Neat white coat, a stethoscope hanging around your neck- now you have finally achieved your aim of becoming a doctor. Those sleepless nights during the preparation to get the best medical college, that first day of entering the college, again learning so many things about the complex human body and many more such experiences. Now that you have passed through all that, a question must be bugging you now certainly, ” What after MBBS?“. Recently counselling for many medical colleges are being conducted to take the “potential doctors” into their college to make them the best, while some now must have passed out of the rigorous 5.5-year schedule. Whatever be the case, both must be having this doubt (being a distant visionary is not wrong!).

We come to your rescue! Students can have a look at this article about What after MBBS? to know all the details about the options which you may take after completing your MBBS, what certificate courses can the students take, what are the salaries of an MBBS doctor and salary after doing post graduation and many other details.

What after MBBS?

Being a doctor is one of the noblest profession. The person who decides to become a doctor is deciding upon to be the life saviour with their knowledge of human body. And being even better at the knowledge about this won’t do any harm, right? Let’s begin our journey of knowing what all you can do after doing MBBS.

This article will cover the following aspects which many medical aspirants/ MBBS doctors think upon:

  • Jobs after MBBS
  • Diploma courses after MBBS
  • Career options after MBBS abroad
  • Salary after MBBS
  • Specialization after MBBS
  • Best PG Courses after MBBS
  • Fellowship after MBBS in India
  • Short term courses after MBBS

Jobs after MBBS

The first thing that students often look for after completing their degree is a job, be from any field. Same goes for MBBS students. Being on a job will get the candidates an idea of how the things work out. They can even get hands-on experience if they work for some time after completing their undergraduate. They can also get a rural posting mostly in rural and remote areas and work as a practitioner in primary health centres in their respective states.

Although the medical students mostly go for postgraduate courses immediately after doing the MBBS degree, they can join some hospital for some time to have an idea of how the things work out in a hospital

Salary after MBBS

The salary for a medical graduate varies as per the experience of the candidate. For a candidate who has just passed completed their MBBS degree can expect a salary ranging from  Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000/month for 5.5 years of learning as an MBBS doctor. The salary range increases after the candidate have completed their MD/MS from a reputed institute can get anywhere from Rs 30,000 to Rs 2,00,000/ month with around 9-12years of training. Those who wish to go for further more studies which include Post DM/Mch/Fellowship, they can get anywhere between Rs. 50,000 to 3,00,000/month after having around 12-15 years of training.

Talking about the salary of postgraduates, we discuss in the next sections what are some of the courses which the students go for after completing their MBBS

Post Graduate Courses

This is one of the most common options which the students opt for after completing the MBBS. The student who has completed their MBBS knows that it would not be sufficient. Hence they go for the post graduation courses. The options which are widely undertaken by the students for post-graduation include:

  1. Doctor of Medicine(DM)– It is associated with the general Medicine.
  2. Doctor of Surgery(MS)- It is related with general Surgery

To study the above courses, many national level exams are conducted by different institutes. These are considered as one of the toughest exams. Lakhs of candidates sit for the exam every year. The major postgraduate exams conducted are as follows.

Post Graduate Exams:

  1. NEET PG
  4. AFMC PG

The students can take up these exams to take admission to the various specialised courses which are available for them. They need to clear this exam on first priority. Then they will be getting admission as per the rank obtained by them in the merit list.

  • Next in the list of all the postgraduate courses is Diploma of National Board(DNB). It is another postgraduate exam taken by most MBBS aspirants for postgraduation degree after MD/MS degree. It is offered by National Board of Education(NBE)  and is recognized by Medical Council of India(MCI).

Fellowship Courses: There are various fellowship courses as well which are offered by various institutes. These can be taken up after the candidate has completed their postgraduation. In this, they offer various courses as well. Fellowship courses available in India are as follows:

  • Nalanda Need Cum Merit Scholarship
  • Sahu Jain Trust Loan Scholarship
  • Jayatee Deshmukh Scholarship
  • Maulana Azad National Fellowship For Minority Students
  • Raman Charpak Fellowship Program, 2018

Specializations after MBBS

The students who must be planning to appear for all the above-mentioned exams for postgraduation must also know about the various specializations which the students undertake. The major specializations which the aspirants go for after completing their postgraduation are as follows:

  • General Medicine.
  • General Surgery.
  • Paediatrics.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • ENT
  • Psychiatry
  • Anesthesiology.

The students can look up for more information about the other specializations which are taken up by the aspirants. They are advised that they search about these before taking up the final decisions.

Some other Postgraduate Programs

Apart from the conventional MD/MS programs which the candidates usually go for, there are some other upcoming fields, which the candidates can pursue in case they do not want to go further in this field. Take a look at all the courses.

  • Masters in Health Administration or (MHA) is another new upcoming field which is being actively pursued by the students. It is a 3-year post-graduate degree(M.D.) in Health Administration which helps them in acquiring the skills required in managing big speciality hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, etc. This is a career option that is surely going to pay back you in loads.
  • M.Tech in Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences- We know you are a doctor but do you have a certain level of love for machines? Then this field is definitely for you. It is offered in most of the IITs across India. This course is for those students who want to make their careers by inventing medical machines, developing machines and instruments to provide better health care.
  • MBA is another option which the students can pursue in case they do not want to continue in the same field. The demand for Doctor’s with an MBA degree is increasing overwhelmingly, with many private hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Due to this increase in demand, many MBA institutions are absorbing doctors in their programs. Institutes offering MBA like IIM’s, FMS Delhi, IBS Hyderabad, MDI Gurgaon, XLRI Jamshedpur absorb students based on merit list of CAT exam held every year.

Short-Term Certificate Courses

Want to do something different that does not take up much time? Then the short-term certificates are for you. There are many short term courses which are undertaken by the students who have completed their MBBS. It will be an added benefit to the experience you have as an MBBS graduate.  Some of the certificate courses are as follows:

  • ECG Interpretation
  • Basic Life Support
  • Diabetes Management
  • Post Graduate certificate course in critical care

These are some which the candidates can look out for if they are searching for some short-term certificate courses. The mentioned courses will serve as an added benefit only in the long run.

Career options for MBBS Graduates Abroad

Due to stiff competition in India for medical seats not only at undergraduate but at postgraduate level as well, many students go abroad for their higher studies. They are countries which offer PG courses to students as per their own criteria. One such is USA.

USA has its own medical examinations USMLE-1 and USMLE-2CK . Both of these are conducted in India before going to USA for USMLE-2CS. The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a multi-part professional exam. It is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Medical doctors with an M.D. degree are required to pass this examination before being permitted to practice medicine in the United States of America.

The USMLE assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to determine fundamental patient-centred skills that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Examination committees composed of medical educators and clinicians from across the United States and its territories prepare the examination materials each year. There are many other countries which have their own pg courses. Students can look up for more options if they wish to study abroad

We hope that with this article we would have solved the majority of your doubt regarding the options after MBBS which you can undertake. It is just a small help from us, the final decision completely depends on you. We wish you all the best for this wonderful journey of  becoming the doctor and serve the nation with this noble decision of yours!


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