MD in Tuberculosis & Respiratory Medicine is a 2-year postgraduate course, designed for eligible postgraduates of MBBS or equivalent degree, completed from a university recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The course’s curriculum is a blend of theoretical and practical components of the study.
The specialization is essentially about the latest technologies and methodologies employed in the cure of tuberculosis (TB), which is an infectious bacterial lung disease.
The program is divided into 4 semesters, of 6 months each, and interested candidates can pursue the course in India for an average course fee ranging between INR 1 and 6 Lacs, varying across institutes. Generally, admission to the course is provided on the basis of the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test and subsequent round of counseling.
Such postgraduates can explore lucrative career opportunities in both government and private sectors, in areas such as:
The average annual salary offered to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 40K and 90K, growing with experience and expertise in the field.
Some of the major highlights of the course are listed below.
|Minimum Qualification Required||Graduation (MBBS or equivalent degree)|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Admission Procedure||Counseling after qualification of entrance exam|
|Total Course Fee||INR 1 to 6 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Areas/Fields||Research Institutes, Medical Institutes, Government Hospitals, Military Healthcare Services, Medical Labs, Private Hospitals, Healthcare Institutions, Private Clinic, etc.|
|Job Positions||National Consultant, Technical Assistant, Research Associate, Junior Research Scientist, Lecturer, Professor, Associate Lecturer, and such.|
|Average Initial Annual Salary||INR 3 to 12 Lacs|
|Major Entrance Examinations||NEET PG, AIIMS PG, PGIMER Entrance Exam, CMC Vellore PG, JIPMER PG, UPSEE, etc.|
The course has been designed to offer to eligible aspiring candidates advanced lessons in:
methods and technologies used in the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases, like Asthma, Lung Cancer, etc.
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 INSTITUTE||CITY||ANNUAL FEE|
|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)|
|Lokmanya Tilak 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 Jee Jeejeebhoy 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)|
Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.
Post-graduation (MBBS or equivalent degree),completed from an institute recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
|Doctor of Medicine in Gujarat||Doctor of Medicine in Andhra Pradesh||Doctor of Medicine in Kerala||Doctor of Medicine in Madhya Pradesh|
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, national and institutional levels, followed by a subsequent round of counseling.
The round of counseling 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.
Tabulated below is a semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.
|Applied Basic Science in Tuberculosis||Tuberculosis – Pulmonary|
|Applied Basic Science in Respiratory Diseases||Tuberculosis – Extra Pulmonary|
|Recent Advances in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases||Non-tuberculosis respiratory diseases|
|Development and Ageing of Respiratory System||Vocal Cord Dysfunction|
|Allergic Diseases||Sleep Related Disorders|
|Tuberculosis Control Programme||Immunology and Defense Mechanisms|
|Latent Tuberculosis (TB) Infections||Occupational and Environmental Diseases|
|Non-Tuberculosis Respiratory Infections||Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Diseases|
|Latrogenic Diseases||Acute Injury|
|Respiratory Failure||Respiratory Diseases and Pregnancy|
|Orphan Lung Diseases||Symptoms and Signs|
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Medicine Specialists are in great demand all over the world, owing to increase in lung and chest- related diseases, especially India being the world capital of Tuberculosis.
Such postgraduates can professionally fit in job roles such as:
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are mentioned below with the basic job responsibilities and salaries associated with each role.
|JOB PROFILES||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Pulmonologists||Pulmonologists specialize in the study and treatment of respiratory diseases, and are responsible for performing procedures to test pulmonary function and the factors affecting it. They conduct physical examinations, diagnose, and treat diseases of the respiratory tract, and recommend changes in diet, exercise, and habitat to reduce allergies, improve oxygenation and health. They treat conditions such as lung cancer, acute complications caused by respiratory failure, Bronchitis, Cancer, Asthma, Tuberculosis, etc.||INR 4 to 15 Lacs|
|National Consultant||National Consultants are responsible for coordinating and promoting medical quality-related activities and advocacy. They estimate requirements for improvement of quality of health care services, and provide technical support in implementing technical protocols & clinical standards. Also, they facilitating need-assessment for training, and plan training activities in collaboration with training institutes, etc.||INR 4 10 Lacs|
|Technical Assistant||Technical Assistants observe, monitor, and record patients' conditions by taking pulse, temperatures, respiration rates, and weight, etc. They communicate with patients and relatives, and assist with clinical duties. Also, they deliver personal care including infection prevention and control, personal hygiene, food, and overall reassurance, comfort, and safety.||INR 3 to 9 Lacs|
|Professor||A Professor’s responsibilities are typically divided between teaching, research, and service. They are academic experts in one or more areas, and part of the job is to keep up with current research activities in their area of expertise.||INR 4 to 8 Lacs|
|Lecturer||Lecturers undertake teaching and administrative duties within a specialist subject area. Typical responsibilities of the job include encouraging personal development through tutorial or practical work, and setting 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 directed. Their duties vary with relevance to the research activities of the Supervisor or project to which the Research Assistant is assigned. Also, they assist in administrative duties, such as completing reports.||INR 3 to 7 Lacs|