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What path took you into ophthalmology?

In my fourth year of medical school, I got a distinction in ophthalmology – the top student that year – and realized that I had a particular affinity for the subject.  So, after graduating from medical school at Kerala University in South India,I thought I would try for a post-graduate position in ophthalmology. It was very competitive – if I remember correctly, there were only four ophthalmology seats for the whole state of Kerala – but I actually got one! Since then, I’ve never looked back; I am sure that I’m in the right career. And along the way, I’ve had some wonderful mentors: in India, I was helped enormously by Shailaja Kumari and Dr Kaman, while in the UK I’ve been guided by Philip Hykin, Alan Bird and Declan Flanagan.

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