Sunday, May 20, 2007
Career Options after BAMS
Someone asked me about career options today for Ayurvedic Medicine Graduates a.k.a BAMS grads. I thought for quite a while and came up with this list
1. Pharma industry: I do know BAMS grads are picked up as Product Managers in pharmacompanies - more so in ayur pharma companies like Dabur, Lupin,Himalaya. The job description entails product formulations, interaction with doctors and retail pharmacies and monitoring of salesforce. An added management degree in marketing and sales helps. This path leads you to career in Marketing and Sales. I know three BAMS guys based out of Mumbai who are in related field in Novartis, Dabur and Lupin. One of them recently moved on to a Pharma consulting firm.
2. Lifesciences Industry: Only BAMS may not help here. But with added knowledge of coding, knowledge of databases, some scripting language like Perl, PLSQL, you could approach lifescience industries in a pseudo dual capacity of a functional and a technical person. This is a difficult path and requires perseverance as higher preference is fordoctorates and highly qualified programmers. Other competitors for similar positions could be Biotechnologists, Bioinformaticians, etc.You could work towards getting a post grad qualifications in these subjects too.
3. Healthcare IT: 6 years ago, it was easy to get in. Now, there are many medicalprofessionals who have joined in already. Hence the job market alreadyhas a choice to pick for Healthcare IT domain expert positions. Experience of working in healthcare environments, like labs, hospitals, disease coding, transcription come in use here. All you need to prove that you are a domain expert is to confidently claim that you understand healthcare practice and and pain points in healthcare today. PG degree in management or\u003cbr /\>hospital management will be beneficial. Very fast moving segment. Lots\u003cbr /\>of job seekers in this field in Bangalore. Jobs are available as also\u003cbr /\>attrition is very high. Possible companies to work, Infosys, Wipro,\u003cbr /\>Satyam, TCS, Mphasis, etc. Lots of long hours to contribute and lots\u003cbr /\>of stress you will need to know how to handle. Perks could be travel\u003cbr /\>abroad for short business trips. But being IT sector what it is, you\u003cbr /\>would need to carve a niche for yourself so that you have something to\u003cbr /\>do as you grow older. In IT companies younger age is always favoured\u003cbr /\>over older age, so you may again feel confused over what to do as you\u003cbr /\>grow older. Transcription experience may be advantageous, but that\u003cbr /\>depends! Knowledge in Clinical Trials, Hospital workflow, helps\u003cbr /\>getting into these jobs\u003cbr /\>
4. Insurance: You may need additional qualifications for this - again a management\u003cbr /\>degree. There are various functions that BAMS can perform in\u003cbr /\>insurance, right from underwriting to networking to operations, etc.\u003cbr /\>You would need to upgrade your worth with insurance exams from time to\u003cbr /\>time. Possible companies where some other BAMS with management\u003cbr /\>qualifications are working - ING Vysya, ICICI, TTK, etc. With few\u003cbr /\>years of experience you could get picked up by IT companies requiring\u003cbr /\>Insurance domain experience. After a few years experience lecturership\u003cbr /\>in colleges for Insurance topics could also be possible\u003cbr /\>
5. Hospital: With added post grad qualification in Hospital Administration you\u003cbr /\>could start your career as a manager of some services in a hospital\u003cbr /\>and then move on to managing operations and then planning, budgeting\u003cbr /\>hospitals. Again many are there now in the market, you would need\u003cbr /\>prove yourself very much. Also not too many openings with good pay\u003cbr /\>packets in Bangalore. Some good ones are - Manipal, Wockhardt, Apollo,\u003cbr /\>",
6. Education: You could also complete your Post Grad in Ayur and work as lecturer in\u003cbr /\>a college. I am not sure if that is your forte.\u003cbr /\>
7. Clinical Trials: Some companies like P&G use BAMS doctors as investigators for their\u003cbr /\>clinical trials. It is good for experience and to understand the\u003cbr /\>processes that take place in Clinical Trials. Useful experience to later get into Healthcare IT.\u003cbr /\>
8. On duty doctor: A couple of years in some nursing homes will enhance chances of you getting a job in Healthcare IT, but then\u003cbr /\>the nursing homes should be of repute and well known.\u003cbr /\>
9. Healthcare community: With post grad qualifications in Healthcare management you could work\u003cbr /\>for NGO\'s in managing distribution of healthcare in a community. Very\u003cbr /\>good option. Slowly up the\u003cbr /\>ladder you could end up working for the UN or WHO also.\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>