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Need some help here re: what MD professions are specialties?

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AStudent

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So I'm a little in the dark here about what professions require further specialties to practice and which I can walk out of medical school (and residency) and into a job.

Here's what I had always envisioned the process being:
Go to medical school > get a general MD degree (what are they? EM, Peds, Internal, family...?) > Residency if not specializing, more school if you are

Help in the following areas would be particularly helpful:
Anesthesiology
Cardio (internal medicine subspecialty correct?)
Endocrine
Hematology/Oncology
Internal Medicine
Nuclear Medicine
Pathology
Pulmonary Med
Radiation Therapy
Radiology
 
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Um, all MDs right out of med school are created equal (basically). You don't have an MD in internal medicine. You all then jockey for good residencies, which are in the field you want to specialize in. You don't go to school longer for surgery, you have a longer residency.
 

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AStudent said:
Help in the following areas would be particularly helpful:
Anesthesiology
Cardio (internal medicine subspecialty correct?)
Endocrine
Hematology/Oncology
Internal Medicine
Nuclear Medicine
Pathology
Pulmonary Med
Radiation Therapy
Radiology

Residencies: Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology

Internal Medicine Fellowships: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Pulmonary/Critical Care

Radiology Fellowships: Nuclear Medicine
 

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your residency determines what kind of doctor you can be. after med school, you do a residency in a certain field (ie pediatrics, radiology, gynecology, internal medicine, etc). if you want to specialize further, then you do a fellowship.
 

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AStudent said:
Help in the following areas would be particularly helpful:
Anesthesiology
Cardio (internal medicine subspecialty correct?)
Endocrine
Hematology/Oncology
Internal Medicine
Nuclear Medicine
Pathology
Pulmonary Med
Radiation Therapy
Radiology

As another poster said, at the end of medical school (4 years), everyone goes to residency. Everyone that wants to practice medicine, that is.
* Internal Medicine is a 3 year residency. Cardiology, Endocrinology, Heme/Onc, Pulmonary are all sub-specialties that you do a fellowship in (usually 3 years).
* Radiology/Anethesia are PGY-2 residency spots. That means you do a preliminary year of Medicine or Surgery (aka intern year) and then begin your residency in Rads or Anesthesia. Rads I believe is 4 years after your intern year, and Anesthesia is either 3 or 4.
* Pathology does not require a preliminary year. You can choose a Clinical or Anatomical Path, which are 3 years each, 5-6 if done combined.

Other common residencies are Family Practice (3 years), Pediatrics (3 years), Ob/Gyn (4 years), General Surgery (5-6 years), Emergency Medicine (3-4 years).

Hope this helps.
 
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