Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery

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Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) (abbreviated in various ways, viz. BAMS, BUMS, MBBS (Ayurveda) etc.), 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.

Some experts opine that in future there is possibility of integration of BAMS and MBBS courses.[1]

Permission to use modern medicine[edit]

A BAMS graduate can practice modern / allopathic medicine in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Many people are unaware of this fact that BAMS doctors can practice modern / allopatic medicine.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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

Future after BAMS[edit]

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

  1. General Practice
  2. Research (Clinical research or epidemiological research)
  3. Hospital and Healthcare Administration
  4. Health Supervisor (As per High courts decision a BAMS doctor can work for the post of Health Supervisor)[5]
  5. Ayurved Consultaion
  6. Master of Public Health


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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ 17 May 2011, GANESH PRABHU, The Hindu Newspaper, FEATURES » EDUCATION PLUS Why not integrate MBBS, BAMS? (Accessed on 22 Nov 2013)
  2. ^ Prasad Kulkarni, Times of India, Pune edition, 7 July 2012 Maharashtra: Ayurvedadoctors to go on strike on July 10 (Accessed on 11 July 2012)
  3. ^ 16 July 2012, Esakal, पश्चिम महाराष्ट्र, कोल्हापूर बीएएमएस डॉक्‍टरांना ऍलोपथी औषधे वापराचा अधिकार (Accessed on 16 July 2012)
  4. ^ Sangeeta Dabhade, Prabodhan Gaikwad, Sanjay Dabhade, BT Rane, Smita Tiwari, BB Ghongane, PT Pandit1Medical Journal of Dr. D Y Patil University Year : 2013, Volume : 6, Issue : 4, Page : 411-415 Comparative evaluation of prescriptions of MBBS and BAMS doctors using WHO prescribing indicators (Accessed on 22 Nov 2013)
  5. ^ Times news network, Shibu Thimas, Mumbai, 10 July 2012 BAMS doctor can apply for post of health supervisor: HC (Accessed on 11 July 2012)

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