WHAT’S UP DOC?

MEDICINE IS A CA­REER DRIVEN BY PER­SE­VER­ANCE, DED­I­CA­TION AND THE WILL TO SERVE. KNOW THE S

India Today - - COVER STORY - BY ASMITA BAKSHI

Al­most ev­ery child while grow­ing up is pre­sented with a doc­tor set and a lab coat. Stetho­scope plugged into their ears and notepad in hand, it is at a young age that chil­dren are in­tro­duced to one of the most de­mand­ing and lu­cra­tive ca­reer choices—rec­om­mended, and of­ten im­posed, strongly by their par­ents. And, it is for th­ese reasons, among others, that In­dia is one of the largest pro­duc­ers of doc­tors in the world. Over the years, the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion has evolved to en­ve­lope within its fold sev­eral spe­cial­i­sa­tions, all of which are now taught at the lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties. Whether it’s tra­di­tional sys­tems of medicine such as unani and ayurveda, or more re­cently in­tro­duced fields such as oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and ev­ery­thing else in be­tween—den­tistry, nurs­ing and phar­macy, the space is as di­verse as it is re­ward­ing.

How­ever, very lit­tle is known about the con­tent of the cur­ricu­lum, the top col­leges to con­sider, the best post­grad­u­ate cour­ses, how to tackle fund­ing woes and the an­swer to the eter­nal pub­lic-ver­sus-pri­vate-in­sti­tu­tion co­nun­drum. We shed some light on all of th­ese.

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