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2nd August, 2017
Why this disparity in standards for Allopathic and Ayush doctors?

Becoming a doctor and being a doctor is not easy. It requires lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. The medical profession demands long hours as the patient comes first.
 
The road to becoming a doctor is long one and the journey begins from the premedical examination where an aspiring doctor tries to secure admission to a medical college amongst lakhs of aspiring doctors who appear for the entrance exams every year across the country. Five and half years of gruelling undergraduate MBBS studies then follow along with series of theory and practical exams interspersed with countless tutorials along the way including one year of compulsory internship. Today, a simple MBBS degree is not enough. To become a specialist and then a super specialist, an MBBS graduate is again required to undergo entrance exams to gain admission to the 3-year PG and 3-year DM courses. 
 
The road to becoming a doctor is about a decade long before a student acquires sufficient knowledge to become an expert in his/her chosen specialty.
 
All of us have gone through this process and are familiar with it.
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