|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 267-268
Why i chose to be a doctor
HOD Surgery, NDMC Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi, India
|Date of Submission||16-Sep-2021|
|Date of Decision||22-Oct-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||03-Dec-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||28-Dec-2021|
Dr. Ratna Chopra
NDMC Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Chopra R. Why i chose to be a doctor. J Med Evid 2021;2:267-8
A doctor by 'designation' and a doctor in 'letter and spirit' along with designation are two totally different people, as I have observed over a period of over 34 years of my practice as a doctor. Medicine per se is an art as well as science. The art lies in art of techniques and art of communicating and other soft skills like leadership skills, ethics, conduct. Word doctor is derived from Latin word 'do cere' which means 'to teach'.
| My Entry in the Stream Was Not My First Choice|| |
As I introspect today on the reasons of having chosen to be a doctor, I must admit, I was aware of the seriousness of the profession but little aware of the responsibilities and the commitment associated with this name. That I worked hard to become a doctor specifically is also not true. I became a doctor in line with the wishes of my mother (she filled my form for the entrance examination though I had joined Math's Honours at St. Stephen's College and encouraged me to write the exam and decide thereafter) and against the wish of my father who wanted me to join Indian Administrative Services.
The glamour associated with the title of 'lady doctor' probably overpowered my passion for mathematics when I got selected for the course.
| Family Indulgence Helped in Grooming Me as a Good Doctor|| |
Commitment towards what I do was what was inculcated in me by my maternal grandfather (a retired principal) who always insisted on 'A thing worth doing is worth doing well'. I gave it my best once I joined. His efforts put in on creating interest in reading books, language, grammar and mannerisms were and are a great help. My father's encouragement continued as he instilled that medicine was in my genes, as my paternal grandfather was a civil surgeon and great grandfathers were hakims to the royal families. My mother put in all her money to get me as many books as I wanted irrespective of the cost and encouraged reading. The family as a whole was excited and encouraging, keeping a good track of my progress. I could not ever think of letting them down.
| The Role of Teachers Was Prime and Paramount|| |
As I continued my journey through becoming a doctor at Lady Hardinge Medical College, my love for the subject only increased with proficient teaching, patient interactions and even family postings. Early clinical ward duties during clinical postings added to the interest in the subject and I could take an early decision of choosing surgery as a domain of specialization even before I completed my MBBS.
| Mentor Instilled Values by Leading from the Front|| |
Passion for pursuing the profession grew as I pursued my postgraduation in surgery and thereafter joined a regular job in a municipality hospital. I wanted to do every surgery that needed to be done for the poor. I enhanced my skills by short-term trainings to be able to put them into practice at my institute for the benefit of the poor. In the process I came across iconic figures in surgical specialties who paved the way forward for me. I must not fail to make a special mention of a mentor ,Dr Samiran Nundy, whose passion for audit, research and academics, skills, competence, dedication towards profession, empathy for the poor, his daily routine were so enthralling that my efforts towards pursuit in this direction are still on. His statement 'that you are getting to operate is reward enough' bailed me out of turbulent situations in government service and encouraged me to continue in spite of all odds.
| Reasons for Being a Doctor Had Multiplied by Now and Were Many|| |
Money was never the aim. Glamour had lost its sheen. Running away from work was never the intent. Work confinement to the defined duty hours was neither practiced nor preached. To extend help to the needy, working beyond the bounds of time was portrayed and encouraged for young residents to follow the same. Personal work always got a back seat, even personal life. Unnecessary leaves had no place in life.
Extra hours put in to gain the confidence of the patients and maximise interaction with the residents was the dictum. Patient care and cure brought a lot of self-satisfaction.
| I Had Been Groomed as a Doctor|| |
Being one gave me a great opportunity to touch infinite human lives and families with a positive intent. The negative inputs from the black sheep, in service or from the attendants, could not be a deterrent. I look forward to put in more for patients and academics with each day to come, with transparency in work, in patient interaction. In the happiness of patients and success of my postgraduates, I derived a lot of satisfaction (my own daughter, chose to be a doctor and that too a surgeon and this gave the hope of carrying forward the good in the family).
It is good health which leads to happiness and wealth for the people and the nation. A doctor does it personally and propagates it exponentially through the trainees.
I am a doctor for these reasons and would continue to be one and that too a general surgeon even in life beyond this life, if it exists.
A Noble profession indeed, if practiced in letter and spirit.