Well, MMST is a course started keeping in minds doctors with a flair of technology. However as with every new course, there are a few glitches here. As only 2 batches have passed out as yet (all of them r abroad, doing PHDs or PostDocs), so the course is relatively new. According to me, here r the pros and cons about the course:
1. New and upcoming feild, lots of scope for going abroad, however it shud be followed by PHD or a PostDoc degree to assure job sureity.
2. IIT Brand Name
3. Access to some of the best facilites that can be available in India
4. Only course of its kind for Doctors, so when the feild comes up in India, there wont be much competition (however it will take atleast 6-7 years for the feild to establish itself in India)
1. Lack of Medical Faculty (not a single proffessor is from a medical background, but i heard they r employing two doctors this year)
2. Course is not structured properly, the teachers are unaware about the medical part of it
3. Administrative Problems and Lack of Core Faculty in the department (but most of the faculties that teach the various courses are from diff departments and they r really gud as far as engg part is concerned, but again they r medically illiterate)
4. Lack of clinical experience
Well, my experience is that most of us come here thinking that at the end of three years we will land up with a decent package in an MNC, which has not been the case so far. Many people have landed up dejected and even left the course because of this aspect. But as i had stressed before, it is a Medical Research Based course. The seniors have basically gone into the following feilds:
- Tissue Engineering
- Medical Imaging
- Biomedical Simulation
- Biotechnology & Immunotechnology
and the following prospective feilds hold good promise but so far no one has ventured into them (some people of my batch are venturing into these)
- Medical Informatics and IT in Medicine
- Nanotechology in Medicine
- Biomedical Signal Processing
- Biomedical Instrumentation
All these names might sound very attractive, but you have to make an effort on your own here. Unfortunately there is no guidance from the department in this respect. You have to apply for your Winter and Summer Projects on your own, rather than the institute doing it for you, but so far most of the people do their projects in Prestigious places like SGPGI , AIIMS , SCTIMS, Anna University, Bose Institute etc to name a few from my batch. Clincal experince is next to nil as we get to treat only basic cases like cough, cold, fever, malaria, typhoid etc and we refer the patients on the slightest of complications.
Well I guess i have managed to confuse you, but then many people here ARE confused! My suggestion, come here only if u r intersted in research and NOT intersted in clincals, and be prepared to pave your own path. The IIT Brand Name can take you to heights, and you have net access 24/7 in ur hostel rooms to access the various projects going on in the world, but you are entirely on your own here. No guidance from the faculty.
A point to be added is that we have heard that there are going to be 2-3 new faculty members (including one from John Hopkins Univ) this year, and a 350 Bed super specialy hospital is proposed to be set up soon, but i guess that wont be set up in our (or your!) tenure.
I have presented the facts, and leave the rest on you to decide!
As far as preparation goes, for the medical part, the pattern is similar to the All India Entrance, so nothing extra needs to be done
For The PCM part, the syallabus in mentioned on the website, u can view it from there. The questions come strictly from the topics mentioned, so u need to study everything. Just stick to the topics mentioned in the syllabus. It is best to get someones PET notes or some help from a person who has recently cleared PET (with a good rank!!). I would suggest to devote 1 week to the PCM part.
All the best!
Note: originally posted at http://www.rxpgonline.com/postx504-0-10.html