A new life
For persons with an aptitude to serve people medicine is the right career choice. It is the most rewarding and sort after careers. The field of medicine has grown over the years. Today there are varied branches in which one can specialize. There is great scope for medicine as a professional career.
A doctor’s job is a very challenging one where lot of hard work is involved. To be in this profession is more a responsibility than a privilege. It is more of what you can give the community than what you can get from it. But the hard work pays of by giving you the satisfaction that a life is saved.
Today’s lifestyle has given birth to illness and diseases that was unheard of before. In order to cure these illnesses specialized doctors are required. A general physician with just an MBBS degree will find it difficult to handle such ailments. There is a great demand for doctors both in the country and abroad too.
The major Specializations include General Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), Psychiatry, Anesthesiology etc. There is also Super Specializations which require a further 3-5 years of study in areas such as Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Cardio-thoracic surgery, Conito-urinary surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and Clinical Hematology. Other than Allopathy, medicine also covers different systems like Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani etc.
The qualification required for entrance is 10+2 or equivalent with Science subjects. The basic or degree level qualification for a medical profession is MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) which is of 5 1/2 years duration (including 1 year internship). Selection for MBBS is through an All India Entrance Examination.
For practicing as a physician or surgeon, one needs to have completed the MBBS course from a recognized medical college and must possess a license from the State Medical Council to practice.
After MBBS, candidates can go for post graduate level studies (MD or MS) through another entrance. At the post graduate level, there is specialization in Medicine and Surgery. Post Graduate Programmes (MD or MS) is usually of 3 years duration. The major Specializations include General Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), Psychiatry, Anesthesiology etc
- They can find employment in Government or private hospitals,
- In Nursing homes/clinics/health departments,
- In medical services of the army, navy and air force, under the Ministry of Defense,
- In charitable institutions,
- In medical colleges and training institutes as teachers,
- In research institutes and medical colleges as researchers,
- In the industrial sector, private practice/ self employment
TThe earnings of a doctor through private practice depends on his/her popularity. The doctors who are working in government hospitals are well paid.
The pay varies for those working with private hospitals. It may vary from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000.
There are a number of medical colleges in the country.