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One of the most important reasons to join the medical or any related healthcare fields is that a person is really interested in it. Do not join the profession if you are only looking for financial gains from this field. It is a long journey before either money or success and recognition come your way in any profession, and it is the same with medicine. It is a great experience to work as a doctor in any field, whether you are teaching in a medical or dental college, or practising as a clinician. There is lot of fun in this line of work and the rewards come in due course of time. As everywhere else, there are no microwave-ready results.
There is a crisis in healthcare today, and it is because of the corporatisation of the sector. One aspect of this is how we have changed the nomenclature of health services. First, we used to call it the “health industry”. Now, we have moved on to “health tourism”. The whole field is now being looked at as something that must bring a return on investment. This is leading to a trust deficit and doctors are being looked upon as culprits.
My biggest life lesson is to treat my patients as I would want to be treated—and that is what I suggest to new doctors as well. Persistence, hard work with honesty and dedication are key words for success in my field. What matters most is a patient’s well-being and the personal satisfaction you get when you know that you have done your best.
We cannot underplay the role of chance in professional life. Some may call it luck while others call it God’s grace—to be present at the right place at the right time. In the same vein, family matters most in the growth and development of an individual. In this commercialised world, the family can guide, help and instill the right values in a person at an early stage. That is one way in which family does matter.
Success cannot be measured in material terms only—it is critical to remember this. The meaning of success is different for each individual and so it is very hard to measure and quantify what amounts to success. The bottom line is that a good human being will make a good professional. I am not trying to sermonise on the issue. I truly believe in what I say.