Medical profession abbreviants,villagers professions and self professed means are the three most common terms used by students in online forums for a variety of medical fields.
The three are used in almost every online community, as the terms are commonly used to refer to professions, occupations and specialties.
Many of the terms used in these forums have been in the news for years now, as they have been associated with the use of fake names and pseudonyms.
What you need to know about these terms and how they’re used in the internet world is a topic for a separate article.
A quick primer on these three common terms can be found here.
A quick glance at the top 10 most popular forum posts in India shows the terms being used in nearly all of them.
“I don’t like the name of the profession”, says an Indian graduate student from an engineering college, referring to the term “doctor”.
“But I like the profession itself”, another user says.
I don’t want to be part of it”, another replies. “
Why can’t we just have a single-doctor society?
I don’t want to be part of it”, another replies.
Some users say they’re not happy with the profession, claiming it’s a “dangerous” profession that puts the health of the people at risk.
While some of the other posts about medical professions are more benign, others are more controversial.
One forum poster says: “You can’t tell us what to do with our lives.
This is our job.
If we don’t have any work to do, how will we survive?”
Another explains: “Doctors have a lot of privileges in the society.
I’m not one of the privileged ones.”
A student from the medical faculty of an Indian university says: “I would prefer a ‘doctor’ who can see into the future.
It will help us understand the future better.”
A third student replies: “A doctor who can predict the future will be better equipped to treat the patients and save lives.”