“MBBS is like a tornado. Your parents tell you it’s just a little breeze, your cousins think it looks very cool, but when you’re in the middle of a storm, you don’t care what the weather report says. So, while I was cruising through the calamity that is med school, I had the chance to work with an international organization of doctors going by the name of IPPNW (International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War), a Nobel Peace Prize winning non-profit Organization whose Indian counterpart goes by the name of IDPD (Indian Doctors for Peace and Development).
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend my first conference, held at SNMC, Agra and I must say, it was quite a wave to ride. As life and luck would have it, that conference was the beginning of another wonderful chapter of my life. I attended their meetings and conferences and had the fortune of traveling across the country- GMC Kolkata, Parliamentary Club House, AIIMS, Delhi, IGMC, Patna, to name a few. Jealous? I was also appointed as the National Students’ Representative of India by the President of India for IDPD.
That’s not all, in 2017, I was given the golden opportunity to be the first Indian student to go to Germany for a two month internship in orthopedics and paediatrics, and my trip was sponsored by IPPNW. Envying me now? I was also invited to attend the World Congress of IPPNW held at the University of Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
All of this sounds very cool and glamorous, but try juggling an internship and being a national representative to an international organisation. Try packing and unpacking for conferences and studying for your final prof exams. But hey, I’m not complaining. I am glad I stepped into the tornado, and I’m glad I came out alive. “
-Dr. Aneesh Maini