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A fateful night and a life

Tahmeed Contractor

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2009.072


It happened during my obstetrics-gynaecology rotation at a municipal hospital in Mumbai. I was the on-call intern. By definition, an intern is a fresh medical graduate who has to spend a year in different departments of the hospital before he gets his degree. During this time he is supposed to learn the basic management of patients in every specialty while helping resident doctors to perform their duties. But in reality, what interns end up doing, for the most part, is “scutwork” – tracing laboratory reports, accompanying patients for investigations, etc

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