Contributing Writer — Parul Singla
Name – Dr. Ranjit Singh
Profession – Doctor in Punjab Government Hospital
Age – 55
Gender – Male
City – Patiala
Industry – Healthcare
- Being a doctor requires compromise with personal time.
- This profession is apt for the ones who aim at gaining respect in society and a good life.
- The money earned is enough to tend to your necessities as well as comforts one looks forward to.
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born in a middle-class family in Patiala. I have done my schooling from Government Senior Secondary School, Fatehgarh Sahib till 10th. I have completed my 12th from Modi College, Patiala. I have done my graduation and post-graduation from Government Medical School, Patiala.
What is your family background? Who all had the most influence on you and how?
My father worked with PRTC and my mother was a homemaker. As I was the only child, my parents gave in their best and focused on providing me with the best possible education. Their love, care and affection towards me helped me to be who I am today. My family is my greatest inspiration and motivation.
What was your vision?
I felt like contributing to the society and be able enough to give back to the society one day. And here I am doing my best by serving the people with what all knowledge and experience I have gathered over the course of time.
What was the most challenging obstacle that you had to overcome to reach where you are today?
The study hours were very long, but they played a significant role in helping me reach where I am today. One cannot afford to miss the minute details related to human body.
It all comes from being passionate about medical profession. Back in those times, I used to study 4–5 hours daily apart from hours spent in school and during exams it varied from 12–15 hours. It requires your sincerest and earnest efforts to be a doctor.
Please give us a summary of your career, chronologically, including organisation names and your role/designation?
I have been a part of the medical team and served as a doctor in Indian Railways from 1997 to 2002.I have been serving as a medical officer in different government hospitals in Punjab since 2002 to the current date. As of the current times, I am serving as medical officer in Commando Hospital, Bahadurgarh, Patiala under Department of Health and Family welfare.
How many years have it been down the line?
It has been nearly 20 years down this journey.
Which institutes are best for the education/training of this profession?
According to me and as of current times, AIIMS institute in Delhi tops the list, not much behind is the MAULANA AZAD MEDICAL COLLEGE in Delhi, and not to forget the famous PGI in Chandigarh for post-graduation.
What are the costs associated with the education/training of this profession?
The costs maybe nearly 30,000 per year or so for the above mentioned esteemed institutes. But if one opts for the regular colleges it might be around about 35 lakhs per year. Then, again it varies from state to state.
What entry level do the newcomers in your industry have?
There are different criteria’s if we talk about the generic doctors. But if we talk about the line I am in, its necessary to have a graduation from a medical college, clear the exam of Punjab Civil Medical Services and be certified by Medical Council of India to practise your skills. Having an internship for 1or 2 after graduation would act as the icing on the cake.
What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career &industry?
Describe your work? What do you typically do on a normal work day?
The designated working OPD timings are from 8am to 2pm. Usually, its 6 days a week and Sunday’s are off. But we need to be present for cases that need immediate attention. Then there are regular evening duties from 2 pm to 8 pm and night duties from 8pm to 8am to deal with emergency cases.
How is the work culture in your arena?
The work culture is cooperative. But there is a touch of politics at few places though not very prominent.
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 always wanted to clear USMLE exam and settle abroad but due to family problems I couldn’t. I guess the life had a different plan for me.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider this career/job?
One gets financially independent and strong. Also, this profession is quite reputed amongst the common mass, thus one earns respect for the work done along with the acknowledgement. Moreover, it gives a mental satisfaction to be able to help people by making use of the knowledge gathered over the years.
What are some challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?
The job is tough taking in account the number of hours of duties. Also, comes with a lot of responsibility and uncertainty of time. One might be called at any our hour of the day or night. One has to be ready for all and any kind of case. One’s sharp reflexes with a mix of time management and skill might be the key to someone’s life. Saying no is not an option, one needs to respond immediately, as it’s a matter of death and life for the person in front of you.
What are the relevant trends trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding premium in your job profile?
It’s all a matter of how good one is at diagnosing a patient, then there is the treatment plan one gives to the patient. And this skill comes through careful observation, thorough check-up and experience over the years.
What kind of person would be happy in your career?
A person who is passionate about medical profession and is ok with the above-mentioned challenges. Also, be prepared of decent earning later in your life because one has to study for around 10 years after 12th.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path like yours?
Work hard. Be passionate. The effort required in this field might seem endless, but it comes with a lot of perks. The 10 years that one spends studying, post 12th standard, bears fruit and success in the long run.