MS in Orthopaedics is a 3-year postgraduate program in the field of medical surgery, offered by most medical universities recognized by the MCI. The degree holders are licensed to practice and conduct surgery as part of medical treatment. Minimum eligibility for applying for the course is successful completion of MBBS.
Orthopaedics is concerned with the musculoskeletal system. Enrolled students are taught to apply both nonsurgical and surgical means for treating musculoskeletal trauma, congenital disorders, tumours, sports injuries, infections and other degenerative diseases.
Final selection to the course is based on the candidate’s entrance test scores, academic profile and performance in interview. The mode of admission is a relevant entrance examination carried out by different universities. The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 10 and 60 Lacs.
Successful postgraduates of the course are hired as:
They are employed in fields like universities, hospitals, clinics, government organisations, research organisations, etc., with an average annual starting salary ranging between INR 10 and 30 Lacs, increasing with experience in the field.
Tabulated here are the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Eligibility||MBBS degree from a recognized university|
|Admission Process||Based on counselling after qualification of a relevant entrance tests (AIIMS, NEET, etc.)|
|Course Fee||INR 10 to 60 Lacs p.a.|
|Average Starting salary||INR 10 to 30 Lacs p.a.|
|Top recruiting companies||Apollo hospital, Ganga Hospital, UPSC, and AIIMS, etc.|
The course has been designed to impart to eligible candidates advanced learning in the systematic assessment and management of surgical patients in the elective, urgent, and emergency clinical settings.
Orthopedic Surgeons treat diseases and condition such as:
They apply medical, physical, and rehabilitative methods, besides surgery, for treating patients, using a variety of surgical techniques such as lasers to remove torn cartilage, and arthroscopic surgery for treating damaged joints. These doctors work in a variety of settings, such as small private practices, hospitals, and clinics
Ideal candidates for the course would possess:
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country, along with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each, are listed below.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|Manipal university||Manipal||INR 6 Lacs (course)|
|AIIMS||Delhi||INR 10,000 (course)|
|Hi-Tech Medical College & Hospital (HTMCH)||Bhubaneswar||INR 5.5 Lacs (course)|
|Amrita School of Medicine (ASM)||Coimbatore||INR 2 Lacs (course)|
|Maharajah's Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS)||Vizianagaram||INR 10.5 Lacs (course)|
|MES Medical College||Perinthalmanna||INR 52 Lacs (course)|
Candidates wishing to pursue the course are needed to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria listed below in order to apply for the course:
Interested eligible candidates are offered admission to the course in India mostly on the basis of a relevant entrance test. Often subsequently, two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview are held as part of the counselling procedure, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined. A merit list is then released, allotting available seats to qualifying candidates.
Some such exams held in the country for admission to the course are:
A section-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Infections||Fractures and Dislocations|
|Peripheral Nerve Injuries||Sports Medicine|
|Imaging in Orthopaedics||The Foot and Ankle|
|Other Nontraumatic Disorders||-|
|Surgical Techniques and Approaches||Arthroplasty|
|Closed Reduction of Fractures, Dislocations||To clinically diagnose, assess, investigate and initially manage all surgical and medical emergencies|
|Mastering Plastering Techniques||To learn to assess ABC and perform CPR|
|Debridement of Open Fractures||To perform|
|External Fixator application||Splintage of the spine and limbs for fracture-dislocations|
|Internal Fixation of minor fractures with K-wires||To learn the use of certain emergency drugs – adrenaline, atropine, dopamine, Steroids, analgesics etc.|
|Excision of benign lesions||To learn to communicate with patient’s attendants on death of patient|
|Tendon lengthening||To learn to handle confidentiality issues|
|Incision and drainage, acute Osteomyelitis/ Septic Arthritis||Biopsies|
|Skull tongs application||-|
Top recruiters for postgraduates of the discipline include:
Some of the top professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Profile||Job Description||Average Pay Scale|
|Orthopaedic Surgeons||Orthopaedic Surgeons work with the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They perform surgery to address trauma, tumours, injuries, infections, and other conditions requiring surgical intervention.||INR 14.5 Lacs|
|Critical Care||Consultant Intensivists must do daily rounds on all ICU patients. They obtain radiology, microbiology, pharmacy-related, and other inputs from other disciplines during these rounds. It is helpful if members from the Primary Consultant's team are present during the ICU rounds.||INR 2 to 4 Lacs|
|Pediatric Surgeon||Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology is a specialty dedicated to the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care of new-borns through adult patients who undergo heart and chest surgery and other related invasive procedures.||INR 10 to 31 Lacs|
|Orthopaedic Technician||Orthopaedic Technicians work in similar capacity as Clinical Medical Assistants, but specialize in helping physicians treat bone and joint conditions or injuries.||INR 5 to 10 Lacs|
|Orthopaedic Assistant||Orthopaedic Assistants are Physician's Assistants (PAs) who work with doctors and surgeons to treat musculoskeletal conditions.||INR 6 to 10 Lacs|
|Orthopedic Sports Medicine||Orthopedic Sports Medicine Doctors are medical doctors who specialize in treating injuries that occur from sports-related activities. They complete medical school, a residency, obtain a license and then complete a fellowship in sports medicine.||INR 10 to 20 Lacs|
|Medical Consultant||Medical Consultants, as independent contractors, provide services directly to a doctor or healthcare facility. They also work for organizations providing medical-consulting services.||INR 2 to 9 Lacs|
|Clinical Associate||The Regional Clinical Research Associate is responsible for tasks that relate to the monitoring and management of clinical trials. Regionally-based associates work out of their home offices, providing monitoring of clinical trials, etc.||INR 3 to 5 Lacs|