Apr 27, 2011
Hi guys,

I am sort of confused on this issue..I often read that a MD/PhD graduate spends some of their time seeing patients..do they have to complete a residency to see patients? For instance a MD/PhD graduate working in a university hospital..to see patients will they need to have completed a residency? If so does it have to be a full residency or 1 year can suffice as it does in many states?


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Yes, if you want to do clinical practice you have to complete a residency. While you can technically become a general practitioner after one year of internship, this isn't really a viable option anymore as most insurance companies will require you be board certified in order to get paneled (accept their insurance), and I can't imagine a university hospital taking a practitioner that isn't board certified on as faculty.