Doctor is a noble profession, but don’t join if you expect good income before 30 years of age – says Dr. Aditya Dixit in conversation with Team MentorClub.in

Dr. Aditya Dixit

Contributing Writer – Shashank Agrawal

Name – Dr. Aditya Dixit

Profession – Paediatrician

Age – 41

Gender – Male

City – Gurgaon

Industry – Healthcare

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/aditya-dixit-6522397

Insights

  • Most of the colleges that are attached to renowned government hospitals are very good to get education from.
  • Earning is delayed in this profession, so if a person can’t wait that long due to personal or family reasons, then one should avoid this profession
  • If your primary interest is earning huge money, then chose other streams in medicine such as surgery
  • And if you want to live a peaceful, respectable and good family life, then choose Paediatrician.

Where have you been born and raised? What is your family background?

I was born and raised in Lucknow. My parents still live in Lucknow. My father was head of department in a college. I have two elder brothers. Eldest is air force officer and elder one is LIC officer based in Lucknow.

My close friends went in different professions such as management, dentist, business person etc.

Who all had the most influence on you and how?

I was most influenced by a friend of my eldest brother who got selected in MBBS. I had few discussions with him and decided to pursue medicine.

Please give us a summary of your career.

I completed MD from AMU at age 28 and then served in Max hospital in Delhi, Paras hospital Gurgaon before starting my own clinic few years ago.

Which institutes are best for the education/training of this profession?

AIIMS is the best institute in India. At the second level, most of the colleges that are attached to renowed government hospitals are very good, because in medicine, experience is more important than theory and famous government hospitals gets the most complicated and serious cases, where doctors must do more with less. Some examples of such colleges are LHMC Delhi, MAMC Delhi, UCMS etc.

And because of this reason, very few private medical colleges are good in India.

What are the costs associated with the education/training of this profession?

It varies hugely depending on whether you are joining a government college or private. Tuition per year can range from few thousand to few lakhs of rupees.

What are the typical entry level jobs in this profession?

Every doctor must join as resident doctor and serve for few years before becoming consultant.

What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career & industry?

Average Income progression in your profession (Paediatrician)

Income starts to plateau after certain time, as there is limit to number of OPD patients one doctor (Paediatrician) can handle in a day.

Describe your work? What do you typically do on a normal work day?

I have defined my own working hours because I run my own clinic. I see patients in morning hours and then in evening hours.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider this career/job?

More than 90% of the doctors agree that biggest positive of this profession is that we work with clean conscience and therefore live a peaceful life.

What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?

There are two main challenges with this profession that one should be aware of.

  1. Delayed earnings — Most doctors finish studies in their late 20s, followed by internships and low salary jobs at hospitals. Around 32–35 years of age, does one start earning some decent salaries. This contrasts with other professions like engineering, management etc, where one starts earning good salaries in their mid-20s. So, if a person can’t wait that long due to personal or family reasons, then one should avoid this profession.
  2. Ethical dilemma — Most private hospitals in India push doctors to generate more income for the hospital by prescribing avoidable tests and surgeries. This is not illegal but unethical, and several doctors can’t survive long in such situations.

What kind of person would be happy in your career?

A person who can wait to earn till she is in her early 30s, want a peaceful life and have moderate aspirations with regards to income and professional growth will be really happy in this profession.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned? Would you pursue another profession or a passion perhaps?

I had equal interest in computer science. If not medicine, I would have been a computer engineer. However, given a choice, I would select Paediatrician again.

What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path like yours?

If your primary interest is earning huge money then chose other streams in medicine such as surgery but the down-side of those streams are that they are high-risk, long and odd working hours, balancing ethics with business requirements and very high investment required to open your own clinic.

And if you want to live a peaceful, respectable and good family life, then choose Paediatrician.