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here are two kinds of doctors in the world: those who see it as a career requiring selfless dedication and those who see it as a job that involves prescribing medication.
The first kind is becoming a rare, dwindling species, serving in the few large public hospitals which mostly treat the poor and needy.
After years of academic slog, resident doctors make less money every month than fresh MBAs from Z grade institutes selling insurance policies or credit cards.
So, yes,he ‘noble profession’ hangover remains a keyotivator for those seeking careers in medicine.
A few years down the line, cynicism sets in.
We, the ‘brightest and the best’ who made it to a medical college, we deserve better.
The most wanted!
Medicine and engineering have long been the two ‘most wanted’ careers for middle class India.
Slowly and steadily, though, engineering seems to be gaining ground. Four years of engineering study at a decent college fetches you a well paying job.
Or one can choose to go abroad for further studies with a good possibility of financial aid and a quick job.
Five years of basic medical study? even from the best institution? gets you nowhere.
You have to do a post graduate specialisation (another three years). Preferably, you must also go in for ‘super specialisation’ (another two years).?/FONT>
After these 10 to 11 years of study, the future is still uncertain.
The irony is that the demand for a doctor’s service is, by definition, ever increasing. Especially in a populous country like ours.
Setting up practice, though,s not easy becausen thisrofession, reputationrings in clients.
Moreover, reputations take years to build, especially when senior doctors are too insecure to promote junior talent and seldom, if ever, retire!
The lonely, more difficult profession
Medicine, thus, is not only a difficult profession, but a lonely one.
Many, many doctors rarely take vacations, afraid of losing patients to rivals.
Many others work long, stressful hours not just because it is their duty to attend to the sick but because consulting at threeifferent hospitals and running one’s own clinic/s is the only way to build a name.
There is also the system of General Practitioners referring patients to particular specialists and labs for a ‘kickback’. Newly minted doctors may recoil at the thought, but seniors see it as a standard (only borderline unethical) practice.
More troubling are the doctors who order unnecessary tests, prolong hospital stays and generally prove themselves unworthy of the patient’s trust.
These are the rotten eggs that exist in every profession. Except, here, the guilt is compounded by the nature of the work.
So, like I said, these are the dudes who see doctori as just another job which involves prescribing medication.
The balancing act
Between the ‘excessive dedication’ and?excessive medication’ lot lie the majority of doctors, trying to balancehe conflicts of the profession.
To serve without losing one’s humanity, yet keep a distance in order to preserve one’s sanity. To make a good living, yet resist the temptation to make an indecent one.
Part of the problem is that every doctor is competing for the low hanging fruit, ie the well heeled patient.