What to do after MBBS in India (Choose the best for you)


Love Biology ? You will surely opt for MBBS (its too cliche though). If you don't have any interest but still like Biology then we have a different article where we have told about career options after Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB).

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Getting back to the point, if you choose MBBS you might go through the 5 years of studying but what after that ? Apart from opening a new clinic all for yourself there are a lot of options which you can chose for after MBBS and pay some good amount of money as well.

You guessed it right, this is what we will be talking about in the post, options you can choose from after you have completed MBBS.

Choices after MBBS in India:

Here I have 16 options you can choose from after your MBBS:

1. MD/MS/Diploma:

This is the most commonly chosen career option after MBBS that shows that even if you do MD/MS/Diploma you will surely face some competition and to make your name in this industry is quite hard.

Once you have completed with you MBBS and you choose to study ahead that is known as Post Graduate (PG). There are PG courses like internal medicine, general surgery, gynaecology, etc. but for that, you will have to appear for PGMEE's which are held every year. 

PGMEE stands for Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination, but now PGMEE has been replaced by NEET PG which is conducted by National Board of Examination (NBE). Do not get confused between NEET PG and NEET UG as NEET UG is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). 

MD stands for Doctor of Medicine and MS stand for Master of Surgery. MD/MS gives us a specialist doctor in certain field of their interest, like child specialist, squint specialist, etc. 

A MD is a 3 year degree programme whereas a diploma is a 2 year programme. 

2. Diploma of National Board (DNB):

DNB is a post graduate diploma course that is offered by National Board of Examination (NBE) and is recognized by Medical Council of India (MCI). 

This is like the second best option to go for after you've completed with your MBBS and as there are no much student who choose this option you might find less competition here, but the only drawback is, a lot of hospitals give priority to MD/MS students than DNB students. 

This course is mostly provided in private hospitals where there is less amount of exposure than government hospitals especially if you are working in the surgical branch. 

3. Combined Medical Services (CMS):

Ever heard about Combined Defence Services ? Well this is sort of like that but you wont need to carry gun on your shoulders instead you would need to carry a stethoscope around your neck. See its simple but only if you know your job. 

CMS is conducted by UPSC which is held every year in the month of July or August. This exam recruits you into government institution like Railways, Municipal Corporations as medical officers. You can opt for this after you have completed your final year of MBBS. 

Also, this is a government job and will surely be a permanent one as well. 

4. Clinical research:

There is a huge need for clinical researchers in India as India is way far behind when it comes to research. So, this quite explains the huge need and demand of clinical researchers in India. 

Institutes that offer research opportunities are:
  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
  • Central Institute of Medical and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP)
  • Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) 
  • St. John's Research Institute
Students also have the option to join the World Health Organisation (WHO) after finishing with their clinical research studies. The institutes that offer Ph.D degree are as follows:
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
  • Post Graduate Institute (PGI)
  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)

5. Masters in Health Administration (MHA):

This is a 3 year PG programme which basically qualifies you as a MD in Health Administration. Apart from just being a MD this will also let you make handsome amount of money. 

6. M.Tech in Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences:

If you like Biology but bored looking at anatomy and want to do something apart from just checking on patients then you should go for M.Tech. You have to not attend any patients instead you can just invent and develop machines and instruments which will be used for better health care. This course is offered by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). 

7. Masters in Medical Science and Technology (MMST):

This field deals with Bioinformatics, Medical Technology, healthcare imaging, etc.. This course also is offered by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). 

8. Masters in Public Health:

The importance of public health was known by the western countries long back and now slowly India is knowing the importance of public health and trying to get in the race as well. 

This field can be an alternate options for you after you've completed MBBS. You can either open your own clinic, work in hospitals, NGO's, private foundations and health maintenance organisations

9. Work with Primary Health Centres: 

After MBBS you have the chances of getting posted in rural areas or remote areas. You can continue to work there which is known as the Primary Health Centres.

I personally feel this is a good option as you can be able to educate the people there and hopefully one day India will be able to develop and everyone would be having a better mentality.

10. Hospital Administration:

Imagine a hospital working under you, doesn't that sound great but also a job of responsibility ? It does but it also needs a lot of experience and to understand business and to take quick decisions for your hospital you will need a degree in MBA. Yeah! You heard it right you need a degree in Masters of Business Administration.

This is field is better for a senior doctor or a doctor who has been this in field for a long time and has gained a lot of experience in this field, because they fully understand the health system and they can also use their experience in hospital when there is a new intern.

11. Medical Teacher/Professor:

Teaching is a very nice option if you don't want to invent machines or even attend patients. This is a better option for you to go for. You can teach those not so innocent students about medical and think about how you used to be the good kid or the naughty one in the class. 

This not only lets you share your knowledge but also keeps you in touch with your favourite subject or the medical world. You can support the trainee medical students or educate the public about certain stuff they should be aware off. 

12. Health/Medical Journalism and Medical Writer:

Were you just like me that thought journalism and medical are two different fields ? Well mate, they are but now they are not, funny right ? 

You might need extra qualifications for this one though. You can work in academiaindustries that make medical devices, pharmaceutical, etc., news organisations, government, etc.. You can also write manuscripts, reports on clinical traits, news articles, patient education materials, etc..

13. Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner:

Ever watched CID and thought what was doctor Salunke's actual qualification ? Here is your answer. He actually was a Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner that means he had use his experience on dead, sounds weird though. 

So the job of a Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner is to deal with forensic pathology and to examine the dead which is known as post mortem. If you want to sound sophisticated and intellectual it is also known as autopsy. 

14. Medico-Legal Adviser:

Imagine being able to handle biologically related matters as well as legal matters, that's seems like a lot of responsibility, but you know you can also get paid good, so why not ? 

A Medico-Legal Adviser's job is to investigate the legal angles of the cases and you might need to even attend court trials, running workshops, writing articles, etc. 

15. Health Informatics and Analytics:

Even after taking Biology and learning so much about the human body you still love numbers, then this is just the write option for you to go after completing MBBS 

This involves collecting data and analyzing it which comes from the health care. This is closely related to Public Heath.

16. Sports Medicine:

Ever seen that heroic moment while watching football or cricket the doctors coming to check the player ? You've guessed it right, these doctors are the ones who have studied sports medicine. 

The best part about this job is that you get to travel to a lot of countries with some well known players and you really have a high paying salary also again, who doesn't want to explore ?

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