MDS (Master of Dental Surgery) course is a 3-years post graduate dental program offered by many Dental Colleges in India but the seats available in MDS course are very few in number. The reasons are as follows :
- All the dental colleges do not have MDS course in their colleges.
- The colleges which are having MDS course do not get approval in all the specialty of MDS course.
- Basically there are 9 specialties in MDS Course, so those colleges which are approved by DCI to run MDS course is not sure that they will have approval to run MDS course in all 9 specialty and if they have permission to run MDS course in all the specialty they have minimum 1 to 2 seats and maximum 5 to 6 seats in each specialty.
The Nine specialties in MDS Course are as follows :
- Prosthodontics & Crown and Bridge
- Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
- Oral Medicine & Radiology
- Conservative Dentistry
- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
- Oral Pathology & Microbiology
- Paediatrics & Preventive Dentistry
- Public Health Dentistry
List of MDS Colleges in India
Eligibility for MDS Course Admission :
A candidate must pass final BDS examination from a recognized Dental College, included in the schedule of the Indian Dental Council Act, 1948 and has obtained final registration either from the Dental Council of India or from any State Dental Council, after completing one year compulsory rotatory internship on or before 31st March of the year of admission to MDS course.
MDS Course Regulation and Curriculum as per Dental Council of India (DCI)
Career after Successful Completion of MDS Course :
Students successfully passed BDS degree from a recognized institution have various job opportunities like junior residents and practitioners in government set-ups, setting up their own practice, providing dental health care in to corporate sector is another option. A BDS graduate can also join as an officer in the defence services in dental core and allied health sciences. They can also join the wide arena of companies involved in clinical trials and drug testing laboratories. The graduates can also opt for higher education in India and abroad which can usher them into the field of research and super specialization.
The number of dental surgeons dedicated in dental services in India is quite less as compared to the general population seeking for it. As per the WHO recommendations, the dentist and general population ratio is much less in India. This helps up a lot in providing a wide area for fresh graduates to setup their own practice successfully.
A dental health care provider can serve the public through government hospital setup, corporate hospitals, by setting up a private clinic or a nursing home. The dentist can join a community health service or a charitable hospital as well to reach out to the maximum people.
A dentist can even go for higher studies in India and abroad such as MDS (Master of dental surgery) course and PhD. He can also join the management field by pursuing Hospital management and join the administrative posts in corporate hospitals.
A dental health surgeon can enter the field of cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry by pursuing diploma in these specialized branches after BDS course. Dental Surgeons can also go for a specialized course of oral implantology which is one of the latest branch in dentistry and is highly in demand. Dental Surgeons can also step forward in the field of forensic odontology and can be a part of forensic team in solving personal identity, criminal and civil cases and serve as an expert, helping in finding facts and witnessing in the court of law.
A dental surgeon is capable of playing an important role in oral cancer screening, diagnosis and its treatment and other oral and maxillofacial diseases such as salivary gland diseases. Every year with numerous oral cancer cases in India, the vital role of a dentist is to help out in diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases which is unmatched and is of great importance.
A dental health care provider can also choose allied health services as career option such as dental Hygienist both in India and abroad. You can also join the field of academics by applying for a teaching job in any of the dental colleges spread across the country and keep yourself updated with the latest updates with the recent advancements in the field of dentistry.
As a dentist, one can also work in the research and advisory departments of pharmaceuticals companies. You can also work as advisers and researchers in companies associated with oral care products like toothpaste, mouth wash and gum care products.
Last Date of Admission:
As per the guidelines of the Dental Council of India, all MDS course admissions in all dental colleges in India, must be completed by 31st May every year. No admission(s) shall be made beyond 31st May. No mid-term admission is allowed in any case.
The dates of the admission may vary from time to time. Please confirm from the colleges or check DCI Notifications issued in this regard.