M.Ch. in Anatomy is a 3- year postgraduate course divided into 6 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. M.Ch. in Anatomy, also known as, Master of Surgery is an advanced qualification in surgical medicine.
The program aims to develop in enrolled students a sound knowledge and understanding of the human anatomy towards successful surgical practice through a series of whole-body cadaveric dissections taught by qualified surgeons.
The average annual course fee in India ranges between INR 10,000 and 15 Lacs, depending upon the institute offering the course. The basic eligibility to pursue the course is a MD or MS degree in a relevant discipline, preferably Anatomy, from a recognized university. For availing admission to the course, eligible candidates are needed to qualify an online entrance test conducted by the institute, often followed by subsequent rounds of interview.
The average annual starting salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 5 and 10 Lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post-graduate or Doctoral|
|Duration||3 Years (full time)|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Post-graduation (MD or MS) from a recognized university with 55% marks in aggregate|
|Admission Process||Entrance examination (NEET-SS) followed by counselling|
|Course Fee||INR 10K to 15 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 5 to 10 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Fields/Areas||Nursing homes, hospitals, private clinics, research institutes, government hospitals, medical foundations/ trusts, laboratories, polyclinics, medical colleges, health centers, non-profit organizations, etc.|
Anatomy is the branch of biology that deals with the study of the structure of organisms and their body parts. The course includes components of study such as Gross and Regional Anatomy, Osteology, Anthropology, Myology, Systemic Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Applied and Clinical Anatomy, General and Systemic Embryology, Comparative Embryology, Principles of Genetics, General Histology, Histology of Organs & Structure, Staining Techniques, Outline of Evolution, Comparative Anatomy, Physical Anthropology, Radiological Anatomy, Surface Anatomy, Surface of Human Body, among others.
The program also includes a detailed study of Embryology, Comparative Anatomy, Evolutionary Biology, and Phylogeny, as these are the processes by which anatomy is generated over immediate (embryology) and long (evolution) timelines. The course enables experienced and qualified doctors to develop an evidence- based approach to health care practice and to obtain a postgraduate qualification. The clinical modules are designed with the objective to focus on practical skills in operative surgery with the use of interactive teaching aids and practical workshops.
Aspiring eligible candidates who are interested in studying about the human body and its physiology may ideally apply for the course. Candidates wishing to specialize in related fields of anatomy and interested in surgical anatomic research are ideally suited for the course. Such candidates would ideally be detail-oriented and have good communications skills. They need to be contained and level-headed while using a variety of medical tools for research and to examine patients.
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEE IN INR|
|Mahatma Gandhi University||Kerala||15,77,000|
|Kasturba Medical College, Manipal||Manipal||5,632,000|
|All India Institute of Medical Sciences||New Delhi||2,292|
|Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER)||Puducherry||8,205|
|Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)||Chandigarh||2,370|
|National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)||Bengaluru||69,950|
|Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology||Kerala||109,160|
|Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)||Pune||69,400|
|Maulana Azad Medical College||New Delhi||-|
|Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College||Pune||69,400|
|Christian Medical College & Hospital||Vellore||116,950|
|Lady Harding Medical College||New Delhi||-|
|Madras Medical College||Chennai||56,425|
|Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research||Kolkata||10,000|
|Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute||Bengaluru||-|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course ne to meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s rank in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test – Super Specialty (NEET-SS). The admission process also involves a round of counselling based on the percentile or percentage obtained in the entrance test.
NEET SS is an eligibility-cum-ranking single window entrance examination for all Super Specialty DM/M.Ch. courses as per the Indian Medical Council Act. No other entrance examination, either at State or institution level, is valid for entry to DM/M.Ch. courses. Thus, qualifying NEET-SS is mandatory for gaining entry to DM/M.Ch. courses across mostly all universities/institutes in the country. The entrance exam scores are accepted at the following institutes:
However, the following institutes do not accept NEET-SS scores:
A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below:
|Dissection of Entire Body|
|Histology and Hito chemistry|
|Applied Anatomy and Recent Advances|
Successful professionals of the discipline are lucratively employed at nursing homes, private clinics, government hospitals, medical colleges, research institutes, medical foundations or trusts, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and scientific research firms, among other related areas.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY IN INR|
|Anatomy Surgeon||To perform operations on anatomic areas such as the endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, liver, colon, and other major parts of the human body. To perform appendix or gallbladder removals, colonoscopies, thyroidectomies, and bariatric surgeries, out of which some are minimally invasive and are performed using laparoscopic methods.||5 to 12 Lacs|
|Medical Scientist||To organize studies to investigate human diseases, develop procedures for medical applications and analyze medical samples. They work with health departments and physicians to develop programs that shall improve health safety standards.||3 to 7 Lacs|
|Epidemiologist||To examine the causes of diseases and public health problems, and analyze health data, manage public health programs, and communicate their research to the public and health practitioners.||4 to 8 Lacs|
|Chiropractor||To treat patients with problems relating to the musculoskeletal system which consists of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons and evaluate a patient's posture, perform physical exams and treat patients with back pain through massages and acupuncture.||3 to 6 Lacs|
|Molecular and Cellular Biologist||To research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.||5 to 9 Lacs|
|Medical Transcriptionist||To listen to the recorded dictations of doctors or other healthcare professionals and transcribe and interpret the dictation into diagnostic test results, operative reports, referral letters, and other documents, and also review and edit drafts prepared by speech recognition software, making sure that the transcription is correct, complete, and has a consistent style.||3 to 5 Lacs|
|Medical Laboratory Technician||To collect samples, study and perform tests on body fluids, teeth, chemical compounds, biological specimens, or other fields of science by using various types of machinery, lab equipment and complex computer programs to perform such tests.||3 to 6 Lacs|
|Lecturer/Professor||To teach at undergraduate and graduate levels in areas related to surgical anatomy and its applications, which are allocated and reviewed from time to time by the Head of Department, and to supervise or assist with assessment of undergraduate, taught graduate (Masters) or research graduate (MPhil or PhD) students.||4 to 7 Lacs|