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Punita V. Solanki

Occupational Therapist (Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Hand Therapy Specialist)

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  Work Experience

A. Current Work Affiliation

Freelance Occupational Therapist in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India since January 2023.

B. Past Work Experience

   I. Teaching Experience in Academic Institutions

  • Junior Demonstratorship from 04.04.1996 to 03.10.1996 (6 months) at Seth G. S. Medical College & K. E. M. Hospital, Parel East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Experience gained in teaching and undertaking clinics for undergraduate students, supervised BSc (OT) & MSc (OT) University (Practical) Examinations along with clinical working experience during this tenure post.
  • Senior Demonstratorship from 02.12.1996 to 01.12.1997 (1 year) at Seth G. S. Medical College & K. E. M. Hospital, Parel East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Experience gained in teaching and undertaking clinics for undergraduate students, supervised BSc (OT) & MSc (OT) University (Practical) Examinations along with clinical working experience during this tenure post.
  • Lecturer and Assistant Professor (Occupational Therapy) from 27.4.2001 till 31.01.2013 (11 years and 10 months) at Seth G. S. Medical College & K. E. M. Hospital, O. T. Training School & Centre, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. I was approved by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) as an Undergraduate Teacher dated 21.07.2005 and as a Postgraduate Teacher dated 05.03.2007. PG approval was renewed dated 27.08.2011 till the age of superannuation or till in services of the Corporation College.
  • Principal (BOT Programme) from 07.05.2022 to 31.10.2022 (6 months) at National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Occupational Therapy, Kalletumkara, Thrissur, Kerala. Managed all administrative duties of the college and partly academic/clinical responsibilities.

  II. Past Corporate Health Research Experience

  • Worked as a Senior Associate with a Business Process Management (BPM) Company - Capita India Private Limited - Knowledge Services (Health & Research Consulting) Process from 02.05.2014 to 01.05.2015 (1 year) at Godrej and Boyce Compound, Gate 2A, LBS Marg, Vikhroli (West), Mumbai - 400079, Maharashtra, India, as contracted by Hinduja Global Solutions [HGS] International Services Private Limited, Mondays to Fridays: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. Telephone Number: (India): +91-22-40425831. Website: www.capita.co.uk  Recognitions at Capita India Private Limited: 1. Work was recognized by a Spot Award on 13th August, 2014 by the management team at Capita India 2. Won a Spot Quiz on Risk and Compliance Awareness Day on 8th January, 2015 at Capita India Private Limited. 3. Awarded with the Star of the Quarter for the work done during the fourth quarter of the year 2014, as presented on 29th January, 2015 by the management team at Capita India Private Limited.
  • Worked as a Manager, Medical Communications at Mool Tatvam Consulting LLP from 24.04.2017 to 12.09.2017 (5 months) at 1003 A & B, Kamlacharan CCS Ltd., Plot No. 179/180, Jawahar Nagar Road No. 2, Goregaon West, Mumbai-400104, Maharashtra, India, Mondays to Fridays: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. Telephone Number: +91-9769697346; +91-9324238225; +91-22-65342688 Website: www.mooltatvam.com

  III. Clinical Experience in Institutions, Private Sector and NGOs

  • Experience gained in assessment, treatment planning & execution & fabrication of splints in Orthopaedic, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, General Medicine, Paediatric, Psychiatry, Drug De-addiction, Cardiac Surgery & Respiratory Wards, on indoor & outdoor basis, during graduation and post-graduation degree courses in occupational therapy. Participated in a Community-Based Rehabilitation Program at BDD Chawl, Worli, Mumbai, during Internship from 01.05.1995 to 07.10.1995
  • Worked as Visiting Occupational Therapist with Multiple Sclerosis Society of India, Mumbai Chapter, from April, 1996 to September, 1997.
  • Worked as Part-Time Junior Occupational Therapist in Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Parel, Mumbai, India, from 05.06.1998 to 31.07.1998.
  • Worked as Junior Occupational Therapist in Seth G. S. Medical College & K. E. M. Hospital, O. T. School & Centre, Parel, Mumbai, India, from 01.08.1998 to 26.04.2001. During This period:
  • Provided Occupational Therapy Services at Shree Bidada Sarvodaya Trust, village- Bidada, Taluka- Mandvi, Kutch, India, during the Rehabilitation Camp (Adult Orthopaedic Camp) for three days held from 05.01.2003 to 07.01.2003.
  • Provided Occupational Therapy Services at Shree Bidada Sarvodaya Trust, Village-Bidada, Taluka-Mandvi, Kutch, India, during the Paediatric Orthopaedic Camp for three days held from 10.11.2006 to 12.11.2006.
  • Worked for Special Medical Board constituted by the competent authority, MHT-CET 2007 at Directorate of Medical Education & Research as a member from 03.07.2007 to 09.07.2007 and ensured disability evaluation of students claiming admission for medical courses in Physical Handicap category, along with an Orthopedic Surgeon, Physical Therapist, ENT Surgeon and an Ophthalmologist.
  • Was appointed as a member of Special Medical Board constituted by the competent authority, MHT-CET 2011 at Directorate of Medical Education & Research on 02.08.2011 and ensured disability evaluation of a student claiming admission for MBBS Course in Physical Handicap Quota, along with two Orthopedic Surgeons, a Physician and a Physical Therapist.
  • Few years of part-time experience gained in Home Based Therapy in the field of Orthopaedic and Neurological Rehabilitation and private practice at Orthopaedic Nursing Homes, Orthopaedic Consultation Clinics and with an Orthotist & Prosthetist during my full-time job in an institution.
  • Worked as a Consultant Occupational Therapist in the field of Orthopaedic Rehabilitation at Aastha Multi Specialty Hospital, 65 - Balasinor Society, Opposite Fire Brigade, S. V. Road, Kandivali West, Mumbai - 40 0067, Maharashtra, India, from 01.03.2013 to 01.05.2014 - Mondays to Saturdays: 7.30 am to 12.30 pm & Sundays on appointment basis.
  • Worked as a Consultant Occupational Therapist in the field of Orthopaedic Rehabilitation at Aastha Multi Specialty Hospital, 65 - Balasinor Society, Opposite Fire Brigade, S. V. Road, Kandivali West, Mumbai - 40 0067, Maharashtra, India from 03.05.2014 to 12.07.2014 - Every Saturdays: 8.30 am to 12.30 pm on appointment basis.
  • Worked as a Consultant Occupational Therapist in the field of Orthopaedic Rehabilitation at Kanchi Nursing Home, Ground Floor, Rajnigandha Shopping Centre, Gokuldham Society, Opposite Krishna Mandir, and Goregaon East. Mumbai - 400063, Maharashtra, India from 22.05.2013 to 21.06.2014 - Every Saturdays: 1.30 am to 3.30 pm.
  • Worked as a Visiting Onsite Therapist for Orange Rx of Viron Workplace Solution’s Placement at Ocwen Financial Solutions Private Limited, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. (1st & 3rd Wednesdays of Every Month from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm) on contract basis from 04.11.2015 to   21.09.2016.
  • Worked as a Visiting Consultant Occupational Therapist at NM Medical, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, on percentage sharing basis, in the evening hours between 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm on week days and in the morning hours on Sundays, from 10.08.2015 to 29.02.2020. (www.nmmedical.com)
  • Worked as a Visiting Hand Therapist at Kanchi Nursing Home, Gokuldham, Goregaon East, Mumbai-400063, Maharashtra, India, on Every Saturdays from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm from 23.07.2016 to 29.02.2020. (http://drapurvapatel.com)
  • Worked for Home Healthcare Visits and Corporate On-Site On-Call Visits in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India from 01.06.2015 to 31.03.2020.
  • Worked as a Freelance Occupational Therapist in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, from 01.06.2015 to 31.03.2022.  
  • Worked as a Visiting Consultant Occupational Therapist at C/o C/o AR Orthopaedic & ICU Hospital, New Era Theater Compound, S. V. Road, Opposite Alka Vihar Hotel, Malad West, Mumbai - 400064, Maharashtra, India.  (https://arorthopaedic.com). Telephone Number: +91-22-28882288 / 28882266. Timings: Mondays to Saturdays: 9.00 am to 11.00 am (on prior appointments only) from 19.05.2019 to 31.03.2022.
  • Worked as a Visiting Consultant Occupational Therapist at C/o AR Orthopaedic Clinic, 15/129, Siddharth Nagar Road No. 5, Near Prabodhan Krida Bhavan, Behind Goregaon Police Station, Lane Next to Maharashtra Medical Store, Goregaon West, Mumbai - 400062, Maharashtra, India (https://arorthopaedic.com) Telephone Number: +91-9324492044. Timings: Tuesdays and Fridays: 11.30 am to 1.30 pm (on prior appointments only) from 17.03.2021 to 30.04.2021.

IV Honorary Administrative & Academic Experiences

  • A certificate was conferred in appreciation and recognition of the services rendered as Member of Finance Committee for the 37th Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) held at Mumbai in January, 2000.
  • A certificate was conferred in appreciation and recognition of the services rendered as Member of Scientific Committee for the 44th Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) held at Indore from 12th to 14th January, 2007.
  • A certificate was conferred in appreciation and recognition of the services rendered as a Pre-Conference Judge of a Paper in Competitive Category for the 45th Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) held at Nagpur from 11th to 13th January, 2008.
  • A certificate was awarded for contribution towards the scientific program as Judge for pre-conference scientific papers evaluation in the 48th Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) held at Chennai from 9th to 11th January, 2011, organized by Tamil Nadu Branch of AIOTA.
  • Invited to review the OT/PT projects (23 projects) as an Independent Consultant by the Committee of Academic Research Ethics (CARE) of Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M Hospital, Mumbai on 15th February 2011 and had attended the CARE meeting on 23rd February, 2011.
  • Worked as a Member of Committee of Academic Research Ethics (CARE) of Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M Hospital, Mumbai from 14th November, 2011 to 31st December, 2012 for a period of one year.
  • Organized a one-day workshop on “Good Clinical Practice” at Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M Hospital, Parel, Mumbai on 8th May, 2012, for professionals and students. Workshop was approved by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences with approval number: MUHS/E.6/Workshop/1657 dated 03.05.2012.
  • Honorary Reviewer for some national and international journals such as Journal of Medical Thesis, Indian Journal of Pain, Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Rehabilitation etc.
  • Accepted responsibility of a Review Board Member & an Assistant Editor for the Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy (IJOT) since May-August, 2012 & May-August, 2014 respectively, and served till March, 2016.
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded for contribution towards the scientific program as a Judge for Scientific Paper Presentations and Scientific Exhibits at the 50th Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) held at Trivandrum, Kerala, India, from 26th to 28th February, 2013, organized by Kerala Branch of AIOTA.
  • Appointed as an Examiner by the Society for Hand Therapy, India for Certification in Hand Therapy Examination held on 12th May, 2013 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
  • Invited as a Moderator for a Scientific Session at the 3rd Annual National Conference of Society for Hand Therapy, India on 14th September, 2014 at Thane, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
  • Elected & appointed as an Executive Committee Member of the Society for Hand Therapy, India for the term of five years from January, 2015 to December, 2019. The results of which were declared during the 3rd Annual National Conference of SHT, India in September, 2014 and appointment letters were issued by the past President in December, 2014 meeting.
  • Was the Editor of the Souvenir of the 4th Annual National Conference of the Society for Hand Therapy, India, held on 12th & 13th December, 2015 at B. J. Government Medical College & Sassoon General Hospital in Pune, Maharashtra, India. (https://www.slideshare.net/SHTIndia/sht-india-4th-annual-conference-souvenir)
  • Worked as a Chairperson for Scientific Program Committee, for the 4th Annual National Conference of the Society for Hand Therapy, India, held on 12th & 13th December, 2015 at B. J. Government Medical College & Sassoon General Hospital in Pune, Maharashtra, India.
  • Appointed as a Chairperson for Faculty Sessions, for the 4th Annual National Conference of the Society for Hand Therapy (SHT), India, held on 12th & 13th December, 2015 at B. J. Government Medical College & Sassoon General Hospital in Pune, Maharashtra, India.
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded for contribution towards the scientific program as Judge for pre-conference scientific papers evaluation in the 53rd Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) i.e., OTICON’2016, held at Chennai from 29th to 31st January, 2016, organized by SRM College of Occupational Therapy, SRM University and Tamil Nadu Branch of AIOTA.
  • Accepted responsibility of an Associate Editor for the Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy (IJOT) since April, 2016 for a tenure of four years till March, 2020. (https://www.aiota.org/ and www.ijotonweb.org)
  • Appointed as a Judge for Paper Presentations, for the 5th Annual National Conference of the Society for Hand Therapy (SHT), India, held on 30th September, 2016 & 1st October, 2016, at Goa Medical College & Hospital, in Bambolim, Goa, India.
  • Appointed as a Chairperson for Faculty Sessions, for the 5th Annual National Conference of the Society for Hand Therapy (SHT), India, held on 30th September, 2016 & 1st October, 2016, at Goa Medical College & Hospital, in Bambolim, Goa, India.
  • A certificate was awarded for contribution towards the scientific program as a Scientific Committee Member at the 54th Annual National Conference (OTICON’ 2017) of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) held at Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, from 17th to 19th February, 2017, organized by Rajasthan Branch of AIOTA.
  • Worked as a Co/Joint Organizing Secretary and Chairperson for Scientific Program Committee, for the 6th Annual National Conference of the Society for Hand Therapy, India, held on 22nd & 23rd September, 2017 at J. W. Marriott Hotel, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, organized in collaboration with the 41st Annual National Conference of the Indian Society for the Surgery of the Hand (ISSH).
  • Writer and Editor of the Souvenir of the 6th Annual National Conference of the Society for Hand Therapy, India, held on 22nd & 23rd September, 2017 at J. W. Marriott Hotel, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, organized in collaboration with the 41st Annual National Conference of the Indian Society for the Surgery of the Hand (ISSH). (https://www.slideshare.net/SHTIndia/souvenir6th-shti-conference-2017)
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded in recognition of the valuable contribution as a Judge for Scientific Session at the 55th Annual National Conference of AIOTA i.e., OTICON’2018 organized from 16th to 18th February, 2018 at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded in recognition of the valuable contribution as a Convener for the 1st National Intensive Live and Webinar COTE on “Science and Ethics of Research Methodology and Art of Writing Research” from 22nd to 25th April, 2018 organized at AIOTA Headquarter in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded in recognition of the valuable contribution as an organizer for the Live and Webinar COTE on “Health Conditions in Children and Adolescents” organized by AIOTA in collaboration with Chapters/Branches of AIOTA under the aegis of ACOT on 14th May 2018, from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm at AIOTA Headquarter in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded in recognition of the valuable contribution and services as a Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee for the 56th annual national conference of the AIOTA i.e., OTICON’2019 held at GMC and PGIMER, Chandigarh, India from 8th to 10th February, 2019.
  • Elected & appointed as a Secretary of the Society for Hand Therapy, India for the term of five years from January, 2020 to December, 2024. The results of which were declared online in December, 2019 by Election Chairperson and appointment letter was issued by the President in January, 2020 meeting.
  • Compiled, Edited and Conceptualized eSouvenir with support from eSouvenir Committee and Organizing Committee, at the 57th Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) i.e., OTICON’2020, held at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai from 16th to 18th January, 2020, organized by Occupational Therapy School & Centre, Seth GSMC and KEM Hospital and the Mumbai Branch, AIOTA.
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded for contribution towards the scientific program as Judge for Students’ Scientific Session at the 57th Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) i.e., OTICON’2020, held at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai from 16th to 18th January, 2020, organized by Occupational Therapy School & Centre, Seth GSMC and KEM Hospital and the Mumbai Branch, AIOTA.
  • Elected as an Executive Committee Member of the All India Occupational Therapists’ Association (AIOTA) for the term of four years from April, 2020 to March, 2024. The results of which were declared during the general body meeting at OTICON’2020 and certificate was issued by the AIOTA Election Chairman on 18th January, 2020 during the valedictory function. (https://www.aiota.org/)
  • Accepted responsibility of an Editor for the Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy (IJOT) since April, 2020 for a tenure of four years till March, 2024. (https://www.aiota.org/ and www.ijotonweb.org)
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded for contribution towards the conference as the organizing committee member in registration committee at the 58th virtual annual national conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) i.e., the first virtual OTICON’2021, held on 6th and 7th March, 2021, organized by the AIOTA.
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded for contribution towards the scientific program as Pre-Conference Judge for research paper submissions and during Conference Judge for Students’ Scientific Session at the 58th virtual annual national conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) i.e., the first virtual OTICON’2021, held on 6th and 7th March, 2021, organized by the AIOTA.
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded by the Philippine Academy of Occupational Therapists, Inc. and the Organizing Committee of the 7th Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Congress (APOTC) for serving as a Pre-Congress Abstract Reviewer for the 7th APOTC, to be held from 22nd to 24th November, 2021 at Manila, Philippines.
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded for contribution towards the conference as Promotion and eSouvenir Incharge at the virtual joint 44th annual national conference of the Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand (ISSH) and 8th annual national conference of the Society for Hand Therapy, India (SHTI) held on 6th and 7th August, 2021.  SHTICON’2021 eSouvenir designed, compiled and edited and available at: https://www.slideshare.net/SHTIndia/shticon2021-esouvenir07082021final
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded for contribution towards the conference as the organizing committee member in eSouvenir committee at the 59th virtual annual national conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) i.e., the second virtual OTICON’2022, held from 11th to 13th March, 2022, organized by the AIOTA
  • A certificate of appreciation was awarded for contribution towards the scientific program as Conference Judge for Member Delegates’ Presentations and Students’ Scientific Session at the 59th virtual annual national conference of All India Occupational Therapist’s Association (AIOTA) i.e., the second virtual OTICON’2022, held from 11th to 13th March, 2022, organized by the AIOTA
  • Appointed & Served as a Resource Faculty for the Fellowship Programme in Musculoskeletal & Hand Rehabilitation and Ergonomics (MSE) by the Academic Council of Occupational Therapy (ACOT) of the All India Occupational Therapists’ Association (AIOTA) in June and July 2022. Also served as Judge for fellowship candidates’ project presentation.

 

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