Welcome to our Training FAQ, where you'll find answers to commonly asked questions about our courses, programs, and resources at SMASTI. We're here to provide you with all the information you need to make the most informed decisions about your educational journey.
Various courses available at SMASTI are as follows
- Online Basic Laparoscopy Course
- Certificate in Minimal Access Surgery – CMAS
- Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery – FMAS
- Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery – DMAS
- Certificate Course in Diagnostic and Operative Hysteroscopy
- Certificate Course in Upper and Lower GI Endoscopy
- Master Training Program
Yes, the training is accredited by International Association of Minimal Access Surgeons (IAMAS).
The admission in fellowship and diploma course is possible after completing post graduate study I.e M.S/ M.D/ Equivalent qualification. Most of the trainees are already performing minimal access surgery. These courses improve the skills and help the students in learning the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery. FMAS / DMAS qualification are only conferred on the student when they qualify a written test MCQ pattern and practical exam on OSCE pattern and on submission of assignments and projects. FMAS / DMAS are exam based qualifications.
Yes, CMAS, FMAS, DMAS all have intensive hands on training from day one in skill development centre. Training is conducted on mannequins with laparoscopic setup in dry lab and harvested tissues and in real OT setting.
Yes the hands on training on real patients if imparted in a stepwise manner under the guidance and supervision of the senior faculty.
No, for MBBS students only CMAS course is available.
Yes you can join Master Training Program, provided you have already taken training of FMAS and DMAS course.
Laparoscopic Surgery is a skill. Just like cricket / judo, chess, one needs to join training academy and get trained under the guidance of expert coach to reach the pinnacle. Similarly Surgeons and Gynaecologist also need to take structured and focussed training under the guidance of expert laparoscopic Surgeons and Gynaecologist to reach at the top.
As per the conclusion of Mr. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers the learning curve to reach the zenith of any discipline is 10,000 hrs. Same is true to become expert laparoscopic Surgeon.
Yes depending on type of course joined and the focus and passion of the student the learning curve get shortened by 50 to 1500 hours to become expert laparoscopic surgeon.
Yes, depending on the time/ leave available to you. You may join 1 week CMAS, 2 weeks FMAS or 4 weeks DMAS course. Once you have done 1 week CMAS later on you may join FMAS. Once you have done FMAS, later on you can join DMAS course.
Students prefer joining SMASTI because it is managed by pioneers of MAS with an aim to take professionals to the next level of expertise. SMASTI has structured syllabus and course curriculum in line with reputed international and national institutes. Here fees is affordable with no hidden expense. Dedicated and experienced faculty with experience of conducting over 70,000 surgeries.
The students who can not take leave from their work can learn laparoscopic surgery at the time convenient to them with our structured three weekly modular laparoscopic learning online course. After completing all the three modules of online course they can do hands on training in our four days condensed FMAS course at the dates suitable to them.
Online course eligibility MBBS, MS, MD and Practising Surgeons, Gynaecologist, Pediatrics Surgeon, Urologist, OT Technician and OT Nursing Staff.
This course helps in integrating theory with practical aspects of minimal access surgery to safely manage the patients. The theoretical knowledge which is very important to improve the laparoscopic surgery outcome can be easily learnt with online mode.
After payment of online course fees a user id and password will be sent to you by email. Go to the online portal of SMASTI website www.smasti.co.in login with the user id & password and access the online lectures.
For Indian students the fees of the course is Rs 10,999/- plus GST (Rs 12979 /- with GST). For International students the fees is US$ 200/-.
The fees for CMAS, online course can be paid on the payment gateway of SMASTI website, www.Smasti.co.in.
Yes the online CMAS course is accredited by the IAMAS (International Association of Minimal Access Surgeon).
Yes if you pass all the three weekly online exams (MCQ pattern), you will be issued the CMAS certificate.
Yes after qualifying CMAS online course the student can attend one week FMAS course at SMASTI, India or 4 days FMAS course at SMASTI Dubai (Date and fees for such courses will be flashed on the SMASTI website).
LAPAROSCOPIC TRAINING PROGRAM
(SMASTI) is the academic wing of SNH. The training is imparted under the aegis of International Association of Minimal Access Surgeons (IAMAS). SMASTI offers minimal access surgery training in various specialities like laparoscopic and general surgery, gynaecology and hysteroscopy, upper and lower GI endoscopy. It also offers Residency Programs to already practicing minimal access surgeons, who want to enhance their skills and competence. Laparoscopic surgery is industry and technology driven. With the rapid pace of upgradation of technology, the surgeon also has to keep updated about the recently launched instruments and devices in the market. At SNH, the candidates are taught in detail about the latest hand instruments, both disposable and reusable, access instruments, and optical instruments including different types of camera systems. The USP of training at SNH is that it is a hands-on training program, which includes observing and assisting in the first few cases followed by performing surgeries under the close guidance of the consultant, keeping in mind patient safety.
SMASTI provides one of the best infrastructure in the world for laparoscopic training distributed in 30,000 square feet Area. Classes and Lab of “Hands On” training are ultramodern and high tech to ensure that every surgeon and gynecologist have the chance to identify their individual needs and prescribe individualized training methods. Though at least half of our Hands-On class time is dedicated to the lab and Operation Theatre, we keep the lab open 12 hours a day so you can access it after hours whenever you like for independent study. The place is yours; do with it whatever you like with proper care of instrument. And when our time together in class draws to close, you’re going to have us at your fingertips for continuing answers and advice, forever, for free. Can you find that anywhere else?
All hands-on classes dedicate approximately half of your total class time each day to supervised hands-on instruction in small groups. But that isn’t all: at each location our secure Laparoscopic Lab is open 8 hours a day for your independent practice. Our faculty at SMASTI are present for the entire course, preceptive at the real OT live surgery, present in lab, at every break and during lunchtimes, always available to attendees to teach suturing, knotting, all small tricks, standards of care and laparoscopic excellence. Other courses have faculty drop in for their talks and disappear.
We give plethora of study material! Your tuition fee includes all course materials, Lab Hands On sessions, continental breakfast, lunch, and unlimited post training Online supports are completely free. We give Online resources and laparoscopic HD video.
There will be no any extra charge to utilize hospital resources like Internet, laparoscopic instruments, O. T. Dress, library, Videos, CD. Working lunch, snacks tea, coffee and soft drink will be provided whole day during course, free of cost..
Of course, and you can do it all at SMASTI. It doesn’t matter if you’ve spent time in class with us or not; we’re professionals supporting our fellow professionals.
We never allow any instrument company to influence our training program because it is university guidelines so that our training will not be influenced by manufacturer policies.
– Students applying attending two courses simultaneously (in the same calender month) will be eligible for a 20% discount in the shorter duration course.
– Institute managed by pioneers of MAS with an aim to take professionals to the next level of expertise
– Affordable fees with no hidden expense.
– Dedicated and experienced faculty with experience of conducting over 70,000 surgeries.
– Structured syllabus with course curriculum in line with reputed international and national institutes.
Technical skills in the field of laparoscopic surgery have been taught in specialized training centers for last ten years. Studies have shown that unlike open surgery, mere observing cases or assisting a surgeon does not improve the necessary skill to become a laparoscopic surgeon. Ergonomics and physics of laparoscopic surgery is completely different than open surgery and mastery of hand-eye coordination requires thorough exposure over state of the art HD wet operating room tissue followed by same skill demonstration in operation theatre. Laparoscopic techniques skill acquisition need “Hands On” training under specialized guidance of expert laparoscopic surgeon because the field of view is limited, peripheral vision is not possible and the operative field is represented in two dimensions on a video monitor. Unlike open surgery, where the surgeon is facilitated verbally and manually through assistantship from the opposite side of the operating table, in video-endoscopic surgery, verbal directives is not of much help and there is an increased reliance on the technical skills of the surgeon. To achieve these basic skills and to imbibe the principles of laparoscopic surgery, training in simulated operative environments and observation of state of the art surgery in operation theatre has become a necessity.
It is logical to expect that those who have obtained higher specialized
degree from reputed institute can only pass on the knowledge and
experience to the peers in structured way. Most of the faculty of other
institute is surgeons without having any degree in Laparoscopic surgery.
Whereas our Chief faculty and the Director Dr.Narin Sehgal. MBBS, MS (GEN.
SURG), FIAGES, D.G.E. (GERMANY) Minimal Access, Bariatric & General
Dr. Sehgal was among the early few to adopt Laparoscopy in India and to propagate and contribute to its growth – he has been conducting Laparoscopic Surgery since 1993 including basic and advanced Lap surgeries, Gynae surgeries and Urology surgeries. He is also highly experienced in Stapler Haemmorrhoidopexy, Transanal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialization and STARR. Under Cystoscopy & Ureteroscopy his expertise lies in TURB, TURBT, Bladder Stone, Ureteroscopic and Removal of Stones.
F.MAS and D.MAS are separate course and after finishing Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery (F.MAS) anytime in future you can finish your Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery (D.MAS). Please keep in mind that you should must have F.MAS degree from our institute if you want to get admission in D. MAS. We do not apply direct admission to D.MAS if candidate does not have the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery cleared.
– The Laparoscopic courses at SMASTI meet the guidelines
established in the SAGES Framework for Post-Residency Surgical Education
and Training. The University Master in Minimal Access Surgery (M.MAS),
Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery (D.MAS) and Fellowship in Minimal Access
Surgery (F.MAS) course designed and offered by Laparoscopy Hospital is
recognized International Accreditation Organization (IAO), Houston, USA.
– The “Hands On” training which is accepted globally by the Government of more than hundred countries is scientifically designed by academic council of World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons and it ensures that the participants are able to do all the taught surgery themselves after training.
– Many thousands of surgeons and gynecologists from every corner of the globe have been trained for advanced laparoscopic skill at Laparoscopy Hospital within last 23 Years. The entire certificate will be awarded by Government Recognized University.
– Laparoscopy Hospital is an accredited institution recognized by renowned accreditations agencies for Laparoscopy, namely the International Accreditation Agency of World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons.
– Accreditation is a process through which an institution maintains and improves its standards and practices. Accrediting organizations develop a criteria or standards by which a Laparoscopic Training standard can be measured.
Accreditation is important to various constituent groups because it represents an institution’s commitment to quality education. Being accredited warrants that an institution meets the quality criteria set by the accreditation agencies. Business and industry leaders are interested in quality institute and consider accreditation status an important factor when hiring. Citizens are assured of accountability and of value for their tuition knowing their training meets established standards and undergoes regular re-evaluation by teams of professionals whose focus is on improvement of surgical skill. Accreditation serves the following purposes: Assuring Quality: Accreditation is the primary means by which colleges, universities, assure education quality to students and the public. Source of Improvement: Accreditation provides a stimulus for continuous improvement in educational practices due to the periodic re-evaluation by accrediting agencies. Easing Transfer: Accreditation of institutions and programs is important to surgeons for the smooth transfer of credits among colleges and universities. Recognition: Accreditation of institutions and their programs accords them recognition as providers of high-quality education. Federal, state, and local agencies openly refer surgeons to these institutes and encourage students to consider only accredited institutes. Engendering Employer Confidence: The accredited status of an institution or program is important to employers when evaluating credentials of job applicants and when providing financial support to current employees seeking additional education.
You can Visit Our Faculty webpage to know More about faculties of SMASTI.
ADMISSION AT SMASTI
Our course starts from 1st of every month conducted 12 times throughout the year every month starting from 1st of the month. If you want to see the detail, you can check the Training Schedule.
We take only 10 candidates for CMAS and FMAS and 5 candidates for DMAS in one batch. Maximum 10 candidate in one batch so that they will get individual attention in laparoscopic state of the art HD wet operating room laboratory and operation theater. Our Lab and infrastructure of training in one of the best in the world.
We take limited candidates in one batch on first come first serve basis hence it is ESSENTIAL to reserve your seat as early as possible by fulfilling all the formalities. For confirmation you can apply Online or download the application form and send the completed application form by mail to Segal Neo Hospital. As soon as you apply for “Hands On” training at SMASTI and pay Initial Admission Fee your training starts from today itself, much before you come to join us by Downloading our Mobile Application to Learn Laparoscopy. Other best way is to fill-up our online application form by logging to our website secure server online admission gateway. To fill-up Online application form at SMASTI
You can send the application form for initial consideration without paying anything but for confirmation you may pay partial tuition fee towards the course. If you are paying through cheque or demand draft you should send for final confirmation to your participation in any programme. If you want to pay by credit card you have to pay partial fee from your credit card to get admission confirmed. The remaining amount can be paid at the time of joining the course either in cash or by draft. Remember that fee once paid is not refundable. Unlike other training institute we do not charge tuition fee before joining the course. This initial amount will be deducted from the total admission fee. Once your seat will be fully confirmed we will send you the invitation letter for Visa. As soon as you apply for “Hands On” training at Segal Neo Hospital your training starts from today itself
Tuition fee you should pay once you join the course. Always remember that delay in payment can cause delay in your certification process. You can pay either by cash, draft or credit card.
No! Tuition fee includes all the lab material, cost of consumables during practical, all the study materials, lunch and refreshment. However, boarding and lodging are not covered in the tuition fee. Always remember that institute is not responsible for any laparoscopic instrument which you may buy from the companies coming to show the trainees their laparoscopic instruments. All the equipment we provide free to use during training.
Even if you are Indian but having NRI status you need to pay tuition fee equivalent to overseas surgeon.
METHODS OF PAYMENT
– Cash On Delievery
– Net Banking
– Easy EMI Options
Remaining amount of fee you should pay once you join the course. Always remember that delay in payment can cause delay in your certification process. You can pay either by cash, draft or credit card. As soon as you apply for “Hands On” training at Segal Neo Hospital and pay Initial Admission Fee your training starts from today itself
No! Tuition fee includes all the lab material, cost of consumables during practical, all the study materials, lunch and refreshment. However, boarding and lodging are not covered in the tuition fee. Always remember that institute is not responsible for any laparoscopic instrument which you may buy from the companies coming to show the trainees.
REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS
You should apply for Business VISA if you are coming just for training. If you are going to the India for tourism with a short course of study like fellowship, you may be able to do so on a visitor visa. You should inquire at the appropriate Indian Embassy or Consulate. If your course of study is more than 8 week, you will need a student visa.
If your VISA is delayed we will reschedule your course date. However, if your VISA application is rejected by the Indian embassy, we will return your total taken fee. Anyway we don’t take total tuition fee before start of the course. Initially we take only the initial admission fee which is refundable.
To locate Indian embassy in your country is very easy using Google Search and you will get all the required detail.
Doctors Hostel is dedicated for doctors only is a unit of SMASTI and tariff is subsidized for surgeons and gynecologists. In spite of being ultra modern infrastructure with five star hostel facilities the tariff is extremely less keeping in mind international taste of doctors who come from all over World. Relax and spread out during your stay in one of our room. Each suite provides homelike comforts including a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, WI-Fi, room service and LCD flat-screen HDTV. Our staff takes great pride inconsistently offering an exceptional experience to our guest doctors. Facilities: Dedicated for Doctors of SMASTI,Free Morning Tea, Breakfast and News Paper in room,24 hours In-Room Dining is an experience within the comfort and convenience of the guest room or suite, Special Female waitress to attend female doctors, Certified Islamic Halal Food is also available for Muslim Doctors, Air-conditioning with individual temperature control, Guest Lift to all floor including banquet and Restaurant, Wooden flooring furnished with sofas, Electronic safe and door locks, Cupboard, luggage stand and attached changing room Dial telephone international call facility, Executive work desk and study table, 32″ LCD HD TV, 24 hour Hi-speed WI-Fee Internet access, Well stocked paid mini-bar with freeze, Tea/coffee maker, Hair dryer, Mineral water replenished on a daily basis, Premium boutique toiletries and Deluxe Washroom with 24 hour hot and cold water, Super Deluxe rooms are spacious come with king size bed or twin beds, Suit has two rooms with an area of 635 Sq. Ft. with balconies, drawing room, bedroom with shower and bathroom. Doctors can do their own Laundry or can also avail the paid laundry service available in the hotel premises, Pacific Lounge is beautifully designed Lounge with seating arrangement for 30 People where Tea, Coffee, Hard &Soft Beverages & Snacks can be served, Continuous shuttle service facility to SMASTI, Pickup and drop from Delhi International Airport, Safe & secure environment, 24 hours night vision CCTV surveillance of entry / exit & corridors (with recording), UPS facility with 24 hour Power Backup, 24 Hour Security guard , Easy access to Super Markets and Mall, 24 hour room service. Special shuttle Bus is only for surgeon and gynecologist of SMASTI to bring them from their place of accommodation, to SMASTI.
Doctors Hostel is dedicated for doctors only is a unit of SMASTI. Please log on to //www.laparoscopyhospital.com/hostel.html to reserve room in this hotel. You can also send us an email and we will reserve room for you in hostel. The Subsidized Tariff of Doctors Hostel of SMASTI is as follows: Room Type Single Accommodation Super Deluxe Room 2250/day (45 USD/day) Suite Room 7500/day (150 USD/day)
Free Morning Tea, Breakfast and News Paper in room is provided. 24 hours In-Room Dining is an experience within the comfort and convenience of the guest room or suite. Special Female waitress to attend female doctors and doctors.
STUDY MATERIAL PROVIDED
We provide following study materials for surgeon taking part in course: Comprehensive Text Book of Laparoscopic surgery for Surgeons. On spot post training help for member surgeons to start the laparoscopic surgery at their own hospital. We provide a Good collection of Laparoscopic Videos, PPT and eBooks for our students through our member area) free for our trainees and continued Online support and CME accreditation. The Surgeons and Gynecologists will get User name and Password and through our private member area they will be able to access plethora of Laparoscopic Study Material on this website.
No! Once you have confirmed admission in F.MAS or D.MAS “Hands on” Laparoscopic training course, an Online foundation course immediately starts from today itself. It is developed by our experienced faculties to ensure and help prospective students understand Principles of Minimal Access Surgery and develop foundation, so that they can avail full benefit from this outstanding laparoscopic training course, before coming to SMASTI for “Hands On” training. The Surgeons and Gynecologists will get User name and Password and through our private member area they will be able to access plethora of Laparoscopic Study Material on this website. The authors of our Private Member Area conclude that prospective students were able to find and review the sample course, however not every prospective student viewed the sample course as fulfilling a need prior to applying to the hands on academic program due to their busy surgical practice. Most survey-completer stated that it was very much helpful to them before coming to SMASTI. The module allowed the surgeon and gynecologist to get a sample of the important Power Point’s, Books, Operative Videos, and Articles and technologically advanced many more literacy to prospective applicants. The readiness module appeared to reassure some prospective students of their ability to cope in an Online teaching environment and make themselves ready before coming to SMASTI, Gurugram, India for final “Hands On Training”. This Online support continues even after completion of the hands on training course at SMASTI.
In Two week F.MAS course for General Surgeons & Gynecologists, Post training Online support in case of any difficulty is provided for 12 months. Free study material to complement practical knowledge is provided with the course. In F.MAS + D.MAS (Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery and Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery, post training Online support in case of any difficulty is provided for two year. Free study material to complement practical knowledge is provided with the course.
SEHGAL MINIMAL ACCESS SURGERY TRAINING INSTITUTE (SMASTI) is in B-362, 363, 364, Meera Bagh, Outer Ring Road, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi – 110063. However, if you have any difficulty you can avail our 24 hour mobile helpline: +91-9999 400 155 | +91-11-4556 56 55 and our representative will immediately help you. Visit SMASTI ACCESS MAP to know more about how to reach us.
Indira Gandhi International Airport is a major gateway to India. Located in the national capital, Delhi, it is a vital link between India and rest of the globe. The airport is 21 kilometers from SMASTI. The day before start of course many surgeon comes from many countries. We request our surgeon to take a prepaid taxi from outside of the airport. These taxied are very reliable and you don’t have to bargain. It will cost you approximately 500 Rupees to come to SMASTI from the airport.
What Is the Mailing Address of SMASTI?
SEHGAL MINIMAL ACCESS SURGERY TRAINING INSTITUTE (SMASTI)
B-362, 363, 364, Meera Bagh,
Outer Ring Road, Paschim Vihar,
New Delhi – 110063