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Choosing A Speciality After NEET-PG
One of the toughest decisions in your career begins at the end of MBBS, when you have to start thinking about which specialty to pursue. With over 60 specialties and over 30 subspecialties to consider, it can be overwhelming. While every medical branch has its own importance, some tend to be in greater demand among aspirants, but what makes them stay in demand?
The following are a few of the highly demanding courses which have been the prime choice for PG rankers:
Radiology and Radio-Diagnosis: This branch has emerged as the most demanding among post graduate medical aspirants. It boasts several alluring factors including sophistication and high earning potential. Radiology and Radio-Diagnosis has created its space in the advancing of medical science. Several surgical procedures are now carried out under X-ray and CT scan or MRI, as they’re fundamentally non-invasive and involve less hospitalization.
Aspirants also find themselves attracted to this branch due to its earning power and lower investment cost, as you can often start up with a fully equipped Radiology clinic. It’s important to note that in India, there are only 500 seats for Radiology.
General Medicine: Graduates often prefer to specialise in this field due to its round-the-clock need and variety of general practice in the medical field. General Medicine practitioners carry out the diagnosis and treatment of various illnesses and are the ones who serve their patients at the primary level.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Also known as Obs and Gynae or OBG, this is the branch of medical science that deals with female reproductive organs, both in the pregnant and non-pregnant state. Medical graduates who choose to pursue Obstetrics and Gynaecology undergo extensive training for three years in India, at which time they develop adaptive skills and surgical management involving the primary care of both pregnant and non-pregnant patients. The branch tends to be more common among female students in India, but in other nations, the case is not the same.
Paediatrics: Dedicated to the care of new-born infants, children and adolescents up to the age of 18, Paediatrics is considered new in comparison to other specialties but is also among the most popular. Due to the nature of providing healthcare for little ones, those who have an affinity for children are more inclined to want to work with them as a Paediatrician within this branch.
Orthopaedics: This branch of medical science deals with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system, specifically focusing on areas of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, etc. Graduates who go on to become orthopedicians or orthopaedic surgeons, make use of both surgical and non-surgical methods to diagnose and treat patients suffering from ortho-ailments.
Orthos are also involved in medical, physical, physiotherapy and rehabilitative methods to help their patients and usually work closely with other departments, serving as consultants to those practicing as general physicians. Overall, Orthopaedics is a specialized branch of immense capability, which is why it continues to be a favoured choice among graduates.
Dermatology: Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, commonly known as DVL, deals with skin diseases of various kinds and is one of the highly rewarding branches in terms of earning power.
In terms of non-clinical branches, Anatomy and FMT are a few that have been a prime focus, though they aren’t generally a primary choice among aspirants.
If you’re contemplating which specialty to go for after NEET-PG, our advice is to just choose the branch you’re most passionate about and don’t compromise with the choices available. It’s wiser to take a break and prepare for a better rank rather than choosing a branch which won't satisfy you. Remember, you can’t go wrong when you pursue your dreams!