Doctors – the Life Saviours

Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity” – Hippocrates. A doctor has been deemed synonymous to the greatest blessing of humanity because, in our span of life, the person whom we all need, even if it’s for one time is invariably doctors. The staunchest of humans can deny the service of all others, but can never deny the service a doctor provides.

We have always considered them as a Messiah of life and death, sometimes they are given God status, sometimes they are acutely criticized. Both, perhaps are unjust. Because their job is extremely tough, we sometimes forget that they are also human beings just like you and me and every human is a mixture of right and wrong. The work of a doctor is an extremely noble one, they serve humanity and in the demanding and importunate conditions in which they work in, they should not be judged.

So, on the Occasion of National Doctor’s Day, 2019 in India, let us hear from some of their clan as to what it means to be a doctor, what it means to serve people, what it means to be the Saviour!

Dr. Oscar Berg ( Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)

My name is Oscar Berg (@berg_doctor) and I work as a doctor in Stockholm, Sweden. I’m 29 years old and graduated this spring from Karolinska Institutet.

One of the most important things, we as doctors do, is to give hope to patients. Hope is key when it comes to treatment success. If the patient lacks the motivation he or she will never proceed with the treatment. That is why a strong alliance with a patient can make the impossible possible.

I love the fact that medicine is just an endless field of knowledge. The constant learning process is crucial to be a successful doctor and I find that very stimulating! Every morning I wake up with the unique opportunity to work with patients and natural science. 🧬 🧪 And remember, trust the hope your doctor is trying to express.

Dr. Saumita Ghosh Chaki (BHMS, Wbuhs, West Bengal)

I wanted to be in this profession ever since I can remember because the very thought that man can relieve some other man’s pain through some medicine n management, gave me a high. Now that I am living the life of a Doctor, I realise the difference between dream and reality. My student life in Medical College has been very very memorable with a lot of learning experiences not only in academics but also about life. I now work under the government sector in the rural belt. It takes me into such remote and interior locations, where surviving with the daily needs of life is a challenge, forget about health which is the least of their priorities. Having said that, I have seen Doctors being God worshipped & abused to the extent of calling it shameful. Both these occurrences are not welcoming as we are human beings doing our duties as a professional.

Lastly, I would like to say that so far my journey into the medical field has been quite a learning and enchanting experience and I have been fortunate enough to provide some kind of relief to some vulnerable people (I hope so) when they needed it.

Dr. Monali Purkayastha (MDS, Regional Dental College, Guwahati)

Over the past two to three decades, there has been vigorous debate concerning the changing social position and status of the medical profession and the extent to which consumerism has entered the doctor-patient relationship. As a young kid, I was always in awe of the doctors and always looked upto them and hence always felt the desire to be one of them when I would come of age. As I grew up I understood the challenges of the meticulous procedure needed, to become one, not forgetting the hassle of grabbing a seat of choice in our country with reservations galore!!! Having completed my course, I started my clinical practice and got to work in 3 major cities of India. One thing I found common is that good work is always appreciated and being able to relieve someone of his pain can be so satisfying. However, things are slightly different now as patients have more queries and suggestions( which I don’t consider wrong at all). However, I would certainly hope that people who come to us seeking our advice, have full faith in us and the procedures we perform. Also, the so-called ‘status of god’ ain’t justified at all…after all, we are mere mortals and just like any other professional we too deserve the necessary remuneration for the service we provide.
Thanking the Team of Weekend Trivia for asking me to pen down my thoughts.

Dr. Ankita Gupta (ENT & Neck Surgery, SMC, Silchar)

When I first considered what it feels like to be a doctor, the feelings were surprisingly hard to express. Medicine is not just a profession. It slowly becomes a way of life. With its own ups and downs. There isn’t much to be cheerful about for a first-year resident in a government medical college in India. Especially in clinical specialties. With the impossible workload. Unearthly working hours. Lack of facilities. And lack of free time. Considering that we work every single day of the week Sundays included. The level of dedication required is intense and there is no turning back and no scope for error. However, adversity is a great teacher.It has taught me to be grateful for the smallest things in life that we take for granted. Like a full nights sleep. Time spent with family however little it may be.Or even a proper full meal during the day.

But then, some dreams require sacrifices. And it is when the dreams are big enough that it somewhat neutralizes the effort. It is this dream that keeps me going. The dream of being a surgeon that is on its way to reality in the next few years.
And even more than the dream is the privilege of being able to help people at their most vulnerable of times. In illness and injury. And to perform procedures that are life saving, irrespective of wether appreciated or not.

Despite all the adversities of post-graduate life, I feel grateful for the fact that what I do, I do it for others. I do it to save and better lives. I do it for the good of humanity.
And given the chance, I would do it again. But that, after a long vacation. 🙂

Happy Doctor’s Day!

Dr. Aparajita Chakraborty (MD Physiology, SMCH, Silchar)

Again comes 1st July, Doctor’s day, when we feel blessed to be a doctor. On my friend’s request here I sit to pen down a few lines on “a doctor’s perspective on their profession”. I feel privileged to express my views. Yes indeed, most of us have considered doctors as next to God at some point of time in our life (speaking as a common man!). Work is worship, which  is the motto of majority of the working people, and the doctors hold no exception.(speaking as a doctor !!) But I also have to say that every coin is supposed to have two sides and maybe in some places some minor corruption is present here and there (again speaking as a common man!).

Coming to my character proper as a doctor and speaking on the topic proper, I would hereby like to mention in our academic training we are taught about various diseases and how to manage them. But our profession needs something more than academics, we need sober human relations and human dealings. The problem is that no one visits us with a happy mood ( frankly speaking !!). They come with agony and grief and that’s where we have to add our personal touch which is beyond books. That compassion goes hand in hand with our utterly important academic excellence.

Another burning topic’ is violence against doctors and medicos and how to stop them which is what adds a sad touch on our profession. All of us know “as you sow, so shall you reap”. but is it really so in this context? 10 or more years of neck aching studies, hours of sleepless nights and countable leaves manage us to get our medical qualifications, but what do we get in return if any death occurs by chance under our supervision? The beautiful image of being a doctor is shattered, and soon our life is endangered. Abusive words, haunting tones, and maddening crowds make us feel that all was nothing but a mirage. All we expect is a peaceful coexistence of the diseased and the health caregiver so that we all can serve without fear and all get served well.                              

I would end asking two questions “Is medicine a profession or miracle?.” ” What do you think, we are here to heal, make a deal or kill ?”

Dr. Debosubhro Kundu (BDS, Dental Surgeon at S.M Dev Civil Hospital, Silchar)

As for me, I believe rather many of us would agree that ” There is no such noble profession as a doctor’s profession “. I  believe it’s a way whereby we can help others in an incredibly significant way and thereby I was in high school when I started taking a keen interest in BIOLOGY, where I have gone through about the tooth structures and also other sub-topics which included the structure and functioning of an organism etc. This learning of mine with a keen interest in BIOLOGY turned into an immense joy for me and that made me thoughtful about the profession of a doctor and thereby I started preparing and giving exams with a firm determination of getting through the exam and reaching my goal of becoming someone as a doctor. When I got through and took admission into the BDS course of dental sciences, I was happy enough thinking of the fact that I will be able to relieve many people from their sufferings of toothache in every possible way. 
And now that I’m a DENTAL SURGEON, it fills me with immense joy and pleasure since every single day I’m being able to relieve someone from pain also gaining trust and hope and at the same time give satisfaction as a doctor.

Dr. Sayantani Endow Dutta (M.D Microbiology)

Our society has given doctors ‘God-like’ statures, but doctors are also human beings. As a doctor myself, I feel that as healthcare has become an industry and doctor becoming a profession, the onus falls on the doctor every time to deliver without failure is a strict no-no.
With Government spending less than 2% of GDP on healthcare, our country has one of the worst financings in healthcare, making it inevitable for corporate players to play an even bigger role, thus increasing the cost. Another factor of significance is probably the introduction of generic medicines.
As far as my knowledge goes there has been no head to head study on the potency of generic medicines v/s branded medicines. To me, generic medicines have weaker potency, though it is very difficult to make the society understand the point, as it is available at a lower price. Government hospitals being mostly crowded and having fewer beds, poor infrastructure and a poor doctor: patient ratio, it is impossible to succeed every time as a doctor, but the media never highlights these factors and the resulting blame falls on the doctors.

The recent incident in NRS hospital in West Bengal is just an example of what a doctor goes through while serving people in today’s scenario. I spent almost 10 years studying to acquire my MD degree. After I completed my MBBS, as per bond
I was posted in a rural health center where I was the only doctor without any nursing staff to attend on. There was no proper infrastructure to manage emergency situations and I had no other option but to refer patients to higher centers. Then again after finishing my post-graduation, I was posted in a rural hospital as per bond, which had no infrastructure where I could carry out my routine laboratory works as per my specialisation. I had no other option but to execute the bond as otherwise my certificates would be withheld or I would have to pay a large sum of money to come out of the bond. No other profession in the country is subjected to such slavery.
Well, I could go on and on about the discrimination faced by upcoming doctors. Isn’t it worthwhile to note that today doctors don’t take risks and refer patients to higher centers for fear of violence even if being capable of saving the patient? All in all, I would like to reiterate that if society continues to pound us like dogs, it is the common people who are going to suffer, as doctors will shun away from
their duties more and more for fear of failure.
To wind up, I would like to mention a fictional book ‘DOCTORS’ by Eric Segal where the life and challenges of a doctor have been aptly depicted. I would like to quote a para from the same book:
“ and because they are painfully aware that they cannot live up to our expectations, their anguish is unquantifiably intense. They have aptly been called ‘wounded healers’.”
{P.S: ‘they’ refers to doctors as a profession}

Dr. Suvajyoti Chakraborty (MS, General Surgery, SMCH, Silchar)

I feel proud to be a part of this noble profession. Feels amazing while serving
humanity and saving lives. Busy lifestyle sometimes affects my social life, but finding time for loved ones is not too tough I guess. As a doctor, we get the opportunity to gain respect and trust from our patients as well as other citizens. I hope the next generation will be inspired to join this profession. To all doctors, lets
save lives and stay safe

Dr. Athar Reza (MBBS, JNMC, Belgaum)

People often ask me , How do you feel being a Doctor ? There is no single answer. 
Being in this profession, everyday is a mixed bag – too many feelings. There is that insane feeling of unspoken joy when you save a child who has head trauma , diagnose a heart attack in time , stabilise an epilepsy patient, see your intubated patient walk to the car while getting discharged from the hospital, bringing a new life into this world. 
There also is sadness – When the baby doesn’t survive due to complications, when you break the bad news of a parent passing away to their children and worst when a patient is already brought dead to the hospital. Its heart- breaking and no one can imagine how much pain that inflicts on the Doctor. 
There is also an another emotion now – Fear. You would know the reason from the recent turn of events or have watched the news lately. 
Irrespective of all that , everyday i wake up and go to my work , because i don’t see it as a 9-5 pm job. No doctor does. Its our way of life. There are plenty of things that are wrong and need to be rectified – the system, apathy of the governance, shattered infrastructure, unavailable medicines , threatening attendants, shortage of staff and so many more. 
There is also a reason big enough for us to never give up. “The right to live. “
We have to value life more than we do now. We have to care more to make this world a better place. Children or adults. Male or female. Straight or gay. Life is precious. We have to fight to keep that flame alive, because Darkness is Scary.

Dr. Debarup Das (MD General Medicine, Kolkata)

In a world full of stars there is a universal truth! Man is mortal and morbid! In to
this world as a fighter against morbidity and mortality the human beings named
doctor are there for you!
Being into this profession we are dwelling at a point where this noble profession
is completely shattered by hooligans around hospitals and everywhere. I feel
privileged to write the feeling of a human being, a clinician standing at today’s
I want to recall a day, the day we became a ‘medical graduate’, the oath we had
taken created adrenaline rush, “I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a
cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s
family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems,
if I am to care adequately for the sick.” Till then time has given a plenty of
experiences where people with complaints of serious life threatening illnesses on
admission have got our best possible care, but alas! if we unfortunately lose the
patient then comes another postulation from the bereaved relatives, an opt
quoted disease now a days, ‘negligence of a medical personnel’. We are shattered,
disturbed by the accused disease from the society that almost each and every
death is caused by doctors! It’s really time now when there is a need to raise our
voice against this faulty doctrine! I personally don’t want to accuse anyone
behind this; but a notion which has been created by electronic media that doctors
are evil ones must be looked into deeply standing on the context to previous NRS
So what’s our take on the situation! Be it anything we stand tall against oddities,
we still stay unfed, sleepless, fatigued yet serving to treat people no matter what
the situation is. There are some exceptions, some mistakes like each and every
profession but it’s too heart breaking to overgeneralise isolated incidents and to
accuse the people who work for your health!
There are issues regarding our infrastructure of hospitals and overall healthcare
system. The percentage of GDP which is spent on health care system is much
lower than what it should be. If you visit the hospitals one is bound to see the
overburdened patient is to doctor ratio. Nursing stuffs, paramedical support is
also not optimal. We need to introspect into our system for overall improvement
for better health care services. It’s of utmost disgrace if you put the all your
objections solely to the physicians or surgeons.

The community of doctors are very aggrieved by the whole scenario but they will not bend down or refuse to treat. It’s our life, it’s our passion to treat you. It’s about the uniqueness of the profession that’s why we are with the people, for the people forever. It always pushes us to work harder and increase our belief when ever we win a tough battle with disease or see happy faces roaming around who were at death beds once. We are looking forward restoring the amazing doctor-patient relationship!

Dr. Upasana Chakraborty (MBBS, West Bengal)

I still remember the day when I appeared for the NEET examination in 2018, that could have fulfilled my dream of becoming a savior. Saviour- doctors -we call them. Getting qualified, I started studying M. B. B. S.  in the College of Medicine and JNM Hospital, Kalyani, West Bengal from the month of August. I’m a first-year student, not yet an official doctor, not even completely ready for being that. Yet,  what I have been through these days, I can obviously tell how a doctor’s life is. 5.5 years of struggle, sleepless nights, a hell lot of tension, 19 subjects messing up your lives -that’s what a life of a medical student is. But, I can assure you, you start your career smiling, and you end it up smiling. The last day, convocation day, that’s the best memory a person can have. You get honored for your sacrifices all through the years, and you get acknowledged as the one you have wanted to be one day. The way the doctors throw their caps in the air, you cannot but cry. Parents come to your college, and watching their children being honored, they feel the best. Now talking of the actual ‘life’, there are 9 exclusive semesters and four final exams. These times are not always good, they are not at all good. Actually, it’s supposed to be tough. You don’t always expect to pass the exam, it’s quite normal. One of our teachers said, “You need to be trained enough for this profession, bookish knowledge will not help.”, and this is what every medical student needs to keep in mind. Hospital, every doctor dreams of working here. When you start working in there, you have to face a lot of things, especially nowadays you have to prepare yourself for a fight with patients’ families. But, it makes you happy when you execute first delivery with your own hands, it feels heavenly when you’ll get to hear the baby’s first cry. It will make you feel better when after a critical surgery, the patient survives and holds your hand, thanking you. This makes you feel the real Hero, after 5.5 years of real struggle. Now, we all are aware of of-of the fact where the doctor’s being beaten up by 200 mobs. This is not really what we are raised for. When a patient dies, a doctor cries more than anyone, trust me. Hope we will get justice one day. In a nutshell, doctor’s life =hard work +patience +frustration +exams+college programmes +enjoyment +very less time +PATIENT,the last one being the most important. But still, when a doctor finishes his studies or career, he really regrets how fast time flies. #Proudtobeamedico

Let us join our hands together in standing with the Doctors, our agony relievers and treat them as Humans! Happy Doctor’s Day!

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