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Doctors must always be selfless: CMC principal

With honours: Principal of CMC Anna B. Pulimood presenting a certificate to a student at the convocation.   | Photo Credit: C. Venkatachalapathy

Ninety nine undergraduates — 45 boys and 54 girls — received their degrees during the graduation ceremony of the Christian Medical College (CMC) on Monday.

Jivansha Dua received the medal for best outgoing student, while the Dr. Paul Harrison Award for meritorious service in rural areas went to Moji Jini. CMC’s principal Anna B. Pulimood, urged the graduates to work for others; not to gain but to give.

Commercialised medicine

She told them that when they would go out into the world, they would see medicine in the present was slowly becoming commercialised — a business rather than a vocation or calling.

Patients were increasingly becoming customers rather than fellow human beings with real lives who are suffering, she said. That technology had simply become a tool to make doctors’ life easier or to protect them from litigation or to enhance income, and not as an aid for diagnosis and treatment,she added.

Dr. Pulimood stressed the need for students to stay up-to-date with advances in the field. “Much of what you learnt in college will be outdated within five to 10 years. This is a hard fact. You have to learn to stay current in your practice throughout your whole career — constantly be on the search for better understanding of disease processes and better ways to diagnose and treat them,” she added.

J.V. Peter, director of CMC attended the ceremony.


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