Primer on masters in preventive & social medicine

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Primer on masters in preventive & social medicine

  1. 1. Seek : Study : Succeed<br />
  2. 2. Primer on Masters in Preventive and Social Medicine<br />
  3. 3. What does the Specialist Do -<br />Masters in preventive and social medicine, masters in community health, or masters in public health are all synonyms in India. Taking up this branch is like bringing about a change in the society.<br />As any other doctor, you will be able to help or cure maximum a few hundreds of people out of their misery per day. But as a public health expert you may prevent millions from getting trapped in the clutches of diseases or may successfully extricate those lakhs from their misery.<br />As oppose to other branches which use the curative approach, public health works on preventive, promotive, and curative measures. Hence preventive and social medicine touches every strand of medicine like paediatrics, gynaecology, cardiology etc.<br />
  4. 4. Eligibility -<br />Entrance exams –<br /><ul><li>All India post graduate entrance test
  5. 5. Individual state entrance exams for domicile holders [like Maharashtra CET]
  6. 6. Entrance exams of central government autonomous institutes [like AIIMS and PGI]
  7. 7. Entrances of private colleges and deemed universities [like Manipal university]</li></ul>Course Choices – <br /><ul><li>Three year long MD in preventive and Social Medicine
  8. 8. Twoyear diploma in public health
  9. 9. Diplomate of National Board [DNB] which is a three year long course is available in public health </li></li></ul><li>Top Preferred Colleges -<br />The preferred colleges for PSM or public health in India are:<br />1. Post Graduate Institute, Chandigarh<br />2. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi<br />3. Armed Force Medical College, Pune<br />4. Christian Medical College, Vellore<br />5. Maulana Azad medical college, Delhi<br />Students who are keen on this field not only look at India but also explore US and UK popularly for their masters in public health.<br />
  10. 10. Placement Opportunities -<br /> Join an NGO [non profit organisation]. It could be an international NGO like World Health Organisation, or UNICEF, or any national level NGO.<br />Teaching option is always open in a government /private hospital, except for the diploma holders<br />To join the government sector, you will be placed above the primary health centres, that is to say you will be placed at the district level in a district hospital. As a public health expert, you could also be a part of framing the National Health Program, like those for tuberculosis, HIV, leprosy etc.<br />Working with pharmaceutical companies, who have recently started hiring public health experts for their clinical trials.<br />Working with the chemical companies or the companies having huge factories or chemical plants. In such places a safety officer is appointed and that is where the public health expert steps in.<br />
  11. 11. Skill’s The Specialist need to acquire -<br />Besides the knowledge and interest there are distinct skills which a public health expert must possess to be successful. They are:<br />1. Good communication skills<br />2. Interpersonal skills and an ability to build a rapport.<br />3. Leadership qualities.<br />
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