Is Medical profession a religion for doctors?

Most doctors love and respect their profession. Once a person becomes a doctor even if he or she was unwilling, still continues to practice medicine. Example are rare to find doctor changing the profession.
I believe things are changing now. In coming future, we may see a lot of change in the practice of medicine. Small clinics and nursing homes are finding difficult with changing times. The Bigger multi-crore corporate hospital is an order of the day. This will lead to loss of sovereignty to doctors.

Most doctors aspire that their kids should also become doctors like them. We see many families with full of doctors, running across many generations. This extends even further i.e. their son or daughter should get married to a doctor only. This kind of human behaviour is akin to the following particular religion

Why such a trend?

Although, becoming a doctor needs a great deal of hard work and dedication. Time spent in becoming a qualified specialist is around 12 to 15 years. This is much longer compared to any other profession.

Following the legacy

This trend is partly due to having built a nursing home or a hospital. Parents expect his progeny should look after his hospital after their demise. This appears sensible in one way but there are limitations posed with changing times. The corporate hospitals are coming up so small nursing homes have difficulty.

Known devil is better

Further, if parents are doctors they think that they can guide their kids to choose a good college or a good specialty in comparison to another profession. This convenience makes the parents prompt their kids to choose medical profession.

Doctor’s religion

Is it a time to change now?

To become a super specialist in medical field student should crack 3 entrances exams or sell down heavy money. But, day by day in medical profession competition is increasing in an exponential fashion.

No More a Nobel profession

The medical profession is losing its glamour. Doctors and hospitals have become soft targets. Doctor owned small hospitals are finding difficult both financially and also by increasing violence in hospitals. So, doctors are compelled to join corporate or big hospitals.

Loss of trust

Both doctors and patients don’t trust each other.

Doctors view patients and patients relatives as possible one who may vandalise or litigate. Patients look at doctors as money minded. This is leading to frustration for working doctors.


With the changing trends and scope in the medical world, one has to change accordingly for their best survival. Otherwise, following the rigid norms of treating the medical profession as a religion for the generations may create turbulence for the budding members of the family as they have to hold themselves strong in the corrupted and rusted world. So, it is us to decide whether still, it should be treated as a religion or should we make the generations to be flexible in coming out of this stigma and make a healthy future for oneself.


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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