Exclusive Interview of Dr Maneesha Solanki, Principal, Dhondumama Sathe Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune - homeopathy360

Exclusive Interview of Dr Maneesha Solanki, Principal, Dhondumama Sathe Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune

Dr Maneesha Solanki

Educational Qualifications:         L.C.E.H (Bom)
B.H.M.S. (Pune)
M.D. (Hom) (Rajasthan University)
Post Graduation achievement
·         P.G. Teacher in Dhondumama Sathe Homoeopathic Medical College since 2001 approved by M.U.H.S. vide letter No. MUHS/PG/E4/87/2007 dated 22.06.2007 in Subject ‘Practice of Medicine’.
·         P.G. Guide approved by CCH – List published by MUHS on their website on 16th March 2012 under head of Academic PG, Serial No. in list is 88.
·         Principal and P. G. Director in Dhondumama Sathe Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune, till date.
·         Medical Superintendent in Nyaymurti Madhavrao Ranade Memorial Homoeopathic Hospital, Pune, till date.
·         Professor and Head of department of Medicine in Dhondumama Sathe Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune, till date.
·         Consulting Homoeopathic Physician in Nyaymurti Madhavrao Ranade Memorial Homoeopathic  Hospital, Pune, till date.
·         Honorary Homoeopathic Physician in Deenanath Mangeshkar  Memorial Hospital and Ramkrishna Math, Pune, till date.
·         Member Board of Studies in Faculty of Clinical Homoeopathy at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik.
·         Faculty Member at Maharashtra University Of Health Sciences, Nashik.
·         Ex-Member Ethics Committee of Interpathy Research Department at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik.
·         Ex-Member of Board of Studies at Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune.
·         Winner of Best Teacher Award of Dhondumama Sathe Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune during years 2006, 2007 & 2009.
·         Winner of Best Teacher Award Homoeopathic Faculty (State level Award) MUHS, Nashik in the year 2010.
PUBLICATIONS: Author for the following Books:
·         Importance of Case Taking, Physical Examination and Investigations in Clinical Homoeopathy in September 1998.
·         Guide-Lines to Homoeopathic Approach towards Hypertension and Ischaemic heart Disease in September 1998.
·         Various articles in the local magazines and journals on Homoeopathy.
RESEARCH WORK PUBLICATIONS and Paper Presentations :
·         Clinical Trial – To find out efficacy of Homoeopathic medicines in Intestinal Amoebiasis . Published by Homoeopathic Heritage, Oct 1995.
·         Drug Proving – Reconfirming of symptomatology of Homoeopathic drugs Allium Cepa and Avena Sativa. Published in Annual College Magazine.
·         A pilot study to find out a proplyactic and curative remedy in Homoeopathy for  (H1 N1) influenza.   International Seminar on Recent Advances in Homoeopathy in Feb 2010.
·         Paper presentation on “Does Homoeopathy work in acute morbidity of Chikungunya and Post Chikungunya Musculoskeletal disorders ?”  at 66th World Homoeopathic Congress of LMHI, New Delhi.
·         Traditional Indian Systems of Medicine for HIV and AIDS: Faculty Perspectives  Poster presentation  presented at AIDS 2012 – Washington, D.C., USA.
·         Homoeopathic Approach to Acute Bronchitis in Children Published in CRYSTAL, Vol 6 no 4 Oct- Dec 2012, ISSN 2278-5817.
·         HIV/ AIDS Education in Traditional Indian Systems of Medicine : Faculty Perspectives J Homeop Ayurv Med ISSN : 2167-1206 JHAM, an open access journal Volume 2 Issue 4 1000136.
·         Paper presentation at National and International Conferences on homoeopathy.
i)                   9th Asian Homoeopathic Medica League during Feb 1997, paper presented on
‘Healthy Mind in Healthy Body’ – Role of Homoeopathy in Mental Disorders.
ii)     International Conference in Singapore May 2007, paper presented on ‘Behavioural problems in children’.
iii)               International seminar on recent advances in Homoeopathy – Feb 2010 in
·         Seminar on success stories at CCRH, New Delhi. A case presentation of DMD 2010.
·         Poster presentation on “Three cases of Venous Ulcers treated with Homoeopathy” at 66th World Homoeopathic Congress of LMHI, New Delhi.
·         Scientific paper presentation at International Conference on multi-disciplinary healthcare AIIMS – 2014 at New Delhi on –
1)     A case of Acute coronary syndrome managed by multi-disciplinary care and Homoeopathy.
2)     Medical Emergency and Homoeopathy – A case of Acute Pancreatitis.
3)     The Vital Organ failure and Multi-disciplinary care approach with Homoeopathy – A case of Terminal Stage of Renal Parenchymal Disease.
·         “Retrospective study of Morbidity, Co-morbidity and fatality seen in the geriatric age group patients attended the NMRM Homoeopathic Hospital, Pune, for the Homoeopathic treatment during last two years” at Fifth Euro India International Conference on Holistic Medicine – September 2015 at Kerala.
·         Case Reports : “Integrating Homoeopathy in Cancer Management” at Fifth Euro India International Conference on Holistic Medicine – September 2015 at Kerala.
·         “Integrated approach in Management of patients of Advanced stage Cancer in our Homoeopathic Hospital – An Experience” – at 2nd National Conference on Women Health Challenges and Solutions – November 2015 at Pune.
·         “Integrating Homoeopathy in the National Health Programs” – An Initiative towards contribution in resolving the Public Health Issues – at 19th All Homoeopathic Scientific Seminar 2015, Nagpur.
·         “Disaster Management preparedness in our Homoeopathic Hospital and the Role of Homoeopathy” at XXIV National Homoeopathic Congress of Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians, February 2015, Nagpur.
·         Paper presentation as a Resource person on Disaster Management and preparedness of Homoeopathic Hospitals during International Convention on World Homoeopathy Day – April 2016 at New Delhi.
·         Resource person for preparing audio-visual lecture series by Government of India I. S. M. & H. on Glomerulonephropathy and Homoeopathy.
·         Resource person for Teachers Training program in subject of Practice of Medicine.
·         Resource person for state level workshop on mother and child care by Government of Maharashtra.
·         Resource person in the workshop on subject Compulsory Internship Training conducted by CCH at Father Muller’s Homoeopathic College Mangalore.
·         Resource person in the workshop on subject Homoeopathic Medical Education Technology module I for teachers Conducted by CCH at Belgaum.
·         Resource person on Homoeopathic Education Technology at XXIII All India Congress at Hyderabad
·         Resource person in the workshop on subject Homoeopathic medical education technology module II for teachers Conducted by CCH at Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu .
·         Awareness programs on Homoeopathy by conducting lectures, writing in newspaper, magazine in local and English language. Interview on Television.
·         Conducted National campaign organized by AYUSH MOHFW Govt. of India for running free Mother and Child Care OPD and organizing Community Awareness Camps.
·         Organizing free Health Checkup Camps.
·         Attended 40th Congress LIGA at Lyon, France – 1985.
·         Cycled 3000 kms from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, with the Knit India march led by Late Padmashri Baba Amte, a veteran social worker, as a part of Social Commitment with motto of National Integration and Environmental awareness in 1984.


Dr Abha (ED): What is unique about your college?
Dr Maneesha Solanki (MS): One of the oldest and pioneering institutes in the field of Homoeopathic Medical Education in Western Maharashtra has produced number of leading Principals, Teachers and Practitioners in Homoeopathy to the country.
ED:      What does a typical day look like for you working as a Principal?
MS:     Each day brings in a new challenge in the endeavor of student care, patient care and science care in the work that involves, dealing with students, patients, even parents in sorting ways and means of finding arrangements that would facilitate their comfort and ease. Regular teaching in the hospital and classrooms, patient care in the OPD and IPD, correspondence with regulatory authorities, briefing / de-briefing the management about the academic progress and hospital functioning, sharing with staff their academic activities and personal problems.
Motivating students and young teachers for excelling in academic activities and for participating in research activities. So that future of Homoeopathy is in safe hands.
When the day ends I do not know. But at the end of the day the satisfaction that the duties and responsibilities were discharged to the best of ability is the great satisfaction which motivates to look forward to the next days’ work again.
ED:      How is India’s current homoeopathic medical education scenario?
MS:     India is a world leader as far as the homoeopathic education is concerned. Apex body, CCH in homoeopathic education and practice, Ministry of AYUSH and the State Governments have provided support and encouragement, to the fullest extent. It is for the profession to take both education and practice to greater heights now.
India will be the destination point to both education and practice in Hahnemannian Homoeopathy for the world community in the years ahead.
ED:      The environment for Homoeopathic medical research in India is very conducive. Do you agree?
MS:     Yes, I have no hesitation in saying that we have now both environment and personnel eager to enter into this field.
The initiation taken by CCRH by launching programmes like STSH for UG, PG students across the country are very encouraging and will definitely enhance the interest in the area of Research.
ED:      What are your views on public trust in doctors and other challenges?
MS:     By its very nature homoeopathic science bring the homoeopath very close to his / her patients irrespective of whether they are suffering from acute or chronic ailment because unless he or she treats individual patients, it will be rather difficult to treat them safely, quickly and effectively. Therefore doctor-patient relationship and trust cannot be a major concern.
Having said that I must also add that treating homoeopath must always remember that the interest and welfare of the patient has to be his or her upper most concern. No harm should be done to the patient. Secondly, he has to be most ethical in dealing with his patients, their relatives, community and with his professional colleagues.
All tall claims without appropriate evidences put forth a question mark for both common man as well as our other professional colleagues, and therefore should be strictly avoided.
ED:      Why is research orientation low in the homoeopathic colleges of India ?
MS:     There is a reason for it. Most of our small and big institutions were running in the private sector by benevolent people. Finance was the great stumbling block. Teachers were not taken care of their financial dues under these circumstances and there was no supervisory control.
With the introduction of uniform undergraduate and post-graduate courses and supervisory control of CCH, things are gradually changing. More and more students and faculty members are making efforts in carrying out research in smaller and bigger way. I am sure the scenario is fast changing, as I said earlier that CCRH is also promoting through their activities as well as the AYUSH Department through various schemes for research.
ED:      What is your take on funding scenario for homoeopathic sector?
MS:     I honestly feel that more funds should be pumped-in into hospitals and medical education in our science. The army does not fight with an empty stomach. Wisely utilized funds in adequate amount will go a long way in shaping our educational and consequently practice sector.
ED:      Most of the students join B.H.M.S. as a secondary option. How you make them aware of the challenges and opportunities?
MS:     Lack of job opportunities is still a stumbling block in the Homoeopathic field. The solution is that our infrastructure must develop to keep pace with the inflow of young doctors coming out of our institutions and therefore more number of dispensaries, hospital attached to teaching institution and research organization should be created in proportion to opening of new colleges and increasing number of homoeopathy medical seats.
Human resource trained is by us is by majority, utilized by our other professional colleagues in Multispecialty Hospitals, Health Management sector and Clinical Research department. Creating these opportunities under Homoeopathic umbrella is the need of the day.
ED:      How do you uplift the morale of your students with regard to career?
MS:     This is linked with providing opportunities to our young talent and utilizing their services. The answer is same as I have stated earlier above in response to the previous question. And therefore if not campus interview and job placement at least, in campus selection to promote our young talent.
ED:      In pursuing courses in hospital administration and emergency medical service along with B.H.M.S. a road to employment?
MS:     I do not subscribe to the view. In short run they may be adding to more employment but in long run, it will be harmful to the science and its growth.
Students are forced to take that route because we are unable to absorb the homoeopathic talent in them by employing them as Homoeopaths in our hospitals, colleges and research institutions.
ED:      What steps you have taken to ensure decent OPD inflow?
MS:     Good, sincere and dedicated services to the sick should be the only aim and goal.
“Rugna Devo Bhav” i.e. Patient is our God is our motto.
Keeping this in mind, catering to poor, underprivileged and far flung remote settle communities should be given priority and therefore health awareness programme, health talks, health camps are organized regularly in the hospital and in & around the city. This safe, effective and economic treatment should be provided by both philanthropic organizations, NGOs and Government of the day.
ED:      Enumerate the infrastructure needed for your college for research activities.
MS:     I feel, we still lack the infrastructure we want in Teachers’ Training Department to deal with adopting new teaching technologies and also in our Research department in our institute to step up our endeavor in applied and clinical research.
ED:      In what areas your college wants to go forward with regard to research?
MS:     We would like to lay emphasis and work in the direction of exploring newer and wider role of             Homoeopathy in both communicable and non-communicable diseases prevailing at present. We would also like to contribute in the National Health Programme in eradicating diseases stated in the priority area, to ascertain more and more beneficial effect of Homoeopathic therapy in this national level priority area disorders.
ED:      What are your goals and aspirations towards making your college a better hub of education?
MS:     Our goals and aspiration are our “Mission and Vision” statements of our college and teaching hospitals for which we are striving hard to reach and maintain ourselves.
ED:      What extra effort you put in to stand out among the list of around 195 Homoeopathic colleges in India?
MS:     Our teaching programmes, our academic results, participations of our faculty and students in National and International Conferences, Regular conduction of Seminars and Workshops round the year, involving our Alumni in the various activities of the college, make us where we are at present amongst our Homoeopathic institutions.
I would like to end up this interview by expressing my gratitude to my Teacher who had a vision and who could explore the potential in me and if I have to follow the footsteps then I remember the lines of a famous english poet, Robert Frost which he used to quote often,
“Woods are lovely, dark and deep
I have miles to go before I sleep
Miles to go, before I sleep …….!”

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