I still remember my first week in the university when our teacher asked us as to why we had chosen this ‘noble’ profession of a doctor. Some students had their childhood anecdotes to share while some were bold enough to admit they were in it for the money. I, on the other hand didn’t participate in that discussion because I never chose this profession for myself, my parents did. And honestly, I couldn’t care less at that time. I had just been granted admission after months and months of entry test preparation and securing the 2nd highest marks on the merit list made me feel good about this line of work and I felt I should give it a go.
I chose the MBBS program at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro simply because a reputable institute was close to home, and don’t forget I worked pretty hard getting those top marks in the entry tests. I had heard such high praise for this institute that even after clearing the entrance exam for all other universities except AKU’s, I rejected their offer and decided to study here.
It won’t be wrong to say that I was let down mainly because I had kept my expectations a tad bit high. For a guy like me, who received his education in a top notch private school like BSS where the quality of education is no less than the extra-curricular experiences it has to offer, to find himself into a government institute where the teachers didn’t arrive on time was no less than a shock. But with time I realized that this is what professional life is all about; you have to interact with all sorts of people especially in a profession where you take an oath to treat each patient equally and to the best of your abilities.
I like to think of myself as a perfectionist, so I decided that since I’m already in this field of study I might as well give it my best shot. This university made me realize that every human being is equally good and all it takes is a little interest and a lot of hard work if you bring your mind and heart to it. Most of you might find this cheesy but the 3.7 CGPA on my mark sheet might disagree.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that MBBS is one of the most difficult degrees to pursue, but it gets a little easier to bear when you have some extra-curricular activities at your campus to take your mind off that monotonous routine of book cramming and rote learning and these two aspects are where I feel LUMHS needs to improve the most. University life should not be only about getting degree. It is supposed to be the best years of your life. I’d want the new intake students to enjoy as much as they can during the first two years here, after all they deserve to be here. They’ve worked hard for the entry test and still have a lot of time to catch up with the realities of professional life once they graduate.