Empowering Healthcare Professionals: Insights from Dr. Paula Goel’s Journey

 Dr. Paula Goel shares her inspiring journey in the medical field, from her early experiences to her pioneering work in pediatric and adolescent medicine. Her journey, filled with passion and resilience, is nothing short of inspiring.

A Moment of Awakening

Dr. Goel’s path to medicine began with a moment of deep realization. While in the 11th standard, she witnessed a man collapsing on the street, ignored by passersby. Despite her young age and lack of medical training, she stepped in to help, seeking assistance from the local bus corporation office. This incident ignited her commitment to helping others, a value that has guided her career ever since.

 Academic Excellence and Early Career

Dr. Goel’s academic journey is impressive. She attended St. Mary’s School and Fergusson College in Pune, where she excelled academically. Her dedication earned her a place among the top five in her medical college, leading to a specialization in pediatrics. Despite opportunities to train abroad, she chose to stay in India, working for the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) and gaining invaluable experience in the public health sector.

 From Public Health to Private Practice

In 2008, Dr. Goel made a bold decision to leave her stable job at BMC and start her clinic. Initially focused on cardiology and pediatrics, her Faith Clinic in Mumbai quickly expanded to include laboratory and radiology services due to patient demand. This rapid growth was a testament to her vision and the community’s trust in her abilities.

Overcoming Challenges

Setting up a private practice was not without challenges. Dr. Goel faced skepticism and logistical hurdles, especially as a woman entrepreneur in 2008. However, her experience in the government sector and her MBA equipped her with the necessary skills to manage staff and streamline operations. She also credits her supportive all-women team for their shared determination to succeed.

Expanding Horizons: Digital Coaching and Corporate Health

Dr. Goel has always been keen on innovation. With the help and guidance of The Doctorpreneur Academy, she ventured into digital coaching, offering online consultations and health advice. This platform has allowed her to reach a wider audience and provide continuous support to her patients.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Goel has made significant contributions to corporate health. Recognizing a gap in the market, she began offering comprehensive health assessments for corporate employees, emphasizing the importance of clinical check-ups alongside standard tests. Her initiatives have helped many companies understand the true value of health assessments conducted by qualified doctors.

 Community Engagement and Education

Dr. Goel is also passionate about community health education. In 2022, she collaborated with Father Gilson and his team to address addiction issues among adolescents in a unique festival setting. Through interactive sessions involving songs, dances, and role plays, they educated 500 children about the dangers of addiction and the importance of family bonds and peer pressure management.

Pioneering Adolescent Medicine in India

Adolescent medicine, a relatively new field in India, has found a champion in Dr. Goel. She addresses various non-communicable diseases among teenagers, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and PCOS. Her holistic approach includes not only treating the adolescents but also counseling their parents and teachers, highlighting the importance of a supportive environment for the youth.

 A Vision for the Future

Dr. Goel’s journey is a testament to her unwavering dedication to her patients and her profession. Her clinics in Mumbai continue to thrive, offering comprehensive healthcare services from Bandra to Churchgate. Her work in adolescent medicine and corporate health has set new standards in the field.

Final Thoughts

Dr. Paula Goel’s story is one of passion, perseverance, and progress. From a pivotal moment in her youth to becoming a trailblazer in her field, her journey inspires us to strive for excellence and make a difference in our communities. We congratulate Dr. Goel on her remarkable achievements and look forward to witnessing her continued impact on healthcare in India. 

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