On Friday, September 13, Dr Pallavi Sapale, a 47-year-old, has taken over the reins of Maharashtra’s biggest government-run institution, Sir JJ Groups of Hospitals and Medical College as a new dean. On Wednesday, September 11, the Maharashtra government had appointed Dr Sapale as a dean.
Dr Sapale’s journey is a fascinating one. A journey, which began as a young, fresh MBBS student, attached to India’s one of the most prestigious medical institution.
In the year, 1990, a young student, stepped into Grant Medical College. But, who could have imagined, 29-years later, the same medical student, would come back to the college, as the head of the institution.
“I am absolutely thrilled, it’s like a dream come true. It’s a huge moment for me which will stay with me forever. I am honored that the government has entrusted their faith in me,” said Dr Sapale, with a graceful smile.
After completing her MBBS program in 1995, Dr Pallavi went on to pursue a postgraduate degree (PG) in Grant Medical College. Later, she joined Grant Medical College, as an Associate Professor till 2010.
Subsequently, Dr Pallavi became Professor in 2010 and worked at Ambajogai Medical College, Beed, and then worked at Sir JJ Groups of Hospitals and Medical College from 2014-2016.
Dr Pallavi added, “I am feeling nostalgic, now, I will be heading an institution, which had nurtured me when I was a young MBBS student. Sir JJ Group of Hospitals and Grant Medical College has given a lot to me.”
Meanwhile, it was a pleasant surprise for Dr Sapale, as Vidya Pujari, who is popularly known as Sakhu Mavshi, in JJ hospital, greeted her with a broad smile as she entered in the hospital. Vidya Pujari has been working in JJ hospital since Dr Salaple was a young MBBS student.
Vidya Pujari said, “I am feeling proud today. The student of Grant Medical College has now become the new dean. I am very happy.”
Dr Pallavi concluded saying, “It’s a privilege to head your own institute, and, I know the expectations shall be huge. My role from a student, to the dean, has changed, but, my love for this college is still the same. Now, my duty, as a dean to uplift the prestige of the esteemed institution, and, work for the betterment of the students and the patients.”