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Recently in India, a Member of Parliament elected to the house in 2014, was inducted into the central cabinet of ministers. What is so unique in that? The uniqueness lies in the fact that this Member of Parliament is a practising Surgical Oncologist.
This Surgical Oncologist is a senior medical practitioner who has completed his training several years ago. He belongs to a family of politicians but hitherto had not forayed in the realm of politics. He had arranged a camp for cancer detection and during that he was noticed by a political party leader who induced him into joining politics. Even after becoming a Member of Parliament, he had continued to carry own his routine practice and surgery.
The point I wanted to make was that there are several instances where doctors are simultaneously able to pursue several mutually different careers. Whether it is the medical training which enables them to handle several things at one time or whether it is a personal ability thing is anybody's guess. I know of two doctors who have been acting in several television serials and stage plays while pursuing their medical career with vigilance. Several doctors who are professional singers or instrumentalists also is not a rarity in India. Two questions. Is this pursuit of parallel careers a trait in the medical profession? Do you see such doctors frequently in your country too?