What are some fun stories about AIIMS?
- The residents at AIIMS are like bahubali, they can see 150 patients in OPD in 6 hours.
- The casualty is a living textbook of Robbins and Harrison
- Faculty comes in early and leaves late. Don’t be surprised to see them in their office late at night working on a research project.
- The CMO has this magical power of emptying the casualty every morning. If your patient is missing then most likely he or she is at Safdurjung hospital.
- The xerox shop, book shop and thesis shop owners probably make more money than some top doctors.
- The hostel tailor has three houses in safdurjung enclave and his kids are well settled abroad but he still comes to work because he doesn’t want to sit idle.
- By the time you get married accommodation in AV Nagar your PG course is about to finish.
- Don’t be surprised to find engineers and accountants in AV Nagar as few smart docs sublet their houses and one of the reason why you don’t get a house for a long time.
- Forget your deposit if you rent a house in gautam nagar, you will never get it back.
- The auto driver outside the AIIMS gate will not charge you less because you are an AIIMS doctor.
- The metal sculpture at the AIIMS flyover represents the testicles of the hard working residents.
- If you don’t come early you won’t find a place to park your car.
- Don’t leave your purse in the swimming pool locker room, it will definitely get stolen. I lost 700 rupees.
- The pathology HOD comes in his vintage scooter and parks it at the main entrance.
- Multiple departments treat same disease, for example pediatric leukemia is treated by Department of Medical Oncology or hematology or pediatrics, but still there is more than enough work load.
- Renal transplant is done by General Surgery and not Urology.
- Getting your work done at the academic section is like n+infinity.
- There are places in AIIMS you never knew that they existed until you go for your no objection certificate signature.
- You may be an AIIMS student but for the common man you are still a doctor in ‘MEDICAL ‘. MEDICAL is the generic term used by auto and bus wallas in Delhi for AIIMS. When I first arrived at New Delhi railway station and wanted to hire an auto to reach AIIMS and told the driver to go to AIIMS he gave me a blank look, then after telling him about this big hospital where patients from all state go he understood where I wanted to go. He said “usko MEDICAL bolte hain, yeh AIIMS kahan say naya nam de diya”, translated “it is called Medical when did they give a new name AIIMS”. It is no way a reflection of public’s perception of how hard AIIMS doctors work. I can vouch for that after working as a resident in AIIMS for 4 years.
- You see many doctors frequently over the years in the mess, corridors, lift, casualty and lecture halls and sometimes exchange a smile also but never get to know their name or department.
- Two langoors or big monkeys were employed to chase away the small monkeys. One of my colleagues stethoscope was taken away by a monkey, her desperate attempts to tempt the monkey with food in exchange of the stethoscope was futile. Another friend living in the hostel found a monkey sleeping next to him when he woke up in the morning, he thought it was a pillow and tried to hug it in his sleep and got a shock when the pillow turned out to be a monkey.
- Somehow many patients in the OPD were relatives of the hospital staff. Never seen relationships being formed at such a short notice.
- A very dedicated and hardworking Professor of mine whose OPD use to run from morning 9 am to sometimes night 11 pm used to bring 5 almonds in a box as lunch. He would open the box and then offer them to share it with the residents. We would politely decline but one day a new resident ate all the 5 almonds, he was so swift that we couldn’t stop him, probably he was very hungry, the professor missed his lunch that day.
- During RDA (Resident doctor association) nite you can see various versions of the nagin (female cobra) dance.
Things may have changed as I left AIIMS 7 years back. But those were the best days of my life.
- They can check your knee without even looking and will spare only 3 minutes on your case, for which you were waiting in line for your token, then you number outside doctor’s bench for 5–6 hours.
- They will not listen to how you fell, (it is important to know the way and what is the current situation), they will all say “Bend your knee”, on every 3 months visit and not care to understand, why it is taking so long to get bending angle of 1–2 degree.
- For me, this is the “Fun Story of AIIMS”. AIIMS made me realize, if I am not a VIP, If I do not have links to skip the lines, I will get my case messed up more.
Every time, I used to see people in Delhi Metro, early riding around 6 AM metro, with AIIMS bags, reports in one hand, I used to feel sorry, what they will have to endure, even after being sick.
I lost faith in AIIMS, and felt doctors are money making machine, but “Mathew Varghese” changed everything. He is the living God for me. I wish there are more people and doctors like him.