On November 9, the first Conversation Club on the topic «My life is Medicine» took place in the Interclub of Tver State Medical University. The invited guest was the Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Oncology, Surgery and Palliative Medicine Roman Nikolaevich Chirkov.
17 medical students from different countries took part in the conversation with the Vice-rector: Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, India, Ghana, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan.
Roman Nikolaevich noted that it is necessary to hold such meetings: this allows students to enrich themselves with knowledge, learn proper behavior, because it is important to restore continuity, which, unfortunately, has been lost today.
During the work of the club, Roman Nikolaevich told what medicine is for him: «You need to understand that all medicine, essentially aimed at prolonging life, is a great service, a feat. For me, this is a way of life, round-the-clock work, stressful moments. This is a theater where you learn everything by the example of life, experience, behavior of your colleagues. And I would like you to not only work in this kingdom, but also live.»
Speaking about the role of medicine in his life, the vice-rector emphasized the role of teachers and mentors in shaping the personality of a doctor, shared stories about his students.
The students received useful advice:
«When we talk about instructions, there is a lack of moral sobriety. A doctor is a person with a scientific, academic core. Therefore, I want to say: do not grow old in your soul. Read more, go to the theater, study Chinese, do «wet» science (histology, biology), be demanding of today. A person should be satisfied with himself, have an idea, self-criticism, self-education. A doctor who thinks about money will only get tears and disappointment. And don't forget that you represent the face of the country.»
At the meeting, very interesting questions were asked about the role and fate of women in surgery, about the reasons for choosing such a complex branch of medicine as oncology.