“My dream was to be an anesthesiologist and I worked hard to get into the best medical school in the country. Unfortunately, my grades started to drop when I got into MBBS from all the pressure that engulfed me. Yet, I was determined to do my MD, so, I cracked the NEET exam.
But the downward spiral had just begun! So many people go around abusing doctors, calling them money mongers. But, they do not know the effort and struggle it takes to achieve the words, ‘M.D’ behind your name! The period of postgraduation ideally has around 13 to 15-night shifts in a month, and at times these will go on for 48 hours at a stretch with no time to eat or to take a leak! While the rigorous training might seem like a way to prepare us for the journey ahead, trust me, it is anything but that. In most cases, it is the ego and insecurity of the superior doctors that play the dirty game in our lives.
When we graduate with an M.D. we are peers to our professors and senior doctors, so they use the time that they have to bully us around. They leave no stone unturned to show that they have an upper hand and can ruin your career prospects any given day. Yes, after all the years of education, great ranks, and flawless performance in the night duties, we can still be denied our degree if our senior doctor decides so.
I went through it all and have seen my peers go through it despite passing out from institutes of national importance. I try to take some time out to talk to students who are training in the hospital I work in. I let them know that I am there if they need a shoulder to cry on even if the situation cannot be mended. Those sleepless nights and the experience with the doctors were traumatizing, but I would not mind doing it all over again if it gives me the superpower I have today. Which is, to put a smile on a parent’s face everytime I save their child!”
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