Students with a medical background or those intending to take up medical stream in class 10, have a host of opportunities ranging from dentistry to MBBS, ayurvedic, homeopathic degrees, honours school programme at Panjab University or opting for a career in clinical research.
For those students who have cleared Class XII and do not wish to pursue any of the core degrees in medical sciences including MBBA, BAMS, BIMS, even alternative career choices are equally lucrative. Students can apply to a host of honours school programme offered by PU, for which appearing in a common entrance test is a must.
Every year, government medical college and hospital conducts a centralized counselling for admission to four courses-MBBS offered by GMCH-32 itself, BDS offered by Punjab University's Dr.Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital, BAMS by Sri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College and BHMS by Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital.
The counselling is done only once the CET exam results are out and a merit list is made. The exam is conducted by PU each year in May. Each year during the annual event of GMCH-32, "Euphoria", students from classes 4-11 are told about the medical stream and what it takes to be a doctor. Students are encouraged to take up the profession and their queries are taken up so that they explore all options thoroughly before selecting any stream.
Karan Vishasht, the former chairperson, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (UIPS) sid "Students entering the pharmacy field have an option of settling in any part of the world. Students should primarily have an interest in drug discovery and creation of a tablet".
Well, Clinical research, is the other great career option. It's primarily an applied research discipline aiming to test medicines on humans. Once, a student understands the importance of each discipline, then they are now capable of choosing any fields as per their interests.