🤔 What to do when someone asks you for a curbside consult? 😪

As doctors we often get cornered by people we know, in various social settings, asking for our “quick advice” on this rash, or that pain, or in recent times, the abnormal lab report that has been bothering them. 🥴

Without digging deeper, it’s not possible to determine whether they have already discussed this issue with another doctor (and only seeking a “harmless” quick second opinion from someone they trust). Or this is the first time they’ve ever disclosed this to any doctor! 👩🏻‍⚕️

We don’t want to answer these queries with limited information, as that would be a big disservice to the patient. Most conditions need a painstaking gathering of history, a scrupulous examination, and often some quick referencing of guidelines or other resources. Quick answers are usually wrong in medicine! 🙊

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📝 Salient points from the Telemedicine guidelines for Family Physicians 🖱️

📜 General

  • A Registered Medical Practitioner is entitled to provide telemedicine consultation to patients from any part of India
  • The RMPs should exercise their professional judgment to decide whether a telemedicine consultation is appropriate in a given situation or an in-person consultation is needed in the interest of the patient.
  • The RMP shall uphold the same standard of care as in an in-person consultation but within the intrinsic limits of telemedicine.
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How to Survive Internship – A Few Pointers for Our Newest Doctors!

Medical education in our country is very mindless and impractical, and this irrelevance reaches a peak during the one year of compulsory internship. In good medical colleges, internship is a grueling affair – collecting samples, chasing lab reports, completing paperwork, and worrying about not getting enough time to study for the looming PG Entrance exams!

Unfortunately, medical colleges are still very hierarchical, and the most boring and the most clerical work is given to the junior-most person on the team, who often happens to be the intern. In the US residency programs, it’s the same, except that there are 3rd and 4th year medical students who show up at 5am every day (or should I say every night?) to prepare the “rounding sheets” for the unit, and the interns have the “luxury” to show up at 6am to supervise their work!

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MBBS Done, Didn’t Get PG. What Next?

Here’s Some Unsolicited Advice from a Docpreneur..

1. For a fresh MBBS graduate, the best option is to become a Family Physician and start your own clinic. The pendulum is swinging from specialists and corporate hospitals to primary care and small clinics. A lot of doctors started their practices right after MBBS, and are doing phenomenally great!

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The Leopard and the Bike: A Story of Two Scars

In the middle of a busy outpatient clinic a couple of months back, I saw two young men, one after the other, for the same complaint. Both had suffered limb injuries a few months prior, and had developed scar hypertrophy with itching. But that’s where the similarity ended.

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Sleep Hygiene: How to Get Good Sleep without Pills

Insomnia or lack of sleep is a very common problem. Most people experience it at some point or the other in their lifetime. Chronic insomnia or lack of sleep over a long period of time can lead to mental and physical health problems such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure etc.

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The Guru of Jugaad – What the West can learn from Indian Healthcare


Several of my expat patients are extremely impressed with the private healthcare system of India. They have never experienced anything like it back home! They rave about the efficiency, the cost, and the availability of quality care. Where else would you find a doctor consulting you in the comfort of your home for about the same fee you gotta shell out for a clinic visit back home? They want to know how we’re able to create such a super-efficient system that rivals the developed world in quality!

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Temple Run: The Story of a Reluctant Family Physician

If you want to know what it is like to be a Family Physician in India, take a trip to the Golden Temple, Vellore.

Chapter 1

My wife and I utilised a recent invitation to attend a Convocation at CMC Vellore to take a much-needed 3-day holiday. On our way back home to Gurgaon, Continue reading Temple Run: The Story of a Reluctant Family Physician

Introduction to Family Physician Acceleration Program

Ross Clinics and FamPhy present:

Family Physician Acceleration Program

A 2 year Certificate program to help Family Physicians setup and succeed in their own Family Practice Clinic

What if you could have a life you’ve always dreamed of?

– Love and respect of patients

– Excellent working environment

– Opportunity for Continuous Learning and Self-Growth

– A Financially Satisfying Career

– Making a Difference in the world, every day

Yes! It is all possible as an independent Family Physician running your own Clinic!

The Family Physician Acceleration Program aims to help a doctor to start his/her practice by equipping him/her with all the essential skills needed to succeed in private practice. Through close mentorship and support in clinical, communication and business dimensions, we are going to help doctors start their clinics, and become self-sustaining very fast, while maintaining the highest standards of quality care and business ethics!

This program fills an essential gap in the current medical training – we turn Doctors into Value-Based Entrepreneurs!

Applications for 2019-20 Session now open!

Application Deadline: Saturday Nov 10th, 2018

Online Application: https://goo.gl/forms/m8Bb1AM8pjUucrdA2

Not sure what to expect in the program? Join us for an interactive session on Sunday Nov 4th, 2018, 3-4 pm, “Value-Based Entrepreneurship – Learning and Earning in Private Family Practice”. Dr Devashish Saini, Founder of Ross Clinics, and Dr Soumik Kalita, Founder of FamPhy will talk about their journeys as successful Private Family Physicians, and answer any questions about the program. Register for this free session here: http://m.facebook.com/events/21489888…

Got more queries?

– See the prospectus here (pdf): https://goo.gl/jS4dBS

– Go through our websites www.rossclinics.com and www.famphy.com

– Feel free to come meet us in our practices in Gurgaon

– Call or message us at 9990505859 and 9871455291

– Email us at devashish@rossclinics.com and soumik.kalita@famphy.com

We strongly believe that with due mentorship and support, young independent Family Physicians can and will be the catalyst for change in their respective communities, and transform India’s healthcare scenario.

Let’s be the change we want to see in the world!

Dengue Fever

Dengue Season in Delhi and nearby areas continues every year from August till mid-November.

Dengue is spread by Aedes mosquito, which likes to bite during the day. To keep safe, it’s best wear full-sleeve clothes, and full-length pants during the whole day.

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