Life As Medico

Diving into the lives of Medical Students!

DIVING INTO THE LIVES OF MEDICAL STUDENTS!

There is whole lot of first times in the medical student life. The first entrance on the anatomy lab of the first dissection class, the adrenaline rush, the bulging of query eyes, the chill runs down the spine flanking with the goose bumps. And the first time a cadavar is seen all readied to be scrutinized to study the viscera. Injections, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer are the play kits, bones and skeleton are toys that convoys. The first time of community visit, the first time of survey, the first time of practical interaction and so much more!

What is it like to be an Indian medical student?

  • Sauradeep Dey, Medical Officer at Bikrampur Block Primary Health Centre (2018-present) describes his medical college life as really good. He says-“ The popular belief that You have to study 24/7 in this stream, is a MYTH, my friend. Unless you only know how to understand and learn stuff, few decent hours (3-6 hours) of study per day is enough to have a great deal of medical knowledge. Yes, things get tense and stressful around examination times, but this is true for every other field of education.

As regards social life, there is no dearth of new social connections that you make in this field! You get to know a lot of new people, get to make new friends and enjoy social events too!Ambition of getting a PG seat runs in the back of the mind though, and takes some extra preparations. But in whole the experience is worth it.

  • Abhishek Arora, Final Year Medical student, Delhi says- “Well Seriously Speaking, the first two years are just like any other professional course, with maybe a little more stress on attendance and tougher exams..

Changes occur as soon as you reach 3rd year when you realise you need to start preparing for PG entrances as you won’t get time in the two subsequent years. We have Clinical Postings which are quite fun and yielding at the same time. We learn to appreciate minute things.

I’ve got a lot more to unfold . Overall it’s great if you like what you’re doing.”

  • Shaleen, studied at CIMS, now a doctor says- “I have everything I could ask for, I have a social life, and that too a very diverse one. As opposed to the popular belief. I agree the duration of course is long but if you are well disciplined and have good time management and know how to enjoy life.These years of med school will be the best you ever had,and the best thing is once I got into medical college. I am no more uncertain of my career, and that is a relief !
  • Prathap Kumar.M.P, MBBS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (2014), describes his life as a medical student with every detail you’d want.

I studied in newly established government medical college in Karnataka. Our’s was second batch in that college. I will try to give you an account of how will be the life in medical college.

01) Classes:

Classes will start immediately after the admission. Timings of classes will vary from college to college. For us classes used to start at 7 AM and end at 4 PM.

7 AM to 8 AM: Theory classes

9 AM to 12 PM: Dissection classes in first year, hospital from 2nd year

12 PM to 1 PM: Theory classes

2 to 4 PM: Practical classes in 1 st and 2nd year, Seminars in 3rd and final year.

After 4 PM you will be completely free during all the four and half years.

02) Dissection :

This is the most interesting part in 1st year. Here you will get to dissect a cadaver layer by layer, part by part. This is where you will learn most about normal anatomy of human body.

03) Teaching:

It mainly depends on the college and the faculty. Usually the teaching faculty will be post graduate doctors in that field. Sometimes, MBBS graduates or BSc graduates who are appointed as tutors will teach.

04) Hostel:

We had separate boys and girls hostel. A decent room with fan,lights, geyser, bed, cot, study table and chair was provided to us on sharing basis. Food was good.

05) Attendance:

75% compulsory at least for us.

06) Holidays:

After 1 st year exams, you will get 1 to 2 months of holidays till you get your results. From 2nd year to final year you will not have any long holidays. Sundays and government holidays will be a holiday during all these four and half years.

07) Extra curricular life:

You will get plenty of time. You can go for trips  , movies, play sports, etc

08) Hospital life:

From 2nd year you will start going to hospital. You will spend most of the time here with patients and their relatives. This is where you will become a real doctor.

Last but not the least,Internship life is The best thing is you will get stipend during these days. We used to get Rs.14,000/- per month. It was a great experience.

  • Arpit Sharma, studies at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune says-“All that he(medicos) learns everyday is that there is yet more to learn, more than yesterday.The interesting part is that the more you grow in this profession, the more you realize how nature amazes you. That what we know is just the tip of the iceberg!The special part in the life of a medical student is that more than anything else, he learns to be a student for a lifetime first!We’re on a journey that will never end. The purpose of the degrees is to teach us to explore and enjoy the journey!”

Let’s take the journey ourselves through the magic of words-

Initial phase-

“The initial phase is like lost in the labyrinth of medical terms, being introduced to a completely new language. It’s amazing how human body and brain works, everyday is a challenge for the medical students”, said Ridhima Sachdeva (MBBS 3rd year student). Although medical students get exposed to the wards early, they don’t get directly involved in patient care until internship. Same is the scenario throughout the course programme.

Drawbacks of medical training in INDIA-

Everything comes with drawbacks.The relative lack of funding and infrastructure for research perhaps is the biggest drawback to medical training in India. Medical students do not experience the adventure of discovery or the satisfaction of contributing to medical knowledge. Med students are also at a disadvantage when applying for residency programs in the United States because they have not published any papers.

Journey continues-

“Becoming a doctor is a continual process and not a single point event. You evolve gradually, becoming better day by day with experience. You learn things in bits and pieces and then one day you realize that everything seems to be fitting in one place, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle”, said Harsimar Singh, a medical PG student.

“Once Indian students complete their MBBS they can pursue a postgraduate course in India or go abroad.

Conclusion-

It requires right amount of hard work, smartness, understanding, and all other required ingredients added in correct proportion to prepare a successful doctor. The journey maybe different for different medical students as, some may have to compromise with all the luxuries to learn and clear the Medical degree or some may take in regular dose of attentive study for few hours without affecting their social life. It is up to the med students how they want to get through their medical preparations because at the end of the day you want to see your dream fulfilled no matter how many hardships and failures you faced.

Being a medical student, it teaches that hard work never hurt anybody. It is but the knowledge that is power. The pursuit of really achieving something, going beyond what can be seen, the hand eye coordination, to a medical student, there is so much to life, so much to learn, so much to give, so much to realize, so much to understand.

Epitome of status quo and bank balance and prestige, having a medical degree defines it all. However, MBBS, five years of courtship of dedication, determination, contemplation, handled pressure. Licensed to have the satisfaction in saving Homo sapiens, saving a life, saving an existence only makes it worthwhile and those five years of agitations ephemeral.

Isha Sinha Author
Hello everyone ! My name is Isha Sinha living in the city of Nawabs i.e.,Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh.I did my schooling from Delhi Public School,Lucknow with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as my major subjects. I will graduate from VIT University,Vellore in 2019 with a B.tech degree in Biotechnology. I won a lot of essay and story writing competitions back in school which lead to my interest in writing. I am a part of Yearbook and also Hindi Literay Association here in VIT. My motto of-“ Pen is mightier than the sword” lead me to this great opportunity to inspire young minds along with Conceptree. I hope you like what you read.
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Isha Sinha Author
Hello everyone ! My name is Isha Sinha living in the city of Nawabs i.e.,Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh.I did my schooling from Delhi Public School,Lucknow with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as my major subjects. I will graduate from VIT University,Vellore in 2019 with a B.tech degree in Biotechnology. I won a lot of essay and story writing competitions back in school which lead to my interest in writing. I am a part of Yearbook and also Hindi Literay Association here in VIT. My motto of-“ Pen is mightier than the sword” lead me to this great opportunity to inspire young minds along with Conceptree. I hope you like what you read.
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