Garima Yadav
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Jodhpur, India

Where did you complete your training? Or tell us about your background in gyn oncology.
I completed my training at the University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi and Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai, India. Since 2018, I have been working in the field of gynecologic oncology in a tertiary care centre in western Rajasthan.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in gyn oncology or what about it interested you?
During my residency, I had the fortune of working in the busiest referral hospital in the capitol of India and saw women with gynecological cancers from all over the country. The multidisciplinary management, fascinating surgeries and overall caring for these women attracted me to this field.

Tell us about your work in women’s cancer: daily activities and/or special projects.
I am presently working at a tertiary referral centre in western Rajasthan with state of the art patient care. I am regularly conducting awareness classes for our women about breast and gynecological malignancies. Along with this, we are involved in screening women for cervical cancers, all kinds of pre-invasive cancer diagnosis and treatment. We operate on all kinds of early and advanced stage gynecological malignancies 3-4 times a week and conduct a weekly follow up clinic. I am also an active executive member of the Rajasthan state chapter of Association of Gynecologic oncologists of India (AGOI).

Tell us about the person or people who have inspired you the most in your career.
There are many renowned gynecologic oncologists from India and abroad whom I dearly look up to like my teachers Dr. Shalini Rajaram, Dr. Amita Maheshwari and Dr. Pratibha Singh. I was highly inspired by Dr. Pedro T. Ramirez when I heard him discussing LACC trial results at the 2018 IGCS Annual Meeting in Kyoto, Japan.

What is the most rewarding part of your career?
The most rewarding part of my career is looking at my patients walk up to me in the follow up clinics.

What is the most beneficial resource or equipment you have access to at your training site?
We have access to the latest da-Vinci Robot system and the IMRT linear accelerators.

What is one of the biggest challenges in gyn cancer care in your region? What resources are lacking?
The biggest challenge is the lack of knowledge among our women about the need for routine screening of cervix cancer and early reporting of symptoms. There is lack of access to tertiary care centers and women in general are ignorant about their health. Most of the time, especially in cervical cancer, we meet these women in advanced stages and they face a long waiting time for their treatment to begin.

How long have you been a member and how did you become involved with IGCS?
I have been a member of IGCS for the last 3 years and got involved once I decided oncology was my calling.

Is there a story/example of a time you were especially proud of your involvement with IGCS?
I was awarded the Shingo-Fuji travel award to attend the young doctor summit at the 2019 IGCS Annual Meeting in Rio. I was extremely proud of this achievement and had a great time attending the conference.

Do you have any hobbies or is there an interesting fact about your life that you’d like to share?
I love to paint in my free time, play basketball and have fun conversations with my son. I also love to run and have won many races including a few marathons.

What is a unique or fun fact about your country or community culture?
India is the most diverse and colorful country in the world with the loveliest people, food and culture. It never gets monotonous and every day you are showered with inspiring stories of people with various backgrounds and beliefs.

Does your country/region have a traditional food or drink? Do you like it?
The taste and nature of food changes after every 200kms in my country and Rajasthan is especially famous for its rich royal cuisine including dishes like daal-baati, lal-maas and daal ka halwa.