The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was established in Jan 1965 under the dynamic leadership of Col N J Choksey with the objective of providing undergraduate and postgraduate education, tertiary level patient care and research. The department did very well soon after its inception when Late Brig S D Khanna took over the reins and brought international fame to the college with his ‘Sling operation’ for prolapse of the uterus.
The department progressed steadily thereafter and touched unprecedented heights when it became the first public sector unit to give birth to an IVF baby in the year 2000. The department established an Advanced Endoscopic Surgery unit and Advanced Gynaecologic Oncology treatment facility in the year 1996. In the same year, it also organized the 40th AICOG - the national conference of the Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of India (FOGSI) and made a mark at the national level. Another landmark was achieved when the Feto-Maternal Unit was started in 2004. This unit has the unique achievement of doing the first Intra Uterine Transfusion in the Armed Forces.
The Department is closely associated with both FOGSI and Pune Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society and regularly conducts and participates in academic programmes. Later, the department conducted many other National Conferences such as ‘Beyond 2000’, ‘Eves Art’, ‘GIST -2002’, ‘HOST – 2004’, ‘NGOU-2005’, ‘LAMP – 2005’and Gynecon-2007 . Several other workshops like the Colposcopy workshop in Jan 2008 for AMOGS (All Maharastra Obs & Gyn Society), live laparoscopy workshop for ISAAR in Jan 2009 were also organised. The Dept holds regular clinical meetings by rotation with all the Medical Colleges in Pune under the Aeigis of Pune Obs & Gyn Society and has the proud privilege of being bestowed with the prestigious President’s Gold trophy for the best clinical meeting for 3 years in a row. In 2010, the annual POGS conference was held in AFMC and co hosted by the Dept. It was well attended and highly appreciated. In recent times the department has organized the CME Gynecon 2011 and Workshop on Gynecological Endoscopic Surgery and Fetomaternal Medicine in Aug 2011 and this was followed by the recent Live workshop on Pelvic Cadaveric Dissection and CME Gynecon 2013. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is presently located at the Ground floor of the B wing of Golden Jubilee Block.
The training of undergraduates in the subject of Obstetrics & Gynaecology starts in the III semester. The university results of the undergraduate students have been consistently very good with an average pass percentage of 98-100%. There has been a regular intake of service residents for Advance and MS course of MUHS in the month of May. In addition, civilian residents are also enrolled for the MS course depending upon the availability of seats.DGO course has been re-started from 2005. Training curriculum followed is as per MUHS guidelines comprising of practical training in OPDs, Wards, OT and through lectures, tutorials, seminars, demonstrations, clinical meetings and journal clubs. Residents are also encouraged to attend clinical meetings organized at BJMC, Bharti Vidyapeeth, Jehangir Hospital, Ruby Hall Clinic and Pune Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society monthly meets. The PG results too have been very good with a pass percentage of 98-100. The Residents have also been securing Distinction and University Ranks at regular intervals.
During the fourth year of training, nursing cadets of the neighbouring College of Nursing are taught midwifery as per their curriculum. Regular lectures (two per week) are taken by the faculty to cover all essential aspects of nursing pertaining to Obstetrics and Gynaecolgy. In addition, practical training is imparted in the labour room. Department is also involved in their final assessment. All faculty members as well as specialists posted at affiliated hospitals are recognized PG teachers of MUHS. They are highly trained professionals who have a passion for teaching and adopting novel methods to maintain the interest of the students. They keep themselves regularly updated by attending International, National and State level Conferences and are sought after speakers at various conferences and CME’s. They have several publications in various National and International Journals have been regularly contributing chapters in textbooks and have also published several useful handbooks for the Undergraduates at the College and University levels
The department is looking to the future in the form of development of a dedicated Fetomaternal Medicine Center. This center shall give a fillip to Fetoscopic surgery in this country.