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Does becoming a physician/doctor require earning a doctoral degree?

Was wondering what requirements look like.

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Erik’s Answer

Yes you need a doctoral degree to practice medicine as a doctor in the US.
There are 2 types of medical school after college, both are 4 years- allopathic medical schools which grant an M.D.- doctorate of medicine. This is the traditional "med school" most people think of when they hear doctor.
There is also osteopathic medical school which grants a D.O.- doctor of osteopathy. I am an MD and I don't know the full details of DO medical schools, but here is a link below to their website. They train in osteopathic manipulations, using movements of the body to improve health. I don't know exactly how it works, or how it's different than chiropractic manipulation. Maybe a DO can help clarify. But DO's practice medicine in all specialties just like MD's. Most of the DO's I know don't use any of the osteopathic manipulations, they just practice regular medicine. They account for 11% of doctors.

https://osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/what-is-a-do/
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che’s Answer

It is usually happens if the hospital/school are you working requires you to take a doctoral degree. But in academic teaching, schools are requiring a masteral and post doctoral degree. Hope this will answer your question and goodluck.
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Fred’s Answer

The answer will vary depending on the country. However, in the US, I'm pretty sure you are required to go to med school. That means first getting an undergraduate degree. Then med school, passing boards, and depending on a specialty, internships and residencies.
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