Teaching is a noble profession considering that teachers are crucial to children, only next to their parents in moulding young minds to adhere to values in life. However once the students complete their education in colleges and universities, the responsibility shifts from the teachers to the taught as to how they fare in life. I feel the medical profession too can be termed as a noble one, however with a difference in that the responsibility of the physician /surgeon unlike in the case of the teacher doesn’t cease with prescribing medicines to patients and conducting surgeries whether major or minor. The least a physician can do when patients try to contact him/her urgently (for instance if they are suffering from severe side effects of the anti biotic prescribed), is to be available, if not to see the patient but to take the call or make it a point to return the call if he/she is too busy. This is all the more important if patients are senior citizens. This will not only act as a morale booster to the patient but will make the doctor too go up in the patient’s esteem. All that doctors require is to spare those few minutes to answer queries and clear doubts of their patients who look up to them as demi gods.
The situation however is slightly different when it comes to surgeons as I feel their accountability to their patients is even more. Firstly it is obligatory on their part to brief patients about the nature of surgery and offer advise regarding post operative care. In some cases even a simple surgery performed may not bring the desired results and may also lead to unforeseen complications. The Surgeon concerned should be competent to handle the situation and take moral responsibility for any lapse on his/her part .To err is human and surgeons are no exception.
n.meera raghavendra rao