Difference between MS and MD
MS is a master’s degree in general surgery while MD is a master’s degree in general medicine. Both of the above are postgraduate courses and only after completing MBBS course you can take admission in one of these courses.
In general parlance, the study area of MD consists of non-surgical branch whereas MS includes only surgical studies. In simple words, if you want to become a heart surgeon or neurosurgeon, then after completing your MBBS, you should take admission in MS course.
However, if you want to become a General Physician, then you should take admission in MD degree course.
There are many branches of study in MS and MD. MBBS graduates can choose their study subject and stream according to their choice and passion.
After successfully completing the MD or MS course, you can apply to get jobs in government and private sector hospitals. Apart from this, you can open your own clinic, nursing home or hospital.
Another option for medicine graduates is that they can join a medical college as a teaching faculty.
Future Prospects of MS and MD
Prospects of MS and MD courses are different with respect to job roles, profiles and salaries. The person who has done MS will become a surgeon and the person who has done MD course will become a Physician.
It is quite common that the responsibilities of a surgeon are always more than those of a physician. In addition, a surgeon earns more than a general physician. However, the incubation period in the MS course is longer than the MD course.
A surgeon can work as a General Physician with good knowledge of medicine, but, a Physician can never become a Surgeon.
However, it completely depends on the aptitude, passion and choice of a candidate or student to take MS course or MD course.
The career prospects in both the above areas are very good and with the passage of time more and more rewards are made.
Popular specializations in MS and MD
Following are the popular specialization courses in MD and MS degrees:
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Period to complete MS and MD courses
Often, the MS or MD course is completed in 3 years but, for a Master Specialization course, the candidate has to spend 2 more years after completing the MS or MD course.
Salary packages received after completing MS and MD courses
After completing post graduation and super specialization in medicine, you can work in a hospital or, as a teaching faculty in a medical college, to get more experience, you can join your private hospital Private clinics can also be opened.
As a teacher in a medical college, you can easily earn Rs. 60,000 / – per month.
The salary of a surgeon depends entirely on his experience, talent and skill. On average, a surgeon after completing the MS course will receive Rs. 1 lakh per month. The salary of skilled surgeons is very good according to their experience and skills.
The salary of a General Physician and Surgeon also depends on many other factors such as, clinic, city, hospital set-up etc. and medical specializations. A doctor working in a famous hospital in a metro city will definitely get a much better salary than a doctor working in the rural area.
Entrance exams after MBBS
To do medical post graduate courses in MD and MS, candidates / students have to pass the Common Entrance Test – NEET PG (National Eligibility and Entrance Test).
CET exams include syllabus for all 3 years. During counseling, one of the above branches is chosen. Students must know their area of interest and aptitude so that they can choose their study branch or stream according to their passion and interest.
Popularity of MS or MD in India
Even now, we have the same fact that students or candidates should choose their study stream very carefully based on their interest and aptitude. Whether it is MD course or MS course, it is entirely up to the candidates to choose the most suitable study course for themselves from both the above courses without being influenced by the outside world.
As a subject, the MS course can be done only by those who have a strong heart and have a great interest in the surgery course. To be successful in this profession, you must have a proper mix of all the qualities like artistic skills, knowledge, passion, dedication and hard work.
The percentage of students doing MD and MS is almost the same. However, nowadays, after completing the MBBS course, students are also studying for MBA in Hospital Administration.
Some students also prepare for the IAS exam so that they can join health and medical services after obtaining MBBS degree.
Top institutes for MD / MS courses
Following are some of the top medical institutes for MD or MS courses:
• AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), New Delhi
• CMC (Christian Medical College), Vellore
• SGPGI (Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences), Lucknow
• JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research), Pondicherry
PGI (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research), Chandigarh
• St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore
• Stanley Medical College, Chennai
• AFMC, Pune
• Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
Popular career options after MBBS
Hospital management has emerged as the most preferred career option for MBBS graduates. This is an ideal career option for those candidates who do not want to work as a Physician or Surgeon, but rather as a Manager.
In addition, hospital management is a rewarding career option and does not include strict duties and duties that are often included in the work roles of a general physician or surgeon.
Salary package in hospital management is also very good. IIMS (Indian Institute of Management) offers this course, which guarantees 100% campus placement. The duration of this course is 2 years.
The clinical practice course is becoming very popular nowadays among MBBS graduates who do not want to pursue higher studies but want to open their own clinics.
Clinical practice not only provides financial freedom, but also provides you the facility to work at your own pace. After completing your MBBS, you can open your nursing home or hospital according to your budget, work force and skill set.