I have chosen medical field but I don't want to go for MBBS. Are there other choices available? Which

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RE: I have chosen medical field but I don't want to go for MBBS. Are there other choices available? Which

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
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I understand your interest in medical field and there are many branches in medicine apart from MBBS. Although MBBS is the common route for students choosing to enter medicine, there are still many other options one can pursue careers related to medicine.

1. BDS - Bachelor of dental surgery
This is a professional medical discipline related to dental. It is a four and a half years course plus one year internship similar to MBBS, and students completing this course can work as dental surgeons in hospitals and private clinics. They can also work as dental plastic surgeons and jaw mount surgeons if they specialise to work as a plastic surgeon. This also requires to study a Masters degree related to facial plastic surgery and teeth, cheek bones, jaw correction surgeries. This is a medicinal degree only associated to jaw, cheek bones and teeth. Surgeons will still have other medical knowledge as a MBBS doctor but will not perform surgery on any part of the body as an MBBS specialist does and these surgeons get restricted only to teeth and others within mouth area.

This is also a professional medical degree similar to MBBS, but it restricts to reading only about homeopathic medicines and not like English medical practices as in the case of an MBBS degree. This is also a four and a half year degree plus one year internship and completing it students can work as homeopathic surgeons.
This is also a profesisonal medicinal degree but related to ayurveda. This runs for about 4and a half years plus one year internship. Completing this degree, students can work at ayurvedic spas, ayurvedic hospitals and private research clinics.
4. BPharm - Bachelor of pharmacy
This is a four year professional degree in pharmacy. Students with a background in Biology and chemistry until 12th level are eligible to study this course. Completing this course you can work at pharma companies, biotech companies, chemist, pharmacist and also at hospitals and private dispensary labs.

5. Physiotherapy - Bachelor of physiotherapy
This is a professional medical degree, and students who doesnt like MBBS often choose this route. As completing this degree you can still get to work in hospitals but be free from doing surgeries. you will study the anatomy of the body and especially about nerves and bones.

6. Biotechnology - Bachelor of Biotechnology, BSc/ BTech degree
This is a degree associated with medicinal science. If you have studied Maths until 12th level then you are eligible to study BTech Biotechnology and if you have not studied maths until 12th level, then you are eligible to study BSc Biotechnology. Completing this degree you can work for biotech and pharma companies.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

RE: I have chosen medical field but I don't want to go for MBBS. Are there other choices available? Which

Vivek Kumar
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Hello friend,

There are lot more disciplines other than MBBS, these are other streams of biological or life sciences, which after a proper and complete education provides bright and satisfying career. The branches of biology in which you can pursue higher studies are; biotechnology, biochemistry, microbiology, nanotechnology, bio-nanotechnology, biomedical sciences, Forensic Sciences, Forestry, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences, Marine sciences, Fishery Scientist, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Food and Nutrition etc. etc.

The biology streams mentioned above have huge job opportunities in government sector and private organization. In these fields you have to do MSc and PhD. Although you can get a decent job even after Post Graduation degree, but due to severe competition and to progress in career the doctoral degree is must. The job opportunities at entry level will be for the post of Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Assistant Scientist in colleges, universities, research institutes and governmental laboratories.

Unorganised Sector

The job scope of higher degree in biology sciences (any discipline mentioned above) do have huge opportunities in western hemisphere. The scientific opportunities and salary structure is better compared to Indian scenario.

In private companies and multinational companies, such as Monsanto, Pfizer, Sigma, the biologist have excellent opportunities. A higher degree in Molecular biology / cell biology / biotechnology have great scope in these companies. A person holding a doctoral degree can make entry as Scientist or Research Officer. The pay scales in these multinational companies are great. The entry level salary is around Rs. 70,000 per month.

There are other biology disciplines also, such as Forensic science, Environmental science, now a days both subjects are in good demand. If you wish to pursue graduation in Agriculture Sciences, then you can join government job as Agricultural Development Officer. Similarly a graduate in Veterinary sciences, do have opportunities in governmental animal husbandry department.

The other biology subject opportunity is Physiotherapy. This subject is related to treatment without medicine. The course is of four and half years. You may join governmental hospital as Physiotherapist or you may open your own clinic. Similar job scope is for degree in biomedical sciences.

Now you have to decide, what you wish to pursue in career. Any subject you wish to pursue, needs hard work and dedication is required.

With all my best wishes,

Good Luck...

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