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Nate: medical school curriculum

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Jim Henderson, Aug 23, 1999.

  1. Jim Henderson

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    Hi! I'm a little confused about what medical school will be like. I know that there is
    actually four years of school followed by a certain number of years in a residency
    program, the number of which vary between programs. Are there other things that I
    don't know about? What constitutes an "Intern", and where to fellowships fall? I'm
    interested in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and I'd like to have an idea of
    how much school I have left. I appreciate any help you can give.
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  2. Jim Henderson

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    Nate, thanks for you post. Medical school is 4 years. An internship is essentially the
    first year of residency. Residencies vary from 3 to 5 years and then more if you
    specialize. To be an orthopedic surgeon, you have to go through a couple years of
    general surgery and then several years of orthopedic surgery. To go into sports
    medicine, you can either do a 3 year family practice or internal medicine residency or
    go through an orthopedic residency and then do the sports medicine.
    Fellowships are subspecialty training after residency. Sports medicine, for example,
    comnstitutes a fellowship.

    So, starting from your first year of medical school, you would have 7 to 11 years of
    training necessary for these fields.

    Hope this helps and doesn't scare ya too much!

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    Jim Henderson, MD of Medicalstudent.net
     

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