I am a recently graduated medical student and have finished my MBBS and rotatory internship from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital (Parel, Mumbai). After graduation, I have been working as a medical officer in the same hospital. I intend to train further and work as a primary health care provider. Before that, I wish to engage myself in epidemiological research of various preventable problems by pursuing a graduate course in public health that will help me develop the critical thinking and research skills I need to pair clinical experience with specialist-level training in epidemiology and public health.
There are certain areas in healthcare which don't get enough attention and I wish to focus my research on those issues. One of them would be neglected tropical diseases that prevail in developing countries whose burden is yet to be gauged and appropriate policies for their control yet to be formed. Mumbai being endemic to Malaria, the management of acute febrile illnesses in our and other healthcare facilities was malaria-centric. But the insidious rise of cases of Dengue fever in the past few years left doctors perplexed due to their failure to identify and treat the patients. My own experience of hospitalization due to Dengue fever in late 2009 made me realize why it is called the breakbone fever, that how it can easily be confused with chikangunya, malaria or other febrile illness and that we have neither any vaccines nor treatment for this illness. There are several other preventable and treatable but neglected diseases that need attention.
Another concerning issue is that of under-reporting and inadequate surveillance of preventable medical errors that contribute significantly to patients' morbidity and mortality. These include but are not restricted to healthcare-associated infections, medication errors, negligence and misdiagnosis. Patient safety is of utmost importance and this being an aspect of healthcare within our reach, there is an urgent need to decrease such preventable events.
As Hon. Monique Begin (Member of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Heath) said very succinctly, "What good does it do to treat people's illnesses, to then send them back to the conditions that made them sick?" An important aspect of preventive medicine that I wish to contribute to is the study the effects of modifiable socioeconomic conditions on physical and mental health. Our efforts to improve the health of people are incomplete if we do not personalize healthcare for the patient. Problems like under-nutrition, poverty, substance abuse, inadequate sanitation, sexual violence, self harm, domestic abuse among many others prevail in our society which need to be tackled strategically.
The unparalleled joy of medicine and its power to prevent harm and cure diseases has made me realize how much one can contribute towards society. Non Sibi, Sed Omnibus i.e. 'Not For Self; But For All' is the motto of my medical school and it is indeed the most important of all the things that I have learnt. Being intelligent does not substitute for hard work and dedication; eight years out of high school with many accomplishments and many more failures I have realized the true meaning of my school motto: 'There Is No Excellence Without Labor'.
I enjoy diverse experiences, a deep conversation, and have an unbridled curiosity. I am pursuing digital photography passionately. My idea of enjoying a holiday would be sitting in a balcony peacefully, listening to soothing music, reading a short novel, enjoying some good food and gazing at the colors of the setting sun. I love my family and all things rational and positive.
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