MDS in Oral Pathology and Microbiology is a 3-year postgraduate program in dentistry. This is a special branch of dentistry that deals with the nature, characteristics, cause, effects, and diagnosis of diseases that affect the oral and maxillofacial regions. It studies the teeth structure and facilitates appropriate maintenance of the same. Students enrolled to the course are trained to deal with the nature of oral diseases, their causes, and effects, and administer suitable treatment.
Enrolled students are taught to perform routine histopathological evaluations of specimens, and routine diagnostic procedures including cytological, microbiological, and such investigations besides research projects.
The course’s curriculum not only focuses on developing students’ academic and clinical proficiency, but also their intellectual, rational, and social aptitude for dentistry. The average course fee in India ranges between INR 1 and 6 lacs for the total duration. The average annual salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of this field lies between INR 7 and 8 lacs.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Yearly System|
|Eligibility||BDS from a recognized university|
|Admission Process||Based on merit obtained at the level of graduation. Entrance test in some cases.|
|Course Fee||INR 1 - 6 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 7 - 8 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Fields/Areas||Dental hospitals, Dental treatment centers, Nursing homes, Private Clinics, etc.|
Oral Pathology is the branch of dentistry that deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases that affect the oral and maxillofacial regions. The discipline involves the investigation of the causes, processes, and effects of such diseases.
Microbiology is the study of the microorganisms which exist as unicellular or cell cluster microorganisms. Microbiology also involves the study of immune system or immunology. The course lasts for a total of 3 years.
Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in both government and private dental hospitals, or can pursue lectureship in departments of Oral Pathology and Microbiology in medical institutes. They may even pursue research in the discipline, or practice in medical departments of the Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.
Ideal candidates for the course would possess the following:
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 Fees in INR|
|Manipal College of Dental Sciences||Mangalore||8.6 lacs|
|SRM University Campus||Kattankulathur||3 lacs|
|Sharda University||Greater Noida||8.45 lacs|
|Maharishi Markandeshwar University Mullana Campus||Ambala||6.8 lacs|
|Aligarh Muslim University||Aligarh||10,755|
|Jodhpur National University||Jodhpur||6 lacs|
|Bharti Vidyapeeth Deemed University||Pune||7.5 lacs|
|Nitte University||Mangalore||3 lacs|
|MS Ramaiah University of Applied Science||Bangalore||8.46 lacs|
|Padmashree Dr. DY Patil University||Mumbai||8 lacs|
|Dr. DY Patil Vidyapeeth||Pune||2.2 lacs|
|Surendra Group of Institutions||Ganganagar||5.25 lacs|
|NIMS University||Jaipur||5.2 lacs|
|Pacific University||Udaipur||3.33 lacs|
Admission to the program is based on general academic achievement determined from a recognized degree of BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery for Oral Pathology and Microbiology), awarded by an Indian university from a recognized dental college or an equivalent qualification recognized by the Dental Council of India having permanent registration with a State Dental Council.
Foreign Nationals seeking admission to the course must procure temporary registration with the Dental Council of India for the duration of the postgraduate training.
Admission to the course is based on merit obtained at the level of graduation, and in some cases, on the candidate’s performance in a relevant common entrance examination conducted by institutes offering the course. Certain universities in India also offer direct admission to the program, based on the candidate’s graduating score.
Often, candidates qualifying the written examination are called for subsequent rounds of counselling and interview.
Some of the popular entrance exams conducted in India for the course are as follows:
A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Biostatistics and Research Methodology|
|Applied Gross Anatomy of Head and Neck including Histology|
|Physiology (General & Oral)|
|Systemic Microbiology / Applied Microbiology|
|Basic Molecular Biology and Techniques|
|Basic Histology techniques|
|Oral Microbiology and Immunology|
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such registered Dental Specialists are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Oral Pathologist||An Oral Pathologist is a medically trained Master of Dental Sciences who can diagnose and treat several different oral diseases that impact the overall health of the face, mouth, jaw, and other related bodily systems.||10 - 15 lacs|
|Dental Surgeon||A Dental Surgeon is responsible for diagnosing, treating, and providing preventative and restorative care for problems that affect patients' mouths and teeth. They educate patients regarding best oral health habits.||5 - 6 lacs|
|Dental Assistant||They perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties, and often work chair-side as dentists examine and treat patients. Their job is to make patients as comfortable as possible during treatment. They prepare patients for treatment and obtain their dental records.||3 - 4 lacs|
|Clinical Microbiologist||A Clinical Microbiologist conducts tests on specimens collected from patients and animals for bacterial, viral, protozoan, and fungal infections.||2 - 4 lacs|