by Rob Swatski
Medical Physiology is that branch of science that deals with physical, mechanical, biochemical of human body including their cells and organs. The physiology basically focuses on the body systems and organs. This field of study is closely associated with anatomy, form and functioning that are quite related and studied together with the medical curriculum.
Universities generally offer a three-year degree course of M. Sc in Medical Physiology to study biological sciences and take up research and join the teaching profession in the relevant field. Under this programme, the focus is on imparting skills to the students so that they are able to prove themselves productive enough in their professional endeavours.
Aims and Objectives of This Discipline
The objective behind offering this programme is to make the students proficient in certain aspects after it ends. The aim of this course is to develop such skills in the aspirants that may help them understand both systemic and general physiology. Also, the motive is to make them understand the physiological concept of health and ailments affecting various systems and organs. In addition, the emphasis is on making them selective and able to conduct research and use situation appropriate teaching methods and resources.
Career Prospects and Course Content
For students who take up this field, there are wide career prospects spanning over different areas. After pursuing an M. Sc. in Medical Physiology, future professionals can work as a pathology technician, research specialist, public health worker, occupational therapist, lab technician, forensic scientists, nutritionist, biochemist etc. Aspirants who are looking for a bright future in this area may have to go through an intensive three-year course that covers seminars, classroom teaching, research projects and practical demonstration classes.
Structure of the Study
If we break down the study further, the students are introduced to the fundamentals of physiology, anatomy and biochemistry in the initial year. The second year comprises a foundation in theory and practical of the field. In the end, the aspirants are needed to take up a dissertation on the topic of their choice. As far as the theoretical part is concerned, aspirants are required to gain knowledge on concepts like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, research methodology, teaching techniques, computer lab fundamentals, pharmacology and teaching practice.
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Mode
Before all this, you need to know about the minimum eligibility criteria for admission into this discipline. An aspirant must have a degree of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Medical Sciences, Bachelor of dental surgery,or Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery as a prerequisite for pursuing M. Sc. in Medical Physiology. Thereafter, he or she may be accepted in a medical school by undertaking a university level admission test or all India combined entrance examination.
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