Bangalore: Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute’s auditorium burst into a thunderous applause as Divya C Ragate winner of the highest number of gold medals, walked up to the podium to receive her awards at the convocation ceremony on Thursday.
She has received eight gold medals in Pathology, Community Medicine, Opthalmology, General Medicine, General Surgery and has been the year’s topper for 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of her study.
Speaking at the function, this young native from Bihar gave all credit for her success to her father; saying she was motivated and guided by him throughout her academic pursuits. Her father is a district surgeon, and a professor at the Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences. “My teachers at BMCRI have also helped me through the journey. In fact, I learnt a lot from my patients as well,” she said. She hopes to secure a seat in DM, Neurology, Nimhans.
Javagal Amith Thejas , native of Hassan, the male topper of the state said, “I would study only when I felt like. On an average I spent two hours everyday and six hours on weekends for this,” he added.
Thejas, also the state topper in PU, added, “I want to pursue neurology in Nimhans after this.”
Meanwhile, speaking at the convocation, Dr C N Manjunath, Director, Jayadeva Institute of Cardio Vascular Sciences and Research said: “The medical fraternity should adopt ‘treatment first and payment next’ concept in emergencies because every minute is so important and the benefit of the golden hour should be passed on to patients. One should always remember that life is more important than the file.”
He told the Deccan Herald, “For 30 minutes of delay in initiating treatment, the risk of death increases by 7%.”