A lot of people in India depend on homoeopathic treatment or other forms of alternative medicine. Homoeopathic doctors have very vast scope all over India. In this article, we have discussed about the study of Homeopathy and the career prospects of Homeopathic doctors in the country.
It is unfortunate that even after 70 years of independence health care facilities are not available to most of its citizen. Allopathic doctors are not available at the remote parts of the country. So people in the remote parts of the country are largely dependent on other systems of medicine. Further, the question of affordability arises since the Allopathic physicians and medicines are not affordable by all the people of the country. Some people also have trust issues with the Allopathic system. So the demand for Homeopathic doctors along with practitioners of other systems of medicine is high in this country. In this article, we are going to discuss how a student can become a homoeopathic doctor in India. The biggest benefit of homoeopathy is that its active ingredients are natural products and as a result, they are believed to be safe for use especially for infants and small children. This treatment enables the body’s immune system to heal itself rather than entirely removing the disease by some external medicine.
Allopathic medicines and treatments are very expensive and also unavailable in the remotest parts of the countries. Hence it becomes important to encourage more homoeopathic doctors.
To become a Homeopathic doctor, a student has to complete his or her Diploma/Degree course. A student with biology as a subject in 12th standard can take Bachelor of Homeopathy Medicine & Surgery (BHMS) or Diploma in Homeopathy Medicine & Surgery (DHMS). The entire course duration of BHMS is 4 years and half and that of DHMS is 2 years. Interested candidates have to appear in the entrance examination conducted by the various States and independent bodies to admit candidates in various medical institutions attached with the body according to the rank of the candidates in the entrance examination. These entrance examinations are generally held in the month of May-June. The entrance consists of type question on English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. However, the number of questions and pattern may vary from examination to examination conducted in different States of the country. The results of these examinations generally come out in the month of June-July every year.
After completing this four and half years of (BHMS) Degree course and one or half years of compulsory training, a student can opt for private practice after obtaining the necessary affiliation with respective medical councils or can also opt for higher specialized studies in the chosen field.
Along with the basic educational qualifications, these are also some very important skills required for any homoeopathic doctor:
1. Homoeopathic doctors should possess the skills of active listening, critical thinking, speaking, judgment and decision making, complex problem solving and learning skills.
2. The students and the doctors of the homoeopathic field should possess skills like accounting software, information retrieval or search software, label-making software, medical software and spreadsheet software.
3. The homoeopathic students, as well as doctors, should also have certain soft skills like well-developed interpersonal, communication and listening skills for case-study and patient management.
These skills are important because homoeopathic medicines are personalized for different patients according to their needs. Hence the doctors should be sensitive enough to get a grasp on the symptoms and grievances of their patients. Homeopathic doctors also have to analyze the stress levels of their patients as well as their personalities. For this, the patient should be made comfortable enough to discuss their personal lives, relationships as well as their family issues. Homeopathic medicines induce different effects (physiological and psychological both) on different patients. It is quite possible that two different patients receive different medication and treatment for the same disease or disorder. For this, homoeopathic doctors need to discuss the bodily effects of their patients. This is a very personal issue and this is the reason why homeopathic doctors need to develop their interpersonal skills more than their allopathic counterparts. Homeopathic methods take a longer time for treatment but they have long lasting and permanent effects.
As already stated, there is a vast scope for Homeopathic doctors all over India. In a country where there is a dearth of doctors and functional hospitals, it becomes imperative that alternate forms of treatment like homoeopathy should develop. Homoeopathic doctors are required all over the country. There is a shortage of doctors especially in the rural parts as there are not enough doctors to meet the needs of the patients. Moreover, the Government of India and the respective State Governments of the country should also promote and encourage Homeopathic doctors. We usually see that homoeopathy is discriminated against and homoeopathic doctors do not get the respect or payment like their homoeopathic counterparts. This is a big reason which prevents the growth and development of this field. These doctors are closer to the community and have deep personal relations with their patients also. This field encourages sustainability as well.
India has always been the country to promote nature and natural resources globally. Although development is still required in the field of homeopathy, but AYUSH, CCRH, CCH & NIH are excellent examples of our homeopathic development. There are almost 195 homeopathy colleges in the country along with 38 postgraduate colleges available for those students who wish to pursue such a career.
If the government wants to develop and grow the field of homoeopathy then the pay scale of Homeopathic doctors should equal that of Allopathic doctors. Such Homeopathic doctors also get Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) at the rate of 20 per cent. So, if a student is interested to become a Homeopathic doctor, he/she must appear in the admission test for admission in BHMS or DHMS and follow all the prescribed procedures.
Another good news for students interested in homoeopathy is that the market for homeopathic medicine is growing and more and more people are turning towards natural products. It is estimated that in India, the market for homeopathic medicines is growing at the rate of 25%. Homeopathy is deeply rooted in ancient Indian culture and techniques and has a fast growing popularity amongst patients. It is a lucrative career option and students should note that they will be proving a great service to their community and being an integrated part of our rich cultural heritage. India has recognized homeopathy as a legitimate medicinal system whereas most countries have not done so!
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