What after MBBS? Know Specialisation, Diploma/MD/MS Courses, Career Options

What after MBBS? – The health sector is emerging as a rapidly growing sector bringing in a competitive environment for those aspirants who want to pursue a career in it. Aspirants who have completed their MBBS might be wondering what to pursue – higher education or job opportunities, as both provide immense opportunities. 

There are two options for the students after completing MBBS. First, they can go for higher studies. Second, they can look for job opportunities. The common choice mostly medical students opt for is to continue with higher education. While some choose a traditional specialization, others might be willing to choose a new-age specialization.
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What after MBBS – Traditional Specializations to do

Most medical students decide to pursue a specialization in their area of interest. At this stage, medical students’ most preferred course is MD/MS or a diploma in medicine. Admission to MD/MS is conducted through PG entrance exams like NEET PG and INI CET. The specialization offered under MS, MD, and other diploma programs are mentioned below.

MD Specialization after MBBS 

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

MS Specialization after MBBS 

  • ENT 
  • General Surgery 
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology 
  • Ophthalmology 
  • Orthopedics 

Diploma Specialization after MBBS 

  • Anesthesia 
  • Clinical Pathology 
  • DVL 
  • ENT 
  • Health Education 
  • Immunohaematology 
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology 
  • Occupational Health 
  • Ophthalmology 
  • Orthopedics 
  • Pediatric 
  • Psychiatry 
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 
  • Pulmonary Medicine 
  • Radio-diagnosis 
  • Radiation Medicine 
  • Sports Medicine 
  • Tropical Medicine 

What after MBBS – Medical Science and Technology 

Master in Medical Science and Technology imparts skills that combine science and engineering to doctors, training them for medical research in Medical Imaging and Image analysis, Biosensors, Regenerative medicine, Biomaterials and Implants, Clinical Biomarkers, Immuno-technology, Stem Cells, Medical Statistics, Early Detection of Cancer, Telemedicine, Biomedical Instrumentation, Recombinant DNA Technology, Biomedical Stimulation.

Options in Abroad after MBBS 

Medical students can choose to study abroad for higher education, but the process for admission is different. For instance, the Australian Medical Council has AMC exams, the USA has USMLE for PG aspirants, and PLAB is for the UK. These councils not only provide higher education but also job opportunities.

What after MBBS? – Other Opportunities 

Here are some opportunities for the the candidates who have completed the MBBS:

Health Service Department 

MBBS aspirants can be recruited in the state and the central health services. The most opted-for job opportunities in central government are through Combined Medical Services (CMS) conducted by the UPSC to recruit doctors to several central government institutions like Railways, municipal corporations, government hospitals, and dispensaries. These jobs are permanent and offer administrative work in government health services.

Defense Services 

Defense services are not only for engineering graduates but also for medical students. They recruit MBBS graduates for infantry units, army hospitals, and emergency services. Recruits are then trained in the military camps and then appointed to permanent positions. This is to help them understand the emergencies in the army.

Hospital Chains 

Hospital chains in the private sector provide a hefty salary to those graduates who work in their hospital to gain experience and haven’t thought about what to pursue after MBBS. The top hospital chains are Apollo, Fortis, and Max.

Health Administration 

Medical aspirants can opt for a medical management career option as it will not only help in enhancing their knowledge in medicine but also helps them with management. Some hospitals recruit doctors for management roles. Master-level programs like Health Administration and Hospital Management play a crucial role in this.

Research and Academics Opportunities 

AIIMS, PGIMER, JIPMER, CCMB (Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology), TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), and ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) are some of the renowned medical institutes that offer excellent opportunities for research and academics.

Biomedical Engineering and Sciences 

Medical Aspirants who have an interest in machines and mechanisms could help in developing machines and instruments for the health sector. Their advanced inventions could help the medical field to flourish in many ways.

Self-employment through private practice

MBBS aspirants can also set up their clinic or start practicing medicine at a private firm. This comes with a lot of challenges and experiences. 

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FAQs Related to ‘What after MBBS’

  1. Is it worth studying after MBBS?

    Yes, it is worth studying after MBBS. Most of the students pursue specialized courses after MBBS. It gives an edge to their MBBS degree. 

  2. What is the duration of post-graduation courses after MBBS?

    Post-graduation degree programs are generally about 3 years and postgraduate diploma courses are about 2 years.

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