It’s finally summer time! And while this welcome break means lazy vacations, swimming classes, exotic tours and ultimate relaxation for some, it spells doom for many homes that turn war zones this time of the year. Homes with students just promoted to standard 10th who are standing at the crucial crossroads of their career, at constant conflict with themselves and their parents over their vital career decision. Science, Arts or Commerce….Maths or Bio…..passion or profession…..quick buck or slow success ….the tiring tirade continues.
But a decision has to be reached ...NOW!
Though parental pressure, peer influence and social commitments are very often the deciding factors in carving our future, taking the child’s aspirations and aptitude into view should be the criterion in guiding him to a happy successful life while doing justice to his inherent skills. Any difficult dilemma needs to be solved with a far sighted view towards the future. Parents and their children should be well aware about the potholes and bouncy journey in the career track chosen as any informed decision is bound to be foolproof. Tender impressionable minds of children of the age group of 15-16 years who are standing at this important juncture of their lives need proper guidance about the pros and cons of any profession and role models who can mould them towards a fruitful future.
It is on this note of helping students in the daunting task of taking a concrete career decision that Yashoda Hospital has come up with a unique concept of ‘Young Doctors Camp’ (YDC) where 9th standard students (going to 10th standard) get an opportunity of gaining firsthand experience of the medical world. They can interact with patients and accompany doctors in the treatment procedures, watch surgeries and handle equipments and live the life of a medico for four days in this camp.
Medicine is a noble profession. However it is not merely a job in the usual sense. It is a calling, a commitment to serve the society, to care for the distressed. In India there is a severe dearth of doctors as out of 10,000 people in the country there are only six doctors, compared to nearly 55 in the United States and nearly 21 in Canada.
Choosing the medical profession can be an ideal choice for those with an aptitude for biology and chemistry and with tenacity for long years of study and a heart to care and cure. The sudden splurge of medical tourism has made medicine an even more rewarding and demanding profession and the horizon of possibilities seem endless. The main objective of the YDC is to inspire bright young students to be quality doctors of tomorrow by giving them a clear conception about the hospital atmosphere and a doctor’s life. The camp will provide an invaluable opportunity for the students to work together with the best doctors in town in a superior hospital environment. It will enable them to gain a deeper understanding and enhanced understanding of the advantages, challenges and excitement of being a doctor thus enabling them to make the right career choice.