Update yourself to the new world consistentlyMay 8, 2019
Developing greater confidence in patients about the treatment is one of the prime responsibilities of a clinician. While this is a general principle to be followed by the medical profession in every case, it is of utmost importance in the branch of neuromedicine. This is because there is always a stigma associated with this branch of medicine, especially in case of surgeries on spine or brain, that the patient often ends up with some kind of side effect, such as paralysis or other impacts, post operation.
Since it is a proven fact that the patient’s faith in the medical or surgical procedure significantly boosts the outcome, there are truly best results that are guaranteed with the best clinical practices as well. This is more so today with the advent of state-of-the-art technologies and products, both in diagnosis as well as treatments. But unfortunately, bad outcomes often get wider publicity, leading to added social stigma. At the same time, the best results are mostly kept under wraps. This should change. Good outcomes achieved through better skill sets, technologies and advancements in science should also get their due and be projected, in order to build confidence in the patient community.
In order to facilitate this one requires wider exposure to the advanced world of science and technology and continued upgradation.
I strongly believe that Indian doctors are no less to their counterparts in developed countries in terms of clinical skills and exposure to modern techniques.
Since our own education system and the curriculum still needs improvisation, which is imminent, the ultimate responsibility to upgrade oneself lies with the doctor himself. And the best way to achieve this is to expose ourselves to the new world consistently.
— As told to CH Unnikrishnan