Medicine is serious business. I don’t mean that in terms of moolah (though it has the big bucks). One has to be careful and caring at all times with patients. With our unruly lifestyles, there will always be a demand for good doctors. Cinema is fairly fond of them, so is the small screen. From the famous Hindustani ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ to ‘Sanjivani’ and videshi ‘Patch Adams’ to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.  

If you fancy the world of medicine, here are the major career options.

Other than Allopathy as a system of medical practice, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani are getting popular. India being the pioneer of the latter three.

MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) is physician’s degree. Generally, patients first visit a physician in case of ailments.

Duration: Five and a half years with one year internship                                                             Post Graduation: MD/MS

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Nursing is an integral part of medicine. Hospitals cannot run successfully without their help. Care must be provided to patients by nurses until they attain optimal health.

Duration: Three and half years                                                                                                              Post Graduation: M.SC. (N)

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) is a degree which not only allows you to help people keep their pearls white, but with various other oral troubles.

Duration: Four years and one year internship                                                                                  Post Graduation: MDS

B. Pharm is the ideal academic course for those who are behind the scene and want to treat people with consistent and immediate flow of medical supplies.

Duration: Four years                                                                                                                                 Post Graduation: M. Pharm

ENT is an ear, nose and throat specialist. If these vital senses interest you, go on and fulfill your dream.

Duration: Four years of MBBS                                                                                                                Post Graduation: MS ENT

Physiotherapy as the name suggests is physical therapy and rehabilitation field of study. For example: after a fracture, a set of exercises are needed. This is done by a physiotherapist.

Duration: Four years                                                                                                                                 Post Graduation: MPT


B.U.M.S (Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery) is an alternative medical system based on the relation of natural elements: fire, water, earth and air with the human body.

Duration: Four and a half years and one year internship                                                              Post Graduation: MS/MD

B.A.M.S (Bachelor of Ayurveda and Surgery) is a degree for those who believe that natural forms of medical treatments are supreme. Unani and Ayurveda share similar medical base.

Duration: Five and a half years with one year internship                                                             Post Graduation: MS/MD (Ayurveda)


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