We all associate these two terms MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) and MD (Doctor of Medicine) with the field of medicine and as a degree in education in the medical field. But do we really know what the difference is? Let us clear your pestering doubts!
In India and the United Kingdom
In India and the United Kingdom, MBBS is an undergraduate course while MD is a postgraduate course.
The MBBS course is a basic qualification course which covers these key topics: areas such as Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Human Pathology, Human Microbiology, Applied Medical Biochemistry, Applied Pharmacology, Otolaryngology, Dermatology, Pediatrics and even General Surgery. This usually is the basic qualification required in order to practice as a doctor after the completion of an MBBS course. This is usually a 4 year course designed to enable students equip themselves with various aspects of medicine and training in more or less all branches of medicine.
The MD course is a higher qualification degree and helps students specialize is specific areas that they want to practice in. Students can choose the area they want to specialize such as pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, ophthalmology, dentistry, etc. where an extremely applied and practical training will be provided specifically in that area of expertise they opt for. This is usually a 2 year course and a student becomes eligible for MD only after completing the required MBBS degree.
In the United Stated of America
In the United Stated of America the term MBBS is not relevant. The degree a student is entitled to in and MD in the field of medicine. But there is a catch, before you get your Medical Degree, you are required to complete 4 years of Undergraduate degree. Post that, you will have to take MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). You can have an MD degree in another 4 years. It is time consuming but students will be prepared to take on real world situations with much more confidence and be able to handle situations better.