Diplomate National Board (DNB)
Diplomate National Board (DNB) is a degree in postgraduate (PG) diploma awarded by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), an autonomous body recognised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It will help to learn in-depth knowledge and hands-on training with the latest techniques. So the specialists can do accurate diagnosis and further, treatment in the specified fields.
Admissions to the DNB are centralized, but passing rates of the DNB exam are low, 5-15 per cent, and what makes it tougher is the standard of the degree and exam.This makes it a much more superior degree than the other PG degrees in medicine. The training and practice in the DNB institutions are much more advanced and they are exposed to the latest pieces of equipment and technologies which makes it more recognisable in other developed countries.
The specialities after MBBS are broadly divided among three different types- Clinical, Non-Clinical, and Paraclinical. The difference among them is whether you are providing direct patient care in terms of giving direct diagnosis or treatment. Clinical roles include face to face interaction with patients while non-clinical roles, in some cases, can require interaction with patients but they do not provide diagnoses. Paraclinical fields also do not include much involvement in inpatient care.
The only difference between the courses MD/MS and DNB is when a candidate chooses academics as their career option. Many institutions prefer MD/MS graduates over DNB graduates when it comes to the teaching profession. DNB holders with three or more years of teaching experience have a better chance of landing a job in academics.
DNB is a 3 years duration course and often offered in various fields of medical practice. The aspirants can pursue any of them based on their field of expertise. Some of the specializations are as follows.
- Critical Care technology
- Family Medicine
- General Medicine
- Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Required Skills and Aptitude
The nature of the job requires responsibility, sincerity, self-confidence and distinct skills. The essential skills required are listed below:
- Communication Skill
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skill
- Diagnosis Skill
- Interpersonal Skill
- Perseverance and Endurance
- Practical skills
- Team Working Skill
- Time Management Skill
- Use of modern treatment techniques
Admission for all PG courses are based on an entrance examination NEET PG (National Eligibility Cum entrance Test) conducted by NTA (National Testing Agency).
Some of the job profiles for DNB are as follows:
- Tutors/ Professors
DNB specialists have huge opportunities in both private and government sectors. They can work as faculty after 3 years experience. Following are some of the jobs of these professionals:
- Government hospitals
- Medical Colleges
- Private Super Speciality Hospitals
- Research Institutes
Popular institutes offering DNB specializations
|Name of the institution||State|
|Narayana Medical College - Nellore||Andhra Pradesh|
|Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre – Mumbai||Maharashtra|
|Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Medical College and CPR Hospital – Kolhapur||Maharashtra|
|KJ Somaiya Medical College and Research Centre - Mumbai||Maharashtra|
|Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre||New Delhi|
|Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Science||New Delhi|
|National Heart Institute and Research Centre||New Delhi|
|The University of Delhi||New Delhi|
|Ganga Medical Centre and Hospital||Tamil Nadu|
|Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital – Chennai||Tamil Nadu|
|ICARE Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute||Uttar Pradesh|