How to Become an Orthopaedic Surgeon?


Orthopaedics is a scientific field that deals with correcting abnormalities in the muscles, bones, and other components of our musculoskeletal system. If you think about it, our musculoskeletal system gives us shape, stability, support, and motion. When there are abnormalities with this system, we see a variety of disorders that may call for various surgical and non-surgical treatments.

Steps to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon:

Step 1: Complete your senior secondary education

An applicant must complete senior secondary education from a recognised board with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 50% in Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and English as the major courses.

Step 2: Crack the NEET UG exam

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Undergraduates (NEET-UG) is the next task. For admission to MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, and other undergraduate medical programmes at recognised Medical Colleges/Deemed Universities/Institutes (AIIMS & JIPMER) in India, candidates must pass the NEET-UG single window entrance test.

To enrol in a medical school for an MBBS programme, which is a prerequisite for becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, you must pass the NEET-UG exam. 

Step 3: Complete MBBS degree and Internship

After being accepted into a medical college, get an undergraduate MBBS degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 60%. Your one-year rotational internship requirement for the MBBS curriculum must be fulfilled. Throughout your graduation, you must pay close attention to the practical sessions, ward postings, seminars, conferences, etc. as they provide a solid foundation for your studies.

Step 4: Crack NEET PG or INI-CET exam

You must pass the NEET PG or INI-CET exam after earning your MBBS degree in order to be admitted to medical postgraduate programmes. While INI-CET is a national-level exam for admission to MS/MD at the INI Institutes, which includes AIIMS, JIPMER, etc., NEET-PG is a national-level entrance examination for admission to the MS/MD/PG Diploma courses at various government and private colleges. Enrol in an online Orthopaedics course like Orthopaedics for UnderGrads that clears your concepts and prepare you to crack NEET PG.

During the counselling process, an applicant selects the postgraduate specialty and the college based on the marks earned in the entrance exam.

Step 5: Complete MS orthopaedic course degree

Upon acceptance into a medical school accredited by the Medical Council of India (MCI), finish your three-year orthopaedics master’s programme and submit your PG dissertation. Conferences, symposiums, workshops, audits, clinical postings, clinical meetings, etc. are all part of a PG curriculum.

Step 6: Complete the residency program and become board certified

After earning your MS in orthopaedics, finish your residency programme to earn your certification and acquire your licence to practise as an orthopaedic surgeon.

Exams for Certification

For those wishing to enrol in higher education, entrance tests are crucial. The following are some exclusive tests that can help candidates reach their objective:

  1. National Board of Examinations DNB CET
  2. Banaras Hindu University Entrance Exam
  3. Medical College Admissions Test
  4. All India Institute of Medical Sciences Entrance Exam
  5. Armed Forces Medical College Entrance Exam
  6. Postgraduate Medical Entrance Examination

The goal of Orthopaedics is to correct abnormalities in the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles and bones. It is the area of surgical medicine that is expanding the quickest. An orthopaedic surgeon may expect to make between INR 1,100,000 and INR 5,000,000 based on experience. They treat conditions like arthritis, birth defects, physical trauma, and injury to the muscles and bones. Prospective careers include those as an orthopaedic professor, critical care specialist, clinical associate, or medical consultant. To pursue a career in the sector, MBBS graduates must enrol in an MS programme with a speciality in orthopaedic trauma, hand surgery, elbow and shoulder surgery, joint reconstruction, etc.


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