Doctorate of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,Top Colleges, Syllabus, Jobs, Salary

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MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a 3-year Post Graduate (PG) program that deals with physiotherapy of Medicine and rehabilitation. It majorly focuses on treating patients who suffer from amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic pain, brain injury, and other related debilitating injuries.

Some of the institutes offering the course in India are:

National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG conducted by National board of examination is a premier national level entrance examination for admissions into MD (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) course. Apart from it other major exams that are conducted for MD admissions are JIPMER entrance test and AIIMS entrance test

Except for AIIMS, JIPMER all other medical colleges either take admissions through NEET PG examination score or consider merit based admission based on the performance of the candidate in MBBS.

The eligibility criteria for admission into MD course is a degree in MBBS from a recognized university with a minimum of 45% marks in aggregate (40% marks in case of SC/ST candidates).

The average tuition fee for 3 year MD (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) ranges from INR 14,000 to INR 25 Lakhs in India.

Candidates who complete their PG successfully can expect a salary in the range of INR 3 Lacs to 6 lacs. Apart from that candidate can also go on to join clinics and hospitals in government establishments or private establishments.

Graduates in MD (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) are hired in following positions:

  • Primary Health Care Correspondent
  • Fellow doctor in Private facilities
  • Diagnosis and Medication
  • Physiotherapist in field of sports
  • Doctor in Community health care outlets
  • Rural Medical correspondent
  • General Physician
  • Epidemiology analyst
  • Medical Officer

Top Colleges for Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

Doctorate of Medicine (MD) (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation): Course Highlights

Some major highlights of the course are tabulated below for your reference

Course Level Post Graduation
Duration 3 years
Examination Type Semester System/Year wise
Eligibility MBBS with 45 to 55% marks in aggregate from a recognized University
Admission Process Merit-based/ Entrance test
Course Fee INR 10 Lacs to 25 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 3 lacs to 6 lacs per annum
Top Recruiting Companies Apollo healthcare, Jaypee healthcare, Fortis Medicare, AIIMS, Armed forces of India, Government healthcare units
Top Recruiting Areas Disease diagnosis, Research and Development, Medicine development, Sports and nutrition, health care industry
Job Positions Epidemiological analyst, Medication and Rehabilitation in charge, Assistant Medical office, Senior Medical officer (after 7 to 10 years of practice)

MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation- What is it about? 

MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation course deals with the process of training medical graduates in the field of anatomical science so that they can become eligible to practice on human bodies.

The subject requires students to have knowledge of physical impairments/disabilities so that they can emphasize on optimizing the functionality and performance of the effected part through proper medication and rehabilitation.

The course deals with in-depth analysis of patient care, clinical care, clinical rehabilitation, timely medication, and epidemiological and environment related factors of diseases. The aim of the course is to create a skilled medical practitioner out of a medical graduate.

Students enrolling in the course are taught subjects related to following functional areas of human body

  • Musculoskeletal pain management
  • Intervention Physiatry
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Surgical rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle disease modification
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Amputee care
  • Electro diagnostic medicine
  • Rheumatologic rehabilitation

The scope and functional area of the course are quite wide and encompasses the whole of the human body without going in for specific detailed analysis of one single organ or aspect of the human bodily structure.

Top institutes offering MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

Name of Institute City Average Fees (Approx)
AIIMS Delhi INR 1,927 (plus 1,000 for hostel fee)
JIPMER Delhi INR 14,200
Kerala Health University Trivandrum INR 7.5 lacs
Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research Pune INR 30,000
Government college Kozhikode INR 64, 000
Christian Medical College Coimbatore INR 116, 950 (Per year)
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Chennai INR 25 Lacs
Maulana Azad medical College Delhi INR 48,300 (Per year)
AIIMPR Mumbai INR 50,000 (Per year)
Maharashtra University Mumbai INR 66,950 (Per Year)
Banglore medical college and research institute Banglore INR 95,000 (Per Year)
Kasturba Medical college Manglore INR 12.5 Lacs
Manipal University Banglore INR 14.2 Lacs
KIMS Banglore INR 5.01 Lacs
Sharda University Greater Noida INR 1.53 Lacs per year
St. John’s medical college Banglore INR 1.52 Lacs
JSS University Mysore INR 11.3 Lacs
Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical college Pune INR 1,725,000 (Per year)
Sri Ramchandra University Chennai INR 5 lacs

Eligibility for MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfill, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.

  • Candidate must have completed MBBS from a recognized central/state university.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST candidates) at the graduation (MBBS level) is required.
  • Candidate must have passed the final year exams before the commencement of the course (For final year MBBS candidates only).
  • Candidates must satisfy all other eligibility criteria’s as revised by the college and University from time to time.

Admission Process: MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Since, NEET PG exam has been made the sole criteria for admission into all Disciplines of MD course offered by both private as well as government medical colleges across India

However, some national medical colleges like AIIMS and JIPMER conduct a separate entrance exam for admissions into Doctorate of Medicine (MD) (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) course.

Some of the prominent exams for admission into MD (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) course are

MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Syllabus and Course Description

MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation course curriculum and subjects are divided into two parts. Part-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

Part A Thesis
General Physical medicine and Rehabilitation Clinical training
Epidemiology Spinal injury
Research methodology Physiatry Foot wears and foot wears modification
Occupational therapy Traumatic brain injury
Post surgical orthopedic Rehabilitation of post orthopedic condition
Part B Thesis
Stroke and other Neurological diseases Clinical training
Pediatric diseases Rehabilitation of children with brain damage and other disease
Cardio-respiratory disease Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
Musculoskeletal and Rheumatologic disease Rehabilitation of endocrine and metabolic diseases
Other rehabilitation Rehabilitation of geriatric patients

MD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Career Prospects

Qualified candidates are employed in hosts of areas like, primary health care, general medication, diseases diagnosis, epidemiological analysis etc.

There are plenty of opportunities for candidates in government sector as well. Candidates can apply for services in government hospitals, primary, secondary, and tertiary health care centers. Defense forces also recruit Doctors for Armed forces medical services where they are expected to deliver their services to the armed forces of the country.

Candidates can also apply for government opportunities through Combined Medical Service (CMS) exam conducted by UPSC. The exam offers an opportunity to serve as a Medical officer in various central government headed health institutions.

Those specializing in this field are required in areas such as laboratories, pharmaceuticals, surgery, skeletal injuries treatment, cancer treatment, research, and development etc.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful graduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Doctorate of Medicine (MD) (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) annual salary
Job Position Job Description Average Annual Pay Scale in INR
Physical Therapist Assistant Deals with the providing therapeutic care to patients suffering from permanent/temporary disability. The work of an assistant is supervised by and senior Physical therapist. 2.8-3 lacs
Epidemiological analyst Deals in study and research of various diseases and their socio-cultural, biological, and environmental cause. It is basically a research and analysis job 3 to 4 lacs
Primary Health care attendant It is a government sector job where the main task is to look after the patients visiting the Primary health care facility in that area. It generally deals with treatment of acute diseases like pain, dysentery, diarrhea, or administering vaccination( like polio vaccine ) 3.2 to 4 lacs
Diagnostic and Medication in charge Deals with diagnosis of human body parts that are showing symptoms of disabilities. Creating patient’s record and advising the course of medication 3.5 to 4.2 lacs
Medical Officer The job profile involves the person to be in a leadership role. He/she is placed as a head of civilian, military, or any other health establishment. Maintaining co-ordination among officials and ensuring smooth conduct of process are the key responsibilities entrusted on an officer. Generally these posts are filled through competitive exam. 4.5 lacs

Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) Fee Structure in India

5.22 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES26.20 L  (Maximum Fee)
5.33 L (Average Fee)
58.45 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES45.93 L (Maximum Fee)
22.73 L (Average Fee)

Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) Fee Structure By state


2.50 L
45 LPrivate COLLEGES45.93 L
45.47 L

Tamil Nadu

17.20 L
4.73 LPrivate COLLEGES17.40 L
11.07 L


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All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - [AIIPMR] (2)

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Course Curriculum Overview :

MD or doctor of medicine in physical medicine and Rehabilitation is a professional course which has the duration of 3 years and follows semester system. The course structure requires very much dedication and hard work. The structure of the course is very good and also balanced. The labs are comfortable and days are tiring. Exams are very hectic.

Admission :

All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a very well known and prestigious institution providing medical education. They have MD physical medicine and Rehabilitation course for the students who have completed their graduation. The students will be selected on the basis of entrance exam and interview.

Fee Structure And Facilities :

The fee structure of the MD program is around 2 lakhs 40 thousand which is very feasible as per the demands and popularity of the course among the students. Hence, it will not be wrong to say that the fees is affordable as per the education and facilities provided by the institution.

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Faculty :

The teachers put great efforts in teaching us. They teach entire course and syllabus with latest guidelines along with the real case studies. There way of teaching is unique and impressive. The adminstration staff of the college is also very professional and works dedicatedly.

Admission :

The admission to this course was entirely based on the score card of NEET-PG. The college only provides 2 seats to the general student, therefore the competition was high. After the merit list was released I was reliefed. On the day of the admission i went and i was selected.

Campus Life :

There are workshops, seminars and webinars conducted in the college that imbibe great skills and knowledge among the students. Moreover various extracurricular activities such as football match, cricket match and various other physical activities are held.

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