MD in Respiratory Medicine is a 2-year full-time postgraduate course, the minimum eligibility for admission to which is the successful completion of MBBS from a university recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The discipline essentially involves the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and disorders related to the respiratory tract.
The course is sub-divided into 4 semesters, of 6 months each, and is offered for pursuance in India for an average fee ranging between INR 1 and 5 Lacs, varying across institutes.
Admission to the course is offered based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam and a subsequent round of counseling.
Such postgraduates are lucratively employed in areas such as:
The average annual salary offered to such postgraduates in India ranges between INR 70K (government sector) and 1 Lakh (private sector), varying according to the candidate’s expertise and experience in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Minimum Qualification Required||MBBS or equivalent degree from a university recognized by the MCI.|
|Admission Procedure||Counseling after qualification of entrance test.|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Total Course Fee||INR 1 Lakh to 5 Lacs|
|Major Entrance Exams||NEET PG, AIIMS PG, PGIMER Entrance Test, CMC Vellore PG, JIPMER PG, UPSEE, etc.|
|Top Recruiting Areas/Fields||Government Hospitals, Military Services, Private Clinics, Private Hospitals, Medical Colleges & Universities, NGOs, and suchlike.|
|Job Positions||Respiratory Therapist, Pulmonary Function Technologist, Neonatal-Pediatric Specialist, Medical & Health Services Manager, and such.|
|Average Initial Salary||INR 3 to 10 Lacs|
The course has been designed to offer to eligible graduates advanced learning and training in:
A large number of private and government medical colleges in India offer a postgraduate degree in the field. Mentioned below are the names and details of such colleges, with their corresponding locations and fees charged by each, annually.
|NAME OF INSITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES|
|All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)||New Delhi||INR 1,944 (course)|
|Christian Medical College (CMC)||Vellore||INR 1,17,000 (course)|
|Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)||Pune||INR 64,400 (course)|
|Maulana Azad Medical College||New Delhi||INR 10,000 (course)|
|Madras Medical College (MMC)||Chennai||INR 13,667 (course)|
|Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER)||Pondicherry||INR 6,200 (course)|
|Lady Harding Medical College (LHMC)||New Delhi||INR 10,000 (course)|
|Grant Medical College (GMC)||Mumbai||INR 82,400 (course)|
|King George’s Medical University (KGMU)||Lucknow||INR 39,047 (course)|
|Sri Ramachandra University||Chennai||INR 14,00,000 (course)|
|Seth GS Medical College (GSMC)||Mumbai||INR 29,600 (course)|
|Government Medical College (GMC)||Amritsar||INR 11,000 (course)|
|Institute of Medical Sciences (IMC)||Varanasi||Not Mentioned|
|Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS)||Wardha||INR 60,167 (course)|
|LokmanyaTilak Municipal Medical College (LTMMC)||Mumbai||INR 86,865 (course)|
|Christian Medical College (CMC)||Ludhiana||INR 1,33,000 (course)|
|Osmania Medical College (OMC)||Hyderabad||INR 66,666 (course)|
|Byram JeeJeejeebhoy Government Medical College (BJMC)||Pune||INR 72,650 (course)|
|Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (IPGMER)||Kolkata||INR 10,000 (course)|
|Bangalore Medical College and Research institute (BMCRI)||Bangalore||INR 95,000 (course)|
|B.J. Medical College (BJMC)||Ahmedabad||INR 3,000 (course)|
|Government Medical College/ Rajindra Hospital (GMCP)||Patiala||INR 43,333 (course)|
Candidates aspiring for admission to the course are required to fulfill the following minimum eligibility criteria.
Generally, in most of the colleges and institutes offering the course, admission is provided based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, conducted at any of State and national levels, followed by a subsequent round of counselling.
The round of counselling involves two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined. A merit list is subsequently released issued by the institute allocating available seats to the qualifying candidates.
Some of the major entrance examinations conducted in India for admission to the course are listed below.
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated as follows.
|Structure & Function of Respiratory System, Cardiovascular system, and mediastinum||Latrogenic diseases|
|Thoracic Tumors||Respiratory Failure|
|Non-TB Respiratory Infections||Pleural Diseases|
|Tuberculosis||Diseases of the chest wall and respiratory muscles including the Diaphragm|
|Pulmonary Vascular Diseases||Mediastinal Diseases excluding tumors|
|Occupational and Environmental Diseases||Pleuro-pulmonary manifestations of systemic/Extra-pulmonary Disorders|
|Diffuse Parenchymal (interstitial) Lung Diseases||Genetic and Development Disorders|
|Respiratory Diseases and Pregnancy||Pulmonary Function Testing|
|Allergic Diseases (IGE medicated)||Different Procedures|
|Eosinophilic Diseases||Treatment Modalities and Prevention Measures|
|Sleep related disorders||Core generic abilities|
|Immunodeficiency disorders||Competencies in the fields shared with other specialties|
|Orphan Lung diseases||Knowledge of associated fields relevant to adult Respiratory Medicine|
|Symptoms and Signs||Further Areas relevant to respiratory medicine|
|Pulmonary Function Testing||Thesis|
Respiratory Medicine Specialists are in great demand across the world, owing to the increasing rate among the modern population of respiratory diseases like:
Upon successful completion of the course, such candidates can work acoss:
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are tabulated below along with the corresponding salaries and job duties associated with each.
|JOB PROFILES||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Respiratory Therapist||Respiratory Therapists are responsible for conducting respiratory therapy treatments on patients by executing bronchopulmonary drainage. They also record physiological responses to the therapy provided, like vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes. Respiratory Therapists assist with breathing exercises and also direct treatments given by technicians and assistants.||INR 4 to 15 Lacs|
National Consultants are responsible for coordinating and promoting quality-related activities and advocacy. Also, they estimate requirements for improvement of quality of health care services, and provide technical support in implementing technical protocols & clinical standards.
National Consultants also facilitate need-assessment for training purposes, and plan training activities in collaboration with training institutes, etc.
|INR 4 to 10 Lacs|
Technical Assistants are responsible for observing, monitoring, and recording patients' conditions by taking pulse, temperature etc. They measure rates of respirations and weight, communicate with patients and relatives, and assist with clinical duties, and personal care.
They are responsible for infection prevention and control, personal hygiene, food, and overall reassurance, comfort and safety.
|INR 3 to 9 Lacs|
|Lecturer||Lecturers undertake teaching and administrative duties within a specialist subject area. Typical responsibilities of the job include encouraging personal development through tutorial and practical work, and invigilating examinations.||INR 3 to 6.5 Lacs|
|Junior Research Scientist||Junior Research Scientists prepare articles, reports, and presentations, and perform routine clerical duties as instructed, if essential to the research activities of the supervisor or project. They assist in administrative duties such as completing reports.||INR 3 to 7 Lacs|
|Professor||A professor is typically responsible for teaching, research, and service. They often have one or more areas in which they are experts and part of the job is to keep up with current research activities in their area of proficiency.||INR 4 to 8 Lacs|