Q. What should we expect after we do our MBBS and PG in India?
Answer by Alien,MD
Well, I’m going to start with the basics.
Choosing a specialty:
Only two rules:
- Pick something you are reasonably confident that you can do (physically and mentally) for the next 20–30 years.
- Don’t pick something you hate.
*If you’re lucky, you might end up practicing a specialty which you have a natural aptitude for. You’ll find it easier than others, you’ll do better than others and you’ll love what you do.
*If you’re not so lucky, you’ll pick a field that requires you to stretch your limits, endure a steeper learning curve (frustrating period), but eventually you’ll get good at what you do and more often than not, you’ll begin to love what you do.
Notice that I did not mention money or prestige as a criterion. You get to decide how much you can live with. In any case, give priority to lifestyle over money if you have to.
Also note that I did not say pick something you love. If you start there, (knowing the ridiculous system by which Indian medical students get to select there PG), you’re in for a heartbreak (more likely than not). I would suggest reading the two * scenarios above. Note that in both cases you will eventually end up loving what you do (within reason). So stressing out about picking what you love is a moot point (in my opinion).
Choosing between employee status and starting your own practice:
This chart only covers the popular options. Other (equally or more important) options include working for the Government (Medical Officers, Advisers or Administrative), academia (of immense value) or research.
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