Should Doctor Kids also become Doctor?

In India dynasty like mindset is very prevalent, this starts from very top, prime minister and also to some of our state’s chief ministers, probably this is there in our blood so we want our kids to be same like us.  Most doctors even including me expect that their kids should also become doctors.

These days to become a doctor, one has pay heavy fees in college.  There are limited number government colleges with relatively lesser fees and seats available there are few.  Fee structure of private medical colleges is very expensive, kids who get there are, kids of big businessmen and politicians.  Only a few doctors can afford heavy fees but many doctors cannot, so they put their kids into another profession unwillingly.

If one chooses a medical profession, Just a basic MBBS qualification is not enough. Getting specialisation and even super-specialisation is equally needed. Even after finishing specialisation or super specialisation starting practice is not very easy. There is no guarantee that a good medical student will become a good consultant or successful practitioner because practice needs altogether different approach in terms investment and practising style.

There are many examples of kids of doctors, have not joined their father’s nursing home. Many times this is because of personal and professional differences.  In some cases, professional differences have lead to the divorce of their kids.

Some senior doctors complain that, although their kids have finished specialisation who are more qualified than them, they are finding it difficult to transfer their patients to their kids, patients still expect the senior doctor to treat  them, forcing the old man work, otherwise he would have retired.

The medical profession was considered to be Nobel profession from ancient days in India. Doctors were paid and respected in society very well. But slowly this is changing. Now patients have become customers and doctor are slowly becoming businessmen. Doctor and the patient relation was mostly of faith, now it is more legally oriented. This kind of change, is increasing the stress, and upsetting the doctor’s lifestyle.

Although I have made so many allegations, I personally still expect that medical profession is still worth it, I and my wife always wanted our kids should become doctors, however, I don’t want to force them.

Author: Dr Umesh Bilagi

MBBS, MD, DM (cardiology). I am Interventional cardiologist. Blogging is my passion. Associate professor of cardiology KIMS Hubli. Director and consultant at Tatwadarsha Hospital Hubli. Owner of Jeevan Jyoti Hospital Hubli. Mobile +91 9343403620.

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