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Resident docs vie for India’s Next Sushruta title

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Top three winners bag international clinical observerships at a Medtronic Innovation Center and final seven selected to participate in proctorship programmes in India

India Medtronic concluded the grand finale of India’s Next Sushruta (INS), a case study competition targeted towards postgraduates and super-specialty students in the field of surgery. The concluding round saw finalists competing for the top three spots with a chance to take part in an international clinical observership at a Medtronic Innovation center.

As per a press release, the finale saw Dr Usha H, MCh Surgical Oncology from Kidwai Memorial Institute of oncology, Bangalore win over the jury with her presentation to clinch the title of India’s Next Sushruta.  Dr Souvik Paul, DNB Surgical Gastroenterology from BLK Superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi was adjudged the first runner-up, while Dr Nitesh Kumar, MS Urology from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad took the second runner-up place.

Named after the father of early surgery, Sushruta, India’s Next Sushruta is an industry-academia programme in the med-tech space in India. The competition saw participation from across specialities including general surgery, gastro and oncology. The multi-stage academic contest was administered in partnership with Docplexus, who executed the programme spanning 80 cities and conducted quantitative quizzes and abstract submissions on their platform.

The finale of INS involved 20-minute case presentations by the top ten finalists judged by a panel comprising experts from major institutes:

  • Dr Avanish Saklani, associate professor robotic lead colorectal, Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai
  • Dr Abhay Dalvi, professor & unit head, Dept. of Surgery, KEM Hospital, Mumbai
  • Dr  Anil Aggarwal, director, professor & head, Dept. of Gastrointestinal Surgery, GB Pant Hospital, Delhi
  • Dr S Sudhindran, professor & chief transplant surgeon, Dept. of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Amrita Hospital, Kochi
  • Dr SVS Deo, professor & head, Surgical Oncology, AIIMS Delhi
  • Dr Madhabananda Kar, professor & head, Dept. of Surgical Oncology, AIIMS Bhubaneswar

Raising adequate awareness about disease and therapy areas coupled with skill development to achieve technology adoption is the long-term objective of INS. Consequently, from among the top 10 finalists, the final seven have been selected to participate in proctorship programmes in India.

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