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How long does it take to become a specialist doctor in the medical field?

I am asking this question because I am interested in the medical field and might consider becoming a specialist doctor. #healthcare

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The timeline can seem daunting. Four years for medical school, a minimum of three years for residency, and a few more if you want to specialize with a fellowship.Medical School is not easy all courses are rough. When you start medical school you need to focus, have a lot of sleep (you will need to sleep to be able to pass test). It all depends on you if you want to start early in your 21 yrs of age, or even in the 30’s. There is no age requirement to become a Medical Doctor or Osteopathic Doctor. If you want to become a doctor go for it, yes you will have big debts but you could have a negotiation between the bank and the payment options that you will have in the school that you will be studying medicine and you pay little by little depending in your financial. Also if you want to become a Medical Doctor and want to change to another subspecialty you will need to go back to medical school to pursue your new career. (like if you’re a pediatrician and want to become a ob/gyn then you will need to go back to medical school and take courses for ob/gyn. For physician assistant- Earning that degree usually takes at least 2 years of full-time postgraduate study. Most applicants to physician assistant education programs already have a bachelor’s degree and some healthcare-related work experience ( as paramedics, nurses, RN’s, Medical Assistant).There are 3 USMLE exams to test your progress at different levels of your medical education. USMLE Step 1 is generally taken after your basic science courses in your first two years and evaulates your knowledge of the basic sciences. USMLE Step 2 has two parts, a written and a practical portion with a focus on clinical aspects. It is generally taken after your 3rd year in medical school. USMLE Step 3 is taken after you graduate, usually during your first year of residency and tests more on if you can function independently as a physician. Afterwards, you may need to take exams to be board-certified and recertification exams every x number of years afterwards.

Thank you comment icon Thank you for answering my question and providing a bountiful amount of information about medical school and pursuing a degree in medicine. Robyn
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Hi Robyn, I wil. add just one small detail to Narendra Singh's answer. There are Medical Doctor's and Doctor's of Osteopathy. They differ in medical training. I have used both for my own personal healthcare. Doctor's of Osteopathy. can specialize too.

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