Dream Chaser

Dr. Manish works for Bir Hospital, Nepal, which is the oldest hospital and has the largest number of patients in Nepal.Dr. Manish reveals that he really treasures his current success, which does not come easily. Due to his family’s financial conditions, Dr. Manish relays on scholarshipsduring his schooling until he becomes a registered doctor. Many of Dr. Manish’s classmates went overseas to study medical school whereas Dr. Manish could not be one of them because of financial conditions. However, his determination motivated him to find solutionsconstantly. He never gave up even though he once waited for the scholarship’s approval for three years.

Dr. Manish works for Bir Hospital, Nepal, which is the oldest hospital and has the largest number of patients in Nepal.

Why would Dr. Manish choose to specialize inOrthodontics? “I worked for a private hospital after I graduated from medical school. That hospital cooperated with an international non-profit organization to offer regular free medical services to people living in rural areas. What impressed me back at the time was that there were few patients who suffered from craniofacial disfiguration, and they walked for three days to attend our free medical service. However, the medical team could do nothing for them. I washeartbrokenand despair. One reason was that I was not qualified enough to provide treatment, andthe other reason was that Nepal had no professional craniofacial-center to refer these patients. As a result, I made up my mind to pursue further training in Orthodontics.”

In the year of 2015, Dr. Manish participated in a short-term training at Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. A doctor from the craniofacial center of Chang Gung Medical Hospitalgave one of the seminars.Dr. Manish was amazed by it.Then, being part of the craniofacial team of Chang Gung Medical Hospital had become his dream. After years of finding ways to have specialized training with his strong determination, Dr. Manish discovered that the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation collaborated with Chang Gung Medical Hospital to provide medical training in craniofacial care. Accordingly, Dr. Manish was proactive in contactingthe Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation and applied for the training program.

Dr. Manish has a lot to learn within only four-month training. He expects himself to learn as much as he can in every second.

Dr. Manish was very surprised at the advanced medical facilitieswhen he first joined the Chang Gung craniofacial team. He said, “I feel so ashamed for the lack of proper medical equipment for Nepalese patients after visiting Chang Gung Craniofacial Center. We sometimes would send patients home simply because we did not have the right equipment to provide treatment. Although we would call them back once we have the equipment, the patients would have been waiting for several months! Also, because of missingthe golden period of medical care, the result of the treatment would not have been as good!” Dr. Manish then further shared with regret, “The lack of medical knowledge is another issue. Taiwanese patients can be well taken care of, including a proper treatment plan, medical care, and follow-up.In contract, Nepalese patients, especially those who live in rural areas, do not believe that cleft lip and cleft palate can be cured. It is usually too late to cure when we proactively discover patients with cleft lip and cleft palate.”

Dr. Manish, the one standing with his patient

Dr. Manish has a lot to learn within only four-month training. He expects himself to learn as much as he can in every second. He compliments on how friendly Taiwanese are, and how disciplined the country is. He is also amazed that the Taiwanese work hard on their job and for their livelihood. He said, “I really enjoy Taiwanese food. Although it is quite different from my home cuisine, Taiwanese food is delicious! I have no trouble in adapting myself here.” Dr. Manish further expresses, “A great country like Taiwan should be seen internationally!”

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