I am a student of Class 10 and I am interested in Cardiology. But I don’t know about its scope in India. Please guide me.
Becoming a cardiologist requires 5-6 years of training beyond an MBBS degree. First, clear 10+2 examination with Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Then appear in competitive exams to get admission into MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery). This is a 5½ years course which includes one-year internship period as well.
After that you can go for an MD in General Medicine followed by DM in Cardiology, which is a super specialization. You can practice cardiology after your MD, but to have a really successful career, you must do the DM. Those interested in surgery can first do a M.S. in General Surgery after MBBS and then M.Ch. in Cardio-thoracic Surgery or Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. The demand for all medical professionals is increasing with the unfortunate upsurge in diseases and ailments day by day. At the same time super specialty hospitals are mushrooming both within the country and abroad offering employment opportunities.
Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.