Doctors talk beyond medicines
A first of its kind one-day Conference, for the doctors and by the doctors - “Not Just Meds – Let’s talk beyond Medicine” was hosted byApollo Hospitals, on Sunday at the Park Hyatt. Ms Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals & President, CII; inaugurated and delivered the keynote address. Also present on the occasion were Dr Somaraju B, Chairman, CARE Hospitals; Dr Bhaskar Rao, MD & CEO, KIMS Hospital; Dr Guruva Reddy, Chairman, Sunshine Hospital; Dr Gopichand M, Managing Director, Star Hospitals; Dr K Hari Prasad, President, Apollo Hospital; Organising Committee members Dr Amitava Ray, Organising Secretary; Ms Ishita Shively, Treasurer and over 300 participant Doctors from 23 hospitals.
Medical profession is today at a cross road Besides addressing the public health needs doctors also urgently need to address professional and personal issues they face on a daily basis. In fact, often these aspects are ignored, the consequences impact the doctor and his family. This conference is beginning to address such issues and ensure an all-round growth of those in the profession.
Some statistics reveal an alarming picture and abject ignorance on these vital aspects in the profession. The life span of Indian Doctors may be 10 years less than the mean life expectancy of our matched populace and around 2500 Doctors commit suicide every year.
This Conference cutting across hospital and specialty boundaries, will have mentors from 5 major hospitals, eminent speakers addressing the participants on issues those in the Doctor profession confront on a day to day basis like Building Careers, Law & Ethics, Financial Wellness & Personal Wellness and will delve into aspects like how to enhance their careers, manage finances, be on the right side of the law, keep fit, cope with stress etc.
The Conference has 4 sessions addressing key areas that are not covered in any Medical School curriculum :
Building Careers and Meet your mentors session
While India produces hundreds of doctors every year, only a few succeed to the degree that our panel has. While clinical merit does matter, there seem to be an ‘x’ factor that separates these remarkable doctor-entrepreneurs from the rest. This moderated caucus gives the audience the chance to question the mentors on the keys to success. When added to didactic lectures on subjects like fellowships, working abroad, research and presenting skills it provides the junior doctor the knowledge that will help him succeed.
Law & Ethics
The practice of modern medicine has become inexorably linked to the knowledge of the law. Often acts done in good faith are misconstrued and doctors find themselves at the wrong end of the law. Sr Supreme Court Advocate helps doctors negotiate the legal minefield.
While immersed in practice, doctors often have very little knowledge of finances and are duped by unscrupulous middle men of their hard-earned money. HDFC Bank, sponsor the financial section of the day and convey the Do’s and Don’ts in financial wellness.
Around the world, doctors on the whole live at least 5-10 years less than the average population and have higher levels of stress leading to divorce, addiction and suicide. In fact, there are some statistics that seem to suggest that more than 2500 doctors kill themselves every year in India alone! The last session focuses on physical and mental wellness of doctors giving them tips and tricks of coping with the stress and strains that is part and parcel of the profession.