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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 65-66

The doctor I want to be

Medical Student, MBBS 2ndYear, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Date of Submission12-Jun-2020
Date of Decision16-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance16-Jun-2020
Date of Web Publication20-Jul-2020

Correspondence Address:
Oshin Puri
Medical Student, MBBS 2nd Year, 78305, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Campus, Veerbhadra Road, Rishikesh - 249 203, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JME.JME_96_20

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During the struggle of making it to a medical college, getting the letters 'Dr.' written before my name was the sole motive. The struggle as a medical aspirant was just the trailer of a thriller ahead. What this prefix 'Dr.' demands unveils itself only after our journey kicks off. Most of us join MBBS with the desire of serving the society, but this will is soon replaced by the tussle of passing an examination every week, and completing basic medical education. Moreover, it all finally returns after about a decade of specialisations and superspecialisations when one is actually capable of treating the ill.

The 5.5 years of medical graduation test every nerve in our body, from memorising facts to brainstorming for diagnosis, from long sleepless night duties to the emergencies such as today's COVID-19 and from witnessing the birth of a new soul to the death of their patient. The duration of undergraduate medical training might seem overwhelming, but it is merely sufficient to understand your interests and to decide which speciality resonates with your frequency. Getting trained in 19 specialities is not just to become a full-fledged primary health-care professional but also to give an insight into the never ending world of medical specialities to choose from in future.

Being a 2nd year student, it might seem foolish on my part to have decided upon my dream specialty already, but clinical postings have really set the stage for the future. Witnessing eminent doctors handling their patients and learning from them builds up certain expectations that a doctor must fulfil and makes us strive towards the kind of a doctor one should be.

Creating an environment where the patient can tell his doctor everything related to his illness without fear is of utmost importance after all; the history guides major portion of the diagnosis. It might seem overwhelming in an Indian setup, where the doctor–patient ratio is totally skewed, but I have seen the excuse of time being defied by a number of faculty members at our college. They do not need an hour to comfort their patients; moments are sufficient for them! Moreover, this is one of the many things I'd like to master! The speed coupled with precision further enhanced with perfection coming from experience of years. Thus, only proving that being a doctor is not a child's play and even decades of training is not sufficient.

I have seen moments when a patient stood in long lines not to get a prescription but only to thank their treating doctor. Although, in today's era, such people have been replaced by those who are on their toes to accuse the doctor for anything gone wrong, still the medical fraternity has not given up on them. They work day and night tirelessly, motivated by the handful who actually appreciate their efforts! Selfless dedication cannot be defined in a better way!

Not losing calm and sense amidst the clamour of hundreds of patients howling and fighting in OPD waiting rooms signifies tolerance and acceptance! This tolerance is what I strive for handling the direst of all situations.

Witnessing, rather I should say, facing deaths is an imperative part of the medical profession. Accepting the loss of a patient is an emotional setback which a doctor cannot even express, because he has others waiting for him to save their lives. The strength of being able to break the news to a patient's family about their loss is what I strive to gain. A kind of doctor who can handle and overcome these setbacks is what I wish to become.

And, in today's time of nationwide lockdown, the medical fraternity is still on their toes. Balancing the struggle of treating their patients, protecting themselves and their family and scuffling for PPEs, they are attempting to defeat the novel SARS CoV-2 and rescue their nation. However, amidst these difficult times, they are also facing violence. Such situations leave me dumbstruck and make me wonder whether or not I will ever be able to match this level of selfless dedication ever in my life. Becoming such a doctor is what I aim for!

Not to forget, a doctor is not just a 'doctor' but also a researcher, a guide and a teacher in equity. As teachers, doctors leave me dumbstruck! Elaborating twenty pages of microscopic font in an hour, still leaving nothing untouched is something only a real master can do. Medical literature in itself is so overwhelming but with such exceptional mentors knowing all of it feels like a cake walk. However, their teaching struggle is not limited to the energetic undergraduates but extends to the hard working modest post-graduates as well. Getting 'The Thesis' in place before the last date so that their post-graduates can appear for their examinations is no less than a biannual mammoth stress. Still, a consultant handles it all with a smile. And, handling patients and students does not even end the list of their professional responsibilities! A doctor also handles administrative roles and carries out research himself.

Medicine is dynamic, from infectious agents to treatments; everything is changing day by day. To remain updated with the ever changing science of medicine, and to be able contribute to the same, a doctor carries out research. The term 'Research' might seem overwhelming but not when you are a doctor. Medical students begin research in very early stages of their medical profession and continue it till their career ends contributing something new every day.

However, the greatest of all is that a doctor never retires and continues to serve the society one way or the other endlessly.

In my opinion, the biggest challenge that doctors face is 'Work-life balance'. Being the first doctor in my family, I do not have any first-hand experience of what a doctors' personal life is like. However, I'm sure, the one who can handle thousands of patients, hundreds of students and tens of residents can surely maintain his family relations very well.

The never ending will to learn, teach and serve is what makes profession of medicine, one of its kind! Expressing it all in words is next to impossible! A salute to all the noble doctors serving the society in the direst of situations. Hope that I meet the expectations of the medical fraternity and our society when I grow into a mature independent practitioner.

In a single line, I want to be patient listener, selflessly dedicated, extremely tolerant, emotionally strong and accurately precise doctor, a student-friendly faculty and guide, being a family man at the same time.

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