Roadmap to becoming a doctor from Class 10th
Is it your goal to cure people’s illnesses to make a difference in their lives? Have you decided to listen to people’s problems and figure out what works best for them? Have you decided to become a doctor? If your answer is affirmative, you’ll learn about medical careers and how to become a doctor after class 10th in this article.
1. Make up your mind
Studying medicine requires the utmost investment of time, patience, and hard work. Once you enter the field, you need to devote at least 6-7 years of your life to get a primary degree; the number can double if you opt for specialization. Imagine being stuck in the field; you end up hating after studying for nearly a decade; that would be a series of misfortunes, each more severe than the previous one.
2. Choose Senior Secondary Subjects
Opt for the science stream at the 10+2 level and choose physics, chemistry, and biology as your main subjects. You can load off the stress by choosing lighter subjects as optional.
3. Prepare for UG Entrance
NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM ENTRANCE TEST NEET (UG) is a uniform entrance examination for admission to undergraduate medical courses in approved/recognized Medical/Dental/AYUSH and other Colleges/ Deemed Universities/Institutes (AIIMS & JIPMER) in India. It is in 13 languages-English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. The syllabus for the test predominantly covers 11th and 12th-grade NCERT Physics, Chemistry, and biology. Prepare the syllabus thoroughly, practice mocks, and maintain a note-making strategy.
4. Sit for Counseling and Choose College
After passing the exam, you will be eligible to participate in the counselling process of MCC or the Medical Counseling Committee. If you take the NEET Exam, you will be assigned an AIR (All India Rank) and a reservation rank if you meet any reservation criteria. Submit the required documents and the course application you wish to be admitted to, as specified on the website. Your documents will all be checked and validated. Follow the required procedure to secure your selection and enrol in the course.
5. Choose a Course
Here are some courses you can opt for after clearing NEET
- MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
MBBS is a 5.5-year degree (4.5 years of academic education plus a mandatory rotational internship of one year). After an MBBS, you can pursue a career as a specialist doctor, physician, surgeon, medical professor or lecturer, research scientist, and so on.
- BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
A BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) degree is required to practice dentistry in India.MDS (Master of Dental Surgery) is an option after BDS.
Admission: The BDS is a 5-year degree program that consists of four years of academic education and one year of mandatory internship. BDS graduates can specialize as dentists, Dental surgeons, Oral surgeons, endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists, Paedodontic, and Orthodontics.
- BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery)
It is the educational degree required to practice ayurvedic medicine. Following BAMS, one can pursue an MD or MS in Ayurveda. BAMS is a 5.5-year degree (4.5 years of academic education plus a 1-year mandatory internship). Ayurvedic Doctors, Consultants, Therapists, Sales Representatives, Pharmacists, Clinical Trial Coordinators, Medical representatives, Sales executives, and so on are all possible careers after BAMS.
- BHMS (Bachelors of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery) (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
It enables someone to practice homeopathy. After completing BHMS, one can pursue an MD in Homeopathy. BHMS is a 5.5-year degree (4.5 years of academic education plus a one-year mandatory internship). Working as a pharmacist, doctor, consultant, researcher, public health specialist, medical assistant, and lecturer are some options.
6. Get Registered
Qualified candidates to practice medicine in India must first register with one of the country’s state medical councils. You must have an MBBS degree and an internship from a Medical Council of India-approved institute to be eligible. After registering with the Indian Medical Register, candidates can begin their careers and practice medicine in India.
7. Post Graduation
Choose an area of expertise.
After completing the MBBS medical degree and gaining some clinical experience, you can pursue specialization studies in a particular field of study to boost your credibility. Following MBBS, there are two options for specialization:
MD: Doctor of Medicine is the specialization of saving people from diseases without using tools and performing surgeries. Examples: MD in Cardiology, Dermatology, General Medicine, Paediatrics, etc
MS: Master of Surgery allows candidates to specialize in performing surgeries on specific body organs. Examples: MS in Gyanechology, Orthopaedic, ENT, etc
A commitment to continuous learning is fundamental to excel in the medical profession. Various health conditions are being treated with new technologies as medical science evolves. It is, therefore, imperative that you keep upgrading your medical knowledge as a health science follower.