BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery): Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S) is the first professional undergraduate degree awarded after the study of five and a half years duration, including 1 year internship. The curriculum includes studying and teaching of modern anatomy, physiology, principles of medicine, preventive and social medicine, pharmacology, toxicology, forensic medicine, ENT, Ophthalmology, principles of surgery, etc. along with ayurvedic topics. Unlike MBBS which is based on western approach of treatment, BAMS rely upon the ancient Hindu texts of Ayurveda and modern medicinal techniques.

Many people are unaware of the fact that BAMS doctors can practice modern / allopathic medicine. According to the privileges in the Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940, Rules 1945 Sec 2ee (iii), States have right to allow BAMS doctors to use modern medicine, in the practice.

One study conducted by Words Health Organization claims although the prescribing patterns of both MBBS as well as BAMS doctors are not satisfactory; the BAMS doctors seem to prescribe more irrationally as compared to MBBS doctors. The study also concluded that additional training on allopathy pharmacology will help governments to better use services of BAMS doctors in the field of modern medicine.

Most of the BAMS syllabus covers subjects included in MBBS. Duration of the course, clinical and practical training patters also shows similarities.

A BAMS doctor can work in following domains after completion of the degree.

General Practice

  • Research (Clinical research or epidemiological research)
  • Hospital and Healthcare Administration
  • Health Supervisor (As per High court’s decision a BAMS doctor can work for the post of Health Supervisor)
  • Ayurvedic Consultation

A student who has pursued BAMS is designated as Ayurvedacharya and are entitled to use the courtesy title "Doctor" upon registration as a medical practitioner with the relevant regulatory body in their respective country.

Colleges Offering BAMS:

  • Karnataka Ayurveda Medical College
  • Alvas Ayurveda Medical College

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