Quick Chat with a Critical Care Specialist
With more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical industries with high academic acumen, Dr Ambrish is a Therapeutic Area Physician and Clinical Research Physician in the areas of Oncology, Cardiology, Infectious disease management, Diabetes, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Neurology and Psychiatry. Being a guest speaker and visiting faculty in various Institutions, he is also a recipient of “Rastriya Ratan Award“ by Honorable Governor of Gujarat for Community Health and “Vishisht Chikitsa Medal” by Honorable Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
Here is a quick chat with Dr Ambrish from Ahmedabad who found new interests in the field of Critical Care and progressed in his career journey through Medvarsity’s Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine course.
You have had such an interesting career, can you recall any experiences that have impacted you deeply?
While working in corporate, I realized my passion to work for community health. I had been a part of various social and medical events to interface with underprivileged population. The decision to go for Critical Care Program was part of my quest to upgrade my finer clinical skills to strengthen my journey towards community health programs.
In life there are always reasons for making certain choices, what was that one thing that pushed you into changing the career direction and what made it possible for you?
My father was an Army doctor and mother was a social worker. During my medical training I dreamt to be part of the large social and community program to provide best healthcare solutions to the ailing patients. Somehow I entered into corporate world more by chance than choice. However, I never allowed my dream for community service to get faded. The change in career direction was very much part of my strategic move to start afresh in clinical settings.
Keeping up with the changing times and staying motivated at all times can be quite tasking, how do you keep yourself inspired on a daily basis?
Of course, not so easy. However, the satisfaction at the core of my being to do differently gives me continuous motivation all the times. Whenever feeling low, keep reminding myself my written goals, remembering the selfless services of my parents for their patients and above all good wishes of my well-wishers.
Owing to the boom in the healthcare industry recently, there have been many new educational avenues opening up, how will it benefit the industry?
There are increasing numbers of healthcare centres with specialized clinics and round the clock medical services for the patients. Undoubtedly, the traditional medical schools cannot cope up with the number of experts required in respective fields. Newer educational avenues imparted by various hospitals and tertiary care centres will help to go long way in filling this gap.
“In true interest there is no room for complacency or demotivation..”
Skill upgrading is a must these these days and with e-learning, education is easily accessible to a lot more people than before, what are your thoughts on the current e-learning trends in the healthcare industry?
No issues with e-learning as long as the content is verified by experts and an appropriate assessment is done by the team. Further, there would always be the need for direct interface in hospital settings to get hands on training. The concerned hospital team should be apprised in advance for the upcoming training. This would help increase the acceptability of the learning member. Also there should be one more assessment of the learner once he completes his clinical internship.
A little piece of advice goes a long way for the budding professionals, what would you like to suggest to those who are looking to grow or change the direction of their career like you?
“Determination” is the key word for changing career direction. In the increasing competition, the professionals may lose focus and opt for the short cut. In true interest there is no room for complacency or demotivation.
After spending the last 25 years in the healthcare field, what future career goals you are working towards next?
My current priority is to work with charitable health organization in both urban and rural sectors. I am also a medical resource of a Telemedicine mobile van visiting nearby villages for providing free medical treatments to the masses. I have also started my own clinic with goal of not only writing prescriptions but educating the individual patient about illness. In between I organize free medical consultations and medical checkups.