By: Dr. Munmun Agrawal
Delivered during the RMC Graduation Ceremonies
February 6, 2017
(Dr. Agrawal, is foreign residency trainee who graduated from Nepal Medical College. She finished the 3-year Residency Program in Internal Medicine and represented their batch of Foreign Trainee-graduates on the occasion of the Rizal Medical Center Graduation Ceremonies.)
“So you are from Nepal, have you climbed Mt. Everest?” This is the most common question I get …… How am I supposed to answer when it boggles me all the time? So, what do I do? I soon started answering with a rhetorical question.
“Have you ever swum across the West Philippine Sea?”
Good morning ladies, gentlemen, doctors, senior mentors and my fellow residents. I express my heartfelt gratitude for this chance to speak in front of you on this special day. Maraming salamat…
Climbing Everest or swimming across the West Philippine Sea is someone else's goal… not mine...
I believe that every individual has a goal, a destination in life; and we do things, knowingly or unknowingly, to reach that goal. The knowledge we acquire, the experiences we gain bring us a STEP closer to our destination and Rizal Medical Center helped us realize that.
Joining a Government hospital in the Philippines, away from family and friends, was a big decision for us foreign graduates. Afraid and ready, we entered this institution only to be surprised at the warm welcome, the friendly faces and the acceptance given to us by every individual in this institution.
As we all know, a resident’s life is not easy. The sleepless nights, the edematous feet, the senior phobia and the fear of losing a patient challenge us every single day. I remember falling asleep in the elevator once, but my best memory was of a patient, a Lola, softly asking me to sleep next to her for 10 minutes when she saw I was tired and she said, “Doktora, I will not tell anyone…”
Through all this and more we have learnt to strive and love our practice in order to become better doctors and better humans. Hippocrates stated, “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” We have to remember, medicine is nothing without the love of humanity.
I would like to thank our mentors for giving us inspiration to strive for perfection.
While striving for individuality I also learnt another valuable lesson at RMC, Team Work. While we have much to learn and are well trained, we are a part of a team. A good team will comprise of your colleague, who will always be there for you and the nurses who will have more experience than you. So, it is very important to be an effective team member. Be humble, be curious, be bold, laugh a lot, enjoy your work and celebrate your team.
RMC and the warm sunny Philippines opened us to a whole new world, a whole new culture. It has been an adventure and an amazing experience.
Finally I would like to end with a saying from Nelson Mandela:“ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” To all my graduating friends, let's use our knowledge to change this world one patient at a time.
Thank you. Namaste.