Toppers say they want to take up post graduation

The mood was upbeat on the campus of the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) here on Saturday when 150 doctors graduated. They took the Hippocratic Oath in the presence of their parents, juniors and teachers.

Some of the toppers spoke about their future plans and shared with the audience their experience in college and during their hospital postings.

Sphoorthi Pai with six gold medals, including the Best Outgoing Female Student Award among others, said she plans to pursue post graduation in in radiology, medicine or dermatology as she had cleared PGCET with the 13th rank. Speaking about her time during internship, she said: “During my internship, we had a patient with a complicated pregnancy and we had even informed the family that the baby may not survive. But after the delivery when we heard the baby cry, our joy knew no bounds. The celebrations began in the labour room itself and the family distributed sweets and thanked us profusely.”

Suraj Muralidhar with three gold medals, including the Best Outgoing Male Student Award besides an award for his achievement in sports, termed the medical profession as the “most satisfying” one. “There is no other profession in which you can get so much of satisfaction. When I initially used to go to the hospital, I used to be thrilled as I saw physiological changes in the patients, which was the result of treatment. The greatest high for a doctor is watching his/her patients smile,” he said.

Incidentally, Dr. Suraj had won a bronze medal in 2011 Commonwealth Chess Championship and has represented India in several international chess championships. “I would devote two-and-a-half hours each to chess and studies everyday. Playing chess helped me concentrate and focus on my studies as well,” he said.

Pavan Kumar C.G. said that he is the first one to have become an MBBS doctor in his village Chikakanavangala halli of Tarikere taluk in Chikmagalur district. “Ever since I was in school, I had a dream of becoming a doctor. Today my dream has finally been realised. I want to do post graduation in surgery,” he said.

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