A British Asian doctor and star of BBC One’s ‘Dr In The House’ inspires next generation of doctors….reports Asian Lite News
Dr Rangan Chatterjee MBChB, BSc (Hons), MRCGP returned to his old school The Manchester Grammar to inspire the next generation of doctors.
Dr Chatterjee MBChB, BSc (Hons), MRCGP, MRCP, who attended MGS between 1988 to 1995, returned to the School to talk to aspiring medics about his career since leaving the School.
Dr Chatterjee, an NHS GP practicing in Oldham, is the star of the popular BBC One series Dr In The House, which sees him live with different families in their own homes for a month at a time. He scrutinises them at work, at play, shopping for food, cooking, eating and sleeping and his treatment is based on lifestyle interventions to help improve the quality of people’s lives.
Dr Chatterjee was one of a number of doctors specialising in different areas of medicine – of all whom were educated at MGS who returned to the School for a Careers in Medicine evening. The other speakers were OMs Dr Zaf Naqui and Dr Kunal Hinduja
The event gave aspiring and future healthcare professionals from MGS the opportunity to find out about the realities and day-to-day challenges of working in this area and to hear first-hand about the highs and lows of a career in the medical profession.
After the talks, current MGS boys from Years 11 and 12 were able to put questions to the panel.
Dr Chatterjee said: “I grew up in a medical family and have spent more than 14 years working in this field. It is a very challenging, but ultimately very rewarding, vocation so I am delighted to have been able to come back to my old school to hopefully inspire the next generation of doctors and practitioners.
“I spent many wonderful years at The Manchester Grammar School, and it was here that I first developed my interest in becoming a doctor and helping other people.
“It was great to see so many young men from MGS who share that passion and want to go on and explore a career in medicine. There are so many new and exciting areas of research that are opening up for the next generation of healthcare professionals, and it was a honour to come back to where it all started for me. Hopefully the knowledge and experiences I shared with the boys will inspire them to do great things in the future.”
Dr Chatterjee studied at the Edinburgh University Medical School in 2001 and spent his first six years in hospital medicine. After completing his internal medicine examinations and gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians, Dr Chatterjee moved into General Practice.
After nearly losing his young son from a preventable vitamin deficiency, Dr Chatterjee immersed himself in nutritional science and focused on treating the cause of chronic lifestyle-driven conditions rather than just the symptoms. Since then, he has studied Movement Science, Stress Reduction, Ancestral Health, Nutrition and Functional Medicine and has also completed a BSc Honours Degree in Immunology.
High Master of The Manchester Grammar School, Dr Martin Boulton, said: “We are extremely proud of our pupils who have gone on to become experts in their chosen field since leaving the School.
“We were delighted to welcome our old boys back to MGS and it was fascinating to hear their experiences. At such a crucial time in their lives, it was a fantastic opportunity for our current boys to hear about what life is really like working in the challenging field of medicine and I have no doubt it will inspire them in their future studies.”