Be Prepared for Hard Work, Tremendous Sacrifices & Follow Ethics
Dr KK Aggarwal, Editor in Chief eMedinewS and IMA News in conversation with Dr Renu Saxena, Prof and Head, Dept. of Hematology, AIIMS, New Delhi
Dr Renu Saxena has been honored with Dr BC Roy National Award for the year 2009 under the category of Eminent Medical Teacher.
Dr KK: How does it feel being conferred with one of the most prestigious awards in the medical field?
I feel very honored and humbled. Having spent 36 years in the field of hematology and enjoying every minute of the same, the award comes as recognition of our work. Needless to say, this gives me tremendous encouragement to continue working with the same zeal and enthusiasm.
Dr KK: Tell us about your journey so far.
I have been a medical graduate, postgraduate and faculty at AIIMS, New Delhi. I feel that training from AIIMS and the work atmosphere here in AIIMS have helped me inculcate academic, ethics and research values, in addition to patient care. My seniors and teachers at AIIMS have been my role models and have mentored me regarding approach to academics and ideal patient care. I have strived to work with sustained dedication, hard work and sincerity towards my profession. In addition, I have always enjoyed teaching and grooming budding doctors and mentoring them in building their careers.
Dr KK: What were the early challenges faced by you in your career? How did you manage to overcome them?
Some early challenges included balancing of family life with profession and the struggle to do quality work. These were overcome by my constant strive for trying to do justice in whatever work I was involved in and my husband’s support, whether it was home or profession. I thoroughly enjoyed both my roles as a hematologist and a homemaker.