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DM in Medical Oncology is a super-specialty post doctorate course in the field of medicine. Medical Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with tumors or cancers.

Students enrolled to the course are imparted advanced learning in:

  • medical oncology and related subjects.
  • clinical and laboratory based activities.
  • diagnosis of cancer of any type.
  • therapies involved in treating cancer and follow up of cancer patients.
  • Providing palliative care to patients.
  • diagnosis and treatment of terminal malignancies.
  • ethics and fallacies surrounding cancer care.

Medical Oncology is the science of diagnosing and treating all cases of cancer.  It focuses on:

  • hematological malignancies.
  • administering chemotherapy to patients.
  • cases of solid tumors in various settings.
  • basic research, clinical research, patient care, and such.
  • high and low dose rate chemotherapy
  • day care chemotherapy
  • bone marrow aspiration
  • trucut biopsy
  • ascitic and pleural tapping, etc.

Cancer cases include:

Tobacco-related cancers, such as those of lungs, oral cavity, voice box and oesophagus.

Breast cancer.

Uterine/ cervical cancer.

Blood cancer, etc.

The average course fees charged in India ranges between INR 30,000 - 5 lacs for the total duration.

The average annual salary offered to successful postgraduates of this field lies between INR 3 - 10 lacs per annum.

Top Colleges for DM [Medical Oncology]

  • MD in Delhi-NCR
  • MD in Maharashtra
  • MD in Chennai
  • MD in Uttar Pradesh
  • MD in Telangana

DM in Medical Oncology: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPostgraduate
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester System
EligibilityMD/MS from a recognized university
Admission ProcessPerformance in entrance test.
Course FeeINR 50,000 - 2 lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 10 - 15 lacs
Top Recruiting Organizations'Medanta Hospital, Apollo Super Speciality Hospital, AIIMS, GMC, etc.
Top Recruiting Areas'Cancer Centers, Hospitals, Clinics, Research Centers, Academics, and such.
Top Job ProfilesOncologist, Radiation Oncologist, Surgical oncologist, Chemotherapist, among others.

DM in Medical Oncology: What is it About?

India produces about 15 surgical oncologists every year whereas at least three times as many are needed. Radiation continue being in heavy demand due to increased cases of cancer in India.

DM in Medical Oncology is about:

  • Provision of multi-modality treatment.
  • Identification of the side effects of the cancer therapy or treatment given.
  • Management of the psychology of the patient.
  • Provision of moral support to the patient.

The course DM in Medical Oncology studies cancer in detail, with its characterization of abnormal cell growth in any part of the body. The subspecialties of Medical Oncology include:

  • surgical oncology
  • medical oncology
  • radiation oncology.

DM in Medical Oncology: Who should opt?

Ideal candidates for the course would possess the following skills:

  • Caring personality.
  • Humble attitude.
  • Good communication skills to convey their research findings and discuss treatment plans with other medical staff.
  • Patience.
  • Good eye-hand coordination and motivation.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work long, irregular hours in high-stress medical environments.
  • Good managerial skills for managing other administrative employees.
  • Good observational, listening skills and inquisitive attitude.
  • Reading, enquiring and researching habits.
  •  Time-management skills.

Top Institutes offering DM in Medical Oncology

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.

Name of InstituteCityAverage Fees per annum in INR
Homi Bhabha National InstituteMumbai15,300
The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical UniversityChennai2,000
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)New Delhi3,370
Amrita School of Medicine (ASM)Kochi2 lacs
BJ Medical College (BJMC)Ahmedabad10,000
Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Center (JIPMER)Pudducherry4,150
Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology (KMIO)Bangalore13,600
Madras Medical College (MMC)Chennai30,350
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS)Nasik60,000
Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS)Hyderabad48,900
Regional Cancer Center (RCC)Thiruvananthapuram1.72 lacs
Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS)Indore9,530
Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical SciencesTirupati29,500
Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research CenterBangalore27,800

Eligibility for DM in Medical Oncology

Candidates aspiring for admission to the course are required to fulfil the following minimum eligibility criteria.

  • Post-graduation (MD), completed from an institute recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) or any of the State Medical Councils.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 55% (50% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) at the level of post-graduation.
  • 1- year compulsory rotating internship.
  • Preferably, a minimum of 12 months of professional experience, as most reputed institutes prefer candidates with work experience.
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DM in Medical Oncology: Admission Process

Generally, in most of the colleges and institutes offering the course, admission is provided based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, such as NEET PG, conducted at the national level, followed by a subsequent round of counselling.

The round of counselling involves two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined. A merit list is subsequently released issued by the institute allocating available seats to the qualifying candidates.

Listed below are some of the entrance exams held in the country for admission to DM in Medical Oncology:

  • All India D.M / M.Ch. Entrance Examination
  • All India Institute of Medical Science Entrance Exam (AIIMS)
  • Banaras Hindu University Entrance Exam
  • Delhi University Super Specialty Entrance Test – DUMET
  • Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS)
  • Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Entrance Exam
  • Madras Medical College – Institute of Neurology Entrance Exam
  • Maharashtra Super-specialty Entrance Test - MH SSET
  • National Brain Research Centre Entrance Exam
  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) Entrance Exam
  • Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology Entrance Exam
  • Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute Entrance Exam
  • Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University Medical Entrance Exam
  • University of Delhi Entrance Exam.

DM in Medical Oncology: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

Semester 1Semester 2Semester 3
Cell Cycle PathologyPrinciples of Cancer Management- Surgical Oncology, Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy, Biologic TherapyImaging Techniques of Cancer Diagnosis and Management
Invasion and MetastasisPharmacology of Cancer ChemotherapySpecialized techniques of Cancer Diagnosis and Management
Etiology of CancerClinical Trials in CancerVascular Access and Drug Delivery
Epidemiology of CancerCancer ScreeningSarcomas of Soft Tissue and bones
Semester 4Semester 5Semester 6
Benign and Malignant MesotheliomasLymphomas, Leukemias and other hematological syndromesMolecular Biology of Cancer
Malignant MelanomaAIDS related malignanciesOncogenes and Cytogenetics
Neoplasms of CNSOncological emergenciesNewer drugs of cancer treatment
Cancers of childhoodTreatment of metastatic cancersNewer approaches of cancer treatment

DM in Medical Oncology: Career Prospects

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

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary in INR
OncologistAn Oncologist takes care of a person's health and treatment once the patient has been diagnosed with cancer. A Medical Oncologist treats the cancer patient using chemotherapy and other medications like targeted therapy.12-24 lacs
Radiation OncologistA Radiation Oncologist administers radiation therapy to patients as specified in the doctor's instructions. A Radiation Oncologist is a technician who positions the patient and adjusts the machines to ensure proper dosage for treating their cancer.10-15 lacs

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