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how long is a residency in a hospital?


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Sean’s Answer

There are many different kinds of medical residencies, and each residency requires a different length of training. After graduating from medical school students are doctors and have their degrees. In order to practice, most states require doctors to at a minimum complete an "intern year" at a hospital. Some programs offer stand alone internships, while many programs include internships as part of their residency program. The majority of doctors will complete an intern year and a residency to get more specialized training.

Surgical residencies (including my own) are typically longer than non surgical residencies, requiring at least 5 years of training (General surgery, ENT, Orthopedics) and some require even more (Neurosurgery).

Emergency Medicine can be 2-4 years.

Internal and Family Medicine programs are often 3 years.

After residency many physicians will continue to specialize in an area of their interest by pursuing fellowships or other advanced programs, again ranging from 1-5+ years depending on the field.

It varies based on the specialty, but I would say between 3-7 years. It can be even longer depening on your speciality of interest and if you want to subspecialize even further. Merlyn G

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Melody’s Answer

Hello Karoline,

Sean gave the most complete answer as this is his area. I found and asked medical friends about your question. I was told it will depend on what area or specialty you wish to pursue. General duration of residencies can range from three years to seven years, depending upon the program and specialty.

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Philomena’s Answer

The duration for residency varies for each specialty , it can range from three years to seven years, that is after you complete medical school.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Karoline! I am not in residency yet but I do know that it can vary based on your choice. For example, my brother is in Psychiatry for his residency and it will take him four years to complete. If you want to specialize, it will be more and I do know that surgery can be about 5 years. Although it may seem long, remember that you do get pay and do care for patients; once you are in medical school it will be more definite with the path you want to take!

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Estelle’s Answer

Medical school takes 4 years to complete.

After medical school physicians complete a residency for additional training. These can last 3-6 years and are sometimes followed by an additional year or two of fellowship subspecialty training.


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