Name: Rukhiya Naduvile Purayil (MedBound handle: @Rukhiya Naduvile Purayil)
Birth Place: Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Academic Qualification: PharmD from Government Medical College Kannur, Kerala, India (Admission Batch: 2018)
Languages: English and Malayalam
What do you do?
I am a PharmD intern, and I am also doing an internship as a medical journalist.
What’s the best part of your profession? What made you choose this profession?
The best part of my profession is the opportunity to make patients' lives better. I chose this field because I was always curious about drugs and how they work. Despite initial hesitations about drugs being chemicals, I found that PharmD was the best fit for me.
Are you happy/satisfied with the current scenario of pharmacy education in your country?
To be honest, pharmacy education in India is not up to par. There needs to be collective effort from universities, teachers, and students to improve it.
What can be done to improve education in this sector?
The educational system should focus more on practical knowledge rather than just theory. More skill-based training should be provided to produce skilled and efficient pharmacists.
What are some fun facts about pharmacy that you want the readers to know?
Fun fact: Pharmacists play a crucial role in improving patients' lives, and their mistakes, whether intentional or unintentional, can have significant consequences. Additionally, Coca-Cola was invented by a pharmacist.
Is there a healthy work-life balance in your profession?
Work-life balance has to be consciously created. Managing two internships simultaneously can be exhausting, but with wise time management, it's possible to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
Do you like reading? What was the last thing you read?
Yes, I enjoy reading. Currently, I'm reading "Atomic Habits."
What is your favorite dish?
I enjoy Italian and Arabic food, but my favorite dish varies with my mood.
What’s one thing that people are generally surprised to find out about you?
People are often surprised by my ability to write well.
What is your least favorite subject?
Your favorite subject(s)?
What’s something you wish to change about the world?
I want to stop medical crimes.
What’s your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is the fear of revealing my significant fears.
I find satisfaction in many small moments but can't recall a single most memorable one.
What do you love to do in your leisure time?
In my leisure time, I enjoy drawing, writing, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.
What do you hate the most?
I can't tolerate arrogance.
If given a choice, what alternate career would you have opted for?
I would have chosen a career related to technology or art.
What is your dream travel destination?
Switzerland is my top dream travel destination where I can peacefully take in the beauty and learn about the culture.
Where would you like to work in the future?
In pharmaceutical companies.
Finally, a quote you relate to.
"Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I."
(PharmaDose /Rukhiya Naduvile Purayil/PB)