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Hyderabad, 24 May 2012: Encouraged by the overwhelming response and success of last year (June 2011), Yashoda Group of Hospitals, a leading healthcare provider in AP, initiated the 2nd batch of ‘Young Doctors Camp -2012’ and has successfully concluded the camp this year. The camp, as intended, provided a real-life experience for students aspiring to be doctors. The objective of the camp was to offer an enhanced understanding of the advantages, challenges and excitement of being a doctor.

The FREE, 4-day camp was held simultaneously at Yashoda Hospital – Malakpet, Yashoda Hospital – Secunderabad and Yashoda Hospital – Somajiguda from 20th May to 24th May. The camp was specifically aimed at students of 9th Std., stepping into 10th Std. this academic year (2012-13).

Selection of the students for the camp was based on the evaluation of their marks sheet and on an essay written by them on the topic “Why you want to be a part of the Young Doctors Camp”. This year, about 4000 entries were received out of which, 80 students were selected for the camp after an exhaustive selection process. Students who participated enthusiastically in this camp were not only from districts in AP like Khammam, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, but were also from cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.

Selected students were provided with a complete kit consisting of a bag, pen writing pads, including a doctor’s apron to give them a practical understanding of what it is really like to be in this field. They were introduced to the world of medicine that included hands-on experience on a range of medical fields. All the aspiring little doctors were toured around the facility to make them aware of various medical departments such as Diagnostics, In-patient wards, Pharmacies, Out Patient (OP) departments, Diagnostic centre, Operation theatre, Nursing stations, etc…

All the students showed active interest, as the camp was structured in a manner where academic sessions were interspersed with both fun and academic activities. The camp also included interactive academic sessions such as, group work, classroom sessions that included surgery videos and lectures from prominent doctors, and quizzes on each day. This actually created immense enthusiasm amongst the students as the camp enabled them to gain a deeper understanding of the entire medical profession and make the right career choice.

Speaking about this unique camp in the concluding ceremony, Dr. G.S. Rao, Managing Director, Yashoda Group of Hospitals said, “Entering the field of medicine is one of the most competitive, challenging and a rewarding experience. Choosing a career in medicine is not only safe and secure; it also helps in earning the goodwill of others. The goal of this camp is to develop the right attitude, motivation and determination for all those students who are passionate about this line of duty to handle its demands. “

Talking excitedly about this camp, Spandana Tammiraju, a participant who has traveled all the way from Bengaluru to Hyderabad for this camp said, “I was keen to join the Young Doctor Camp as it would give me a very good opportunity to learn from experienced doctors and more importantly to get a preview into the life and work of doctors. I learnt how to check Blood Pressure (BP) and understand lab reports in this camp, which will help me now to understand medicine better.”

Another participant from Karimnagar, Md. Arbaaz said, “I have always dreamed to be a doctor from my childhood. The camp helped me in understanding the career that I intend to take up as my future. The camp was beyond my expectation and further strengthened by dream to become a Doctor. I am grateful to Yashoda Hospitals for this.”

Pravir Jha, Global HR head of Tata Group, whose son, Arsh Jha came from Mumbai to participate in the camp, said, “This camp is a unique initiative and a great help for students who want to enter the field of healthcare and medicine. My son is passionate about medicine and the camp gave him an insight into the style of functioning of the medical practice. I would like to take this occasion to thank Yashoda Hospitals in giving my son this opportunity”

Parents have also shown keen interest in the camp. The camp concluded in a colourful concluding day ceremony. Students and their parents were quite happy at the ceremony where all the students were awarded certificates for participation and successful completion of the camp.