3 years of D.M. residency at the Gujarat Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (September 2009 till date): Designation: Specialist senior registrar
Running adult medical oncology outpatient visits twice a week, pediatric medical oncology outpatient visits twice a week, oncological emergency duties twice a week with duty in the bone marrow transplant unit once every 4-5 days for the first year of the D.M. tenure and 6 months in second year. Daily inpatient bedside rounds (approximately 30-35 adults, 3-4 BMT recipients and 15-20 pediatric patients). Therapeutic and diagnostic procedures (Bone marrow biopsies / aspirations, fine needle aspirations, lumbar punctures, intra-thecal chemotherapy etc.) on every alternate day.
Presented more than 60 lectures on various aspects of oncology in the interdepartmental academic sessions in the 1st and 2nd year of residency.
Active participation and attendance of the regular (weekly once) interdepartmental meets at the Institute with presentation of scientific data from journals as well as GCRI data on various aspects in the field of medical oncology and haematology.
Active involvement in teaching and training medical, dental, radiotherapy and physiotherapy undergraduates during their posting in the department of medical and pediatric oncology.
Thesis in “Clinical Profile and Management of Chronic Lymphoid Leukemia” over a period of 2 years and involving 85 case studies under Dr Apurva A. Patel as the thesis guide.
Active participation in various clinical trials conducted at GCRI.
July 2013 to July 2014: Worked as consultant medical oncologist at Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute.
2012 to 2013: Worked as consultant medical oncologist at Viswabharathi Cancer Hospital a comprehensive cancer care centre at Kurnool.
September 2009 to September 2012: D.M. tenure of three years (1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year D.M. residency curriculum) under Dr. Apurva A. Patel as my principal teacher and guide at the Gujarat Cancer Institute and Research Centre, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (http://www.cancerindia.org) .
August 2007 to September 2009: Worked as Assistant Professor of Medicine at V.I.M.S. Bellary, Karnataka, India (http://www.vimsbellary.org).
January 2007 to August 2007: Worked as Lecturer in Medicine at Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education & Research, Tamka, Kolar, Karnataka, India (http://www.sduu.ac.in).
October 2003 till September 2006: Post-graduation, a M.D. tenure of three years in General Medicine (1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year M.D. residency curriculum)) under Dr. Jayaprakash. B, as my principal teacher and guide from V.I.M.S. Bellary, Karnataka, India.
Authored “Neutropenic Enterocolitis in a Child with Acute Myeloid
Leukemia Successfully Treated with Early Surgical Intervention: A Case Report”. Published online on 15th July 2012 of Indian Society of Haematology & Transfusion Medicine 2012.
Authored “Experience with Hickman Catheter and Implantable Ports at GCR” Volume 14 Number 1 April 2012. Gujarat Cancer Society Research Journal : 28-29. Presented a poster titled “Experience with Hickman Catheter and Implantable Ports at GCR” in Biennial joint conference of ISMPO (Indian Society of Medical & Paediatric Oncology) and ISO (Indian Society of Oncology) held at Bhubaneshwar, 2011.
ESMO Examination Certificate: Passed the ESMO examination held in Mumbai, India on 29th September 2012 and was accredited with 50 ESMO-MORA points.
Special skills and procedures in the discipline of Medical Oncology in the last 3 years [at the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute (GCRI, Ahmedabad):
Management of various solid and haematological malignancies in both adult and paediatric patients. Well-versed with various frontline protocols like (a) BFM 90, BFM 95 and MCP 841 protocols for Paediatric A.L.L. (b) BFM 93 for paediatric A.M.L. and “7+3”/DAT protocols for adult A.M.L. (c) ABVD, COPP, LMB 89, BFM 86, hyper CVAD, CODOX-M/IVAC, and Murphy‟s protocols for paediatric lymphomas (d) FLAG, FLAG-Ida, DHAP, ASHAP, ESHAP, R-ICE and GVD protocols for relapsed leukemias and lymphomas (e) High dose Ifosfamide / Cyclophosphamide and High dose Methotrexate based regimens for sarcomas (soft tissue and bone). (f) BEAM, BuCy, HD Melphalan for stem cell transplants (g) conventional protocols like FAC, CMF, AT, AC –›T for breast cancer; Platinum-based regimens for lung, testicular and ovarian cancers; P+F, TPF, DCF for head and neck cancers; LV5FU, FOLFOX, FOLFIRI, CAPOX, CAPIRI etc. for colorectal cancers; concurrent chemo-radiation protocols for head and neck, esophageal and anal canal/rectal cancers (h) Experience with newer molecules like Rituximab, Cetuximab, Herceptin, Bevacizumab, Nimotuzumab, Velcade, Gefitinib, Everolimus etc. (i) management of febrile neutropenia (j) maintenance of chemoports, central catheters, PICCs, etc.
Lumbar punctures and intrathecal administration of chemotherapeutic agents (approx. 500 cases at GCRI, Ahmedabad
Bone marrow aspirations and/or biopsies (>400 cases)
Intravenous lines (>750 cases), central lines (30-35 cases) and femoral line (15-20 cases) placements
Ascitic fluid and pleural fluid tapping (> 350 cases)
FNAC from breast masses, lymph nodes, subcutaneous nodules, skin lesions etc (>200 cases).
Teaching Experience at GCRI, Ahmedabad:
Dr Arun during his three years of the D.M. residency at the Gujarat Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, was actively involved in teaching and training medical, dental, radiotherapy and physiotherapy undergraduates during their posting in the department of medical and paediatric oncology.
Dr Arun in addition to regular lectures, evening classes did informative bed-side clinical teaching in the discipline of medical oncology for the first year and second year D.M. residents in his second and third year of D.M. residency respectively and was involved in various trials conducted at GCRI.
Teaching Experience at V.I.M.S, Bellary
Designation: Assistant Professor
Dr Arun during his tenure as an Assistant Professor in General Medicine at V.I.M.S. Bellary, Dr Arun was actively involved in teaching both undergraduates and post-graduates for two and half years.
Teaching Experience at SDUAHER, Kolar
Dr Arun worked as a Lecturer in General Medicine and was involved in teaching undergraduates and post-graduates at Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education & Research, Tamka, Kolar, Karnataka, India
As a co-ordinator in the following trials
Efficacy and safety of paclitaxel nano-dispersion concentrate for injection (PICN) in subjects with metastatic breast cancer: A randomized, open label, active controlled, comparative, parallel group, and multi-centric study.
A Phase III, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Clinical Trial to Study the Safety, Tolerability, Efficacy, and Immunogenecity of V212 in Recipients of Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplants (HCTs).
Management & IT skills:
Conducted regular multidisciplinary team meetings during postings in various departments as registrar and as Assistant Professor of General Medicine.
Dr Arun is familiar with using MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. As a knowledgeable user of IT services including Email and Internet.