A doctor is a medical professional who treats and diagnoses a variety of symptoms and illnesses in patients, promoting health and well-being. Educational requirements vary depending on the medical discipline a person specializes in.
A doctor starts an education program with four years of undergraduate studies. This education is often referred to as premedical training. Students are required to take standard coursework such as mathematics and English, as well as physics, biology, chemistry, human and social services.
After undergraduate studies, four years of medical school is required. Before attending medical school, applicants must send their college transcripts to the schools they apply to, pass the Medical College Admission Test, and obtain letters of recommendation. Most schools also conduct an interviews to accept or decline interested applicants.
Internship and Residency
After medical school, students enter an internship or residency program, lasting three to eight years depending on the area of specialty. This prepares doctors with practical on-the-job knowledge.
After an internship or residency, all candidates must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) to obtain the title of medical doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). The total amount of years to become a doctor ranges from 11 to 16 years.