Dentistry, the profession concerned with the prevention and treatment of oral diseases, including diseases of the teeth and supporting structures and diseases of the soft tissues of the mouth and oral cavity. Dentistry also encompasses the treatment and correction of malformation of the jaws, misalignment of the teeth and birth anomalies of the oral cavity, such as cleft palate.
The dentistry also includes general practice and also includes many specialities and subspecialties, including orthodontics and dental orthopaedics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral and maxillofacial pathology and maxillofacial surgery etc.
Introduction to MDS Course
MDS is a postgraduate course in different disciplines of dentistry. The course imparts the knowledge and skills to solve these dental and oral health problems that are faced by most of the human population. The course fosters the development of critical analysis, research skills and advanced clinical skills as a part of the MDS courses.
The course trains the students in advanced techniques and methods penetrating to dental care and solutions. The course gives a detailed understanding of the oral treatment and oral healthcare and also trains the students to carry out oral surgeries.
Eligibility for MDS
The basic eligibility for the MDS is that the students should have completed the BDS degree with 50% aggregate from the dental college/institute that is recognised by Dental Council of India (DCI) for admission to MDS course. The aspiring BDS students should have mandatorily completed their internship in their BDS course before getting admission to MDS course. The students can apply for the various specialities available in the MDS after the completion of BDS
The students should apply and qualify the NEET-PG exam to get admission to MDS programmes
The students who are interested to join the MDS postgraduate degrees should mandatorily clear the NEET-PG exams and undergo counselling to choose their desired colleges for merit seats. The dental college merit seats are allotted to the students according to their rankings and marks obtained by them in their BDS degrees.
There are two types of counselling for the Master of Dental Science (MDS) course
The students who are interested to join the government dental colleges and dental colleges affiliated to the government should undergo the counselling procedures of Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA).
The students who intend to join for the merit seats under government quota are required to complete the counselling procedures and join for the MDS postgraduate programmes in their chosen colleges. The dental colleges under the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) are affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS).
2. Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) Counselling
The students looking for All India Quota (AIQ) seats are required to attend the MCC counselling sessions. Similarly, the students who are interested to join the private dental colleges and deemed universities that are affiliated to the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) are also required to apply for the MCC counselling procedures. The students should qualify the MCC counselling procedures to get admission to their desired private medical colleges or deemed universities for MDS postgraduate programmes.
The BDS students who have appeared for NEET-PG exam can also take admission to MDS course through management. It is mandatory to participate in KEA and MCC Counselling, If any lap seats are available students can take admission through management (Direct Admission). The aspiring BDS students can contact educational advisory centres for more details about management admission procedures.
The students of MDS will be studying the following subjects during their course duration
Subjects of Study
Applied Basic Science
Minor Oral Surgery and Trauma
Recent Advances in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Etiopathogenesis of Periodontal Diseases
Diagnosis, Treatment, preventive Periodontology and implantology
Recent Advances in Periodontics
Conservative Dentistry including Preventive Dentistry and Dental Materials
Growth and Development, Basics in orthodontics Diagnosis and Radiology
Bio-Mechanics & various Orthodontic Tissue Changes, techniques & treatment planning
Recent Advances in Orthodontics
Career & Scope
The MDS students have ample job opportunities available in the dental field. They are hired in both public and private hospitals, clinics etc. The MDS students are considered as skilled professionals and are highly respected in society.
Some of the job roles available for MDS students are:
Dental Health Specialist
Oral Health Specialist
Salary & Emoluments
The fresh MDS students will be earning around 8 lakhs to 12 lakhs per annum. The experienced MDS professionals will be earning around 12 lakhs to 25 lakhs per annum. The salaries also depend upon location and recruiter.
The MDS students are hired in medical field, some of the important organisations are:
The MDS students are in large demand in recent years, they are required in large numbers in the healthcare industry. They are highly paid individuals and high in demand across the healthcare sector. They are required for consultation, surgery etc. The BDS students interested to study further can join the course and can expect excellent career growth opportunities both in India and abroad.
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