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DOCTOR OR SCIENTIST ?


At this stage, it is important to reexamine my profession plans. I had gone into

orthopaedics with the objective of turning into a clinician, with a plan to train in

Joint Reconstruction. Clinical research was an approach to arrive at my goal and

to have the option to improve. Yet, with the revelation that caritlage regeneration

is not possible, I wound up amidst an amazingly energizing scrutiny venture that

vowed to give new bits of knowledge into the pathogenesis of a significant deadly

sickness, and maybe offer new supportive chances. I understood that I didn't have

the ability to lead this line of research, take care of seriously sick patients and be a

decent dad to my kids. I needed to settle on a decision.


A patient I met as a inhabitant in orthopaedic ward helped me tackle the issue. He

was 30 years of age and had been diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis, Inflammatory

disease which affects the articular caritlage. I saw him when he went to the ward

and found that the disease had a grievous impact. A processed magnetic

resonance check demonstrated an enormous hole in the articular caritlage. As of

now, no dynamic treatment was accessible for cartilage damage. We didn't have

anything to offer this youthful patient with a staggering inflammatory condition.We decided that the patient be moved into focused medication regime and

rehablitation protocol . Yet, the physical medicine specialist found the lesion too

enormous for significant recovery and said "no." I was vexed and attempted to

argue for my patient, yet without any result. The patient's significant other half

and their two youthful little girls dropped by and left crying. Theprognosis was

poor, and the man was probably going to need a joint replacement and limited

activities. As the cost was high and the physical sporting activity he was involved

in would have to be stopped


Meeting this patient caused me to understand the limitations of clinical

orthopaedics. As a doctor, you can do a great deal for your patient—yet not more

than the available medical resources accessible at the present time. As a clinician,

your options are limited by the restrictions of medication. As a doctor researcher,

you can help stretch those constraints.


This experience made it simpler for me to settle on the choice to concentrate on

science. I exchanged significant time in my residency, from clinical experience to

lab experimentation. This ended up being a perfect trade off. I could concentrate

on innovative work while keeping up contacts with clinical medicine through the

research facility. My mentor, Professor Mel S Lee, put it gruffly: "The errand ofthe Doctor scientist is to do investigate and grow new strategies that we can

apply in diagnostics and treatment. Try not to go around in the normal lab

upsetting the other staff."


When the choice was made, it was anything but difficult to proceed onward and

lots of energy lay ahead. Furnished with cell culture frameworks, human tissue

examples and creative models, and learning the ideas and innovations of basic

science, we were prepared to make revelations.

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