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In What Country is it Easiest to Become a Doctor?

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  1. Egyptian Doctor

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    Studying medicine any where is not easy and it is very competitive as many students wish to be doctors for different causes , you may check this topic about 5 reasons to study medicine.

    Studying medicine needs a long path but it differs a bit from country to country , medical school program in India is one of the shortest paths as students usually need only complete four and a half years of an undergraduate program to earn a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree. Though shorter than programs in many other countries, medical school programs in India are competitive, and MBBS holders still have to complete an internship for about 1 year.

    Many African, Asian, and South American countries require five or six years of undergraduate study in order to become a doctor, with varying requirements for internships and/or residencies. For instance, Kenya and China both offer a five-year program, but graduates must complete a yearlong internship. Bolivia’s medical program is also five years, but graduates must also complete 15 months of internships and a residency.

    While some African, Asian, and South American countries offer five-year medical school programs with few internship or residency requirements, most programs are six years and/or require several combined years of internships and residencies. South Africa’s program is normally six years, but can be condensed to five; however, graduates must also perform two years of internship and one year of community service. Likewise, Sri Lanka offers a five-year program, but graduates must do one year of residency in addition to a year or two of training outside of the country. Six years of undergraduate study must be completed in order to become a doctor in Nigeria, Thailand, Japan, and Nigeria.

    Medical school programs in Europe and Australia are pretty standardized: Medical students need to complete six years of undergraduate study, plus an internship. The exception is Germany, which requires completion of a five-year program.

    In general, the toughest countries in which to become a doctor are the United States and Canada, since both of these countries require completion of an undergraduate degree first. The undergraduate degree is usually completed in four years and medical school in another four, although some schools in the US offer an accelerated seven-year program, which essentially combines the student’s fourth undergraduate year with the first year of medical school. The Philippines also offers a "4+4" program for becoming a doctor, and South Korea recently switched to a similar program from a six-year undergraduate program.

    It should be noted that most countries do not make it easy for students to become a doctor in one country and practice in another. For example, Thailand’s six-year undergraduate program is only available to Thai citizens. Similarly, the United States requires graduates of foreign programs to study in the US before they can practice there.

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    after the 8 yrs program in the US,,,are students required to complete internship an residencies or what ?? how long does that take??
     

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    yeah man after 8 yrs, a student must apply for residency, a minimum of three year residency is mandatory and that if just to become an internal medicine or family doctor. Surgery would be an additional 5 yrs
     

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    In my country we have a very very tough admission exam, we study 7 or 8 years to become a doctor, you have to work 1 year for the community if you want to have also a residency, a master degree or a PhD, after that you have to make another and tougher exam to get a residency place in some hospital and study for 3 to 5 more years to have an speciality even a family doctor.....and to work at least 5 years in some issue (residency is not included) to be an super specialist....., to get a master or a PhD you have to make another kind of exam (but this are not as tough as the first two) and an interview, I get is not so easy to be a doctor in Peru.
     

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    I think you are wrong and right. Right because paying a private school in Mexico is an easy way to get in to med school. But getting into a public institution is actually hard (in Mexico public schools are the good ones). You have to make it trough the 5.5-6 years of medical school which include the classical internship and then work a year in a bad remunerated 365-days-on-call community service (in which some colleagues have been found death in their offices because they work in dangerous places). Then you have to do research, or a million tests or to get a PhD in order to get your MD degree. Then, as usual, in order to get into a residency, you have to pass another million tests. For surgery you might need two years of internal medicine and for neurosurgery you need two years of general surgery. Then more tests.
    Yes, there are lazy doctors and stupid med students whose approach to medicine is money. And those who are not actual doctors. But DON'T DARE YOU to say becoming a doctor in my country is easy. People have paid with their blood their way to become doctors, to take care of people who probably will kill them. But that's why we became doctors, to take care of people, isn't it?
     

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    What do you mean by "4x4" program in the Philippines for becoming a doctor? This is vague because we Filipino doctors don't call it "4x4" program. The present medical curriculum depends on the medical school. Current medical training to become a doctor is to enroll in a medical college and pass the 7 year medical curriculum, the first 3 years is devoted to basic college subjects and the last 4 years are medicine subjects. This is followed by clerkship for 1 year and internship for 1 year. These are requirements prior to taking the medical board exam. So that equates to 9 years. Some medical schools accept graduates of premed courses before entering medical college. So, there is a subgroup which finish 10 years of schooling before being allowed to take the medical board exams.
     

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    In my country there are also very dangerous places to do the community service two collegues of my med prom died and one one my best friends almost did....there is not easy to be a doctor I guess in any place around the world....less time doesn´t mean necessarily easier....maybe sooner....but I guess 11 years in Peru are 11 years everywhere...it is in each one of us!
     

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    In my country Nepal,it is four and half years undergraduate programme.Also we must do 1 year internship.
     

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    being a doctor entails a lot of hard work and dedication...that molds us to be different, to be resilient and to shape us into people who look at patients in a holistic approach. In my country we usually do a 4 year bachelors degree, have a qualifying national exam called National Medical Admission Test, then if qualified another 4 years proper medicine, a year of internship, the board exam and 4 years residency
     

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    in Uruguay we have an 8 year program, with 1 year of internship, and then you can apply for residency, that's at least 4 more years, depending on the speciality.-
    I just finished the internship and I'm applying for residency next month...wish me luck :)
     

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    how long would it take if i chose int.medicine and then carry on to cardio.?
     

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    you can do cardio as a first residency (4 years) , but if you wish to do internal medicine as a residency and then cardio as a second specialty you can and it'd take 8 more years in total, 4 medicine and 4 more cardio.
    you can't do more than one specialty by residency here, if you want to do more than one, you have to do them without getting paid.-
    hope that was helpfull :)
     

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    oh i see. thats good that i could take up cardio directly after finishing up my MD. here we need to take internal med and only then can we take up a specialty if we want to.. no way of going cardio directly. This sure was helpful.. thank you indeed :D
     

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    india obviously
    1)capitation fee - at 50 lakh you can get medical school , at 2 crore you can get a MD RADIO
    2) scams like vyapam
    3)caste reservation
     

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    You are wrong on several statements, whereas there are many medicine schools over the country, MANY and principally public schools lack the resources and have a deficient study program, it is easier to say public schools are tough if you are alumni of one of them, but the reality in Mexico ia that the best education is available only in well-renowed private schools (ITESM, La Salle, Universidad Panamericana, Universidad Anahuac) buy beacause the are too expensive the attending population are a minority of the country; public colleges as UNAM or IPN have high academic status but they are prone to being easily closed and to iterrumptions due to vandalism and riots. The future of a medical doctor in Mexico is bound to the result of a nation-wide examination known as ENARM (Examen Nacional para Aspirantes a Residencias Medicas) and since the past 10 years the graduates of important private schools are on the top 10 of the selections, top school in Mexico by number of graduatea accepted for residency is the Universidad Panamericana, if you do not trust me, look for it on google.
     

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