Reflections of a Pupil

What Your Med School and Ophthalmology Textbooks Can’t Teach You (But What Your Mentors, Colleagues, and Patients Will)

R. Rishi Gupta, MD FRCSC

Reflections of a Pupil weaves together the rich tapestry of lessons that Dr. R. Rishi Gupta has learned from his unique journey through the art and science of medicine. Although trainees and junior attendings in the field of ophthalmology have ready access to the technical aspects of their field, this invaluable text will help these professionals focus on many other issues equally vital to their success: resiliency, communication, mentorship, ethics, and life-long learning. Dr. Gupta offers short, easy-to-read stories and case studies (with no memorization involved) that will resonate deeply with physicians. Readers will discover how it is possible to juggle the surgical, clinical, practical, and interpersonal demands of their specialties—while still maintaining a positive work-life balance. Written from the perspective of a peer, Reflections of a Pupil challenges readers to find the lessons that life and their profession continuously present for them. Dr. Gupta offers medical students, residents, and junior attendings easily digestible food for thought about how to grow into the physicians they have always wanted to be.


A superb piece of work that will certainly be an important resource for many years to come in the ophthalmology community.

DAVID SARRAF MD, Stein Eye Institute, UCLA Los Angeles, CA


 Beautifully captures the essence of becoming and being a doctor.

CHARLES C. WYKOFF MD PhD, Blanton Eye Institute & Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX


Brilliantly demonstrates the harmony of understanding basic facts of a patient problem balanced with confidence and experience.

CAROL L. SHIELDS MD, Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


Dr. Gupta has received awards for his work in medical education, research, teaching, as well as excellence in patient care. He has a keen interest in preventing physical burnout, achieving a good work-life balance, and strategies to improve overall patient satisfaction. He was instrumental in the creation of a mentorship program for junior Canadian retina attendings. Outside of work, Dr. Gupta enjoys sports (playing and watching), music (playing and listening), and hanging out and making funny faces with his son Vikram.

ISBN 978-1-9994197-0-7
$23.95 CAD $18.95 USD
Published September 25, 2018
5.5 x 8.5 266 Pages