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The good, bad and ugly of medicine!

5133CD42-91A1-43C8-9013-2365FE6586FE.jpegIf only studying and practising medicine was enough to be appreciated for all the hard work and unsocial hours that go into it! Here comes the good, bad and ugly of it.

Well to summarise my journey, graduated medical school and followed it by my dream to specialise further. Too many many options to choose from, however limited by the entrance exams and rank based allocation of specialities. So I settled for my second favourite, Perioperative medicine.

As I entered into a tertiary care centre to start my residency, I met my new colleagues. All brand new medical school graduates. I was so thrilled to be a part of that group. So we go out as a group for dinner and introductions begin. Well if only names and native places were enough! We all had to be introduced as, myself so and so, scored these many marks in entrance exams, chose this speciality and graduated in this specific year. Well to be precise what that introduction meant was, “I am Ms Abc, I am intelligent enough to clear exams on my 1st attempt and smart enough to get into this speciality and that gives me a right to lord over all you less intelligent people”. Cool, isn’t it?

All throughout residency We learnt to prove how our respective specialities are better than others, how we contribute the most to patient care and so how we should earn more than others. And this attitude continues in professional practice as well. I am sure many will agree with me.

And I dared to learn intensive care and as predicted I was shot down by them as well. As if I wasn’t qualified enough to handle emergency patients ( well I specialize in acute perioperative medicine!) I had moments when I doubted myself whether I have turned out to be a good physician.

Eventually I struggled and achieved my dream job. And couldn’t be happier.

There is no good, bad or ugly in medicine. Every person involved in patient care contributes a great deal. Every speciality is designed to deal with specific aspects. We should all learn to respect that.

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love for humanity” – Hippocrates.

6 thoughts on “The good, bad and ugly of medicine!”

  1. Every profession contains the good, bad and ugly. Health care is no different. I truly believe most people mean well. I think the greatest weakness in our profession is our lack of critical thinking. We are provided a quality education, yet are indoctrinated to make certain we “follow” accepted guidelines. We are not taught to question procedures or to concern ourselves with research design. We are taught to IMPLEMENT corporate policy. We minimize non western procedures and treatments and often consider them substandard or irrelevant. Yet, when it comes to chronic diseases, our protocols do not typically include REVERSAL and RESTORATION to achieving balanced health. We choose, instead, to “maintain diseases” hoping to slow down their advancement. We remove patient responsibility from the equation and offer lifetime pharmaceuticals instead. We fail to teach our patients the truth to help empower them with important knowledge. If we deviate from this path, our jobs are often threatened.
    Yes, our profession is no different from many others. We are a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.

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    1. Well said Sir! Holistic approach should be a part of our training and education. I sometimes wonder, as you said our practice is dominated by guidelines which are set on the basis evidence based medicine. What is the ‘evidence’ for following evidence based medicine?

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