They say an opportunity once lost, is lost forever. And when Dr. Vardhaman Kankaria and his wife Dr. Shrutika Kankaria were presented with one such opportunity — to pursue their PG at Sankara Nethralaya — they sure didn’t want to lose it. Having completed their graduation from the famed KEM Hospital in Mumbai, the Doctor couple was ecstatic to know that they had both been selected to pursue their PG at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai.
That was in 2007. In the three years to follow, the doctor couple would be enveloped in a sea of knowledge which would provide them a holistic view on practising ophthalmology. “The experience at Sankara Nethralaya, both theory and practice, is unparalleled,” says Dr. Vardhaman. His wife echoes similar thoughts. “Sankara Nethralaya is one of the best institutes to pursue your PG; the fact that we get to learn from some of the country’s leading ophthalmologists is a boon to any upcoming ophthalmologist,” she says.
Describing the visionary Dr. SS Badrinath as someone who has “taken ophthalmology to great heights,” the doctors are all praise for the excellent faculty and support system at Sankara Nethralaya.
Says Dr. Shrutika, “People like Dr. Meenakshi, Academics Director, have been extremely encouraging and have made PG students like us feel at home.”
As a small token of gratitude for the invaluable experience gained at Nethralaya, the doctor couple have donated — from the last salary drawn at Nethralaya — to the institute’s library a book on ophthalmology titled “Parson’s Diseases of the Eye.”
“This is our small way of giving back to the institute from which we have learnt so much,” says Dr. Shrutika.
The doctors now head to Ahmednagar, their hometown, and are looking forward to provide quality ophthalmic care to the residents of this quaint little town in Maharashtra.
And what do they take back from Nethralaya? “The commitment and sincerity, of both doctors and staff at Nethralaya is worth emulating. We will ensure that we too will work with the same sincerity and dedication in our future endeavours,” the say in unison.