A best teacher is the one who creates sparks inside the students. For which, he ought to be a congenital teacher, said Dr G.Bakthavathsalam, Chairman of KG Hospital.
He was delivering a speech on the occasion of Teachers’ Day celebrations held at the hospital Auditorium on 5th of September, 2017. Dr Bakthavathsalam said that for the past 53 years, ie., starting from his House Surgeon days in Madras Medical College, he had been teaching continuously.
Dr Bakthavathsalam said, “While teaching we are also learning many things. Who is your memorable teacher? For some it may be kindergarten teachers, for some others, it may be the English teacher or teachers handling other subjects like mathematics and science.”
- “For me, Dr Prof.Saratchandra was the memorable teacher. He was the best teacher in the whole of Tamil Nadu. He taught me how to wield the surgical knife, how to keep punctuality, how to help others and so on,” he said.
“Lord Krishna went on teaching the warfare strategy. Teaching gives me energy.
To be a doctor is a privilege. Doctors should also teach continuously to create medical experts.
Doctors must keep their zest for teaching and they should reinvent themselves. Best doctors should also be best teachers.
They ought to be energetic and dynamic, the opposites of inertness and inactiveness,” he said.
Dr Bakthavathsalam called upon the doctors to render “tender-loving care” to patients as they always want to get cured. He cited the instance of an 85-year-old female patient from Rajasthan who with co-morbidity conditions wanted to live.
A former UNESCO official, a native of Salem, recently brought his wife with kidney problem to KG Hospital on hearing about the best care being given in the Nephrology Department and by Chief Nephrologist Dr Ilangovan Veerappan of our hospital.
- Dr Bakthavathsalam further said, “A doctor who does not work for 16 hours a day, 365 days a year, is not fit to be a doctor. Doctors should never ever lose their temper. They are supposed to be walking gods and creators of students of excellence.”
The Chairman also noted that “not only human beings but nature is also a good teacher. Water, mountains, Sun, trees and plants are also teachers.
Life is energy and it is not to slog. We will create energy and happiness and share these with others.
Let us enjoy life. Spread happiness across,” Dr Bakthavathsalam added.