Rheumatology is one of the popular career options in India. Education through various courses provides lots of opportunities for trained rheumatologists.

Careers in Rheumatology

Rheumatology is a branch of medical science that deals with the diagnosis, examination and medication of diseases concerned with the joints and the surrounding tissues. Rheumatologists cure the disorders related to joints, muscles, bones, and tendons. They also treat ailments, which can result in inflammation, pain, and swelling or any other situation in which immune system has been skewed. It is a job of a specialist, who at times, has to deal with severe cases. He/she opts for numerous methodologies including laboratory tests of the rheumatic system, x-rays, and chemical pathology in order to identify the problem.

After diagnosing the health problem, a rheumatologist has to suggest various treatment options and medications such as steroids, non-inflammatory drugs, and antibiotics, to cure the ailment or disorder. A well-qualified and skilled rheumatologist deals with as many as 200 types of rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and tendonitis. Detailed knowledge, patience, dedication and devotion towards the job are necessary.

Course Details
Numerous programs at degree/diploma level are conducted at under graduate as well as at post graduate level in the field of rheumatology in India. Minimum qualification for under graduate program is 10+2 in science stream and for post graduate program is bachelorís degree in medicine (MBBS). Generally, specialization in this program is preferred after MBBS.

Career Prospects
Career in rheumatology has become one of the chosen options in India. Lots of opportunities are waiting for trained and qualified rheumatologists in the country as well as abroad. Rheumatologists can work in any government or private hospital that has rheumatology as one of its departments. In addition to this option, one can opt for self-employment by opening a private clinic for the same.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Rheumatology is among the emerging career options in medical field, in the current scenario. Several medical colleges have come up with specialized program in this branch of medical science. Some of the important institutions in India imparting education in this field are King Georgeís Medical University, (Uttar Pradesh), Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, (Hyderabad), Nizamís Institute of Medical Sciences (Andhra Pradesh), Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), New Delhi and Madras Medical College, (Tamil Nadu).

Rheumatologists can expect a decent salary right from the beginning of their career. Earning between Rs. 2 lacs-3lacs per annum is expected for a beginner. With experience, one can charge more for consultation fee.

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