The internet has been scarce this week, but I’ll fill you in. I started working with another pediatrician, Dr. Kothare, on Monday. His office is a small two room clinic on the third floor of a nearby building (right under a fruit stand.. convenient!!)
On my first day when I walked into the waiting room it was jam packed with kids and their families. The small rotating fan seemed to be mocking the heat that all of us were feeling. I was shown into one of the two exam rooms where Dr. Kothare was seeing patients.
He gave me a warm greeting and quickly went back to his work. The whole morning we flew back and forth between the two rooms seeing kiddos with everthing from diarrhea to typhoid fever. The waiting room seemed to be an endless sea of anxiously waiting families and the exam rooms were sometimes filled with two or three families each.
Despite the busyness of the morning Dr. Kothare still took time to talk about most every patient with me and during our 12 o’clock chai break he had numerous questions about the US health care system for me. We chatted about insurance, support for doctors and salaries. I warned him that I wasn’t the best person to explain these things, but he still seemed interested.
We saw over 70 patients in the morning and he would return later that evening to see 70 more before calling it a day. He explained that when he first started his practice he remembers sitting at his desk waiting for 1 or 2 patients to trickle in throughout the entire day. It’s hard to picture that now as the thin exam room door separates us from a swarm of patients waiting for our chai break to end. I guess his good reputation has reached every small corner of Pune and beyond.
During my time at this clinic I’ve learned how to diagnose and treat typhoid fever, had more discussions about diarrhea than I’ve ever wanted to have, and learned about the antibiotic over-usage problem in India. I’ve had a great time with the staff here, and am looking forward to my last few days.
I’m not sure when I’ll be able too post next because of the lack of internet, but I’ll try my best.
P.S. Only 1 more week until graduation!!