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How many years of college do you need to become a doctor?

| June 7, 2011 | 2 Comments

Question by Bethany: How many years of college do you need to become a doctor?
I'm talking about everything all together: How many years would it take of college, training, and residence to become a family physician? I know I'm only 13, but I'm curious.

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Answer by eri
4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3 years of residency before you can get a job on your own. Only the last 3 years are you getting paid, and not too much. Family physician is one of the least-well-paid medical specialties, so hopefully you're aiming for that because you like the field. It still pays well, but much less than other medical fields.

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  1. not Prince Hamlet says:

    Residencies normally last longer than 3 years. Up to 7 years.

  2. Landie says:

    If you are motivated and work hard everything will happen in this order:
    -At least 4 years of college.
    -4 years of medical school.
    -1 year internship.
    -3 or 4 years of residency(depends if you do the internship or not, don’t have to, but good experience and money)
    -1 or 2 years of fellowship(required by all physicians)
    -A physician after all that, but you will still need to pass the board of certification(advanced training)

    So it’ll take 13-15+ years to become a physician of any kind. Worth it if you want it. :)

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