Career in General Medicine (GM), Salary, Eligibility

31Oct,2020
By Editorial

General Medicine is the medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of most diseases. Candidates while pursuing this course gain in-depth knowledge about the field of medical science through observation, experimentation, theoretical knowledge, and practical exposure.

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Students who are pursuing General Medicine will get to learn basic science, pre-clinical, clinical, and para-clinical subjects. During the General Medicine and Surgery course internship, candidates are introduced to several facets of primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare. 

Medical Colleges/ institutions provide a General Medicine course across India. Having any bachelor’s degree program, one can opt for postgraduate as well as super-specialty studies. Students that hold a degree in General Medicine will get career opportunities at hospitals and private clinics in the healthcare sector. A medical and General Medicine candidate who holds general medicine degree can work with research centres, laboratories, and in the Pharmaceutical industry.

General Medicine Course Highlights:

There are different courses available in the field of General Medicine starting from a bachelor’s program to a Master’s. Tabulation below shows the brief about General Medicine course:

Types of Courses UG: MBBS, BDS, B.Sc. Nursing, B.Phy. in General Medicine
PG: MD in General Medicine
Minimum Duration UG: 4 – 5 years
PG: 2 - 3 years
Basic Eligibility UG: Completion of Class 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology with at least 50% aggregate marks.
PG: Completion of an MBBS with at least 50% aggregate marks
Total Fees UG:10K – 15 lakhs
PG: 20K – 15 lakhs
Average Salary UG:3 – 12 lakhs
PG:3 – 20 lakhs
Area of Employment Govt. Hospitals, Private Medicals, Clinics, Biomedical Companies, etc.
Job Profiles General Physician, Surgeon, Medical Officer, Physiologist, Pediatrician, Bacteriologist, Gynecologist, etc.


General Medicine Eligibility:

The basic eligibility criteria for General Medicine courses differ from college to college with a little modification. Candidates are required to fulfil the common eligibility criteria to get admission into the General Medicine are mentioned below:

  • Students should have passed Class 10+2in science stream subjects which are Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (Botany and Zoology) with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks.
  • Candidates also must have studied English as the main subject in their Class 10+2/Senior Secondary.
  • At the time of their admission, candidates need to fulfil the age limit criterion which is that they must be at least 17 years of age.

General Medicine Career aspects:

Candidates from General Medicine are very highly focused on the healthcare sector. There are Job opportunities for medical graduates are in both government and private sectors. 

  • There are a lot of jobs that are available for such professionals in various fields such as health centers, hospitals, laboratories, research centers, nursing homes, and clinics. Many graduates also choose to open their own clinic/ private practice.
  • There are opportunities for candidates to study higher education such as MD, Ph.D. 
  • They are massively employed in both government and private sectors in areas such as State PSCs, railways, military services, State medical colleges, research & educational institutes, biomedical companies, medicine manufacturing companies, etc.

General Medicine Job profiles:

After obtaining a medical degree in General Medicine, students can get into different job opportunities in several areas in the healthcare industry. Students who hold a degree in General Medicine will get career opportunities at government and private hospitals and at private clinics in the healthcare sector.  Students are eligible to apply as per the degree they have opted for the different job profiles. Following are some of the common job profiles in the field of General Medicine:

Job Profile Job Description
General Physician General Physicians are doctors who run tests and check patients; they ask for their medical histories, prescribe medications, suggest and interpret medical tests.
Medical Officer Medical officers give advisory information and provide medical support to patients and counsel them on healthcare issues, prevention, and disease control.
Physiologist Physiologists work in doctor's facilities where monitor on-screen for human physiological organs and frameworks like respiratory, anxious, and cardiovascular frameworks, to analyze and treat physiological clutters and chronic diseases.
Bacteriologist A Bacteriologist is in charge of observing and researching different sorts of microorganisms in stages of change and advancement. Generally, they execute their examinations in a research facility, for the most part for pharmaceutical or government organizations. 
Surgeon They are such medical professionals who are qualified to perform surgeries.


General Medicine Salary:

The average monthly salary offered to a successful General Medicine doctor of the course varies between INR 3 and 12 lakhs. A mid-career Doctor/ Physician, general practice with 5-8 years of experience earns an average total compensation of INR 7 – 8 lakhs. An experienced Doctor/Physician, general practice with 10-17 years of experience earns an average total compensation of INR 9 – 10 lakhs.

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