Name: Dr. Ravi Teja Kethavath
Educational Qualification: MBBS from Andhra Medical College, Andhra Pradesh, India
MD Emergency Medicine from P.E.S. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PESIMSR) Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, India
DNB Emergency Medicine from Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Freelance Flight physician working with ICATT (2020-present)
MBA Hospital Administration, Andhra University, AP.
FACEE - Academic College of Emergency Experts (2021-2022)
MRCEM - Royal College of Emergency, London, UK (2022-2024)
Postgraduate Degree of Medical Law & Ethics , Medico Legal studies from National Law School of India University (2022-2023)
Where are you working currently?
I am currently working at Government Medical College, Srikakulam, in the Dept. of Emergency Medicine, focusing on resuscitation, pre-hospital care, toxicology, medicolegal issues, disaster management, and invasive life-saving procedures.
What are your areas of interest within your profession?
My primary interests within my profession include cardiology, aeromedical transfer, resuscitative procedures and point-of-care ultrasound. I also value establishing and running protocolized Emergency departments, as well as promoting awareness of medical and surgical procedures among junior doctors.
What made you choose teaching or mentoring as a profession?
Teaching and mentoring allow me to share my knowledge and experience with the next generation of medical professionals, ensuring that they are well-prepared to save lives and provide quality care.
What would the students be surprised to find about you?
Students might be surprised to know that, outside of medicine, I have a strong interest in physics and aviation and aspire to become an astronaut. #missiontomars
Any 3 topics/subjects that you like the most:
Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)
Aeromedical transfer procedures
Point-of-care ultrasound applications
Any 3 topics/subjects that you dislike/detest the most:
Lack of scrutiny for true vs. fake doctors/specialists
Non-adherence to Clinical-Based Medical Education (CBME)
What are your fields of interest in Research/clinical practice?
I am particularly interested in researching factors influencing the arrival of stroke patients to the hospital, injury patterns in rural motorbike accidents, violence against healthcare workers and any time-specific treatment trails.
What are your career goals or expectations?
My career goals include advancing emergency medicine in every hospital setup and promoting adherence to international medical standards in my field.
What would you be doing if not for the current profession?
If I were not in my current profession (Medical), I can’t see fitting myself into any other specialty. Outside Medicine, I would likely be pursuing anything which has enough adrenaline rush - Pilot, Racing, Armed Forces, etc.
What do you like to do in your leisure time?
In my leisure time, I enjoy music, watching movies, and going for drives. Simultaneously, on vacation, I explore nearby EDs to learn and to suggest innovations and techniques.
What change would you like to bring about in the Education sector?
I believe in following the USA's techniques in medicine and emphasize the importance of creative Teaching-Learning Modules (TLMs) and unlearning outdated practices to stay current with medical advancements.
What makes a 'good day' at work/college/institute?
A 'good day' at work or in college is when I can successfully spread awareness, resuscitate patients, and see my students excel in their learning and clinical practice.
Who do you idolize and why?
I draw inspiration from figures like Charles Darwin and Elon Musk, who have made significant contributions to their respective fields and pushed the boundaries of human knowledge and exploration.
14. Kindly mention your Publication(s), if any:
Dissertation: "Factors Influencing the Arrival of Patients to Hospital with Stroke: An Observational Study" (NTRUHS, AP).
Publication: "Patterns and Severity of Injuries in Motorbike Accidents in a Rural Area" - International Journal of Science and Research (Vol-9 | Issue-2 | February-2020).
Article: "Violence Against Health Care Workers! The Receiving End" - Trauma & Emergency Academic Medicine Sentinel (TEAMS) Newsletter (APR-JUN 2021).
Thesis: "Factors Influencing the Arrival of Patients to Hospital with Stroke" - VIGYAN CENTRAL (14 August 2021).
Kindly mention your achievements or awards:
Saksham Chatra Paritoshik - National Emergency Medicine Award presented by INDUSEM (India US Emergency Medicine) body.
First and only Flight Physician from Andhra Pradesh State.
ACLS, BLS Instructor (American Heart Association)
BCLS, CCLS Instructor (Indian Resuscitation Council)
ENLS Instructor (Neuro Criticalcare Society – Europe)
PALS Provider (American Heart Association)
Andhra Pradesh State Undersecretary - Emergency Medicine Association India.
Tactical Combat Casualty Care Provider
NCC ‘C’ certificate holder -A Grade. 4(A)NMU
What message would you like to give to today's youth?
I would like to encourage today's youth to be open to learning from everyone and to constantly seek opportunities to learn something new and do something innovative. Unlearning is more important than learning. Every moment is a chance to make a positive impact. Check out “The Red Car Theory" and “Red Ocean vs. Blue Ocean.”
What is one of your hidden talents that you would like us to know?
One of my hidden talents is my ability to motivate and counsel others, coupled with a somewhat quirky sense of humor. Maybe this is the underlying talent without a degree.
What current trends/practices are baffling to you?
I am baffled by the overreliance on RMP/PRO for patient referrals and the lack of scrutiny regarding the authenticity of doctors and specialists. Once scrutiny sets in, India is no more a developing country.
There is a lack of empathy in some of the younger generation of doctors, which is more important than knowledge.
There is not sufficient humanitarian respect towards doctors' work, which is unmatched by any price in this era.
How would you sum up your current assignment/job/Institute/professional life?
My current assignment at Government Medical College, Srikakulam, allows me to pursue my passion for emergency medicine, training, and education. I am dedicated to improving patient care and mentoring the next generation of medical professionals while constantly seeking ways to innovate and stay updated in the field.
(MedTeacher/Dr. Ravi Teja Kethavath)