Congratulations Dr.Sharad Philip..well done your efforts is
appreciatable..Long way to go

Regards
Siby


On 23-Feb-2018 12:52 pm, "Shireen Irani" <shireen....@gmail.com> wrote:

> Fabulous!
> My heartiest congratulations to Dr. Sharad Philip. I'm particularly
> happy for him because I had been among the many who had been
> discouraged from pursuing a career is Psycho-therapy at the time.
>
> And despite the few inaccuracies listed, what a fabulous interview
> this is! He has said all the things that need to be said about
> attitudes towards disability in no uncertain terms.
> My best wishes to Dr. Philip.
>
> Shireen.
>
>
> On 2/23/18, Payal Kapoor <paya...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > hi,
> > i remember having a conversation last year sometime when Dr. Sharad
> > Philip's career as a psychiatrist was hanging in the balance after
> > having completed his education. he has finally found some of his
> > heart's desires as this article below speaks of. this may serve as a
> > precedent and also carve a pathway for other aspirants such as Sharad
> > to make their careers in medicine.
> > Congratulations Sharad!
> > https://www.google.co.in/amp/www.newindianexpress.com/
> cities/bengaluru/2018/feb/18/bengalurus-doctor-has-poor-
> vision-yet-a-unique-way-of-seeing-patients-1775107.ampHey
> > before reading the article, there are some inaccurate and perceived
> > information the newspaper seems to have derived from their
> > conversation with Sharad. When I called to congratulate him, he
> > mentioned the following inaccuracies:
> > 1 there are no courses for the blind that NIMHANS offers . what i had
> > meant to say was that NIMHANS was the only institution that allowed me
> > to have the service of a scribe to give the online entrance
> > examination and also the main written examinations within the course .
> > 2 i have low vision due to retinitis pigmentosa and so it is not that
> > i do not see my patients at all rather i am unable to see hem as well
> > as i would liked .
> > 3 i am directly involved in patient care and do not just suggest the
> > therapies and go as the article reports .
> > the article...
> > Bengaluru: Despite poor vision, this NIMHANS psychiatrist has a unique
> > way of seeing patients
> > By Sridevi S  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 18th February
> > 2018 05:01 AM  |
> > Last Updated: 18th February 2018 06:57 AM  |   A+A A-   |
> >     BENGALURU: When Sharad Philip, a 32-year-old man, was handed his
> > medical degree at NIMHANS in December 2017, an extraordinary thing
> > happened. First, his classmates began to applaud, then their families,
> > the faculty and university officials joined in. And within a few
> > minutes all the people in Convention Hall stood up and cheered.
> > Philip’s face shone with pride.
> > Dr Sharad Philip with his mother
> > Shalini Raji Philip at the
> > NIMHANS convocation
> > Dr Philip, a psychiatrist at NIMHANS, has a unique way of seeing
> > patients.  In fact, he doesn’t see them at all. He has low-vision
> > since early childhood. “Who better than me, who has always been
> > discriminated throughout my life, can empathise with the patients
> > suffering from mental illness,” smiles Philip.
> > Philip has retinitis pigmentosa in both eyes. This condition changes
> > how the retina responds to light, making it hard to see. The degree of
> > disability is 70 per cent and is permanent.
> > Philip recalls that as a kid, he was not able to read what was written
> > on the board in classrooms. “When I was in third standard, my mother
> > took me to a doctor, who confirmed the disability. My mother was heart
> > broken.” But, he decided to struggle against all odds.
> > Philip’s day begins just like any of ours. He works at the
> > rehabilitation centre in NIMHANS. He stays alone in the hostel given
> > to the resident doctors. He wakes up, finishes his daily chores, and
> > walks to work in the same campus. He meets patients, suggests  the
> > therapy required and goes on rounds with other doctors. He knows a
> > knack for getting his patients to relax and open up with him. On the
> > other hand, many of his patients won’t even know that he has
> > low-vision!
> > “I take the help of technology and my colleagues to understand the
> > patients’ problems,” he says.
> > Clinical examination is one area that Philip feels is challenging when
> > seeing patients. He won’t be able to understand the physical features,
> > in terms of disability, of his patients and needs assistance from his
> > colleagues. But once he gets the reports and diagnosis, there is no
> > stopping for him.
> > The biggest challenge, according to Philip, is that the lack of
> > opportunities for people like him.“NIMHANS is one of the very few
> > institutes which offers a course for the blind. I was fortunate enough
> > to get admission and get a degree from here,” he says. Philip wants
> > other institutions too to give opportunities to people like him.
> > Philip is also grateful to assistive technology, like screen readers,
> > which makes him less dependent on others.
> > Philip has written all his exams with the help of a scribe. Vivek
> > Perumal, who has been his scribe for the last three years, says,
> > “Philip is extremely knowledgeable. Both my wife and I used to write
> > for him. We are no value addition for what he knows. He is one of the
> > most brilliant chaps we know.”
> > Philip has two brothers and he is the eldest. All three of them have
> > the same problem - retinitis pigmentosa. While one of them is pursuing
> > MBA at IIM-B, another is pursuing BSc Mathematics in New Delhi.
> > Philip says his parents were very encouraging. “My parents never let
> > me make my health issues an excuse and are the most encouraging
> > parents I could have asked for,” beams Philip.
> > Proud mother ShaliniRaji Philip says, “Initially it was difficult for
> > him to come to terms with his poor vision. Also, he used to be bullied
> > at school especially during sports class. But Philip had the courage
> > to take it sportively and outgrew it. His achievements today speak
> > volumes about him.”
> > Philip is also well versed in 5 languages -- English, Hindi, Kannada,
> > Punjabi and Malayalam. He has travelled across the country with his
> > friends and is learning to play the guitar. “Of course I see the world
> > way too differently and it is a beautiful place. In fact, I credit it
> > to people around me – my family, friends, co-workers and teachers –
> > who make the world beautiful for me,” he says.
> > ‘I don’t want to be limited as an object of inspiration’
> > Philip is clear that he just doesn’t want to be seen as an ‘object of
> > inspiration’.  “When you meet someone with a disability, connect with
> > them as a human. We are normal human beings with the same desires,
> > drives, dreams, and ambitions as the next person. Give credit where
> > it’s due, but don’t reduce us to an object of inspiration that is
> > constantly overcoming simply by living our daily life. You might
> > discover something quite extraordinary… that we are simply ordinary,”
> > he says.
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