Career as a Physician: Healing with care

Nowadays, mental fatigue and stress has become a common phenomenon. A drastic change in lifestyle and demanding career has almost rendered it difficult for people to enjoy a wholesome health. At some point or the other, they need to take resort to physicians who give them sound health advices and show them the right way to lead healthy life. And, since the country’s population is also on rise, one can literally imagine the kind of demand the physicians are going to have in the offing.

If you want a safe and secure career which can also earn you the goodwill of others, do count your options in this field.

Scope and Career Prospects for Physicians

Recent upsurge in the number and types of ailments and diseases has paved the way for increased employment opportunities for physicians. Super specialty medical centers are opening up in both urban and rural areas. The corporate health brands like Emami, Panacea Group, Reliance Health, Sahara Group, Apollo Tyres and the Hindujas have also entered into an aggressive phase of expansion. All these and other activities have generated a huge demand for these medical professionals in various industry verticals including:

Nursing homes/ health departments/ clinics
Government or private hospitals
Charitable institutions
Research institutes/medical colleges
Public sectors like air force, navy and army

As a doctor, you can look for employment in public as well private sector health units as mentioned above. However, if want to work on your on terms and conditions, self employment is an alternative. Further, the career options for a physician include:

General Practitioner or Physician
General Surgeon
Anaesthetist or Anaesthesiologists
Ophthalmologist or Eye Specialist
ENT specialist
Tuberculosis specialist

Personality Traits for Physicians

Candidates seeking a career in medical practice need to have several strong personality traits as well. Patience, good memory, focus, analytical mind, logical thinking, mental and physical stamina and service mentality are just to name a few.

Pay Scale of Physicians

A physician job in India is held in high regards. Through private practices and consultation, one can earn a decent living for himself or herself. Usually, the average starting salary range of a medical health practitioner is somewhere between Rs 118,467 and Rs 305,209 per annum. But, it’s not the upper limit. In addition to sound academic background, variables like experience, job location, working hours, professional skills, expertise and reputation also count and bear tremendous impact on the professional’s earnings.

Academic Qualification for Physicians

You need to meet a set of criteria to qualify as a physician. Having a MBBS degree is must for the candidates seeking a job opportunity in this field. For this, they have to appear for entry level exams like CET and All India Entrance Examination. Candidates sitting for MBBS selection exam need to complete 10+2 or an equivalent level in science.

Additionally, the candidate needs to do internship for 1 year. Once MBBS degree is obtained, students can opt for post graduation in MD or MS through the other entrance examination. One can choose to specialize in Medicine and Surgery. After any of these, you can pursue Ph.D. MD or MS students can get doctoral degrees in 2 years and M.Sc Medicine degree holders can complete it in 3 years.

List of Medical Institutes in India

A doctor’s job is very lucrative. But to make your presence felt in this field, you need correct guidance and training. There are many medical institutes in India which have taken initiative to bring the country’s healthcare system to forefront. They impart quality education to students amid advanced learning atmosphere. Some of these institutes are listed below. If you want to pursue a career in this field of medicine, the below mentioned institutes will be worth noticing. These are:

Deccan College of Medical Sciences: set up in 1984, this reputed medical college had 100 seats for MBBS students. However, seeing its superior infrastructure facilities, quality staff line and equipment, the Medical Council of India, New Delhi agreed to increase its seat strength from 100 to 150 in September, 1995. The institute is associated with NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada.

P.O. Kanchanbagh, DMRL ‘X’ Road,
Santhosh Nagar, Hyderabad – 500058.
Ph No: 040- 24340169/ 24343129/ 24340244/ 24340275

Navodaya Medical College:┬áthis medical institute was established in Karnataka to meet country’s growing health needs in the fields of general and para medicine. It has dedicated team of professionals who impart high standard of education to students willing to graduate in MBBS and other medical courses.

Mantralayam Road, Post box: 26,
Raichur – 584 103, Karnataka, India
Ph No: +91-8532-223361/ 223448/ 223449
Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College (LLRM): established on 13 September, 1963, this medical institute in Uttar Pradesh is associated with SVBP Hospital. Students pursuing MBBS or other medical courses here get hands on practical knowledge of their subject and thereby, get to improve upon their skills.

Meerut – 250 102, Uttar Pradesh, India
Ph No: 0121 – 276088/ 2760555

Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC): renamed from Himachal Pradesh Medical College in 1984, institute’s seat capacity for MBBS course has been increased from 65 to 100. About 2550 students at under-graduate level have cleared their tests under this institute.

Shimla -171001, Himachal Pradesh, India
Ph No: (0177) 2804251, PBX: 2652654-59, 2655436, (Ext.) 201, 401
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS): set up under an Act of Parliament, this national level institute offers quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses in medical science in different spheres. It has excellent training facilities for medical students.

South Extension, New Delhi – 110029, India
Ph No: 91-11-26588500/ 91-11-26589900/ 91-11-26588700