What They don’t Teach You in Medical School

There are many, many things they don’t teach you in medical school which are essential to life after medical college. Things like the travails of the stock market; when, where and how much to invest; when to make career moves like shifting to another country. Imagine during internship, there was a two week posting wherein interns could get to know how to work in different countries- the licensing exams, the expected salary structure, the problems and so on. That would be fun. But unfortunately, this article is not about any of that. Its about another matter which is not taught in medical school- communication. Not the communication of...

That tube around you...

The stethoscope has evolved over the years and the origin of the stethoscope and its history is as fascinating as the history of medicine itself. The origin of the stethoscope is credited to Laennec in 1816, who initially devised a cone made of thick paper and used it to hear sounds!! The...

Teacher’s day- Circl...

Teacher’s day- Circle of Love I saw something the other day, It made me stop in my sway. The door was open, I walked in Not realizing I would behold a vision. There was my senior professor, Bent over some old foot on the bed Carefully paring away a corn With love, with care.. i understood....

A Rural Practitioner’s Happiness

  Dr. Lalit Narayan wrote this poem while doing his stint as a young Medical graduate at the Tribal Health Initiative, Sittilingi, Tamil Nadu. You might be tempted to ask why this has been the best year of my life. Here’s why. Tiny hands. Big eyes. The cutest damn expression in the world. That’s my reward. That’s happiness. Then I walk out of the labour ward. I can see hills all around. Green. That’s my reward. That’s happiness. My cottage sits on the edge of the forest. Full of books, art films and insects. That’s my reward. That’s happiness. The local women who work at our hospital Call me...

Why I became a docto...

Why indeed? The answer to this question changes over time. For instance, just before an interview for selection into medical college, the answer that almost all of us are repeating over and over again in our minds goes something like this: ’Ever since my –um- childhood, I wanted to help...

Yes Means No ?

No means Yes?   Enough motivational speakers have glorified the power of a ‘yes!’ Undoubtedly it opens doors to the road less traveled, one for the road, a blind date, the forbidden fruit, the foreign film you must watch, the new gig in town, strange animals for exotic cuisine, fashion...