Contributing Writer — Shtakshi Gupta
Name – Kailash Kejriwal
Profession – Paediatrician (Private practice)
Age – 71
Gender – Male
City – Nagpur
Industry – Healthcare
- As a general rule of thumb government institutes are more preferable than private ones because in medicine learning is largely practical and experience based, and government colleges cater to that.
- This profession primarily deals with working for children’s well-being and as such requires you to have a work-ethic which is beyond reproach.
- In the short-run one has to be extremely patient as it takes time to build a practice from the ground up, although there could be good long-term financial gains once you do.
- Having a private practice allows you to have flexible working hours but remuneration is not fixed as it depends on your reputation.
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born and raised in Wardha, Maharashtra.
What is your family background?
I come from a very big family (as most families in those days used to be); we are 5 brothers and 3 sisters and I’m the eldest. My mother was a housewife and father a law graduate, but he did not practice law instead, ran his own paper, cement and strawboard business.
Who all had the most influence on you and how?
Basically, I was very strong in mathematics and wanted to become an architect. However, my parents were not willing to send me out of Nagpur, and there was a paucity of well reputed colleges for architecture in the city. So, my mother suggested that I become a doctor and then I changed my subjects and entered the medical industry.
The reason why I specifically became a child specialist is not only because I love children but also I realized that people are more conscious about their children’s health than their own. Therefore, this specialization will always be in demand.
Please give us a summary of your career, chronologically, including organisation names and your role/designation.
All my education has been done from Nagpur itself. After my schooling, I went to St. Francis De Sales College for my BSc Part I, which was the qualifying examination for medical entrance. Subsequently, I went to Government Medical College in 1965 for my MBBS following which I did my DCH (diploma of child health) from GMC.
Then, I opened my own clinic and started practicing as a child specialist and general physician in 1974. So, I have over 43 years of experience.
Which institutes are best for the education/training of this profession?
AIIMS is obviously the premier institute in India. Also, in my experience government medical colleges are always better than the private ones since they are able to provide you with more hands-on training outside the classroom.
What are the costs associated with the education/training of this profession?
This again depends on whether you are opting for a government or private institute, the latter being significantly more costly than former.
What are the typical entry level jobs in this profession?
I always wanted to have my own independent practice and be self-employed, so I never sought work elsewhere. That is why after I finished my education I started my own clinic and have worked there ever since.
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?
I reach my clinic at around 10 in the morning work till 1:30, come back home, relax and then go for the evening shift from 6 and depending on the number of appointments work till 8:30 to 9:00. I follow this schedule 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider this career/job?
In my opinion medical practice is the best, provided it is done ethically. I don’t think there is any other profession equivalent to it. With regards to a private practice one has flexible working hours as opposed to working in a hospital set-up. Additionally, one builds an individual reputation which helps with patient loyalty as people prefer to see a doctor who they are familiar with.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?
Everyone always faces teething troubles when starting out that is unavoidable, like a private practice usually picks up gradually through time and word of mouth. Therefore, this profession is neither glamorous nor will give you meteoric rise.
What are the relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding premium in your job profile?
A person’s academic qualification and their work experience are the only relevant skills needed in this profession.
What kind of person would be happy in your career?
Someone who is first and foremost concerned with the well-being of infants and children would find immense satisfaction in this job. They would also have to be willing to put financial gains on the back-burner.
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?
Absolutely not, I ardently love my job. Of late I have been working for charity wherein I don’t charge any consultation fees from my patients.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?
My advice to youngsters would be if you are desirous of making fast money, please do not enter this profession. You will get money once your practice matures but understand that practicing medicine should not be a money-making practice, it’s more of a humanitarian effort.