If treating people suffering from diseases or injuries is what you wish to do, a career in doctor will be the right career choice for you. As a doctor, you will examine the patients, ascertain the cause of the disease or injury, prescribe medical tests if needed, interpret the results of medical tests, diagnose diseases based on the medical tests and experience, prescribe medicines and administer treatment. If you intend to make a career in doctor, you need to know that apart from treating and healing diseases and injuries, you will also advice patients on preventive measures.
In order to have a better job prospect, those who want to make a career in doctor should opt for a specialization course after doing an MBBS. You need to know that some areas of specialization are called clinical specializations because they involve direct treatment of patients and some others are called basic clinical science areas because those fields do not involve direct treatment of patients. It is important to know the various clinical specializations if you wish to make a career in doctor:
3. ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
7. Obstetrics & Gynaecology
13. Venereal Diseases (or Skin and Venereal Diseases),
15. Community Medicine
16. Critical Care Medicine
17. Forensic Medicine
18. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
19. Sports Medicine
20. Radiology (or Radio diagnosis)
It is very necessary to have the following qualities if you want to make a career in doctor:
· Understanding and caring
· Urge to serve mankind
· Above average analytical and reasoning abilities
You should have a good understanding and a strong liking for biological sciences. You must have a strong ability to understand, comprehend, memorize and recall scientific theories, facts and hypothesis.
Other qualities needed for a career in doctor are as follows:
· Investigative and critical thinking
· Patience and cool temperament
To practice as a doctor you need to have at least an MBBS degree. After MBBS, you can go for a specialization in MD/MS (Doctor of Medicine/Master of Surgery). One emerging lucrative field is sports medicine. In India, sports medicine is taught at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala.If you want to super specialize, then you have to do a DM (Diploma in Medicine, actually a Post-doctoral level course)/ MD/M.Ch. (Master of Chiropractor)/MS.
Alternatively, you can do a diploma in a particular specialty after your MBBS. You could attempt examinations for becoming a Diplomat of National Board (which offers certificates equivalent to MD/MS).
If you meet all these requirements and possess the qualities mentioned above, a career in doctor is the right career option for you.