Women are present in nearly every segment of the healthcare profession. They are carrying out their responsibilities in the healthcare industry with enthusiasm and expert skills. The example set by them for the healthcare industry’s aspirants as well as newcomers is laudable. Years of hard work produce the excellence required to thrive in the healthcare industry.
Sharing excellence and expert skills with the next generation of doctors is a huge responsibility. Dr. Shweta Mishra (MDS) is carrying this responsibility with great enthusiasm and affection towards the healthcare profession. Her merits in healthcare came from years of experience.
Dr. Shweta is a passionate healthcare professional. She has been effectively handling the responsibilities of a senior lecturer at Rama Dental College, Kanpur. Along with this, she has also been pursuing her own dentistry practice for the last eight years.
The dentistry industry went through several challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping the operations of the clinic going during this time was a challenging task. But with years of experience in facing challenges, Dr. Shweta managed to rise above these challenges.
We interviewed Dr. Shweta to get an insightful understanding of her professional journey and her inspiration to pursue a career in the healthcare sector.
Below are the excerpts from the interview:
Kindly tell our readers about yourself and your professional journey so far. What was your inspiration to step into the healthcare education space?
I, Dr. Shweta Mishra, have completed my postgraduation (MDS) in 2019 from Rama Dental College, Kanpur. I have been working as a senior lecturer there and perusing my own practice for eight years. My father is my whole-soul inspiration to get into the health care education space.
Tell us about Rama Dental College, its mission, and its vision. What role did you play in furthering its development and outreach?
Rama Dental College is a well-known college in Kanpur. Its faculty members and staff are very much dedicated to providing quality education. They are fond of their students not only for their education level but also for their overall performance.
I have been there for the past eight years, and I have seen how the college is emerging and growing towards the next level day by day.
COVID-19 proved to be the biggest disruptor since the Dot-com bubble. How has the pandemic affected the operations and growth of your institution?
COVID-19 has been the biggest disruption in dentistry as well as in each and every sector in the world. No doubt dentistry is all together locked during the pandemic.
What is your opinion on the necessity for hospitals and healthcare providers to align their offerings with newer technological developments, especially when it comes to catering to the ever-evolving healthcare needs?
New technology should be there in each and every government as well as private hospitals so they can meet the requirement of the patients.
What are the biggest challenges that you have faced and the most important lessons that you have learned in your career so far? What types of challenges do you still face to this day?
Life is full of challenges. I want to share one incident with you.
When I was pursuing my internship during BDS, I was extracting the tooth of around 60 years old female patient. Suddenly, she fainted due to her high blood pressure.
I was really shocked to see her in this condition. Immediately, I called my seniors, and finally, the situation was under control after 15 minutes. In the end, the lady told us that she was phobic about injection needles. This incident has taught me a lesson on how to deal with old and aged people.
In your opinion, what could be the future of healthcare education post the pandemic? And how are you strategizing your institution’s operations for that future?
Healthcare education is grown very much after the pandemic. Everyone is now more aware of his health and maintaining proper hygiene. At the institutional level, they are following the COVID protocols and doing proper scanning.
What advice would you like to give to aspiring doctors who wish to venture into the dental care space?
Because dentistry starts and ends with the mouth only, during the COVID-19 period, this profession was highly affected. So, I would like to give a suggestion to newer dentists that they should have patience and choose their careers wisely.
Where do you see yourself in the future? Also, how do you envision scaling Rama University in the coming years?
I am very much satisfied where I am today. Definitely, I plan on touching new heights in the future. Rama University is growing dynamically with medical and many other streams also.