MS in Pediatrics is a 3-year postgraduate course in medical surgery, the minimum eligibility for admission to which is the successful completion of MBBS from a university/ institute recognized by the Medical Council of India or any of the State medical councils.
Pediatrics focuses on medical care of adolescents, children and infants. Subjects covered within this course are:
The average tuition fee charged for the courses in the country ranges between INR 5 and 30 Lakhs for a span of 3 years.
Admissions for the course is based on the round of counselling conducted after the candidate’s qualification of the relevant entrance test.
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as:
Popular areas of employment for such postgraduates include:
The average annual salary offered in India to such postgraduates ranges between INR 4 and 30 Lakhs, increasing with the candidate’s experience and skillset.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||MBBS from an institute recognized by the Medical Council of India/ State Medical Council|
|Admission Process||Based on counselling after qualification of a relevant entrance test|
|Course Fee||INR 20,000 to 2 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 4 to 30 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Hospitals, Colleges, Schools, Government and private organizations, etc.|
|Job Positions||General pediatricians Pediatric Therapists, Pediatric Pharmacist, Pediatric Physical Therapist, Pediatric Nutritionist and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs), and such.|
Specializations in the field of Pediatrics include:
Such postgraduates can further pursue specializations in the discipline in pediatric fields such as:
Pediatricians are responsible for professionally:
Ideal candidates for the course would possess:
Discipline & patience
Listed here are the top institutes offering the course in the country, with the corresponding locations of, and fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|Sri Ramachandra University||Mumbai||INR 20 lakhs (Course)|
|Sumandeep Vidyapeeth||Vadodara||INR 30 lakhs (Course)|
|Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences||Ahmednagar||INR 21 lakhs (Course)|
|King George's Medical University||Lucknow||INR 5 lakhs (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.
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.
Major components of study that form part of the course’s curriculum are listed here.
Pediatrics ideally possess a passion for caring for children, and patience to analyze their problems.
They may work in:
private and government hospitals.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
A General Pediatrician treats all types of infectious childhood diseases, including mumps, measles, and chicken pox. During the course of a regular workday, a doctor might deal with matters ranging from a case of acne to a child's ongoing battle with muscular dystrophy.
Many of their patients have yet to develop communication skills; therefore, physicians must be able to provide a diagnosis based on visual and auditory indicators. Most General Pediatricians work in family health practices. HMOs and children's hospitals hire the majority of pediatricians, with smaller private pediatric clinics being the second largest employers.
|15 to 20 Lacs|
Pediatric Therapists provide children with specialized care in a number of areas, including Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Speech Therapy.
In addition to the usual subject matter that one would study in order to become a PT, OT, or Speech Therapist, a Pediatric Therapist must also learn how to interact with and treat minors specifically. Each type of Pediatric Therapist described below requires a Master's degree, at least.
|8 to 10 Lacs|
Pediatric Pharmacists counsel children and their parents about medication and write prescriptions as needed. They track their patients' medical progress and make sure that there are no harmful drug interactions or unexpected side effects.
Pediatric Pharmacists often work in medical facilities like doctor's offices, pharmacies, and hospitals.
|5 to 10 Lacs|
|Pediatric Physical Therapist|
Paediatric Physical Therapists are physical therapists that specialize in treating and caring for patients who are toddlers, babies, children, teenagers, and young adults. They treat conditions related to genetic, neurological and orthopaedic disorders.
Techniques like functional training and exercise are used alongside medication and diet changes. Additionally, Paediatric Physical Therapists use specialized medical equipment that is designed to help treat and alleviate pain from conditions that hinder mobility.
Paediatric Physical Therapists work a typical 40-hour week with some evenings and weekends required. Remaining emotionally strong and handling stress well is crucial for this career due to the frustrations patients can experience with their conditions.
|10 to 15 Lacs|
Paediatric Nutritionists, also called Paediatric Dietitians, are Registered Dietitians (RDs) who are often certified in paediatrics. They are responsible for encouraging healthy food choices for children of all ages and backgrounds by assessing and coordinating nutritional menus.
They play a vital role in the healthcare of children. State licensing is often necessary. Professional credentials, such as the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), may cover state licensing requirements. Professional credential-wise, students are needed to meet specific education and training requirements and pass an entrance exam.
|15 to 25 Lacs|
|Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs)|
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) often work independently, or with pediatricians and other healthcare providers in settings that range from hospitals to physicians’ offices. Some even provide home care services.
They perform routine developmental screenings, and diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses. Also, they teach and counsel children and their families on issues related to health.
|3 to 5 lacs|
A Pediatric Nurse is a Registered Nurse (RN), who is capable of providing the same level of care as other registered nurses but specializes in treating children, from infants to teenagers.
Sick children are put under the care of Pediatric Nurses, as their job requires them to be sensitive to the needs of young patients and have a special way of understanding and relating to them.
|4 to 8 lacs|