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Doctors: Specialties and Training

Doctors: Specialties and Training - Introduction

Becoming a fully trained physician is a long and arduous task because the education needed to become a doctor is substantial. The education requirements have been standardized in the U.S. and it usually begins with the completion of four years of college followed by four years of medical school. This is followed by an internship and residency in a particular specialty, and sometimes fellowship training in a subspecialty that may last as long as 10 years. Once the initial training is completed, a doctor continues lifelong learning to maintain the skills necessary to optimally practice medicine in the current environment.

Although the training to become a physician is long and demanding, the reward of being able to help people and have an intellectually stimulating career is something that most physicians feel is more than worth the effort.

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