When a person falls sick, the first kind of doctor they visit is a family physician. Most of the times, these doctors become family friends due to the most important factor in a patient and doctor relationship, trust. So, we met with one such person, Dr. Ritika Harjani, MD (Biology Topper MH CET 2005) to answer your questions. 

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Read on.

Describe your degree

I have done MBBS followed by MD in Radiation Oncology.

MBBS is the preliminary degree to practice medicine and it involves training- lectures and clinical rotations in all specialties. It forms the foundation of your journey and also makes one realize your dream.

I did my MBBS from LTMMC, Sion. I got a rich clinical experience and the rotations helped me realize my core interest… that I want to be an oncologist someday.

MD / MS are the specialization courses that make you competent in a particular subsite like ophthalmology or orthopedics. I got holistic training in radiation oncology. It was a roller coaster ride with the thrill of being a specialist, effort of becoming competent, sadness of dealing with cancer and the satisfaction of contributing towards a cancer patients’ cure. The three years of MD made me what I am today!

Skills MBBS and specialist should possess

MBBS teaches you the basic management of all diseases. Also, emergency training in MBBS equips one to be able to revive an arrested or breathless patient. It sets the background principles of all specialties.

After MD/MS, we are trained to run the show, treat our patients and do overall management.

Work opportunities after MBBS

In the present scenario, MBBS is a gate pass to specialization. Although the option remains to be a family physician but that is not the most sought after option. Generally you do a MD or MS for medical and surgical specialties respectively. And the future is about DM and MCh; super specialist degrees which you do after 3 years of MD/MS.

Advice to CET aspirants

There are many entrance exams (All India, state entrance, private college, deemed university entrance, AIMS, JIPMER, etc). I would suggest you find out about all those exams and give them all. It increases your chances of achieving your future goal.

Whatever exam you give, understand the pattern. See the past papers and understand the mindset of the examiners. What are the options, the important topics and master them.

About MHTCET, I would say it has a fixed syllabus and questions are asked on that. Get the syllabus and stick to it. That was how I had cracked MHTCET.

Post graduation options

There are multiple specialties. First go by your interest that you develop during MBBS.  One other thing is that there are a lot of new branches that have picked up in last few decades that are undergoing an upward growth. They are nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, genetics, etc.  They are interesting, novel and are flourishing.

One should keep in mind, in today’s era if you are doing MS General Surgery or MD medicine, a lot of super specializations are available which your generation has to keep up with.

Opinion on alternative medical systems.

I do not have much idea and do not practice any.

So folks, there are many such happy yet injection hurting and smelly medicine eating stories that have lead to fruitful patient and doctor relationship. Doctors all around the world are Godly idols and scribblers (none of them have great handwriting). If you want to be a real successful doctor, be humble and understanding. 

Hope your thirst to candidly learn more about being a doctor is quenched. If any more question, do ask. We are happy to help.

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