‘Some­times, we work for 36 hours’

A young doc­tor talks about his jour­ney and chal­lenges

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Iam Dr Mo­hammed Ramzan, a pae­di­atric on­col­o­gist from Jodhpur, liv­ing in New Delhi for the last three-and-a-half years. I opted for pae­di­atric hema­tol­ogy and on­col­ogy be­cause I wanted to work for can­cer pa­tients af­ter I lost my grand­fa­ther. He was suf­fer­ing from la­ryn­geal can­cer. I got a good rank in the gen­eral cat­e­gory in the All In­dia Pre-Med­i­cal Test and stud­ied at Byra­m­jee Jee­jeeb­hoy Med­i­cal Col­lege, Pune. Med­i­cal col­lege meant a dras­tic tran­si­tion from the cozy and com­fort­able life at home to manag­ing ev­ery­thing on my own. Stud­ies and ex­ams would pop up ev­ery month. But with time I learnt to man­age these things. Later, I com­pleted my MD in pae­di­atrics from Ali­garh Mus­lim Univer­sity.

I work with Sir Ganga Ram Hospi­tal in New Delhi. My day starts at around 7.30am. I be­gin my hospi­tal rou­tine by tak­ing a round, meet­ing my pa­tients, which goes on till 9.30am. We re­view the treat­ment of the pa­tients and make nec­es­sary changes. This is fol­lowed by the OPD where we see new and old pa­tients. This can go on till 3pm, de­pend­ing on the pa­tient load. We then take a short break of around 10-15 min­utes for lunch, dur­ing which we also dis­cuss our pa­tients with col­leagues. Af­ter work­ing out a de­tailed treat­ment plan for ad­mit­ted pa­tients we then take teach­ing classes for ju­niors, in which we dis­cuss chal­leng­ing as well as re­cent ad­vances in var­i­ous fields of medicine. If we are on emer­gency duty, we are expected to stay in hospi­tal for the en­tire night and at­tend all the emer­gency cases com­ing to the hospi­tal ca­su­alty. I leave the hospi­tal the next day af­ter hand­ing over charge to a col­league in the next shift. We have such emer­gency du­ties twice or thrice a week. Since I am a pae­di­a­tri­cian deal­ing with chil­dren who are some­times just a few days old, it is a chal­leng­ing task to un­der­stand their prob­lems and re­lieve them of suf­fer­ing.

The most im­por­tant qual­ity that a doc­tor should have is an em­pa­thetic ap­proach to­wards his pa­tient. He/she should also be a care­ful lis­tener, giv­ing time to the pa­tients to ex­press their prob­lems and coun­selling them. Sound knowl­edge of med­i­cal sub­jects and and be­ing updated on all the re­cent ad­vances is nec­es­sary.

A doc­tor has to save the life of a pa­tient at any cost. In life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions, rel­a­tives of the pa­tient tend to be­come anx­ious and some­times ag­gres­sive. Coun­selling ses­sions with rel­a­tives are more im­por­tant at this stage.

Af­ter be­com­ing a doc­tor, your life is very busy with fixed work­ing hours. There is stress too. Some­times we work for 36 hours at a stretch. The cur­ricu­lum for our en­tire course is very lengthy. For MBBS it is five­and-a-half years, for MD/MS it’s an­other three years, and su­per spe­cial­i­sa­tion takes three more years. This is when you are through in first at­tempt with­out tak­ing any drop. You must be will­ing to work ex­tremely hard and be com­pas­sion­ate to be able to suc­ceed. Re­mem­ber, you can give a new lease of life to some­one.

Baby care: Dr Mo­hammed Ramzan (MD in pae­di­atrics, FIAP, FNB, pae­di­atric hema­tol­ogy and on­col­ogy) with a young pa­tient and her fa­ther

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