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How long does it take to be become psychiatrist?


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Ashley’s Answer

Hi Maria,

I hope you are doing well. To become a psychiatrist first you will need to attend an accredited university to obtain a bachelor's degree (typically four years). Next you will need to take the MCAT which is the entrance exam for medical school. Medical School is four years which then will lead you to choose a specialty, in this case Psychiatry, and followed by residency which is about 4 years. Hope this overview helps when deciding on your professional career. Remember to always stay positive!

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Ashley Garcia

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John’s Answer

Ashley is correct, a Psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD degree) who specializes in Psychiatry. They can prescribe medications, and typically handle only the toughest psychiatric patients in a clinical or hospital setting.

Psychologists, on the other hand, do not have a medical degree (and can't prescribe medicine) and typically have PhD degrees. There are many fields of Psychology, only some of which see patients. Psychology is simply the study of human behavior. For example, I am what they call an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist; we study human behavior in the workplace... writing pre-employment tests, figuring our how to do a job really well, studying the effects of work stress and people cope with it, and many other things that most people don't think of when they think "psychologist". There are many other fields of Psychology that just depend on the situation in which you're studying human behavior. Some examples include Clinical Psychology (like a psychiatrist, but without prescribing medicine), Social Psychology, and Experimental Psychology.

When getting into Psychiatry or Psychology, you first need to figure out what you're passionate about and then go from there! From a schooling standpoint, Psychologists typically have PhDs, which require four years after a Bachelor's degree (total eight years of College). You can get by in some fields of Psychology with a Master's degree (totaling about six years of College), depending on what you want to do as a career. You should also be prepared to take a lot of math and science courses to prepare! Most people think the social sciences aren't rigorous like chemistry and biology, but becoming a psychologist or psychiatrist requires in-depth knowledge of scientific method and statistics.

Best of luck!

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Riley’s Answer

You'll be looking at about 12 years of school for this profession; 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and at least 4 years of residency. You will most likely rack up a good amount of student loan debt during this time, but the average salary of $200,000 will definitely be enough to eventually pay that off and support yourself well.

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Alexis’s Answer

Good afternoon! I would suggest the following steps :

I. Earn a Bachelor's degree
II. Take the Medical College Admission Test
III. Graduate from Medical School
IV. Complete Residency Training
V. Serve a Fellowship
VI. Obtain a Medical License - Pass State Board Examination
VII. Become Certified

I hope this helps to answer your question.

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Richard’s Answer

4 years of college
4 years of medical school
4 years of psychiatry residency

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Susan Delphine’s Answer

Four years of college. Four years of medical school. Four years of psychiatric residency. Child psychiatrists do one more year, sometimes two.

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Estelle’s Answer

The road to becoming a doctor certainly is not easy, but thousands of people do it every year. To become a physician, you need four years of college education, and four years of medical school. Admission to these institutions can be pretty tough based on where you want to go. Additionally, a residency of four. It’s a hard and long road and it requires a lot of discipline and passion. I wish you the best on your journey to becoming a physician.

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Rachel’s Answer

4 years college+ 4 years med school + 4 years psychiatry residency = 12 years

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