Curofy caught up with Dr. Anil Dhall, a renowned Cardiologist and the Director of Cardiology at Sarvodaya Hospital. In this exclusive interview, he talks about the quality time he spent in the Armed Forces & how it has helped him in becoming a better doctor.
Curofy: After spending 25 years in the Army, what made you switch to corporate practice?
AD: I was born in the army and did not know a life beyond army. I studies at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and served in the army for 25 long years.
Army gave me education, professional enhancement, experience, exposure, international assignments, managerial leadership and a sense of commitment. But the Army had it’s own small issues:
-After a certain rank, there was increasing possibility that one would have to spend more time in administration
-Though new postings throw up news challenges and opportunities, transfers thwart professional growth.
These reasons let me to think of other career options
Curofy: How did your tenure in the Armed Forces help you become a better doctor?
AD: I had a privileged career in the Armed Forces. The Army has a system of professional training and growth, which gives you all round exposure and places you in situations where you are forced to think out of the box.
Curofy: You were a Professor of Medicine & Cardiology at Armed Forces Medical College. Do you miss teaching medical students/ post graduates in your current practice?
AD: I am still involved and committed to professional education and training. Of course, we always miss undergraduate and postgraduate students. But remember that we ourselves remain students all our lives.
Curofy: What are your views regarding mobile health applications like Curofy. Do you think such applications can be used as problem solving tools among peers.
AD: Mobile health applications such as Curofy will have to work. We have to be committed to make them work. In times to come, peer consultation will also legally insulate the profession and improve patient care.
Curofy: The Indian Government has recently launched the AMRIT (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment) program. Do you think that this will lead to reduction in the cut practice, which is quite prevalent with cardiac stents?
AD: Please refer to an article that I wrote a couple of years ago “Chauthi Duniya – Col. Anil Dhall”
My views have not changed. My countrymen deserve world class appropriate, timely healthcare at affordable cost and all stakeholders including the people, the government and the physicians have to be committed towards this end.
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