August 25th, 2016 was a reality check for all those who attended the CME from 10am to 1pm. We were completely enthralled by the guest speakers, who were none other than members of the PIMS family as they shared their experiences with all of us, dispensing wisdom as they did.
Dr. Arun, MBBS, IPS, gave us advice about how every little thing you do counts which he conveyed through six, short, real-life stories. Each story carried a life-lesson that cannot be studied from any textbook, but only by being open-minded towards people from all walks of life.
Next came the illustrious Dr. Anitha who shared her experiences working with ‘Médecins Sans Frontières’ in South Sudan. It really opened our eyes to how our basic MBBS education provides a strong foothold in so many life or death situations. Many of us
shed a tear for her extreme passion to her job and her patients, admiring her strength and
willingness to endure arduous circumstances to help those in desperate need. She showed us that our profession is one that carries compassion and care in the same hand; one which aids in the healing process drastically. Our life may not be a bed of roses but we should bloom through the difficulties that present to us in order for the greater good.
Lastly, we had the enthusiastic Dr. Madhavan, MD Physiology, who talked to us about the harsh realities of life and motivated us to never give up. He emphasized on the importance of seeing that there are always other doors opening up around us. One should always choose a career in life that he or she is passionate about, so that when they wake up in the morning, it should not feel like a drag, but rather something to look forward to as it drives them out of bed in hope of satisfaction.
We are especially grateful to all the Alumni who took time off their hectic schedules to share words of wisdom and encourage their juniors to fight for the future. Even though they have accomplished so much in life, it is still just a stepping stone to how much further ahead they can go. They left us firmly in belief that we should always strive for the best and to never quit dreaming. All in all, they were truly inspirational and we would
recommend this as a compulsory CME for all undergraduates to attend.
– Divya Elizabeth Varughese, Reba Daniel & Rhea Suzanne John