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Career Guide(?!)

The Cynic's Guide to Medical Education and Much More


On the one hand, we have folks telling how they scored just 800 on 1200 and are still rocking and on the other we have kids wanting to be cardiologists and do ‘operations’ in villages (?!)… While believing that the plus two exams are the most important test of our life is nothing but a big fat lie like the ones the mid-night quacks make up, one needs to know that unless your dad is willing to shell out bucks, you gotta score decently- not that the exams in any way reflect your intellect or ability, but that is the way the system is and that is the way you gotta go forward. Yes, Sachin and Dhoni didn’t top their states, but they never told anyone not to… So, if you did get a good score, well done, follow your heart, but listen to your brain and then do what your girlfriend asks you to…

For aspiring doctors, I can speak from experience (!)… It is a long tough journey with plenty of WTF moments…  If you thought getting into MBBS was tough, wait till you enter post-graduation… With people talking about USMLE, PLAB, AIPGMEE, NEET, COMEDK, AIIMS, CET, TASMAC, NIMHANS, TNPGEE you are bound to be confused… Agreed, you will see your high school sweet heart marry while you toil to crack one of the many PG entrances… Sure you will feel pissed off when 19888th rank gets a seat while you have…well, thumara pas maa hai (mera hindi bolrga hoon)…

 Then you have others buying seats and you are just a spectator, still preparing while dudes post stuff on facebook/twitter and ask if Chennai is now getting winter (nee MAMC/AIIMS /LH/ poi oru varam than da aguthu…) There will be photos of deliveries done and ‘odd ecgs’and sometime later miserable complaints about how ‘tough’ the going is. While every fibre would want to suggest them to sod off and take a high fibre diet, you gotta hold it back because your frustration at their drama will be misread as jealousy (which forms a minor component of the tirade). Keep calm and your turn will come… even then keep calm… for you do not want to be the guy you hated…

Eventually you will become a specialist and you will be thanked by people and sometimes be subject to vicious attacks that might hurt your vision (metaphorically) and vision (literally)… But still you are guaranteed to have s ‘semma market’ in the marriage bazaar… Sure, the girl will want you to have a broad outlook and overlook the fact she dated 412 guys before you (you would have had one love and that would have gone one direction- south) but still, your receding hairline notwithstanding, her parents would convince her that you are a catch… Poor guys, those 414…

Then, you will spend the rest of your life building a practice and with increasing success your needs increase and you will have less and less time for your kids who will eventually become engineers or you will force them to become docs and they will hate you for the rest of your life for ruining theirs…  You will be running all your life, but one day, you will realize that if it was all worth it and when the spring in your step died and all the laughter stopped.


Or you can lead a peaceful content life with the guarantee that a doctor rarely goes bankrupt and enjoy the small beautiful things life has to offer and a simple thank you and not a Mercedes makes it your day… Your call mate
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