The medical profession has always been regarded as one of the most coveted professions. Medical practitioners are not only looked up to with great respect but they also make a good living. A career in the medical field is quite lucrative as well as prolific. All in all, this is one career that offers job satisfaction, good standing in the society and financial stability. There are several reputed medical institutes in the country that provide excellent medical education and train several students each year to take on the field of medicine. The field is vast and the students can either opt for general medicine or choose from among the numerous branches of medicine to specialise in the same. There are mainly 30 medical fields to choose from. These include Andrology, Anaesthesiology, Cardiology, Cytology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Epidemiology,
Gastroenterology, Gerontology, Gynaecology, Hepatology, Histology, Immunology, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetrics,
Pathology, Podiatry, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Physiology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Serology, Toxicology and Urology.
While some institutes teach most of these branches of medicine others offer specialization in only a few. The candidates aspiring to pursue a course in any of these require appearing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) that tests their knowledge in three subjects namely Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
General physicians monitor their patients’ health and diagnose their illnesses. In case, a patient requires specialized treatment he is then directed to the specialists in that field who then examine the patients further and treat them accordingly.
There are good career prospects for medical professionals. There are immense employment opportunities for general physicians, surgeons as well as speciality doctors. A recent study shows that there are just 6 doctors for every 10,000 people in India. The difference is huge and the country requires more and more educated and dedicated healthcare professionals to fill the gap.
Contrary to the general notion, the medical field is not restricted to working as a general physician or specialist doctors, there are many other medical professionals such as pathologists, pharmacists, nutritionists, optometrists, physiotherapists, radiologists and scanning equipments operators that are much in demand in hospitals. So, if the science subjects interest you and you are good at them then it is a great idea to go for the medical field. This will not only make for a lucrative career and build a position in the society but will also give you the opportunity to serve the society.