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Looking for female heroes on the occasion of the International Women's Day, we have chosen Karine Baghyan, one of the physicians who enjoy the name of a kind and decent specialist. We are happy to have such compassionate doctors with a heroic past living beside us.

ArtsakhInfo extends its cordial congratulations to Karine Baghyan and all the women on Marth 8, wishing them all the best.

''As far back as I can remember, I work in this field,'' says doctor Karine Baghyan,  ''in 1992, when I was  barely 18 years old, I volunteered to serve in the Shoushi Regiment as a nurse.  I passed through the whole war, where the regiment was, there were we.  To this day, I keep a large fragment in my house that could kill me then.''

Karine Baghyan confesses that she didn't want to choose the profession of a doctor, but it seems the profession chose her when she was only 15 and there was a growing need for people like her in the country.

''I was always dreaming of becoming a lawyer. I was an honors pupil at school, mainly focusing on History, but in 1990 a faculty opened at the Medical College for those who completed the 8th grade. As the state of war was drawn to a head in the country, with my mother's exhortations, but personal reluctance I went to take part in the Medical College admission.  I was accepted crying, but graduated with a red diploma.  I remember my teacher of History wasn't talking to me for that reason.  When we were asked in our course who would go on to study in the university, I was one of the few who didn't raise my hand.  My mother was a teacher, and my father a laborer. I didn't even think about the medical university considering our modest abilities because there were myths about large sums of money with regard to this back then,'' she says.

Karine Baghryan's diligence and determination have soon dispelled that myth, and after graduating from college, at the end of the war, she entered Yerevan State Medical University after M. Heratsi.  After graduating in 2000, she volunteered to work in Shoushi as a therapist and an ambulance doctor.  Since 2003 she has worked in Stepanakert Medical College.  Currently she works at the Republican Polyclinic and the Hemodialysis Department of the Republican Medical Center.

Most of the day the physician spends working. This morning she visited patients' homes on a call list; she received patients on a queue at the polyclinic from 1pm to 5pm, from 5pm to 11pm she will be in the dialysis department.  She says: “In our profession there is no Sunday, no quiet time of a day.  Even when attending an event, different people approach with their concerns, and as much as I can, I try to help everyone.  According to the new order of the polyclinic, the therapist can receive 10-12 patients a day.  We do more.  I try not to send anyone back without acceptance.  If a patient has turned to us, then they need it.  Patients who refer to the therapist are mainly people over fifty, mostly women.  I love working with adults and I think our love is mutual.''

The doctor is confident that a physician should first and formost be a psychologist, have a high sense of responsibility, kind speech and smile frequently.

''The psychology of a sick person is different; any person can feel worse when treated negatively than because of their illness.  I am an experienced doctor, but the year before, I was frustrated by a bad attitude,'' says the doctor.

According to the therapist, doctors should constantly improve themselves. If a specialist goes deeper into the theory and studies but doesn't work with patients, it will not work,  if they work with patients, but don't go on studying, training, don't know the medical news, that will not work either. She thinks, the doctor should stand in the middle.

Karine Baghyan, a physician aspiring to all this, addressed her wish on the occasion of International Women's Day: ''I would like women to be more consistent about their health after the age of 40, often see a doctor, as the endocrine system of women becomes more vulnerable at this age.  I wish everybody only optimism so that they can trust the professionals more, always look for the good, the positive, the beautiful that exist in every person.''