What is the difference between MS and MD?
MS is postgraduate degree in general surgery while MD is the postgraduate degree in general medicine. Both are pursued only after MBBS.
MS is for some fields where more of surgical expertise and skills are required. Whereas, MD is mostly non-surgical, but there are some branches where surgery can be part of MD. There are various branches where a MBBS graduate can pursue MS or MD. The decision should be taken depending on one’s choice of subject. But because of growing competition this may not be possible all the time. After MD or MS, one can join a medical college as teaching faculty, start own practice, can apply for job in government health sector or corporate hospitals.
What are the future prospects of MS and MD?
“The prospects of MS and MD are generally the same. A person who completes MS becomes a surgeon while the one who takes up MD is a physician. A physician cannot be a surgeon, while surgeon can work in place of a physician with more study of medicine. Financially, a surgeon can earn a lot more money that a physician, if he or she is good and skilled.
Doctor of Medicine Eligibility
- Eligibility for the M.D. course is restricted to those holding the M.B.B.S. degree. The certification must be from a university that is acknowledged by the Medical Council of India.
- Percentage criteria may vary from institute to institute. Training is attained in medical disciplines which are non-surgical in nature such as Internal Medicine, Radiology, and Pathology etc. Rank obtained in an entrance examination forms the basis for admission.
- Some institutions may conduct a personal interview of the candidate.
Doctor of Medicine Specialisations
- MD – Cardiology
- MD – Neuroradiology
- MD – Pulmonary Medicine
- MD – Clinical Haematology
- MD – Clinical Pharmacology
- MD – Medical Gastroenterology
- MD – Medical Oncology
- MD – Neonatology
- MD – Endocrinology
- MD – Gastroenterology
- MD – Nephrology
- MD – Neurology
- MD – Rheumatology
Basic Medical Sciences – M.D. (doctor of medicine) for which candidates must possess recognised degree of MBBS (or its equivalent recognised degree)
Clinical Disciplines – M.D. (doctor of medicine)
for which candidates must possess recognised degree of MBBS (or its equivalent recognised degree)
2) Community Medicine
3) Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy
4) General Medicine
9) Tuberculosis & Respiratory Medicine or Pulmonary Medicine.
How is Doctor of Medicine Course Beneficial?
- A Medical Doctor degree is a higher postgraduate degree which is representative of one’s speciality training. Speciality in one’s own field is more beneficial both in terms of money and fame.
- Students who have cleared their MD course can opt for further sub-specialization in their area of interest by opting for courses called D.M. or DNB (Diplomate of National Board), or M.Ch. (Master of Chirurgery/ Surgery) which are of 3 years duration as well.
Doctor of Medicine Employment Areas
- Health Centres
- Medical Colleges
- Biomedical Companies
- Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies
- Research Institutes
- Medical Foundation/Trust
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Nursing Homes
- Private Practice
Doctor of Medicine Job Types
- General Surgeon
- Anaesthetist or Anaesthesiologist
- Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
- General Practitioner
- Hospital Administrator
- E.N.T. Specialist
- Clinical Laboratory Scientist
- Medical Admitting Officer
- Resident Medical Officer