Endemic, Epidemic, Pandemic and the words now so commonly used were for a large part restricted to the definitions we had to memorize for the exam of Preventive and Social Medicine ( PSM )as we used to call it. 15 years back, it seemed that science had conquered microbes and what we had were the … Continue reading Pandemic that exposed the healthcare
One thing that I have learnt being a doctor is to never lose hope and to bounce back every time you are pulled down, whatever be the reason. Not every time a doctor has the answers one is hoping for. Some diseases have no cure. Sometimes, it's too late by the time a patient is … Continue reading Of Hope and Resilience
When you think about a doctor, what's the first thing that comes to your mind. White coat? Hospital? Stethoscope? Well, definitely many are fascinated with the Stethoscope, which can help one listen to the sounds of the heart. How cool! Isn't it ? Well, Medical students are most excited to use this beautiful piece and … Continue reading The Saga of a Murmur !
One thing that medicine teaches you is being humble. The more knowledge you have on the complex human body, the more you realise that your learning is not complete. Good doctors are always thirsty for more knowledge! However, once you are out of the confines of a medical college you are thurst into the real … Continue reading Life long learning !
There are thousands of diseases in the world, but Medical Science only has an empirical cure for twenty-six of them. The rest is... guesswork."Doctors, Eric Segal The above quote from Doctors has always remained with me. Medicine is an imperfect science. The more you know, the more you realize how ignorant you are. 100 years before during … Continue reading What i wish the Patients knew!
There is no greater service than helping someone in sickness. This ability to help those in need, the satisfaction one gets each time your patient overcomes his disease or disability is the best reward. Helping a mother deliver a baby, or helping a sick child / adult become better, seeing your patient with clutches walk … Continue reading J are the Joys of being a doctor
Doctors are always frowned upon by the society for earning good. The truth behind those earnings is hardly visible. While our engineering counterparts are earning and on their feet by the age of 22, an average doctor does not start earning before the age of 26/27. This provided, he/she has never had a gap year. … Continue reading I is Internship
The last two years of the graduation are most interesting and most difficult too. This is the time when the students start wearing white coats, hanging the stethoscope around their necks or in the pockets of their coats and start getting the feel of being in medicine. Small groups of students are posted in different … Continue reading H for the History
The perk of being a doctor is the satisfaction you get when you have been able to help a patient heal, or help save a life. The downside is seeing the ugly face of death. Seeing so much sickness, suffering and death troubles you initially, but as time goes one hardens and becomes grounded too. … Continue reading F for Forensic
One of the most important components of a medical training is the Residency (On Job training ) Program. Not only is the path to becoming a doctor long and arduous, but also involves inhumane duty hours. Right from Day 1 of the MD program, you are put on emergency rotations which the duty hours extend … Continue reading E for Exhausted Doctors