Aspiring psychiatrists begin their careers in the same way as other medical students, with a bachelor's degree. The coursework must meet specific criteria to qualify as a pre-medical program, laying a strong basis of general science and mathematics, as well as written and spoken communications. After earning a baccalaurate, the medical student goes on to four years' study at a medical or osteopathic college. Those planning to become psychiatrists should take as many courses as possible in psychology and neurological topics, alongside the mandatory classes in human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, medical ethics and similar topics.
After completing medical school, the future psychiatrist must go on to a four-year psychiatric residency, treating psychiatric patients in the supervised setting of an accredited program. After fulfilling the residency and fellowship requirements, newly-minted psychiatrists can test for certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Once they've passed the corresponding examinations, candidates become board-certified psychiatrists.
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It looks like to be a psychiatrist you need a bachelors degree, then a medical degree (as a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) then you need to complete your residency, get licensed and then become board certified.
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