Doctors And Management? Dr. Nikita Shah, A PGP Participant – IIM INDORE, Mumbai Campus Answers It

 We don’t see doctors in Management programs very often. What was your reason to pursue the same?

It is true that there are not many doctors pursuing management as a career. However, I feel that it depends on your interests and aspirations in life. I wanted to serve people and I did BDS. I gained knowledge and experience in healthcare field. Also, I was passionate about working in healthcare consultancy firm. For this, MBA would provide me enough managerial skills and knowledge to help me achieve my goal. It will help me develop an overall personality which a few years down the line will help me work in a healthcare organization as an effective manager and post that,  I wish to manage my own multi-speciality hospital or chain of dental clinics. This will finally help me fulfill my late father’s dream.

 Let’s go back to the prep time. How difficult is it for a non- Mathematics student to get a decent percentile in CAT?

It was a bit difficult for me as it was almost 7 years ago that I had studied Mathematics. However, I have always been a Mathematics lover and I never leave  an opportunity to solve any sort of puzzles involving maths. Cat Quant is primarily logic based and anyone with a thorough knowledge of primary Mathematics can score good.

There are no subjects in PGP that deal with your domain in particular. Is it easy for you to deal with such subjects?

I have always been a challenge accepter from the beginning. Although one should have an expertise in one field, I feel one must not restrict oneself. The more you explore, the more you learn things.  Even though the subjects in PGP are not related to my domain, I love attending each and every lecture with full enthusiasm and participate to my fullest. My batchmates also help me in every way possible.  

 Lastly, what is your message to the aspirants, especially the ones in the medical field?

I would say, it doesn’t matter what background one belongs to, one needs to chase what one one aspires for. Passion and dedication can make everything possible. So no matter what background you come from, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving what you really want  to.