Every year more than 40000 students attain a professional degree that enables them to practice medicine. This degree is known as Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery which lasts for a period of 5 and a half years and is aimed at building a strong foundation in medical theory before advancing to field training. Even though the course can be quite challenging at first, towards the end an MBBS program can turn out to quite rewarding for those passionate about the subject.
The syllabus for a typical MBBS program is as follows
Students have the choice to do a rotational internship at hospitals, health centres or even health camps for a duration of 1 year. The degree that students receive upon successful completion of the program enables them to work as medical practitioners. Although the MBBS program covers a broad range of topics, it doesn't delve into much depth in a particular subject. Consequently, many students opt to practice for a couple of years in a hospital or clinic before pursuing a postgraduate degree such as Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Given the popularity of the program and the limited number of seats available at good institutions throughout the country, the admission process to get through to a reputed medical college can be quite hard. To help you make an informed decision in this regard, here are a few guidelines
The minimum educational qualifications required to pursue this course is that a student must have passed 10+2 Science stream (with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects)
Every reputed medical college requires students to crack an entrance examination. Depending upon whether the institute is public or private, this process can vary. Institutes like AIIMS require students to ace the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) test while other excellent private institutions such as People's University, Bhopal have their own form of the entrance test. Since these entrance tests can be quite hard to ace, students should assess their ability and apply to colleges that suit not only their interest but academic profile as well
Even the best medical colleges in India do not grant admission purely on the basis of academic performance in the entrance examination. Students who clear the cut off are then called in for a counselling process during which they're judged on several factors including aptitude and personality.
There are certain other points to keep in mind while shortlisting medical colleges
Reputation and Affiliations/Accreditation
Make sure you are applying to a university that has an excellent reputation in the medical field. This will certainly add value to the degree you obtain.
Location and Tuition Fee
Needless to say, the location of an institute can play a huge role in the overall college experience of a student. Tuition fee is another factor to keep in mind since private medical colleges can turn out to be really expensive.
- In 2011, the average cost for a room in a skilled nursing facility cost more than $70,000 for a semi-private "shared" room and a private room cost more than $90,000. That was the cost for just one year of care and for just one individual or spouse. Considering that many will need care for 3 or 4 years (or longer) and it becomes painfully obvious why seniors are so concerned about the future cost of care.