks everyone thank you thank you thank you thank you

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dr. Hemlata Gupta

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dr. Ritika Sachdev

Dr. Ritika Sachdev

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dr. Raghav Malik

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