Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A letter to LVPEI, straight from the heart


Dear Sirs, Dear Doctors, Dear all in LVPEI,


I have arrived safely at my home last night after almost 26 hours of leaving your wonderful institute. I am honoured and pleased to have spent the past month in your institute in which I have had the most fruitful and enjoyable experience of my life. A simple word as “Thank you” is not sufficient to express the amount of gratitude I bear to everyone in L V Prasad. Everyone has been absolutely kind and infinitely cooperative and friendly; you made me feel at home, like being amidst brothers and sisters. I wish to thank everyone belonging to LV Prasad, from the highest authority to that simple young man from the house-keeping who used to meet me with an inviting kind smile every afternoon as I saw him tidying my room in the guest house.

Dear Dr Mandal Sir, I wish to thank you from the depth of my heart, for you have given me the experience of my life. I came to you to learn just pediatric glaucoma, and I ended up taking home a lifetime of experience, a whole package of values and virtues and human touches. I will never forget your constant words “Be sincere, don’t show sincere, but BE sincere”. The way you deal with these poor children and their parents is in-itself a value to learn; how to LOVE what you are doing, and how you speak of your past teachers with such gratitude and appreciation.

Dear Dr G Chandra Sekhar, I wish to find words that describe my gratitude to you adequately, but my vocabulary falls short. To me, you redefine the meaning of the words “Teacher” and “Doctor”. You model the value of a teacher who conveys every single piece of his knowledge and experience with extreme faith and devotion .You think of your patient’s best as a human being and yet humbly say that “this is just the proper medical decision”. You recognize your students through their hand writing, a sign of utmost dedication.

Dear Dr Sirisha, you have given me a valuable lesson on how to maintain the impossible balance between hard work and calmness, between utmost knowledge, experience and humility. I really appreciate your elaborate answering of all my questions with patience and I hope I was not a nuisance! I wish to thank you for your excellent illustration of surgical dexterity and resourcefulness in complex surgeries. And above all Dr Sirisha, I and my wife are extremely grateful to you for that wonderful gift that you gave to my wife, it was very thoughtful on your part and we will cherish it always.

Dear Dr Nikhil, the short encounter that I had with you made me wish it was longer. I have learnt from you a new definition of “doing my best” in examining the patient. That single day that I spent with you has changed my view of the concept of patient examination and systematic thinking. The accuracy and thoroughness of examination, irrespective of time constraints, that you have shown me will definitely help me in my practice.

Dear Dr Subho, I have used a lot of your precious time. I have not responded about the participation of my institution in the genetic study because I had not (and still have not, unfortunately) received a response from my seniors. I appreciate you for presenting me with this opportunity. Please wish me luck with my seniors because I wish to proceed with these genetic studies for the sake of our poor patients, though I understand it is on the long run.

Dear Dr Ravi, Dr Paraj and Dr Shaeel. I don’t know how to thank you. You were like brothers to me. I have never known friends that were supportive and kind and sincere as you are. I envy your superiors for having such a great team as yours, and I envy your institute for having such great graduates. Dr Ravi, you have provided me with guidance and help from my very first moment, and I don’t think my stay in L V Prasad could have been that fruitful without your help. You’re a great person and one day I know I will be reading your work in a first class journal or book; keep up the good work my friend.

Dr Paraj, thank you for tolerating me in the OPD, and for answering all my questions. You were such great company and a helpful, knowledgeable guide; I wish you all the best in your career. Dr Shaeel, I will surely remember that calm smiling face of yours.

Dear Doctors in the education department, I wish to thank you all for the cooperation and help you provided from the very first moment, and even actually before I arrived at LVPEI. Madame Vijaya, my stay could not have been more comfortable, and your help made everything so easy.

If I sum it all, I have had the best experience in my life. From the very beginning, I was given the wonderful advantage of choosing the timing of my observership; I was helped with the Visa application with a letter directed to the embassy. A wonderful room was reserved for me in the guest house at a remarkably good rate, with a three meal excellent food at an excellent price. I have met the most knowledgeable consultants, the most excellent teachers and the most helpful and friendly fellows. I was helped by an extremely helpful administration in the education department up to the very last moment of booking the taxi to the airport. And there was definitely a lot more than I could count or remember. To my surprise, I did not face any negative issue. I don’t think I can attribute this to my luck, I know that this is a result of the excellent planning and faithful contribution of all the personnel in this wonderful place.

Thank you all for everything, thank you for accepting me in your wonderful institute and on behalf of all your patients, thank you for the great job you are doing.

Sincerely yours,

Nader Bayoumi.

Lecturer of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Department - Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University

Alexandria, Egypt.

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