I, Chandrima Mondal, currently pursuing Masters in Public Health in Social Epidemiology specialization from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, am a Medical Graduate (BHMS) by profession and always felt the gap in the previous days of mine before joining TISS, that clinicians should explore beyond the medical lexicon and it is highly important to get adroit in technologies and research to bridge the gap. I have worked as Medical Coordinator in the Dept. of Medical Oncology and TPA of Saroj Gupta Cancer centre and Research Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal, and lead Medical Auditing team on the topic of Socio-economic reason behind untimely chemo course of cancer patients. I also have served as House physician in the Dept of Gynecology of The Calcutta Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital (Govt. Of West Bengal). In my mandatory urban Internship, my research topic was on Gestational Diabetic Mothers. Apart from that I have a thirst to learn healthcare research, quantitative analysis and the thirst have been thrusted after joining TISS. This is the prime motivating factor behind applying for this Internship opportunity.
Highest Education: BHMS - West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS)
Date of Joining: July 11, 2022
I, Chandrima Mondal in my early years after being a medical graduate, when I stepped out of my alma mater, initially my days were full of packed schedules of clinical practice. The realisation came with the time that, being clinically sound is not enough as the world is pacing through significant digital transition. If healthcare to be made accurate, target specific and cost effective along with promising patient satisfaction with minimal chance of error, the fruit of technology can help immensely in reaching those goals. IoT, Predictive analysis, drug design, medical data analysis is creating a specific and separate place for a modern and futuristic approach in terms of addressing diseases. These inventions not only patronised the thought of being sound in technicality and research but also catalysed the hunger to learn a brand-new sphere which will play the role of an important lever in new era medical interventions. It is rewarding from both the point of view of professional and personal perspective. The hunger for exploring those areas and the change of scenario especially after Covid 19, kept me engaged with the thought of pursuing public health and learn those less explored areas by me in my undergraduate days. The journey of pursuing the public health post-graduation from Tata Institute of Social Sciences opened and added new dimensions of learning in research methodologies and need of learning statistics and probability to conduct research and understand its results for a thought-provoking policy advice. Not only policy advice but also to find out whether a new drug design is capable of coming with statistically significant outcome or not, less cumbersome ways of sampling when a clinical trial to be conducted with the help of analysing participants/patients' data, monitoring health of patient, patient consumerism and many such dimensions can be successfully explored. Learning in depth of the use of statistical tools and successfully conducting research are necessary and my personal introspection reflects the gap and my aim is to learn and fill the gap in next one year as much as possible. No learning can be complete if the theory is not tested practically. The statistics shows increased decentralised clinical trial and it will increase with the advancement of technology and it leaves the remark of booming medical data science field in future with advancement of clinical practice.
In the coming years I would like to learn those methods in depth and models with the help of which the new age medical interventions will be defined. In the coming three years my expectation is to have hands on experience in those fields of medical data analysis, predictive modelling. Being a medical graduate, while taking oath at final bid of my alma mater, I was being inculcated to do good to the best interest of patients and if the better population are benefitted that would be most satisfying to me as a medical person.
FHTS is a useful initiative as it is making an edge on providing in hand experience on transforming digital implementation of research-based evidence on health practice and need, therefore coming up with favourable population health outcome. I am thankful to the team I learned from; it is a privilege.