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Are there different types of doctors and how much do they differ in what you have to study in college or after college

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Kei’s Answer

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Hi Robert.

Yes there are different types of doctors. When you study medicine, you would have to take a pre-medical course first for roughly around 4 years then after that you can choose your specialization. This is the 2nd phase. This is the next step for you to decide what type of doctor would you want to be - do you want to be a surgeon, pediatrician looking after kids, OB GYN helping women give birth to beautiful babies, etc. The specialization will take another few years or so, Then of course, you have to take your board exam to be a fully pledged doctor.

They say that when you pursue medicine, it will take you at least 8-10 years to complete the process but hey this is a very good investment. Being in the medical field takes a lot of determination, hard work and effort but if your heart is into it, I am confident that you will be a good one when you pursue your dreams. Good luck! I am sure you will make the best decision!
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Rachel’s Answer

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The difference between specialties in medicine is as big as the difference between a carpenter and a plumber and an electrician. Internal medicine doctors talk with patients and prescribe medicine. Surgeons cut and sew on people while they are asleep. Radiologists look as x-rays from a dark room. Pathologists look at slides of tissue. While this is an oversimplification of these specialties, they are extremely different.
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Richard’s Answer

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There are so many types of physicians. Broadly there are family practice doctors, internal medicine and its subspecialties, and surgery with its subspecialties. There are also physicians that don't fit in these such as psychiatry, radiology, pathology , physical medicine/rehabilitation.

College and medical school are the same. However the different specialties complete different residencies and different fellowships after med school.
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Rick’s Answer

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https://www.sgu.edu/blog/medical/ultimate-list-of-medical-specialties/

call them simply doctors. But most doctors have extra expertise in one type of medicine or another. In fact, there are several hundred medical specialties and subspecialties

https://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/insurance-doctor-types#1
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