Orthopaedics is the surgical branch concerned with correcting deformities in bones or muscles, which together are known as the Musculoskeletal System. The Musculoskeletal system is what gives animals and human beings their form, supports their bodies, gives them stability and facilitates motion.
With the use of both surgical and non surgical methods, orthopaedic surgeons are able to treat birth deformities, arthritis and damage caused by physical trauma to the bones or muscles.
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Eligibility Criteria for M.S Orthopaedics
In order to be eligible for a Master of Surgery(M.S.)course in orthopaedics, the candidate is required to complete an M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), or an equivalent, from any recognised university in India.
For Post Graduation, the candidate must appear for an all India level test, qualifying which, the candidate becomes eligible for the M.S. orthopaedics course.
An M.S. degree in orthopaedics can be completed in 3 years. Students who have a 2-year postgraduate diploma course from a recognised institute in the same subject can complete the M.S. program in 2 years. At the end of the 3-year training the student is marked or graded on his/her level of knowledge, skill and competence, both in theory and in practical work. A minimum of 50 percent marks is required to clear the examination.
Orthopedic Job Prospects
Orthopaedic surgeons can expect a starting salary of Rs. 3 lakhs to Rs. 3.5 lakhs annually in a private hospital. In a government hospital, the pay packet may be slightly less. The highest income an orthopaedic surgeon could draw will be through private practice. Other options include joining the army or navy. Vacancies for orthopaedic surgeons for these military forces are advertised in “The Employment News”.
Orthopaedic surgeons looking to enhance their careers can take the Combined Medical Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, Government of India. They can also take the State Provincial Services Examination conducted by the respective State Provincial Service Commissions.
For a complete list of institutes that offer the course of M.S. Orthopaedics in India, visit www.mciindia.org. All listed institutions are recognised by the Medical Council of India.
The following is a list of institutes in the private sector where candidates can apply for jobsin the orthopaedics department:
- Batra Hospital and Medical Research Centre, New Delhi
- Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi