Good students can keep the teacher more informative and up-to-date in the subject
Dr KK Aggarwal, Editor in Chief eMedinewS and IMA News in conversation with
Dr Rohit V Bhatt, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Medical College, Baroda.
Dr Rohit V Bhatt has been honored with Dr BC Roy National Award for the year 2008 under
the category of 'Eminent Medical Teacher'.
How does it feel being conferred one of the most prestigious awards in the medical field?
I feel happy and honored to receive the prestigious BC Roy Award. I am also happy that my merit is recognized. It gives impetus to do better in teaching. Teaching keeps you on guard about latest updates in your specialty. All teachers should have love for teaching and their students. A good teacher should also remain a lifelong student to learn and innovate new ideas. Recognition of merit acts as a great stimulant to do better.
Tell us about your journey so far.
I started my teaching career in Ahmadabad and then shifted to Medical College, Baroda till my retirement. I come from a family of teachers and though less lucrative, I made teaching my life mission. I feel balance of gratitude from students and colleagues is more satisfying and rewarding than balance in the bank.
I had the privilege to be the president of Federation of Obst Gyne Societies of India (FOGSI), National Association of Reproductive and Child health (NARCHI) and Indian Society of Perinatology and Reproductive Biology (ISOPARB). I was the chairperson of Indian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ICOG) and Indian college of Maternal and Child health (ICMCH). I have also been vice-president of Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AOFOG) and held the post of chairman of 'Maternal Health Committee of FOGSI and AOFOG. I had the pleasure to be a consultant to WHO, The Population Council and Population Services International. I was director for Training doctors in Laparoscopy for John Hopkins Program International in gynec and obstetrics (JHPIGO).
I have delivered several orations in India and overseas. My love for teaching continued even after my retirement and I visit my dept. to teach postgraduates.