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Career Options after MBBS in India

June 26, 2023
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Every medical aspirant dream of scoring high in the NEET exam to get admission into a good medical college and consider it the toughest task. But after getting admission, completing MBBS is quite challenging. It requires consistent efforts and utmost proficiency and sincerity. After completing MBBS, another challenging and confusing task is to choose the right specialty and career.

First and the foremost thing to keep in mind while choosing a medical specialty is to consider your interest and passion instead of getting into peer pressure. You must choose a specialty that excites you, may it be surgery, medicine, research, pediatrics, or any other specialty. Then, look out for other factors such as skill set, financial considerations, work environment, professional growth, job demand, and more. You must take this decision wisely.

You have a variety of employment opportunities after earning your MBBS in India. Here are some of the potential career paths after completing an MBBS degree:

 

Pursue Medical PG Specialization

After completing MBBS, you have the option to pursue MD/MS, DNB, PG Diploma course, or a Direct 6 years super specialty course.

Courses to be pursued after MBBS:

List of MD (Doctor of Medicine) and MS (Master of Surgery) Courses

MD Specialisations:

    • Aerospace Medicine
    • Human Anatomy
    • Anesthesia
    • Biochemistry
    • Community Medicine
    • Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy
    • Family Medicine
    • Forensic Medicine
    • General Medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • Health Administration
    • Hospital Administration
    • Immunohematology
    • Microbiology
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Psychiatry
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    • Physiology
    • Pulmonary Medicine
    • Radiodiagnosis
    • Radiotherapy
    • Sports Medicine
    • Tropical Medicine
    • Palliative Medicine
    • Marine Medicine
    • Laboratory Medicine

MS Specialisations:

    • ENT
    • General Surgery
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Orthopaedics
    • Traumatology & Surgery


List of DNB (Diplomate of National Board) Courses

  • Anaesthesiology
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Community Medicine
  • Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprosy
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Forensic Medicine
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Hospital Administration
  • Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion
  • Microbiology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
  • Pediatrics
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radio Diagnosis
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine

List of Post MBBS PG Diploma Courses

  • Anaesthesia
  • Clinical Pathology
  • DVL
  • ENT
  • Health Education
  • Immunohaematology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Occupational Health
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radio-diagnosis
  • Radiation Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Allergy & Clinical Immunology

List of Direct 6 Years Super Specialty Courses

  • DM Radiotherapy & Oncology
  • DM Neurology
  • M.Ch. Neurosurgery
  • M.Ch. Pediatric Surger
  • M.Ch. Infectious Diseases
  • M.Ch. Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery CTVS
  • M.Ch. Surgical Gastroenterology
  • M.Ch. Trauma Surgery & Critical Care
  • M.Ch. Plastic, Reconstructive & Burns Surgery
  • M.Ch. Urology


Combined Medical Services Examination

UPSC-CMS is Combined Medical Services Examination. The CMS exam provides the opportunity to take up the following Posts/Services:

Category I:

  • Medical Officers Grade in General Duty Medical Officers Sub-cadre of Central Health Service

Category II:

  • Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways.
  • General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council
  • General duty Medical Officer Gr-II in Municipal Corporation of Delhi

AFMS – Short Service Commission

Armed Forces Medical Service recruits doctors as Short Service Commissioned Medical Officers. Candidates can apply for this if they have a medical degree and a permanent registration with any State Medical Council/MCI. Admission to the AFMS-SSC exam comprises a two-stage selection process. An interview/Personality Test followed by Medical Examination is conducted for Short Service Commissioned Medical Officers posts.

 

Pursue Postgraduate Courses

You also have the option to pursue Master’s in the allied science and field.  You can pursue the following postgraduation courses after MBBS:

  • Master in Hospital Administration
  • Master’s in healthcare Imaging
  • Master’s in Medical Science and Technology
  • Master’s in Medical Biotechnology
  • Master’s in Public Health (MPH)
  • MBA in Healthcare Management

Research

Pharmaceutical companies and research institutes offer various opportunities for MBBS graduates. You can work in research and development, clinical trials, medical affairs, drug safety, and more.  Pharmaceutical companies require medical professionals to provide expertise in drug development and interact with other healthcare professionals. Institutes ICMR, CCMP, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, etc. are a good option for this career profile. You can pursue Ph.D. further if you are interested in research.

Medical Practitioner

You can start your practice in a government or private hospital or any healthcare facility, or start private practice. You can also collaborate with other medical professionals and practice.

Medical Content Writing

You can explore a career in medical writing and medical journalism. If you are good at writing, you can write articles, research papers, books, and journals and can also work as a medical journalist for newspapers, magazines, or online publications. You can get employed at pharmaceutical companies, publishing houses, and more.

Academician

You can pursue Ph.D. and pursue teaching as a profession. Being an Academician is also a highly respectful and lucrative career option.

Medical Advisor

You can work as a medical advisor or expert witness in legal cases involving medical issues. In this, you can work with the companies to develop marketing strategies and materials. You can provide support to the regulatory affairs department for obtaining product licenses. You will there conduct analysis and help the writers with the content creation for a brand related to medicine field.

Medical Jobs at International Organizations

International Organizations like WHO and UNICEF provide several job opportunities for Medical graduates as per applicable vacancies, may it be of a physician, medical advisor, Public Health Officer, or surveillance medical job.

It’s highly essential to evaluate your interest, skills, and long-term goals to choose a career path that aligns with your aspirations. Further specialization through a postgraduate degree can significantly enhance your career prospects.

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