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Diplomate National Board (DNB)

DNB Program
St. Martha’s Hospital (SMH) is accredited by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to conduct the Diplomate of National Board (DNB) training program in seven specialties. SMH started the DNB training in 1984. The primary objective of NBE is to improve the quality of medical education by establishing standards and elevating the level of post graduate examinations. The Board conducts postgraduate examinations The NBE adheres to strict guidelines, conducts periodic inspections and closely monitors a variety of aspects concerning the DNB programs.

Our Institution has Excellent faculty members who are highly qualified dedicated and with several years of experience in field of medical education. They impart constant training in the form of bedside clinics, symposia and lectures. They also continuously monitor the thesis work of their students in order to maintain a high level of research orientation among their students. The programme is also monitor by Dr. S Ravindranath, Medical Superintendent and Dr. Emmanuel James as a Course Director, DNB Programme, Dr. Maneesh Paul as a DNB coordinator and Ms. Vanitha Chavan as a DNB secretary. The programmes is also assisted by a fulltime Chief Scientific Officer who monitors and assess all research work associated with the DNB programme.

At present 66 students are pursuing the DNB course in various specialties. In total, SMH has trained 337 Post MBBS and Post Diploma candidates in various specialties and 276 students successfully completed their post-graduation and received the DNB degree.

Departments conducting DNB courses and their sanctioned seats:

Broad Specialty

Sanctioned Seats every year

General Medicine

3 Primary

General Surgery

5 Primary

Obstetrics & Gynecology

2 Secondary & 2 Primary

Orthopedics Surgery

1 Secondary & 1 Primary


2 Secondary & 2 Primary

Family Medicine

4 Secondary & 4 Primary


3 Secondary & 3 Primary

As per National Board of Examinations guidelines St. Martha’s Hospital drawn up MoU with other Medical institutions for teaching purpose as below mentioned

  1. The MOU drawn between Sri Sathya Institute of Health and Medical Science, Whitefield and Prashantigram, Puttaparthi, Andra Pradesh with St. Martha’s Hospital on the prospect that SSIHMS and St. Martha’s will collaborate on the effective use of the resources for training of students in the Post Graduate Medical Education system, related to those conducted by the National Board of Examination at New Delhi. This MOU is intended to outline the general framework for collaboration between the Parties. The initial goal of this collaboration will be to outline and describe the respective goals and objectives as well as the intent of the Parties to conduct activities to establish a mutually beneficial relationship. The MOU will cover the posting of Five (from CTVS & Neurosurgery) 1st Year Residents of the Super Specialty DNB course at SSIHMS, with the department of General Surgery at St. Martha’s Hospital, for a period of 1 year from 1st Aug to 31st July every year. This posting of one year will include 9 months in General Surgery and 3 months in Emergency / Casualty. From St. Martha’s Hospital from the department of General Surgery the posting of Cardiothoracic and Neurosurgery for a period of 15 days each.
  2. Permission Letter for conducting Basic Science Classes in Pharmacology from Al-Amen-College of Nursing.
  3. MOU with the MS Ramaiah Advanced Learning Centre (MSRALC) for conducting related courses. The MSRALC is equipped with state of the art facilities and highly trained faculty to conduct these courses. 21 DNB Residents from St. Martha’s Hospital the 1st Year students attended the BLS & ACLS course in 2016 held at MSRALC. These courses were definitely be a value addition for our students.
  4. MOU between St. Martha’s Hospital and Narayana Hrudayalaya Private Ltd., (NHPL) NHPL agrees to make available to St. Martha’s, Bengaluru on availability, free of cost, its infrastructure and other facilities including conference, library and laboratory facilities. NHPL also agree to make available the necessary infrastructure / support in terms of faculty / scholars time, space, computational, managerial and administrative support. NHPL shall arrange necessary equipments for practical trainings.

The whole process of DNB residency is of mutual trust and gain to both the residents and the institution. We are grateful to all the DNB residents holding the Hospital together as a strong work force that renders the patients care with all the compassion and empathy that the Sister of the Good Shepherd stand for.