MEDICINE MASTERS

Two piv­otal post­grad­u­ate de­grees to pur­sue af­ter MBBS

India Today - - COVER STORY - BY KAR­ISHMA GOENKA

MAK­ING THE CUT

MASTER OF SURGERY (MS) Armed with a scalpel and for­ceps, sur­geons live life on the edge. They bat­tle death ev­ery day, saving lives when all else fails. It is a tremen­dous re­spon­si­bil­ity and the course that trains them for this is the master of surgery (MS). This post grad­u­ate course is con­ducted over a pe­riod of three years and can be pur­sued by those stu­dents who have com­pleted their MBBS from a col­lege cer­ti­fied by the Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia (MCI). Stu­dents have the op­tion of spe­cial­is­ing in gen­eral surgery, or­thopaedics, opthal­mol­ogy, ob­stet­rics and gy­nae­col­ogy among others over six semesters at the end of which they have to sub­mit a dis­ser­ta­tion on a topic of their choice. Here, if one has al­ready done a two-year diploma in any spe­cial­i­sa­tion, the course du­ra­tion for them is re­duced to three years. The perk of this pro­fes­sion is the money, where one ma­jor surgery might equal the salary of any other med­i­cal spe­cial­i­sa­tion. Also, a qual­i­fied sur­geon can un­der­take the job of a gen­eral physi­cian, but not vice-versa, so it is an all-en­com­pass­ing de­gree of medicine.

CA­REER PROSPECTS

A grad­u­ate can work at hos­pi­tals, health cen­tres, re­search in­sti­tutes or lab­o­ra­to­ries. They can also start their own pri­vate prac­tice or teach at a med­i­cal col­lege with this de­gree in hand. Salaries for a sur­geon can start from `70,000 and go higher de­pend­ing on your area of spe­cial­i­sa­tion

SPE­CIAL TREAT­MENT

DOC­TOR OF MEDICINE (MD) While sur­geons deal with only the hard­core as­pects of med­i­cal science, a doc­tor of medicine holds the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pre­ven­tion and curb­ing of ill­ness and dis­ease be­fore it gets to the surgery phase. This three-year post grad­u­ate course equips MBBS grad­u­ates with a more in-depth un­der­stand­ing of the spe­cial­i­sa­tion of their in­ter­est. Here, the op­tions for a stu­dent to spe­cialise in is more ex­ten­sive, few of which are anaes­the­si­ol­ogy, pae­di­atrics, ra­di­ol­ogy, pathol­ogy, foren­sic medicine and gen­eral medicine. The choice be­tween MS and MD is usu­ally a mat­ter of pref­er­ence to­wards surgery. A stu­dent needs to be pre­pared for co­pi­ous amounts of study and sub­mit a dis­ser­ta­tion at the end of their term.

CA­REER PROSPECTS

A grad­u­ate can work at hos­pi­tals, health cen­tres, re­search in­sti­tutes or lab­o­ra­to­ries. They can also start their own pri­vate prac­tice or teach at a med­i­cal col­lege with this de­gree in hand. Salaries for a physi­cian can start from `50,000 and go higher de­pend­ing on your spe­cial­i­sa­tion.

RA­JWANT RAWAT

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