This guest post by Danielle Ward details the various options available to those interested in a career in the healthcare professions but not sure about what type of degree or what type of specialty to pursue.
The field of medical science is not just confined to physicians and doctors; there are so many degree courses and areas you can specialize in. A Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate Degree in Medicine is among the most common and popular academic course that almost every aspiring doctor wants to achieve, but there’s much more than that. You also have to crack tough entrance exams and fight through intense competition to win a seat in a prestigious medical college or institution. Most medical colleges cover major subjects, such as medicinal drugs, anatomy, and physiology
Let us delve deeper into the many different types of courses and degree option. Listed below are some practical and interesting career choices for medical students:
The most primary of medical courses, this involves studying all the different and diverse subjects in medical science. General Physicians are almost never out of work and have ample earning opportunities. It prepares you to deal with the most common ailments, such as common cold, to deadly diseases and disorders, such as cholera and jaundice. One can pursue a career as a general physician after getting an undergraduate degree in Medicine (MBBS) or a post graduate degree (MD) in general medicine.
Outside the US, once you’ve achieved a bachelor’s degree in medicine i.e. MBBS, you can either start off with medical practice right away or major in a specialized field. Discussed below are some of the specialised courses that medical students are qualified to apply for:
Surgery medicine is one field you can specialise in. It involves learning more about the anatomy and the various intricacies of the internal organs of the body in detail. You can further narrow down your course by choosing one particular organ such as the eye or the brain and specialise in it. Your job involves examining the patient, diagnosing his condition and operating on the body to surgically remove the source of the problem. Getting a degree, MD in surgery medicine boosts your credibility and influence in the medical community.
Dentistry is a brand of medical science that deals with oral care and surgical treatment of teeth. From fixing the alignment to dealing with cavities you have to do it all. The MD in dentistry course involves learning all about the various dental disorders and infections that can possibly happen inside the mouth. It also covers a section about treating disorders relating to gums, and soft tissues inside the mouth. You’ll also have to study about the many surgical operations and high powered medicine.
Neurology as the name suggests deals with nerves. The syllabus is a detailed account of the different nerves and their functions in the human body. Most neurologists are also physiotherapists who plan out proper exercises that help bring sensation back to dead nerves. Neurology also involves a bit of psychiatrist study. As a neurologist you’ll have to diagnose and treat nervous disorders relating to the brain and the nervous system.
Other than these major courses mentioned above, there are other equally lucrative medical fields that you can choose from. For instance, an MD in paediatrician qualifies you to treat babies and young kids. Studying cardiology trains you to identify and treat heart problems. A dermatologist deals with skin abnormalities and infections. A course in gynaecology includes diagnosing and treating the disorders in the female reproductive system. All these areas of study require a basic MBBS degree and offer high pay packages.
There are many medical students who take up internships at established hospitals and ten join the topmost medical institutions as doctors and surgeons. But not everyone who takes up a medical course ends up being a doctor, there are students who continue their academic studies and venture out in the field of research. A relatively unknown yet interesting course, medical research involves a lot of effort and patience.
The bottom line:
Medical science is a sector full of opportunities. And there are loads of other major and auxiliary degree courses that you can opt for. Consider your field of interest and the practicality of the course before you apply for it.