Sure Cure

This tem­ple of med­i­cal ex­cel­lence has con­trib­uted some of the finest names to the global health­care in­dus­try

India Today - - BEST COLLEGES - By Sav­inay Ka­pur

IJOINED AIIMS IN 2007 as a nerdy 17-year-old and, five years later, left the in­sti­tu­tion as a re­spon­si­ble, ma­ture doc­tor with a well-rounded per­son­al­ity. De­spite top­ping the AIIMS en­trance exam, I had ini­tially joined IIT Delhi, but soon re­alised that my in­ter­est lay in medicine. So I quit IIT and joined AIIMS. Al­though many thought I had made a mis­take by giv­ing up IIT, it was the best de­ci­sion of my life. When you join col­lege af­ter school, ev­ery­thing is new and you are un­sure of the fu­ture. You need some­one to hold your hand and guide you. AIIMS did just that. Sev­eral other med­i­cal col­leges ar­guably im­part the same knowl­edge, but I feel AIIMS teaches you how to make the best use of that knowl­edge. Be­ing a good doc­tor is re­ally im­por­tant, but AIIMS also

im­parts other life skills that mat­ter in the long run.

Of the thou­sands of as­pi­rants who take the AIIMS en­trance exam ev­ery year, less than a hun­dred-odd end up re­al­is­ing their dream of study­ing in the in­sti­tute. Mine was a batch of 50 stu­dents, with top­pers from ev­ery state. To­gether we cre­ated a com­pet­i­tive yet healthy en­vi­ron­ment.

At AIIMS, stu­dents get clin­i­cal post­ings from the sec­ond year it­self, and that’s when we get a first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of pa­tients and our pro­fes­sion. The sheer va­ri­ety and num­ber of cases one gets to han­dle here is mind-bog­gling.

AIIMS, a ter­tiary care cen­tre, gets pa­tients whom other hos­pi­tals have failed to cure. That, in it­self, is a chal­lenge as well as an op­por­tu­nity. We see the rarest of cases from all over the coun­try. When ex­pected to han­dle such pa­tients, one obvi-

ously reads and re­searches more. The tech­nol­ogy, too, is the best one can find. We have state-of-the-art lec­ture theatres, in­stru­men­ta­tion and skill labs. The fac­ulty lays a lot of stress on re­search work from the very be­gin­ning.

The in­sti­tute pro­vides am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences as well as ex­change pro­grammes. Such ex­po­sure helps stu­dents achieve stan­dards at par with the best in the world. AIIMS stu­dents have gone on to be­come doyens not just in In­dia but in in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions as well. When you know your seniors and alumni are lead­ing doc­tors set­ting stan­dards in the field of medicine glob­ally, you have great role mod­els to in­spire you.

Along with the in­tense fo­cus on aca­demics and learn­ing, AIIMS of­fers a host of ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tivi-

ties. World class fa­cil­i­ties for sports as well as re­cre­ation are avail­able on the cam­pus. We can boast of a strong so­cio-cul­tural club and an­nu­ally host the biggest fest among med­i­cal col­leges, Pulse. It at­tracts stu­dents from across the coun­try and al­lows for in­ter­ac­tion with stu­dents from other pro­fes­sional streams, open­ing our world to vary­ing view­points and ideas.

A big thanks to my alma mater for mak­ing me a skill­ful and con­fi­dent med­i­cal pro­fes­sional.

JUST AN­OTHER DAY AT AN AIIMS LAB

STU­DENTS DO­ING A RE­SEARCH PROJECT

RAJWANT RAWAT

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