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Medicine is one of the most sort out and rewarding career for those interested in Science and dealing with sick people. Over the years, the field of medical studies have undergone various stages of development, it has become so vast that specialisations within are increasing day by day. There is great scope for medicine as a professional career.

A doctor's profession involves a lot of hard work and at the same time, it gives the satisfaction of curing patients at times even saving lives. It is a very demanding profession. 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.

The increasing complicated lifestyles giving birth to a variety of ailments have made it impossible for General Physicians with an MBBS degree to handle all ailments. It is here that specialisation in a particular branch of medicine becomes a necessity. The major Specialisations include General Medicine, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), Psychiatry, Anesthesiology etc.

There is also Super Specialisations which require a further 3-5 years of study in areas such as Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Cardio-thoracic surgery, Conito-urinary surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and Clinical Haematology.

The demand for medical professionals are tremendously increasing with the unfortunate upsurge of diseases and ailments day by day. At the same time super specialty hospitals are mushrooming both within the country and abroad offering employment opportunities. These along with liberalization of economy could bring better opportunities for these professionals in terms of remuneration, research and working facilities.

Other than Allopathy, medicine also covers different systems like Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani etc.


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).
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Course Details:

The MBBS course is of five and a half years' duration which includes four and a half years of classroom study and practicals, followed by a year of internship.

The postgraduate programmes are generally of three years' duration leading up to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Surgery (MS) degree. Those who go in for a postgraduate diploma course need to undertake a minimum of one years' course for full registration with the State Medical Council.
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A large number of institutions all over the country offer training in various branches of medicine. Prominent among these with entrance on an all-India basis are:

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
Christian Medical College, Vellore.
The Armed Forces Medical College, Pune.
Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduation Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry.
Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi.
Grant Medical College, Mumbai.
Madras Medical College, Chennai.
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Job Prospects:

Some of the common areas of specialization in medicine and surgery are General Practitioner or Physician, General Surgeon, Anaesthetist or Anaesthesiologists, Psychiatrist, Neurologist etc.
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