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Nostalgia- A few words of a Histopathologist.          

 Dr Sampurna Roy  MD



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Six doctors enjoyed a lavish Sunday morning brunch. There was one histopathologist , 2 dermatologists, 1 oncologist, 1 ear, nose throat specialist, and 1 general surgeon.

No, this was not an academic seminar or a clinicopathological meeting.

It was just a wonderful way to spend a lazy Sunday, chatting, joking, listening to music and reminiscing about college days.

Each one of these doctors have spent more than 6 years in a foreign country learning, working and travelling. These highly skilled doctors now have a thriving private practice in their homeland. Many of them are balancing their clinical work with various hobbies like   writing books, creating websites and blogs. Others are actively participating in voluntary and charity work and attending free health camps in remote villages.

All these senior doctors are repeatedly asked by young medical graduates about the procedure to migrate to a foreign country for higher studies.

Today my friends requested me to write a short post for these young medical graduates.

My advice to all young doctors who want to study abroad:

1) First complete your post graduate MD degree in your own country.

2) Right age to travel abroad is in your mid twenties. This is the golden period when along with learning, you can make new friends from different nationalities and freely travel around without the responsibility of supporting a family and kids.

3) You should always keep in mind you are visiting a foreign country to learn and get valuable working experience. You are NOT an economic migrant. 

4) Don't only stick to people of your own community and race. Freely associate with local people. "When in Rome, do as the Romans do". You will soon realize people all around the world share similar basic emotions like joy, sadness, anger, fear and above all LOVE.

5) Keep your contacts with friends you have said "goodbye" when you leave a country. Send close friends hand written birthday and New Year cards and not a quick e-mail.

Never forget a dear friend whom you have hugged or shook hands for the last time.

6) Invite your real life friends to your own country and show them around. This will strengthen the bond between friends of different nationalities.

I recently got the shocking news of the death of a respected senior colleague. He died on the same year as my mother. He taught me so much about grossing of pathology specimen and spent hours teaching me minute details of so many interesting cases in his multiheader microscope.  

Always remember life is changing every moment. Life is now a shade, next moment it is sunshine. Live life to the fullest. The time that you have today is for you to enjoy with those near you. Tomorrow may never come.

My entire section on Dermatopathology is in memory of the wonderful time I had during my dermatopathology training. I have selected "Friday" to post new "dermatopathology quiz cases" as it coincides with the day which I used to look forward to for many years during my training period. 

   "A special slide to remember  Glomeruloid hemangioma - A vascular tumour which looks like a section from kidney"

Incidentally, none of the renowned senior colleagues, friends and doctors I have known in real life use social media networking sites like LinkedIn,  Facebook, Twitter or G+.  

I wonder why ?


Have a happy and successful week ahead.

Dr Sampurna Roy MD




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Dr  Sampurna Roy  MD

Consultant Histopathologist (Kolkata - India)








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