Understanding MBBS Degree
Indian Society has always been obsessed with the thought of becoming a doctor. To pursue a career as a doctor one needs to pursue a Professional Degree Course abbreviated as MBBS.
The full form of MBBS course is Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery. In Latin, the full form of MBBS is Medicinae Baccalaureus, Baccalaureus Chirurgiae.
The latest combined version of Latin and English gives us ‘Medicinae Baccalaureus and Bachelor of Surgery, and hence, we have MBBS. It is an undergraduate medical degree course to become a doctor. Different countries award students with different Undergraduate Degrees in Medicine.
For example, Medical Institutions in China provide students with Bachelor of Medicine (BMED) degrees. Some countries also refer to MBBS as MD, which is a Doctor of Medicine Degree.
Post MBBS Degree, students can opt for Specialisation Careers in the field of General Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Neurology, Radiology, Orthopedics, Pathology, Anesthesiology, ENT, Cardiology, Oncology, etc.
Let us dive into the details of the Course.
1) The duration of the MBBS course in India is 4.5 years followed by 1 year of compulsory internship.
2) The MBBS Course can be pursued by Indian students from India or Abroad. The basic eligibility requirement for pursuing MBBS from India or Abroad is to Qualify for the NEET UG exam.
3) Apart from this, the student needs to pass the 10+2 examination from a recognized board with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology as compulsory subjects.
4) Furthermore, the student needs to obtain a score of at least 50% in PCB for the General Category and 40% for the Reserved.
The Basic Eligibility requirements for MBBS from India or Abroad have been simplified and explained in the video below
Students after completion of an Undergraduate Medical Degree can become General Physicians and can earn approximately 5-12 lakhs per annum.
National Medical Commission (NMC) which is the statutory body for Medical Education in India has also introduced the National Exit Test (NEXT) which shall be operational from 2023. The students need to appear for the NEXT Exam and successfully clear it, to be granted a Medical License to Practice in India. This exam needs to be given by both Indian Medical Graduates and Foreign Medical Graduates.
Now, let us understand the Skills Required by a medical aspirant to Pursue MBBS:
a) The ability to work in a critical and dynamic environment
b) Professional commitments and medical ethics
c) Desire for knowledge, scientific research, and development skills
d) A sharp memory and prompt approach
e) Good communication and interpersonal skills
f) Students must have patience, and perseverance, be approachable and possess empathetic skills.
Now let us discuss the basic subjects in MBBS:
|Anatomy||Dermatology & Venereology|
|Physiology||Obstetrics & Gynecology|
|Forensic Medicine & Toxicology||Ophthalmology|
Medical students can use the table below to acquire a better understanding of how the MBBS course duration is structured into phases:
|Phase||No. of Semesters||Subjects|
|Phase 1||2 semesters||Pre-Clinical|
|Phase 2||3 semesters||Para-clinical and Clinical|
|Phase 3||4 semesters||Clinical|
Career Options after MBBS:
After completing their MBBS, students can pursue a variety of careers. Hospitals, laboratories, biomedical firms, nursing homes, medical colleges, health centers, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology corporations are among the several industries.
During their studies, students learn about pharmacology, anatomy, pathology, pediatrics, community health, and medicine, which allows them to identify their interests and choose a specialization to continue with their degrees and practice medicine.
Some of the professional specialties for MBBS students include gynecology, anesthesiology, nephrology, cardiology, organ transplantation, endocrine, and general surgery, among others.
Candidates might perform their internships in hospitals or health care institutions as consultants, physicians, or other medical assistants.
They might work at hospitals and other institutions as research associates or scientists.
Candidates who pass the Combined Medical Services Examination can work in central government organizations such as railways, hospitals, the defense sector, and local/state governments.
Now, if you are really one of those students who wish to pursue their dream of becoming a doctor and serving society, then you must put in your honest efforts and persevere to embark on this beautiful journey.