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How many years does it take to      become a doctor? We all know that a physicians training is longand hard. Very arduous....
First things firstThe first step to becoming a physician is to attain your baccalaureate degree. As you all (hopefully) kn...
Medical SchoolThe next step is to get into medical school! This is a difficult challenge. Many promising students fail to ...
Moving forward...After getting into medical school, you need to go  to medical school! Medical school takes four  years. A...
A word on internshipsFollowing medical school, youve got your internship. This takes  one year. Depending on your specialt...
ResidencyAfter your internship, youre got your residency.  This takes anywhere from three to eight years,  depending on wh...
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How long does it take to become a doctor? A long time. Undergrad, college, internship, residency, post-residency training... it adds up. Let's do the math and see how long it really takes.

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  1. 1. How many years does it take to become a doctor? We all know that a physicians training is longand hard. Very arduous. Only for the dedicated. But how long does it really take to become adoctor? How many years do you really have to spend training? In this article, were going to break it down and find out how long it really takes to become a doctor.
  2. 2. First things firstThe first step to becoming a physician is to attain your baccalaureate degree. As you all (hopefully) know, this takes (or should take, rather) four years. You need a bachelors degree to go to medical school. Its that simple. This is the first step. There is no way around it.
  3. 3. Medical SchoolThe next step is to get into medical school! This is a difficult challenge. Many promising students fail to make the cut. Medical school entrance is very competitive. This does take place during undergraduate study in most cases though, so it doesnt add any time.
  4. 4. Moving forward...After getting into medical school, you need to go to medical school! Medical school takes four years. At the end of those four years, you get your MD degree and can make people call you doctor. Youre not allowed to practice medicine, but youre called physician. Pretty sweet. Making people call you doctor is probably at least half of the reason anybody goes into medicine anyway.
  5. 5. A word on internshipsFollowing medical school, youve got your internship. This takes one year. Depending on your specialty, your internship year may or may not be included in your general residency program. For most specialties, it is in fact the case that you do not go through a freestanding internship year. For some weirdo specialties like neurology, you still have to do the archaic one year before residency thing. After your internship is done, though, youre legally allowed to practice medicine! Good for you. Many attending physicians actually practice medicine while training. How they find the time and energy to do so is unknown, but it does happen.
  6. 6. ResidencyAfter your internship, youre got your residency. This takes anywhere from three to eight years, depending on what type of medicine youre going into. Want to be a surgeon? Youre going to need significantly more training than a pediatrician or a family practice doctor. Thats just how things go.
  7. 7. Post-residency trainingAfter residency, you may or may not be done with your training as a physician. It varies. The primary determining factor is how specialized you want to go. If you want to do something like cardiology, you need more training. Post- residency training usually takes place in the fellowship setting. These may take anywhere from one to three years, depending again on specialty and the length of the individual program.

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