Changing scenario in Medical field. Worth a read and introspection!

Doctors are not a sociable lot. They have one or two close friends, and they’re usually other doctors. They’re cut off from the non-physician world. The only feedback they get is from other doctors who think like them. Doctors do not travel out of their cities to attend weddings of their close friend’s son or daughter. They tend to skip/forget half the weddings happening within their city because of their clinic keeping them busy or an emergency holding them up. The wedding they are more likely to attend is when it is happening in a marriage hall located somewhere on their way home.
They neither invite home someone for a weekend dinner nor honour someone’s invite. Most doctors seem to be away over weekends attending conferences or giving lectures or catching up with some unfinished work related to their profession. You do not find them swinging their arms in discotheques with the exception of some medical students studying in posh medical schools, living in air-conditioned hostels and driving Mercedes convertibles with a girl or two in tow.(it’s all father’s money)
Strangely doctors have become less sociable in hospitals too. There’s hardly any interaction between each of them even within hospitals excepting for an occasional smile when they cross paths on the corridor. It is not uncommon for a senior doctor to go unrecognized in a hospital for months together as many hospitals especially in the private sector who have done away with formal introduction of new incumbents to everyone else. It will usually be a curt e-mail often unopened which says that the following new doctors have joined in the following departments in the past week. No one knows who.
There’s nothing like a ‘doctor’s lounge’ in most hospitals where coffee and snacks is served on the house where doctors tend to meet and greet during coffee break. Constraints of space and money may be the cause for not having doctor’s lounges in hospitals. And there are some hospitals which do not relish the idea of doctors meeting often in one place within its premises and enjoy their camaraderie. They fear that the discussion will slowly steer towards deriding hospital practices and policies. A hospital’s strength lies in the lack of unity amongst its doctors.
Years ago i remember sandwiches and snacks being served on the house in the Operation room lounges in many hospitals including Sir Gangaram’s in Delhi ( I do not know if that custom is still followed). Presently most operation theaters across the country have no access to any eatery/cafeteria. Surgeons have to go to the general canteen in their scrubs or send their theatre technician to fetch coffee and masala vadas. 
There used to be weekly Grand rounds in some hospitals where all the hospital consultants across the specialties used to attend without fail. And some weekly clinical meets used to be the place where one gets to see every senior doctor in the hospital. Most institutions have done away with this tradition. Android phones, i-pads and computers have delivered the final blow on doctor-doctor relationship. Communication is all virtual now. Now face to face interaction and no verbal exchanges in public. The present generation of medicos are unfortunate for not being witness to such wonderful arguments and counter arguments by eminent medical personnel full of rhetoric and sometimes undiluted humour. Medical college auditoria were witness to these. Not anymore.
Economic considerations in the private sector has led to absolute rivalry and turf fights, further decreasing collegiality among doctors.And the rivalry is very intense in some specialities in some very big corporate hospitals. Congeniality and camaraderie is all but forgotten. Many doctors are short on personality to begin with, and are even less pleasant to converse with now in the present era. The more approachable ones have soured with age and wear, and that’s amplified with the rising dissatisfactions of this profession.
Isolation and loneliness puts doctors at greater risk of burnout.They become more irritable, more time-pressured, and less empathic with patients. Teamwork in patient care suffers. We become less cooperative and trusting of one another when we no longer know each other personally. 
Maybe we should work on this aspect of personal doctor to doctor relationship and try develop ways and means of establishing this in our work place. A doctor’s lounge is a good place to start with and there should be weekly medical meeting / gathering where all consultants of the hospital assemble and exchange pleasantries and get to know each other. and for the younger generation this will give an idea of how doctors should function effectively and improve their inter-personal relationships and their ability at effective communication with co-physicians. It is about time to revive old traditions……..
Who will begin?

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