Graduation Ceremony of Class of 2016 held

Graduation Ceremony of Class of 2016 held

On the 23rd of April 2022, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) held its annual graduation ceremony, celebrating the accomplishments of 100 graduating students of the class of 2016. 

Shri Dhirubhai Mehta (President, Kasturba Health Society) and the Chief guest of the ceremony, Mr PL Tapadiya (Vice President, Kasturba Health Society), Dr BS Garg (Secretary, Kasturba Health Society respectively), Dr N Gangane (Dean, MGIMS), Dr. Satish Kumar (Officer- In- Charge Students’ Council), faculty, staff, students, and family assembled in the auditorium of the institute to award the degree certificates to the MGIMS class of 2016.

In his welcome address, Dean Dr Gangane congratulated the graduating batch. He commended the class of 2016 for being exceptionally socially responsible and for their effort in going beyond their call of duty during covid waves. “You are the ambassadors of MGIMS. Endeavor to stay firm to the values you have learned at this institute”, Dr Gangane reminded the students.

Shri Dhirubhai Mehta and Shri PL Tapadiya awarded the degree certificates to the new doctors and congratulated them the best in their future endeavors. The atmosphere was charged with emotions and excitement as the students donned the graduation regalia walked up to the stage and collected their degrees and certificates.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Dhirubhai Mehta vouched that the MGIMS graduates are sensitive to the felt needs of the community. “MGIMS is synonymous with honesty, austerity, ethical and selfless services and I am proud to say that out of nearly 500 medical schools in our country, MGIMS is one of the only three institutes to be identified for this set of values.” Shri Mehta recalled the President of India’s remark when he acknowledged MGIMS’s effort in serving the community. He also brought to everybody’s attention the government of India’s report to parliament that has stated - ‘MGIMS is conscious of the fact that medical education needs to maintain the right balance in the eternal triangle of ‘quality, quantity, and equity. In its perennial quest to attain the perfect blend, it never forgets that these three arms are not in conflict, and equity cannot be kept in abeyance’.

Shri PL Tapadiya in his address called MGIMS a launching point for kick-starting the medical journey for students of 2016 batch. He acknowledged the effort of management, faculty and the institute’s clinical materials in shaping a holistic learning environment for students. “I am confident that you all shall abide by the values inculcated in you during your graduating years and honor them as you tread ahead in your journey”, said Shri Tapadiya.

The class of 2016 swore to the Hippocratic Oath attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates before their peers, family, friends, and mentors. Dr. Satish Kumar administered them the famous oath. “The oath is a strong reminder that the doctors must serve mankind unconditionally and teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation”, reminded Dr Satish Kumar.

Dr Utkarsha and Dr Sahil, graduating students from the 2016 batch reflected on their journeys with MGIMS. “MGIMS has taught me to look at a patient and see a person in him, and to make every effort to bring the best in care to him”, said Dr Utkarsha. Dr Sahil reminisced his first day of Social Service Camp and said that he felt honored to be a part of the institute that equipped him with the necessary set of skills required to be a good doctor.

The program ended with a vote of thanks and national anthem.


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Hyperthermia among other facilities inaugurated in the department of Radiotherapy

Hyperthermia among other facilities inaugurated in the department of Radiotherapy

On 22 April, 2022, the department of Radiotherapy at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram inaugurated the upgradation of the department facilities in the hands of Shri Dhirubhai Mehta (President, Kasturba Health Society. Mr PL Tapadiya (Vice President, Kasturba Health Society), Dr BS Garg (Secretary, Kasturba Health Society respectively), Dr N Gangane (Dean, MGIMS), Dr SP Kalantri (Medical Superintendent, Kasturba Hospital), faculty and staff were present in the occasion. The event also witnessed the therapy given to its first patient with the newly upgraded Linear Accelerator.

“The Radiotherapy department has introduced several key therapeutic modalities for cancer treatment that are novel, not only in the region but also in the country. With our upgraded facilities, we hope to provide better cancer care and improve the quality of patient’s life”, said Shri Dhirubhai Mehta.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr NR Datta (Director Professor & Head of Radiotherapy, MGIMS) informed, “The existing linear accelerator has now been upgraded with image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) facilities along with 120 leaf multi-leaf collimator. This feature will enable us to not just precisely hit the tumor but also spare the adjacent normal tissues”. The newly added console shall allow close onboard image guidance and monitoring, adaptive treatment planning, and dose guidance procedures. “We expect to translate into improved tumor cure rates without any increase in normal tissue toxicity”, Dr Datta added.

The department has also now upgraded its brachytherapy facilities with the introduction of interstitial, intracavitary and intraluminal brachytherapy. Thus, brachytherapy could be practiced in nearly all tumor sites. These would help not only in improving tumor control but also preserve the organ and its function. Further it would be cosmetically appealing to patients. Collectively, the endeavor would be to improve both tumor control and quality of life. Few centers in India are presently practicing the entire range of brachytherapy applications that are being envisaged at MGIMS, Sevagram.

Hyperthermia is a novel therapeutic approach in cancer being introduced for the first time in India as a routine treatment along with radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.  Hyperthermia is acknowledged as the most potent radiation sensitizer, chemosensitizer ,and strong immunomodulator similar to in situ tumor vaccination. More significantly, it is usually without any additional normal tissue side effects. “Hyperthermia is being practiced at our hospital for the past 1 year and the initial results in patients of locally advanced de novo tumors of various sites  (namely head neck, breast, cervix etc.) and recurrent tumors are extremely encouraging”, informed Dr Datta.

“This could indeed be a great support to patients who are attending MGIMS from neighboring regions of Maharashtra. Moreover, radiotherapy offered at MGIMS is highly affordable to all sections of patients. In addition, some of the unique therapeutic options offered by the department could benefit patients even from other adjoining States”, said Dr Kalantri.

“All these treatments are being practiced in close collaboration with other departments, namely - Surgery, Gynecology, ENT, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Medicine etc. The department believes in practicing ‘Quality Assured Radiation Therapy’. This would eventually translate to not only improve treatment outcomes but also organ and function preservation, a key step towards improving the quality of life of our patients.”, reassured Dr Datta.


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