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The sound of Silence

A short story by Hamdan Ali Khan, 1st Year MBBS

The old man sat on the beach, barefooted and alone. Silence reigned everywhere except the occasional thrashing of waves which disturbed the acoustic equilibrium. Night it was, the sky filled with a million lanterns, the birds dozing off quietly and the sea like an old pirate sang a silent shanty. Oh! He missed his youth, when he could swim to the Black Rock without drowning, when he could shout at the vast ocean, his resonant voice fading upon the edges of horizon. But all good things come to an end, the voice that once resonated; now a husky whisper. The man who was the fastest swimmer; now an ancient remainder of time and its echoes. The doctors said he had terminal cancer that he would die in a week. He didn’t fear death, he had no family, nothing to lose except maybe the sight when someone would break his 50 years old record. The silence of the calm sea nurtured in him a desire to swim to the Black Rock once again, one last time. He …

Being Patch Adams...!

By Farkhanda Qaiser
MBBS 3rd Year
Thinking it to be just another lecture on ‘communication skills’ by some senior teacher, I headed towards the Mini Anatomy Lecture Theatre (which I later found out to be the demonstration room in DH). This workshop was being conducted under the auspices of “Kemcolian Akhuwat Club” which had found an ingenuous way of filling up the seats. Namely, asking all society presidents to send 3 of their active members. And since I happen to be QUITE an active member in A LOT of societies so I was representing many of them. But still I wasn’t really happy about this sudden interruption in my plans.
However my thoughts changed drastically after the 1 hour which was the duration of this workshop. Mr. Pervaiz Bashir – advisor to President of CPSP – was the convener. As is the style of motivational speakers (I dub him that), he started off by asking a simple question from the 40+ audience of medical students:
Why did you join this profession?
Almost one-half cited parental pressure as the cause while the other half passionately dubbed it as their own choice to serve humanity.
Then there was a chain of questions which were duly answered by the audience as whole. Some of them were:

Who comes to a doctor?
Ans: Patients.
Why do they come to a doctor?
Ans: To seek the solution to some physical or psychological problem that they’re facing. (I had the burning desire to say that patients come with their presenting complaint…! You see I’m an enthusiastic 3rd Year student who takes her wards quite seriously=p)
What does a doctor do?
Ans: He solves their problems. (Or in ward language, he painstakingly takes a careful history, performs the complete examination, suggests investigations and plans a proper course of treatment)
Thus it was established that a doctor is a problem solver. Yes you better be good in solving issues. Whether it be at home, among siblings or among friends. Like it’s said in that famous movie, Patch Adams: Talk to strangers, talk to wrong numbers. Talk to everyone. Develop your communication skills because they will serve you best in this profession.

P.S. There’s no need to take this so literally. If you know what I mean =)
At this point you might be weighing the importance of medical knowledge versus this art of communication. Undoubtedly, you cannot be a successful doctor unless you know your Last, Guyton, Robbins or the dreaded Katzung. However the need of the hour is to ask yourself, is that enough? Is that bookish knowledge enough to satisfy your patients? Would the books teach you how to deal with a beleaguered parent whose only son has become paralyzed waist down due to an RTA? (Sorry, wards talk again, it means road traffic accident) Would they inculcate in you the passion to become a doctor just to serve humanity? Many a times, it’s difficult to hold onto that passion when you’re passing through a hard phase. You’ve failed 5 pharmacology tests, missed half of the lectures, got repeaters in major wards and are cursing the moment you chose to do MBBS. You curse Munir the attendant for having picked your proxies or shut the door of the lecture theatre when you were just half a minute late. You curse your class fellows for being the ultimate thetas that they are (Yes, everybody experiences this during the Prof Season). You curse the supply in Anatomy that took away half of your year. In short, you’re passing through the worst experiences anyone could imagine. In this scenario, you’d probably slap someone who even dares to say that medicine is a noble profession and should be dealt as such. Because for you, it’s a nightmare in so many words.
From where would you get the motivation to continue? The answer to this question was one that literally shook me for a moment. I’ll be coming to that shortly.
So have you ever thought who decided that you’ll become a doctor one day?
You? Your parents? Your excellent grades in Matric/FSc or Olevels/Alevels? Your good luck?
No, none of these! It was the ultimate authority in this universe who decided your fate! Allah Subhanawata’ala…! He says in the Holy Quran that He provides shifa to the people. Doctors are merely his vicegerents doing as He wills. Infact there are only two branches of knowledge that are discussed in the Holy Quran: Ilm-e-deen (knowledge of the religion) and ilm-e-ibdaan (knowledge of the body). Thus it’s such a noble profession that it found a place in the holiest books of all times. We ought to feel privileged at being given the opportunity to study the human body – the creator of which is Allah Himself.
So firstly, the science of medicine itself is a wonderful science or as I say (Magic with Medicine) and secondly, the doctor who practices that science is doing a great service and will be rewarded as such. This can be explained as follows: As Islam tells us, Allah loves us more than 70 mothers which in Arabic is a way of saying, unlimited. Just imagine how much our one mother loves us. She cries at our pain; sacrifices her sleep when we are ill; fulfils our needs without being asked to and loves us without any strings attached. Now multiply this love and care by 70 or unlimited…! We cannot even begin to imagine how MUCH our creator loves each one of us. And when one such creation of Almighty Allah falls ill, he comes to us – the doctors. If we deal that patient with the due respect and care he deserves, he’d definitely remember us in good words and give us duas. Moreover, Allah would be happy with us too because we alleviated the pain of His loved one whether by medicine or simply by good behavior. So if we just think about the rewards that our profession bestows on us, we would never need any other motivation to carry on through thick and thin. After all, with rewards comes great responsibility…! (Well yeah, the doctors’ version of Spiderman’s punch line).
However, we’re not fulfilling half of our responsibility, if we don’t pursue the ART of medicine as well. The communication skills involved in dealing well with the patients; listening to their problems; providing them a shoulder to cry on and being their friends is what completes a doctor. This brings us to a pyramid about the grades of a doctor:

We can be good doctors only if we try to be extraordinary. If we try to appease all our patients, we might be successful in satisfying a handful. But in the end, it’s the effort which matters and not the result. So our ultimate goal should be to become a complete doctor who practices both the science and art of medicine and treats his patients with the due respect that they deserve. This is the call and need of the hour and it is time enough we realized that.

P.S. From Shafaq Tabbassum, Vice President Kemcolians Akhuwat Club: Thanks to the representatives of SPWS, IFMSA, SARD, KELS (english), KELS (urdu) and KEDS for attending communication skills workshop arranged by Kemcolians Akhuwat Club today.
Paritcipants will get certificates soon. We'll also be starting many projects like cleanliness and plantation campaigns, visits to NGOs and charity notebooks. Hope to have a good response from you guys. Thank You.


  1. Now this part of your blog , even out-of-context , was a great push !
    'who decided that you’ll become a doctor one day?

    You? Your parents? Your excellent grades in Matric/FSc or Olevels/Alevels? Your good luck?

    No, none of these! It was the ultimate authority in this universe who decided your fate! Allah Subhanawata’ala…! '


    Now something about listening skills and being kind to the patients. It seems obvious... but only outside the boundaries of the hospital ! Once in the wards , facing the patients , your mind is so caught up in listening to symptoms and looking for signs that saying a word of encouragement end up being the last thing on your mind. So it was a goooood reminder! Thanks for sharing ! I really enjoyed reading it ! :)

  2. goood one.. exctly wat i felt :)

  3. all of that is so true to its core...being just a doctor might be just some mere feat but being an "extra-ordinary" doctor requires THE EXTRA element...if we want to aim for the extra-ordinary, we will have to put in the extra effort...n i wonder how many of us are ready to put that in...for as said: with great power does indeed come great responsibility n if what you choose is medicine, the responsibility is even heavier...

  4. I dont know why I found him a bit funny, but I liked some of his words.. Especially about that ilm e abdan being the only ilm besides ilm e din to be mentioned in Al-Quran.

  5. Great job like always Farkhanda !

  6. Thank you so much =)

  7. this lecture was truly an inspiration that wud never let our spirits down...i have always felt gud abt being a medical student n considering the aspect that ALLAH has chosen us for the job i feel very blessed to be in this profession n i always feel that just as ALLAH has brought us into the medical college he will help us make our way out as well and if we give our devotion to our studies n this profession then ALLAH will surely bless us wid success...n as was mentioned in the lecture that in order to be successful u have to have a vision in ur mind n then set ur goals n perform ur tasks accordingly then ur vision will be ur reality one day INSHALLAH

  8. Exceptionally good blog. As i am not related to medical profession, so i might be wrong in my views about doctors but still i think doctors don't have knowledge about medicines more than a trained nurse, compoder or medical store owner. So calling that doctors learn the science of medicines atleast in MBBS is also wrong. If i am wrong in my view then please clear me how the doctors of PIC prescribed the fake medicines and killed number of patients in lahore.

    The true doctor rule is the use of the communication skills (as a helper) as described in this blog. Thanks for such a nice blog.

  9. m reading somebody's blog after SUCH a looooong time and m soooooo glad its yours.... totally fun and so you....... and thanks for giving me a detailed review of an event i missed........

  10. o farkhanda....marvellous!!! all what he spoke, we knew that already!! but he put all our thoughts in a proper language..that what i liked about him!!!

  11. o farkhanda marvellous!!! someone has actually appreciated the efforts of kemcolian's akhuwat club..i am glad!!! i did like that man...although what he told us, we already knew all that...but what i liked about him was that he put all our our thoughts in a good proper language!! thats an art!!!

  12. So nice report. I thought as if I were there. Well done the author and the Akhuwat Club at KEMCU. Compliments to Sidra and all her friends. Dr Amjad Saqib

  13. well done farkhanda..its what how you reproduce after listening....
    @usman shahid....
    quality control is duty of govt and admin of hospital...drs only prescribe according to knowledge they gained from books n seniors..plz have an unbiased look on all details...govt gives contract to companies of it own choice....


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