MEDICAL DOCTOR OR DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

(MD) or (DO)

Doctors provide diagnoses, treatments, and counseling to individuals with illnesses, diseases, or injuries. Some of their many responsibilities include examining patients, collecting patient information, performing diagnostic tests, and discussing test results. Physicians fall into two main categories: Medical Doctors (M.D.) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Both types of doctors treat patients, but D.O.s also use preventive medicine and holistic care methods. Within the medical field, doctors most often have a field of specialization.

EDUCATION REQUIRED

Bachelor’s Degree – a specific major is not required but need to have completed undergraduate coursework in biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics.

Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

Graduate from Medical School (4 years) – first 2 years classroom and laboratory work, last 2 years work directly with patients under supervision of experienced doctors.

Complete a Residency Program – you will work directly with patients in a specialty area of medicine. Depending on specialty, residency can last anywhere from 3 to 7 years.

PROGRAM LENGTH

Bachelor's - 4 Years

Medical School - 4 Years

Residency - 3-7 Years

CERTIFICATIONS
PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT

Obtain licensure - MD’s must pass the US Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) and DO’s must pass the comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam (COMLEX-USA)

  • Hospitals

  • Physician offices

  • Nursing homes

  • Schools

SALARY RANGE

$180,000 - $300,000

For more information on this program, visit the Education page

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