Soon after getting admission into Ayurveda college, there will be lot of confusion in the mind of Ayurvedic student. They will be, all of a sudden introduced to Sanskrit, Shlokas etc. This could make anyone very uncomfortable.
Here is my advice for Fresh Ayurvedic students:
For choosing a very emerging medical science with huge global scope and innumerable opportunities. 🙂
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Take it seriously!!
If anyone has told you that Ayurveda is easier than Allopathy to study, that Ayurveda is easy to pass, that it is easy to become an Ayurveda doctor, they are lying. Stay away from them.
Always remember this! Regardless of how easy Ayurveda may seem, you are going to become a doctor, making decisions on your patients’ lives. Your laziness, ignorance and idiocy may cause death of your patient.
Discipline yourself like a soldier.
Remember, it is your parents’ hard earned money!
You are lucky that you are in India. You are enjoying financial support from your parents. Remember that most of the students in USA take student’s loan to get into college. So, you have double responsibility to spend their money carefully.
Dedicate at least 2 hours for studies:
The only way that you are going to become a doctor is through sheer dedication and hard work. There is no other way out.
At least 2 hours in a day, apart from your college hours, home work, assignments etc, you need to set aside for studies. This 2 hours is fixed for all days including holidays and after-exam holidays.
Class and lecturers
Interact with your lecturers:
There will be lot of confusions in the initial 2 – 3 months of an Ayurvedic student’s life.
Every day, make a list of your doubts and consult your lecturer the very next day with those doubts and get clarification. Make a note of clarifications and read them again.
Here is a trick.
If you ask doubt regarding some topic, you can easily remember those topics pretty easily.
Be brave to give answers in the class:
You may not give all correct answers, but you should attempt to give an answer in the class. Active participation during class hours will help you understand and remember concepts better.
Be bold to ask your doubts when you do not understand some concepts.
Work in nearby Ayurvedic centre during holidays:
Search for a nearby Ayurvedic centre with Panchakarma facility. During holidays, like Sundays, summer holidays etc, go there and work for 2 hours. Do massage, kizhi etc procedures, help the massage therapist, help the doctor with case taking, with Vamana procedure etc. Ask your doubts with the doctor. Learn, learn and learn.
Do not ask for salary for your work. It is to develop experience. Do not expect your friend to accompany you. Go alone and get your experience. Go there as a servant and student. Do not carry your ego there.
Put extra efforts to understand Sanskrit language better. You may or may not like the language, but having a better hold in Sanskrit will help you to understand Ayurvedic concepts better. More you hate Sanskrit, more difficult things will become.
Read related: 8 Easy Tips To Byheart (Memorize) Ayurvedic Sanskrit Shlokas
Use your library:
Spend at least 1 hour in library. Read different books on the same subject. If one book has not explained a concept clearly, then refer another book. Different books will have different view points. This will enrich your understanding of the subjects.
Also read a lot of Ayurvedic journals in the library. You can learn a lot of applied aspects, current research in Ayurveda, by going through journals and magazines.
Okay, that is hard to follow. Make very less friends. Keep away naysayers, negative thinkers. There will be lot of students who do not want you to study, who want to drag you down. Identify them and at any given point of time, maintain 5 meter distance from them.
Read more: Success Tip – Never Listen To Your Friends
Hope you got my point.
If you are lady,
By the time you finish your BAMS, you will be 24 – 25, your parents will be searching for alliance for you. Your classmate whom you want to marry will not be having any job. Hence, chances of love-break-up is very high.
If you are a gentleman,
After completion of BAMS, chances of your girlfriend dumping you and getting married to someone else is very high, because, her parents will be eager to get her married, and your parents will not be.
Just some food for your mind.
Suppress all those “love-is-eternal”, “Dr Hebbar does not know anything about love..” types of bullshit thoughts, that have started haunting your mind.
You already have started hating me, haven’t you?
Hating your subjects?
Do not curse the subjects. Do not curse Ayurveda and its ancient Seers.
Negativity only leads to negativity. It never solves problems.
Do not think that you cannot make it.
Do not think that you will fail.
You can! You will!!
Put in hard work. Sweat it out. It is possible. YOU CAN MAKE IT!
So, all in all, studying Ayurveda is not an easy piece of cake, but it is not that hard nut to crack.
The only keyword is – Hard-work.
Get up at 5:30 am and go to bed at 10 or 10:30 pm.
Keep a water bottle near you, while studying.
Exercise / games for at least 30 minutes in the morning. At least, do walking / jogging for 10 – 20 minutes in the morning.
Cold water bath is better than hot water bath, for students. Read more – hot/cold water bath benefits
Do Pranayama for 2 minutes after bath. Here is a simple technique
Meditation / prayer for not more than 5 – 10 minutes.
Read at least one biography per six months. – Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein etc.
Only one movie per month.
Question: Sir, I am first year student taken admission in BAMS to become a doctor. But I have no knowledge of Sanskrit. So I can’t understand the shlokas. Our teacher is now focusing on syllabus but I want to gain knowledge. But I am not able to understand the books and not able to read it itself. I don’t know what I do know. Sir, I need your help. So, please help me. Give some tips to me.
Try to buy English translation books and start reading them slowly. You will start understanding.
Try to give more importance to Sanskrit learning.
Consult your lecturers who are friendly for advice frequently.
You will have to follow the syllabus and gradually over a period of 5.5 years, you will have good knowledge. The syllabus of BAMS is very well designed. Do not think too much ahead. Just concentrate on passing the first year.
Ask your friend to explain the difficult concepts of Ayurveda in your mother tongue.
Can you spend two hours per day for studies?
Your uncle died. Does not matter. Good that you are still alive. Can you study two hours a day?
You have 103 degree fever. Does not matter. You are not dead yet. Can you study two hours a day?
You are visiting home after six months in hostel. Does not matter. Can you study two hours a day?
Your sister’s marriage is tomorrow. Does not matter. It is not your marriage. Can you study two hours a day?
You have heavy homework or assignments. Aside from spending time on those, can you study two hours a day?
All the best!
Learning in Marathi
I am from Maharashtra. I do not understand English well. I have just joined BAMS.
Many good books are there in Marathi as well, especially of Athavale. You can choose both Marathi and English. Considering competition that is there, you have to be good in English as well, whichever might be your mother tongue. There are no excuses.
Language, Allopathy practice
The teaching language is English in South India and Hindi in north India (with a few exceptions).
Sanskrit language is not needed. But you have to gain interest in Sanskrit, after you get admission into BAMS. Sanskrit is there as first year syllabus.
Regarding Allopathic practice by Ayurvedic doctor – Bridge course has not yet been implemented, due to strong opposition from Allopathic doctors. I doubt if it ever gets introduced. Do not bet on that. Get into BAMS only if you love and want to practice Ayurveda.
Chemistry in Ayurveda
There is a subject called Rasashastra in the second year where metallic compounds are studied for their usage in treatment. In the same subject, you will be studying in detail about Ayurvedic metallurgy.
Sanskrit language necessity
Sanskrit basics are taught in first year of B.A.M.S, as a separate subject. But the teaching does not happen in Sanskrit language. Most of the teaching happens in English / Hindi and a very small part is taught in Sanskrit.
While writing answers in Exams, you will be expected to write short Sanskrit verses in some places.
It is not hard to learn Sanskrit. You need not become master in Sanskrit. You have to learn only some basics of Sanskrit to understand the ancient concepts better. The simplest version of Sanskrit is kept as subject for first year, which anyone with dedication can pass.
There is no option to skip Sanskrit as a subject in the first year, even if you have studied it previously.
Comment by Rama Subbaiah:
Looking at the fears being expressed by BAMS Freshers on Sanskrit, I am indeed shocked that some in the present generation suffer from utter lack of interest in learning anything new !
Having selected a Course and a Career, the fundamental Concern of a student must be to learn everyday anything and everything new and achieve mastery over it !
Instead of displaying that enthusiasm to take up challenges, time is just wasted in debating whether to learn Sanskrit !
Let it be clearly understood that learning Sanskrit is mandatory and absolutely essential if one has to become an effective Ayurvedic Doctor. Otherwise, this Great field is not for you !
Ideal Ayurvedic College
Before joining BAMS, you have to do a thorough research on how good the college is. You can do this by requesting help from the local Ayurvedic students. Private or Goverment college, it does not matter.
Do not get admitted to newly formed Ayurvedic colleges. Their inexperience, lack of staff, lack of facilities can be your disadvantage.
One good way to judge the quality of the college is, visit the hospital, attached to the college. If there are good number of patients coming to that hospital, it indicates that, when you go as a student, you will also get to see numerous patients, so that college is good. If the number of patients in that college-hospital is very less, it indicates that your practical exposure to patient will also be very less.
Tips to pass exams
Doing previous 5 year university paper enough for passing in university exam?
This can be one of the strategies. But please note that you are doing BAMS to become an Ayurveda doctor, to serve people around you, with the precious knowledge of healing called Ayurveda. So, just following some short cut methods to pass exam is not fruitful.
Other ways to become Ayurvedic practitioner
To become a licensed Ayurvedic practitioner in India, doing B.A.M.S course for 5.5 years is the only way. There are no other shortcut ways.
Options after BAMS
MD Ayurveda – post graduation in various branches of Ayurveda such as surgery, gynecology etc.
Clinical research course as in ICRI
post graduate diploma in Hospital Management, clinical research, etc.
How to become a good Ayurvedic doctor?
Whoever studies for 3 hours per day X 5 years continuously will be the better doctor.
Whatever might be the college, in the holidays, go to a nearby Ayurvedic hospital and work there as an internee for 1 – 2 hours. This will further improve your knowledge.
Nearing the end of BAMS
First thing first, you should be concentrating hard on studying at least 5 hours a day with utmost dedication. You should pass BAMS with very high scores.
When you are in the final year, consult your lecturers regarding the pros and cons of doing post graduation.
If that is of your interest, then again study hard and prepare well for PG entrance exam.
After BAMS, if work is in your mind, then you have to do a self analysis of what are your talents, what are your interests, what are your strengths and what are the opportunities that are there in front of you. Cosmetology? Dietetics? Yoga and spirituality? Ayurveda practice? Working in a big hospital for experience?
Never hesitate to contact big people of Ayurveda industry directly. Whenever you get a response from them, ask the right questions and try to take the best decisions.
If you really want to have a serious career and make an impact in the society and really excel in your profession, there are no short cuts.
Every working day, I go back to home by 9:30 pm, despite having family and elders waiting at home.
It is all hard work, sweat, blood and tears.
No much life enjoyments. Lot of pain and sacrifice.
The path is full of thorns, hurdles, obstacles but the end result is – utmost satisfaction, contentment, joy of success, financial rewards and a successful life.
The only question is, do you really want to take such a path.
All the best 🙂