Career counselling to become a BAMS doctor after 10th – 9 points BAMS stands for Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. It deals with incorporating Ayurvedic practices and medicine with modern-day medicine and students pursuing BAMS are taught both as part of their curriculum. Although not as common as MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), BAMS has been a reputable profession for an exceptionally long time, even before modern medicine took to the world. There is no denying that modern-day medicines, treatments, and cures are highly effective but there are thousands, if not millions, of people who turn to old age Ayurvedic medicine to find solutions to their problems. Especially in Asian countries like India and Nepal where practices like Ayurveda medicine are extremely popular. The public is more comfortable and trusting of natural ingredients than man-made chemicals and compounds, ayurvedic medicine also happens to be less expensive than present-day medicine which is one of the many reasons why BAMS is an evergreen profession. If you find yourself in doubt and are unable to decide why (or why not) you should enroll in a BAMS program, then here we provide some career counselling for you to attain more clarity.
It is an established fact that in order to become a doctor, you must choose the science stream, and within that, you can either opt for Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB) or Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and Biology (PCMB). Whatever it may be, PCB is necessary to pursue a future career in the medical field, and scoring good grades is crucial as many medical institutions have high cut-off rates.
BAMS or not?
This is a question most medical aspirants find themselves asking. Simply knowing that you like biology does not mean you would like to be a doctor. There are plenty of other professional fields where biology or chemistry is put to practice that you might be more interested in – microbiology if working on a microscopic level is what excites you, biochemistry if the close relation of biology and chemistry is what you like to work on, biotechnology if you have always been a fanatic for technology and want to use it for the betterment of this world. The choices are endless but if you are 100% certain that you would like to have the title Dr. prefix your name, then good for you! You have successfully cleared one hurdle. Now you must decide what kind of medicinal program you are into and you are good to go!
Entrance exam and Institution
The most popular and common approach, which the majority of universities are adapting is the selection of candidates through NEET. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is the competitive exam you need to prepare for, to become a BAMS doctor. You can start preparation as early as 10th grade or even start it after 12th but the minimum requirement for appearing for NEET or getting admission into the BAMS program is to pass 12th.
Degree and Internship
Once you gain admission into a university, you will need to clear a 4-year bachelor program and 6 months of mandatory training to achieve your degree. Make sure you score well in NEET as well as your 10th and 12th board examinations to get into a reputable college that will add value to your degree and then proceed to do an internship either in a private clinic or a public one.
You have successfully attained your BAMS degree! Hooray! Now what? To become a good doctor, you will need to start working either as an intern or junior consultant/specialist, watch and work with senior doctors in the profession and learn skills from them. Overall, the first few years of your life as a BAMS doctor or any doctor for that matter is all about learning and implementing.
Just like MBBS, there are specialization programs you can do after BAMS too – Medical Jurisprudence & Toxicology, Penta Bio-Purification Methods, Materia Medica & Pharmacology are some of the many options. Choosing your PG course depends entirely on your interests and capabilities.
You can either start your own clinic, join as Ayurvedic or homeopathic doctor in a private or government-based hospital, or enter the world of manufacturing and producing ayurvedic medicines.
Contrary to popular belief, Ayurvedic medicine exists and is practiced widely outside Asian countries. In recent times the World Health Organization has also been promoting alternative forms of medicines and cures. Therefore, there are plenty of job opportunities both in India as well as abroad. You just need to find one that caters to your need.
Freshers may receive a monthly income of 15,000 to 30,000 Rupees based on their marks, their institution, their internship, job position, etc. After gaining some relevant experience the salary can increase up to 2 to 3 times.
We hope these points help you to become a BAMS doctor after 10th, rationalize, and decide for good.