Be always prepared for discouragements and disappointments that can pull you down in this profession. One should be aware that there are traps all around you, especially at a time when the organisational, social and political systems often turn hostile to committed services and endeavours.
In an era when corporatisation is tightening its grip on the patient-care business, doctors should train themselves not to fall into the trap of the management, though sustainability of the organisation is as important as medical ethics and morality. But it is important to ensure that the commitment towards patient care and safety should never get compromised in the process.
Besides patient care, biomedical research is a great opportunity awaiting young and enthusiastic doctors who are passionate about serving the world with their academic quest. But, remember, this is another area where one will come across greater challenges too.
Research projects are obviously expensive and risky. Such projects are often not possible without government or institutional support. At the same time, there is the possibility that these supporting factors would create bigger hurdles than natural challenges.
In both these areas, care as well as research, one may often come across stumbling blocks despite his or her best efforts. This is typical to countries like India, where there is a lack of an organizational structure and a robust professional culture in the government.
One of the main reasons for such disappointing experiences is ulterior motives by which selfish interests are protected. In such setups, larger interests of the public or the best benefits for the needy are circumvented.
Therefore, it is always advisable to have the courage and the commitment to stick to your objectives and keep pursuing the same with confidence. That is the ultimate saviour for you in this profession, in which self-contentment is an impactful feeling.
— As told to CH Unnikrishnan