India 2023: Alisha Chaudhury | Associate Consultant,Dept of Critical Care and Sleep Medicine || MD Pulmonary Medicine,Indian Diplomate of Critical Care Medicine (IDCCM), Fellowship in Sleep Medicine (FSM)

Delegate: Alisha Chaudhury

Affiliation: Associate Consultant,Dept of Critical Care and Sleep Medicine || MD Pulmonary Medicine,Indian Diplomate of Critical Care Medicine (IDCCM), Fellowship in Sleep Medicine (FSM)

Short Bio: I am currently working as an Associate Consultant in the Department of Critical Care and Sleep Medicine in SUM Ultimate Medicare, a 375 bedded corporate hospital in Bhubaneswar,Odisha,India.
We have a Level 1 polysomnography laboratory that satisfies all AASM standards requirements is already a part of our facility and we have slowly started enrolling patients.

After receiving my Master’s in Pulmonary Medicine, I spent three years working under Drs. George Dsouza, Uma Maheswari, and Uma Devraj in the department of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at St. John’s Medical College and Hospital in Bengaluru. It was here that I discovered my passion for sleep medicine.

Level 1 and Level 3 sleep studies were carried out regularly and scored so we had a good exposure. In addition, I presented my sleep research at the 2017 World Congress of Sleep Medicine in Prague. Moreover, I won second place for the best paper award for sleep research at NAPCON 2017 ( National conference for pulmonologists).

I then finished my critical
care fellowship at Apollo
Hospitals in Chennai. In
addition, I received a formal year of sleep medicine training from Dr. Nagarajan
Ramakrishnan at the Nithra
Institute of Sleep Sciences
in Chennai. I have also passed cleared my sleep fellowship exam in 2021 (theory and practica) conducted by the Indian Society of Sleep disorders.

Activity: World Sleep Day was celebrated for the first time in SUM Ultimate Medicare, Bhubaneswar.

Great presentations were delivered with brief overview about sleep and health, common sleep disorders like OSA and overlap syndromes of OSA and COPD. Lot of references were derived from Ramayana – Indian Mythology (sleep problems have been mentioned in our mythology since the Tretayuga), and senior consultants provided some really insightful commentary.

Thankful to Dr.Banani Jena,Dr.Akhil Panda, Dr. Satyajit Acharya for their wonderful presentations. The commemoration of the “World Sleep Day” was unique.

An auditorium that was completely full and occupied with happy and lively audience who actively interacted. Pamphlets and STOP BANG questionnaire were also distributed to make the audience aware about how important it is to diagnose sleep disorders.

The entire program was executed successfully with only three days’ worth of planning. A dream come true in this situation.

The department is already functioning, and our goal is to make a difference by treating sleep disorders rather than merely identifying them while also raising awareness of the condition.

Location: Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Date of Activity: 17.03.23

Submitted by: Alisha Chaudhury