The physician who specializes in the musculoskeletal system field is called as Orthopaedic surgeons. They use both surgical and non-surgical methods to treat diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

In 1741, Nicholas Andry a French professor coined the term “Orthopaedics” when he published Orthopedie.

The orthopedic surgeons are also worked with other health care professionals and often provide their service as a consultant or physician.

Orthopedic surgeons treat various diseases and condition like:

  • Dislocations and Fractures
  • Tendon injuries pulled muscles
  • Arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Bone tumors, clubfoot, and unequal leg lengths

Courses

Diploma & Certificate Courses:

  • Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Exam in Orthopaedics
  • Diploma in Orthoptics
  • PG Diploma in Orthopaedics – D.Ortho.
  • PDCC (Neuro & Ortho Anaesthesiology)

Bachelor Courses:

  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)

Master Courses:

  • Master of Surgery (MS) in Orthopaedics
  • Master of Science (Sc.) in Orthopaedics

Doctoral Courses:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Orthopaedics

Eligibility

For seeking admission to the Diploma in Orthopaedics course offered by these government colleges and any other private college in India for that matter, students must have completed their Bachelor’s degree in Medicine called as MBBS course from an institution recognized by the Medical Council of India. Some colleges or institutions require that candidates must have completed their compulsory internship after MBBS before the classes commence for a diploma in Orthopaedics after admission.

Admission Process

For admissions in medical courses, you can appear in national or university level medical examinations. Most of the colleges or institutions give admission to students on the basis of ranks secured by the students in the entrance test. Some most popular medical entrance tests are mentioned below:

  • NEET PG 2019
  • AIIMS PG 2019
  • JIPMER PG 2019

Entrance Tests

  • NEET PG 2019
  • AIIMS PG 2019
  • JIPMER PG 2019

Career opportunities

There are great career opportunities in the field of Orthopaedics not in India but also abroad. The career development path for the orthopedic specialists is very bright. There are lots of job opportunities in government, private and public sector.

Degree holder candidates may appear for Combined Medical Service examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Government of India for entry into central services. The services provided under UPSC are such as railways, Ordnance Factories Health Service, Central Health Service and Municipal Corporation of Delhi.  The state, provincial service examination is organized by the state, provincial service commission (SPSC) for admission into state services.

Those candidates have a graduation degree in this field, they can look at jobs in the healthcare sector such as doctors, therapist, surgeon, nurse and so on. The doctoral degree holder can opt teaching career in the colleges and universities or enter into the research field. Those professionals have some experience, they can also set up their own nursing homes and hospital.

You can appear for the Combined Medical Services Examination to join central services such as an ordnance Factories Health Service, Central Health Service, railways and Municipal Corporation of Delhi. You can also join the armed force and naval force.

After completing your education, you can get jobs in reputed Government Hospitals, for example, AIIMS and PGIMER, Corporate Hospitals such as Apollo, Fortis, etc. You can also work in rehabilitation centers established by sports and defense associations.

Some of the working areas are:

  • Researchers
  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Physical Therapist
  • Orthopedic Nurse
  • Sports Medicine Physician
  • Orthopedic distributors for surgery and musculoskeletal Products
  • Consultants

Job Profile:

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Researchers
  • Consultants
  • Physical Therapist
  • Orthopedic Nurse
  • Sports Medicine Physician

Salary

Orthopedics is one of the highest paying medical specialties. The salary will be depended on the reputation as well as the place you work. An Orthopaedic Surgeon gets a handsome salary of Rs. 3 Lacs to Rs. 5 Lacs per annum as a starting level. With years of experience, you can earn around Rs.15 Lacs to Rs.20 Lacs per year.

In abroad, an Orthopaedic Surgeon can get the salary package of $123,197 to $541,917 per annum.