June 16, 2009

Options to pursue medicine

Don't be disheartened if you fail to get admission into a medical college. There are ample options of making a successful career in medicine-related and health science fields with degree and diploma courses in other pathies like ayurveda, homoeopathy, unani and siddha medicine, pharmacy, nursing, occupational and physiotherapy and of course the BDS degree (bachelor in dental surgery) besides a bunch of diploma and certificate courses in various health subjects like accupressure and acupuncture.

Admissions of most of these courses can be had through the Maharashtra State-Common Entrance Examination (MHT-CET) in government colleges. "The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Nashik offers a host of degree and diploma courses in various pathies, nursing etc. Even some local universities also run a number of technical courses related to medicine. And mind you there is enough demand and job opportunities for technicians. In fact, there is shortage of such skilled professionals," says Dr Mridula Phadke, Vice-Chancellor, MUHS.

Dr Deepti Donganokar, dean, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) describing the prospects of other courses in medicine said, "Very few students know the entire list of courses that are available to them after the HSSC examination in both government as well as private institutions. Even Nagpur University offers some courses like that of optician, lab technician, physicist (who decide the medicine dose for chemotherapy during cancer treatment) which few students are aware of".

After MBBS and BDS degrees, the most sought-after course is four- year degree course in nursing (B.Sc nursing) where admissions are available on merit basis in MHT-CET. Besides the degree course, students can opt for the general midwifery (GNM) and General Nursing courses. "Nursing has become a very specialised and demanding course. Nurses can now specialise in subjects like cardiothoracic, paediatrics, public health, cancer, neo-natology which have lot of job opportunities especially in private sector," said Sanjay Patil, senior teacher nursing in College of Nursing, GMCH. Although students from other streams can also seek admissions to GNM course, the seats get filled mainly by science students. Some other courses include courses in subjects like oral hygiene, nutrition, dietary and some entrepreneurship courses like artificial limb making, optometry, audiometry etc.

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