1. A doctor’s income depends upon a number of factors like his/her degree of specialization, the number of years of experience, the number of patients visiting them, etc.
  2. Helping people overcome their sufferings is a noble deed and the happiness it brings you is unbelievable!
  3. It’s essential to interact with your patients in a way that assures them that they’ve been heard and understood.
  4. It is cheaper to study in Government medical colleges in India, but the cost in private colleges can go as high as 80 lakhs for the full MBBS. In comparison, you can study MBBS in 25 lakhs from Russia, Ukraine, China etc, which includes living expenses as well.
  5. Keeping up with the latest dynamic changes in the medical industry is exhausting, especially if you’re not much of a “reader”

Profile Details

Name – Dr. Bhajanlal Dhingreja

Profession – Doctor at own clinic

Gender – Male

Age – 78 years

City – Mumbai

Industry – Healthcare

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. A few years after my birth, my family and I came to Mumbai, India where I pursued my secondary schooling, graduation, and post-graduation. I’ve resided in Mumbai throughout and established a clinic of my own in this city.

What is your family background like and who would you say, had a remarkable influence on you growing up and how?

We were a family of 8, my parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. My father was a businessman and my mother, a homemaker. We didn’t face any financial problems while growing up and were extremely delighted with the way things had laid themselves out in our lives.

I’d say both of my parents had a considerable impact on me since they always encouraged me to pursue my passion.

Please give me a summary of your career

I pursued my M.B.B.S from Grant Medical College; after which I served as an intern for one year and got MCI [Medical Council of India] license, which allowed me to practice. Consequently, I opened a clinic and continue to run the same clinic at age 78. Amazing, right!!

Which institutes, according to you, are the best for medical education?

During my time, there were only three institutes that were considered the best for this profession: “KEM Hospital”, “JJ Hospital” and “DNA Speciality Hospital”. These were hospitals as well as medical colleges.

Of course, right now, I’m sure there are other prestigious institutes from where you can pursue this degree. In my opinion, however, the older a college, the greater is it’s foundation.

If you want to study abroad, I’d suggest applying to universities in Philippines, Russia, Ukraine or China. They offer quality education along with a less expensive fee structure.

What is the expenditure associated with the medical education, approximately?

It depends on where you’re pursuing this degree from. As far as I know, students pursuing a degree from Indian spend more than those doing it from cheaper countries like China, Ukraine, Russia etc.

I know of individuals studying in private medical colleges here in India, who have spent close 70–80 lakhs in comparison to students studying abroad [Ukraine, Russia, Philippines, Nepal], where they got the degree in about 25–40 lakhs, including your accommodation expenditures.

How does one manage to enter this field?

First of all, you should pursue your M.B.B.S from a renowned institution. This will take about five years to complete. Next, you can start interning with different medical institutes to get an idea of how things really work. In that way, you’ll attain hands-on experience surrounded by people working towards the same goal as you. After this, you can join a clinic, work for a big hospital or start practicing on your own like I did.

Also, I’d like to add something to this. One doesn’t just decide to take up this profession randomly. It’s a conscious decision one makes way before putting things into action.

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

Starting out – 6–7 lakhs per annum

5 years of experience – 10–12 lakhs per annum

10 years of experience – 15–16 lakhs per annum

15 years of experience – 21–25 lakhs per annum

20+ years of experience – 30 lakhs per annum

However, one cannot generalize. I know of some doctors who earn 30,000 per month and some others who earn 4 lakhs per month.

A doctor’s income is subject to innumerable factors like his/her degree of specialization, the number of years of experience, the number of patients visiting them, the location of their clinic, etc.

Describe your work

Typically, I attend to my patients, of course. This involves, check-up of patients, prescribe medicines and tests that’ll help them heal quickly and ask them to keep me updated on their progress.

Since I concoct my own medicines, I ask my assistant to formulate syrups based on an individual’s symptoms. Hence, every patient is prescribed a different medicine with respect to their illness.

Sometimes, I’m required to pay “home visits” if a particular patient is in a disagreeable position. However, this I carry out after my day shift ends.

I spend about 7 to 8 hours at the clinic and work from Monday-Saturday.

In your opinion, what are some benefits that would encourage an individual to consider this career/job?

If you choose to become a doctor, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the advantage of a stable financial life. That’s the difference between a profession and a job.

The healthcare industry never diminishes. People are always suffering from different diseases regardless of their age. Hence, if you’re in touch with today’s medical changes and know how to treat various diseases, people will keep coming back to you for treatment.

Something that always warms my heart is the fact that I’m helping people overcome their sufferings. It’s a very noble deed and the happiness it brings you is unbelievable. I think that’s really important since it enables me to enjoy my work. There’s no greater benefit than loving what you do!

Also, along with practicing your profession, you keep learning too, for example, professionals discovering a new disorder, carrying out a research on how to possibly treat it, readings books written by recognized medical professionals, etc. There’s no stop to knowledge in this field. I find all of this extremely thought-provoking and I’m sure every doctor would agree with me on this.

Can you mention a few challenges that you would want someone to be aware of if they’re considering this career/job course?

Maintaining a work-life equilibrium can prove to be pretty challenging as a doctor. In my case, I spend about 7–8 hours at the clinic, currently, which is comparatively less than when I’d just started out! Initially, you ought to make this profession your priority. You cannot expect to put in fewer hours and earn extravagantly.

Keeping up with the latest dynamic changes in the medical industry is exhausting, especially if you’re not much of a “reader”. Reading is unavoidable because, without ample research, you can’t make a respectable name in this profession.

Income in a clinic is not consistent. On some days, your clinic may be flooded with people and on others, completely empty.

It’s vital to take these points into consideration before planning to become a doctor.

What are some relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding a premium in your job profile?

One ought to read throughout their lives. Knowledge has no end. Additionally, with the ceaseless changes in the medical world, a doctor is expected to know and sometimes even alter his ways of treating a patient for effective results.

Most importantly, I’d also like to say, skills are easy to attain through rigorous practicing, however, empathy and respect for your patient are two essential factors that partly determine how good of a doctor one really is. This has to come from within.

What kind of a person, do you think, would be content in this field?

One who’s attained mastery over empathy, kindness, and knowledge, in my opinion.

If you possess these three factors, you’ll never be disappointed with the way things are functioning.

You should also be able to communicate with your patients in a way that addresses their complaints along with letting them know that they’ve been heard and understood.

Also, if you’re the kind of a person who understands that this is a service rendered by professionals to help the indisposed and not a twisted strategy to earn money by taking advantage of their situation, you’ll excel as a doctor.

Don’t fall prey to the duplicity.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?

I doubtI’d want to alter my decisions regarding my profession. I’d decided at a tender age that I wanted to help people in some way. After pondering for a while, I found a link that’d help me achieve this goal and I chose to follow it. I made this decision consciously and have seldom reconsidered it or looked back.

What advice would you offer to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?

If you’re choosing this path, make sure you’re truthful to mankind. At the end of the day, your services are helping people recover. That’s a glorious feeling, really. Remain devoted and dedicated to your profession.

Contributing Writer – Urvi Shah