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How long did you go to school to become a doctor?

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Richard’s Answer

You must first graduate from a college/university with a 4 year degree (4 years). Then you must graduate from a medical school (4 years). Then you usually graduate from a residency program (3-4 years). So one goes to school, post high school, for 11-12 years, to become a practicing physician in the U.S.
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April’s Answer

The path to becoming a doctor is typically 8 years: finishing a 4-year college degree and then completing 4 years of medical school. Then you are officially a doctor. Residency, which is more training after you’ve received your MD degree, typically comes after.

It is important to note that everyone’s path isn’t always the same. Some people take more than 4 years to finish their bachelor’s degree and that’s totally okay. Some people do a post-bacc program (courses after you’ve finished your 4-year degree) to help them get into medical school. That can be 1-2 years. Some students even take an additional year while still in medical school to complete a MPH (master of Public Health degree), a MBA (Master of Business Administration degree), or a research year.

So while it can generally take 8 years to become a doctor, do not be discouraged if your path is a little different or longer.
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