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Most PG hopefuls at GMC prefer treating to teaching

Panaji: A majority of postgraduate medical students appear to be inclined towards careers in treating patients and conducting surgeries over research or teaching with most applicants for seats at the Goa Medical College (GMC) opting for MD clinical courses over non-clinical courses.

Head of department of orthopaedic medicine and medical superintendent, GMC, Dr S M Bandekar, said that MD courses in orthopaedic medicine, radiology and anesthesiology are in high demand, with MD in surgery also gaining popularity fast.

Admissions to MD seats in ophthalmology is also highly competitive. "A MD in this faculty offers better career and financial prospects," said a GMC doctor. Social medicine is also in demand with a qualified candidate having job prospects with international organisations like World Health Organization (WHO). While gynaecology is perceived as a subject that does not really have much takers, all the course's seats are occupied. "Mostly women opt for gynaecology," said Bandekar.

In comparison, non-clinical MD courses such as pharmacology, forensic medicine, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, etc have found little or no takers over the last few years, leading to seats in these specialties lying vacant every academic year.

"There is an aversion towards these specialisations because most doctors prefer to be on the clinical side. After training, they want to treat patients and conduct surgeries," added Bandekar.

Of the five seats at the MD-level in forensic medicine, only one was filled in this academic year after a gap of two years. "Working in this department entails a lot of hard work. We earn between Rs 2 and 2.5 lakh a month. A surgeon easily earns it in a week," said a forensic doctor at GMC.

One MD seat in forensic medicine, he said, found a taker this year just because one post is vacant in the department. "The student in question will be eligible for that post on completing the course," he said.

A similar situation prevails when it comes to MD seats in physiology, anatomy and biochemistry.


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