In a chat with Ci­tadel, DR PRASHANT GUPTA (MDS Orthodon­tics and Dento­fa­cial Ortho­pe­dics) speaks about his jour­ney of be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful doc­tor and points out the lack of aware­ness about MALOCCLUSION (misaligned teeth) and ORAL HEALTH in In­dia.

Citadel - - CONTENTS - BY NISHAD SHINDE nishad.ci­tadel@gmail.com

Tell us about your grow­ing up years…

I was born in a small town in Sa­ha­ran­pur, Ut­tar Pradesh, and then shifted to Hy­der­abad, Andhra Pradesh. My child­hood re­volved around my fam­ily and my friends, as is the case with most grow­ing kids. As for aca­demics, I was stu­dious, yet par­tic­i­pated in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, which helped me to build my self-con­fi­dence. Most im­por­tantly, I am grate­ful to my par­ents who helped me to be­come a doc­tor. Had it not been them, I wouldn’t have been able to en­joy my child­hood days.

How did this pro­fes­sion hap­pen to you?

While I was pur­su­ing grad­u­a­tion, I made up my mind to be­come an Orthodon­tist. Also, I was in­spired from my se­niors; I used to see them treat­ing pa­tients with care. I too, wanted to treat pa­tients with love and set a good ex­am­ple for my ju­niors.

De­spite hav­ing a wide range of ca­reer op­tions, why did you choose to be a doc­tor?

As a teenager, I had a dream of be­com­ing an In­dian Air Force pi­lot. But some­how, it didn’t fall in place, so I had to give up on my as­pi­ra­tion. Nev­er­the­less, I was not de­mor­alised. In­stead, I went on to pur­sue my sec­ond dream of be­com­ing a doc­tor. Also the fact that there were no doc­tors in our fam­ily pushed me to pur­sue and achieve my dream. Right from the first, I was fo­cused on tak­ing up Den­tistry, be­cause it cre­ated in­ter­est in me, draw­ing my at­ten­tion to­wards it. Hav­ing seen pa­tients with se­ri­ous med­i­cal ail­ments get­ting cured was also one of the mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors that made me sign up for the field of Medicine.

What made you zero in on spe­cial­is­ing in your area of ex­per­tise?

Well, I ap­peared for the Med­i­cal En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion post my HSC ex­ams. Af­ter clear­ing the en­trance test, I took ad­mis­sion for Den­tistry. While at it, I was fas­ci­nated by the dy­nam­ics of Orthodon­tics and Dento­fa­cial Ortho­pe­dics. It was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing to see pa­tients get­ting com­pletely trans­formed af­ter the or­thodon­tic treat­ment. Slowly and grad­u­ally, my lik­ing grew into pas­sion, spe­cial­is­ing in Orthodon­tics and Dento­fa­cial Ortho­pe­dics.

There isn’t any pro­fes­sion sans chal­lenges; as a doc­tor, what were the dif­fi­cul­ties that you had to face?

It was a roller-coaster ride! I feel that life is not com­plete with­out ups and downs. Af­ter com­plet­ing my Masters, I came to Pune to es­tab­lish my­self as a re­puted doc­tor. Dur­ing ini­tial days, I used to distribute my vis­it­ing card at var­i­ous pri­vate clin­ics in Pune, hop­ing that doc­tors would call me for Or­thodon­tic cases at their re­spec­tive clin­ics. How­ever, it didn’t work out, ow­ing to which I was dis­ap­pointed, fail­ing to an­a­lyse where I was go­ing wrong. And then, one day, af­ter per­sis­tent ef­forts, I re­ceived my first con­sul­ta­tion call, which brought hope and boosted my morale again. Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the ups and downs, I would like to tell all the bud­ding doc­tors to not ex­pect early suc­cess; in fact, keep work­ing hard till you achieve your goal.

What do you think are the key chal­lenges in the field of medicine?

Medicine needs per­sis­tent ef­forts from doc­tors. We need to keep our­selves abreast with re­cent in­ven­tions. Also, it is the most chal­leng­ing job, as the pa­tient’s life is at stake.

How do you deal with the pres­sures that the pro­fes­sion de­mands?

I al­ways make a point to take small

Dr. Prashant Gupta

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