Today, I was talking to my friend Manoj who has recently become a Doctor from a renowned college “MAMC”, India. And I was talking to him about his future plans which lead to many questions regarding the present situation of students pursuing MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Studies in India. Also, my sister and some of my family member are into this field, so i can completely understand the struggle of first getting a position in a Government college to pursue your graduation, then more struggle for MD, MS and then to get a Job. Its completely fine if you are really passionate and only want to practice medicine or surgery for the rest of your life. Its going to be little hard to crack the MD or MS exam in first shot but not impossible considering that there is only 3% chance of you getting admission into a government college. And this 3% is including both reserved and general seats. According to my research, I could find out that there are total of 30,000 seats in the different fields of medicine and surgery including non clinical field and the number of aspiring students appearing was recorded to be around 100,000. Lets take it fast forward that you have already completed your MBBS or BDS.
I am sure that many of you might be interested in looking for some new options and if you are flexible to try to some new fields,then there are many things that you can try and have a stable and good life. Some of my friends pursued there masters in Health Hospital Management and are presently working with multinational companies, hospitals and Health IT. Before, I go into the details of the options that you can puruse, I want to ask you one question.
Are you active on Digital Media? Do you inspire to become a freelancer or Digital Doctor? Do you think that you have some content or knowledge that other Doctors or health specialist does not have? If yes, please be active on social media like instagram, youtube and facebook. There is big need of real doctors sharing the real knowledge in social media. The smart phones that you are holding in your hands that use to share your problems with your friends and family is the actual answers to all your problems. Share the positive and informative content and make this world a healthy place.
Apart from this, you can check these following options …
1.IIHMR is the renowned institution that provides courses in the area of hospital management, pharmaceutical management and public health etc. Not only this, they also have collaboration with John Hopkins to provide study options in the area of health management, public health biology, policies, ethics, environment sciences etc.
There are several over institutions that provide the similar courses like Manipal University. https://manipal.edu/som/programs/program-list/mba-healthcare-management.html
2. Combined Medical Services Examination : Is conducted by Union Public Service Commission to train doctors to work in various public organisation such as railways and factories that are functioning under the government of India. The examination has two sets of written exams followed by an interview and personality test.
3. Biomedical Engineering: I think its pretty interesting that having immense knowledge that you can apply in studying the root cause problems of various health related disorders. I am not sure if it will be satisfying at helping a patient in real life. But you will be developing technologies, medicines that can help millions of people. Various institutions in India provide Masters in Biomedical Engineering including most of the IITs.
4. Clinical Research : There is big need of conducting clinical trials in India which carries almost 15% of the world population and 20% of disease burden. Recently, it has been reported that there will be change in regulations and policies to conduct the clinical trials to increase the transparency of the results by reducing the approval time-period. So this will create a large number of opportunities.
5.Mental Health- What do you think about the rising level of depression in Indian among youth? I am not sure about the stats but the way we are moving ahead with the depression cases will be the maximum among Indian youth. Another friend of mine who is also a Doctor, suggested me this option that future Doctors can consider.
6. Public health- Are you curious about the understanding the impact of overall envrionment and social factors on humans health. Then you can puruse the studies in Public health. TISS is one of the most renowed instute that provides the course entitled Masters in Public Health.