Pallavi Tattoo

What are the degrees or stages to bacome a doctor?

What are the courses and how many years it would take me to get a job ?

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RE: What are the degrees or stages to bacome a doctor?

Meghna Mukherjee
Meghna Mukherjee
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Counselor at Adaptive Minds
  • Mumbai

The only way to become a doctor is by pursuing an MBBS course followed by a masters degree.

After 10th, you would have to enroll yourself for 12th Science PCB. After clearing 12th, you would have to appear for various Medical entrance exam like AIPMT, CET State level, AFMC, AIIMS

Once you clear the entrance exam, please note that though they ask you to select your college, but there is no guarantee you will get a college as per your choice, so be open to any college in any state.
MBBS, is a 5 1/2 years course. Whereby 1 1/2 year is dedicated to internship and now its compulsory Rural Internship.
MBBS is a General doctory course, like the general Physician we have whom we consult during fever or headace etc.
Similarly, you could opt for Dentistry, after 12th, which is also a 4 1/2 year course.
Though after just Graduation you are eligible to start your own clinic, but that would involve just regular cleanup only. For Root canal treatment or for Tooth removal and other major tooth issues, you need to pursue a masters degree which is a 2 1/2 year course.

Similarly doing a general MBBS, makes you just a general Practitioner. if you wish to be in a specific line of specialization then doing a masters program becomes essential, which is another 2 1/2 years course.

Please note that for masters degree too there is an entrance exam. But here there are limited seats and lots of applications. So competition here becomes a little more tougher.

You could either choose an MD or an MS program. One related to just a medicine doctory while the other makes you eligible for surgery.

Some of the specializations you could opt for includes:
  • Cardiology
  • Opthamology
  • Gynaceology
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Pediatric
  • Gastroenterology
  • Dermatology

After masters degree, one can find opportunity in various hospitals either as a consultant or full time employment.
The advantage as a consultant would be that one could begin their own practices as well.

After MD, students can opt for DMB ( Doctorate of Medicines) too, which would be like a doctory or mastery over their specializtion

In short to become a full fledged doctor and earning high would require maximum 12 to 15 years in total, which can be divided into:
Study ( 5 1/2 years MBBS and 21/2 yrs MD. Total 8 Years)
Practice: Minimum 5 years.

Whereas if you choose Physiotherapy or Dentistry, then a maximum of 8 years which includes only the study time.

Hope this answers your query.

Wish you good luck..........

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