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Can you practice as a GP after med. school?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by LiLgrasshopper, May 9, 2008.

  1. LiLgrasshopper


    Mar 12, 2008
    Hi, I was just curious if attending residency is required in order to practice as a GP?
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  3. Frank l

    Frank l 10+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2007
    You can work as a GP after you do a 1 year rotating internship after you finish medical school.
    This is hardly ever done anymore. Most people who do it now are in the military.
    And GP does not = family practice. Family practice is 3 years of residency.
    I'm not sure what the limitations are for a GP, but I would guess they can do less than an FP, so.....why would you want to go all the way through med school and then not be able to do stuff?
  4. DrMidlife

    DrMidlife has an opinion 10+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2006
    If you can find a copy of Iserson's guide to residency, there's a table in there with state-by-state requirements, which vary quite a bit. Some states require 3 years post-medschool to be licensed. And there are those 5 states that require a DO traditional rotation no matter what.
  5. scpod

    scpod Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2005
    In theory, you could practice as a GP after a year of internship in half of the US states. However, getting hospital admitting privaledges or malpractice insurance would be just about impossible. Becoming part of a group practice is highly unlikely as well.
  6. toothless rufus

    toothless rufus 7+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2004
    Yeah...that kinda needs to go away...
  7. SomeDoc

    SomeDoc 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    Big up.
  8. OnMyWayThere

    OnMyWayThere OMS-III 10+ Year Member

    I know in Nevada it is illegal to practice medicine unless you COMPLETE a residency program (not a 1 year internship)
  9. Seneca20

    Seneca20 Gig'em Aggies!! 2+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2007
    It is approximately 85% of hospitals nationwide that have ammended bylaws to require that physicians have the ability to sit for Board Examination (a few years ago we would have simply said Board Eligible, however all the Boards have "officially" done away with the term) in a given specialty to be eligible for hospital privileges. The remaining 15% or so are extremely rural locations, some critical access hospitals, etc. Bottom line GP = Dead End. If you've finished 4 yrs Med School, and 1 year internship, either finish out the required Residency period or don't practice medicine. There are other avenues, research, Pharma Companies. . . . .
  10. Non-TradTulsa

    Non-TradTulsa Senior Member - Resident 7+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    Agree with Seneca. In addition to having a lot of trouble getting hospital priveleges in any semi-urban hospital, you would also be ineligible for about 95% of managed care contracts that I have seen. It's legal in a number of states to practice after a 1 year internship, but it's also legal in most of those same states to practice surgery even if you're a primary care doctor, since medical specialties aren't recognized in the law. It may be legal, but it isn't right. As complex as medicine is now, I think going into practice after a one-year internship would certainly be ethically questionable.
  11. studentDO

    studentDO 2+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    How about moonlighting?
  12. KateGia

    KateGia OMS-III 5+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    I'm curious if the OP is premed? If so, what is the reason for asking this question? Why would anyone go through the hell that is medical school, just to cop out at the end?
  13. nebrfan

    nebrfan Rx Beer 10+ Year Member

    May 11, 2005
    Just go the DNP route! They claim they can teach-ya-up everything you need to know for independent practice via online classes. No need for patho-phys, that just bogs stuff down. A cookbook is where its at. :rolleyes:

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