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Education

Doctor Education Requirements

This profession not only requires extensive knowledge of academic disciplines and existing diseases and their cures but requires communication skills that will enable the doctor to establish good relationships with their patients. Many years of training are required, including undergraduate, graduate, and hands-on study. To know exactly how long the training will take one must choose a specialty.

A pre-med student will typically obtain a bachelor of science degree in biology or chemistry. This degree typically takes four years to complete, and all prerequisites for medical school must be met. After completing the first four years, the aspiring doctor must pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a standardized exam that takes several hours to complete.

Students will typically then spend four years in medical school. The first two years are spent doing classroom and laboratory work. The last two years are spent doing clinical rotations, or clerkships, in different medical departments, such as general practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, osteopathy, psychiatry, and surgery. By experiencing these areas, students get the chance to decide on their specialty. Clinical rotations are conducted in hospitals and are always monitored by professionals.

Entering a residency program is the next step. This is when students obtain on-the-job paid training, usually in hospitals, under the supervision of senior physician educators. Students are then called 'residents'. They act as professional doctors, dealing with patients, prescribing medications and working in different hospital areas.

If a specialty is chosen, the student will need to complete a fellowship or internship after their residency. This can take from one to three years.

Regardless of the specialty, a doctor must receive licensure before practicing medicine. Licensure is obtained from the jurisdiction or state, and this is done by passing the state's medical licensing exam. In Canada, one must register with the college of physicians and surgeons in the province of residence.

Becoming a doctor is not easy. Getting through all the years of rigorous study requires not only patience and dedication but a desire to help people. Sometimes students will not make it to the end, even after passing the medical exam. In this case, a student can opt for other medical jobs, such as nursing or becoming a vocational doctor.

Education History of Doctors

The most common degree held by doctors is Biology. 4 percent of doctors had a degree in biology before becoming doctors. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Medical And Health Services graduates are the second most common among doctors, representing 2 percent of doctors in the Sokanu user base, which is 19.4 times the average.

Doctor Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Doctor, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of doctors % of population Multiple
Biology 3.8%
1.8%
2.1×
Medical And Health Services 2.4%
0.1%
19.4×
Community And Public Health 1.0%
0.4%
2.8×

How to Become a Doctor

Interested in becoming a doctor? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

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  2. Get the Education

    • Dawn Career Institute Inc | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
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Further Reading

  • Canadian Medical Schools www.ivyglobal.ca

    A list of Medical Schools in Canada.

  • Medical Schools In Europe en.wikipedia.org

    A list of Medical Schools in Europe

  • Medical Schools In USA grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com

    With the U.S. News rankings of the top medical schools for research, narrow your search by location, tuition, school size and test scores.

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Would you make a good doctor? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

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How to Become a Doctor

Interested in becoming a doctor? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good doctor? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    • Dawn Career Institute Inc | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

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    View all jobs →

    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.