Laughing DOSES – Man behind the mask...

Now who has caught our attention over the last year as much on Facebook and whatsapp as the cartoonist with that tongue in cheek sense of humour, who has helped us laugh at ourselves and make life a little bit easier in our duty rooms, cafetarias and…..confess it, even some OPDs and ORs. TREAT caught up with him recently for a small peek at the man behind Laughing Doses. About Myself: I did my MBBS from Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital (admissions batch 2000) following which I did my M.D. Anaesthesiology in 2010 from SRTRMC, Ambajogai. After doing freelance work for two years in Solapur, I joined SMSSR, Solapur in 2012 as a Full time Anaesthesia Consultant. How I started cartooning: I was good at drawing even as a child. Though I received numerous prizes for drawing at School and accredited government conducted exams, I drew my 1st cartoon only in 2003 during my second year of MBBS. It was on the state of Medical students while studying heavy books. Then came the many cartoons during college events . Then there was this huge gap when I was working as a Resident and later, doing freelance work. It was when I started working as a full timer with fixed hours , I got time again for cartoons. The huge response on Facebook and Whatsapp has been a large impetus and keeps me going.At present around 13000 people have joined my Facebook page “Laughing DOSES”. My influence: RKLaxman has been my major inspiration. When some of my doctor friends call me “Laxman of the Medical field” , it feels really great. On my radar: Of course surgeons are on the radar but favourite target are Obstetricians and Gynaecologists . They keep us on...

A NEAT WAY TO CRACK THE ALL INDIA PG EXAM Jan17

A NEAT WAY TO CRACK THE ALL INDIA PG EXAM...

Nitin Yashas , second year resident in General Medicine,fellow traveler on this issue,who has survived largely intact to tell the tale Yet another season of entrance exams are coming to an end with the slog overs left and yet another season is all set to begin. With the announcement of the AIPGMEE results, the fate of 90000 odd doctors sealed as far as government seats are concerned, here are few tips and tricks on how to crack the exam. 1. In the initial 2 years since the inception of the exam, physical fitness and ability to get up early in the morning was of prime importance. Especially on the day the application forms were out. Running and standing in a queue in a bank, obtaining a challan, receiving the form, running back to your house, logging onto the computer and getting a centre in your city was a worthwhile achievement. Of course it also was a test on whether you were smart or not as some people out of desperation finding that the centres were exhausted on day one choose another nearby city only to find out the next morning that centres in their hometown have reopened for allotment. Thankfully sanity prevailed and now your luck decides which centre you get. Furthermore, the allotment is done supposedly on a random basis by a computer which wants to empower tourism in this country. So there are high chances that your centre need not be in the same city or even the same state but in another state altogether. If you are lucky and want to experience INCREDIBLE INDIA, your centre can be in the complete opposite part of India. 2. Most important trick of the lot is to make friends with a travel operator. If...

You nod , and you listen and you gently just smile Jan09

You nod , and you listen and you gently just smile...

Tears, fears and sometimes jeers- this is the lot of the modern doctor. How we take it is, well, mostly up to us. Dermatologist and theatre personality Anil Abraham takes you through all this.. My elderly Gynae Prof used to recommend a policy called MASTERFUL INACTIVITY in most normal delivery cases.Maybe we should also follow this principle in  day to day practice.Sometimes the conflict or argument or trying to prove you are right is traumatic.So is there an option… ?   When the patient walks in, you just nod and you smile, And then you sit back and listen, as he talks for a while. He talks about hair loss and the cracks on his heels, Then he talks about chest pain and his  flatulent  meals. He can talk about in-laws and his daughter’s test marks, He may talk about neighbours or the street dog that barks. You nod,… and you listen,…. and you gently just smile, You try to look focused …..and make notes in his file. She may link cancer to brinjal or eczema to rice, She may firmly connect eating  fried fish to   lice. She may  use ..Vate on her face because  “Aunty said so ! “, But she doesn’t want laser ’cause ” What do YOU know ?” She doesn’t want tablets ’cause her best friend just said ” Arre my mummy ate tablets, and then she was dead ” You nod,… and you listen,…. and you gently just smile, You try to look focused …..and make notes in her file. She doesn’t want peels because  she has read on the net, And her cousin got burns by doing peels from the vet. She doesn’t want ointments ’cause they are oily and greasy, She doesn’t want anything…it’s that simple and easy. “Don’t send out for lab tests , just guess if you can,...