Is there any medical field shorter than 12 years?

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  • Jason
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    8 months ago
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    Yes, almost all of them.

    If you mean are there any physicians who are board-certified and licensed to practice as attending physicians with less than about twelve years of education, no.

    The shortest possible path to holding a license as a physician is: First, complete a bachelors degree that meets the prerequisite requirements for medical school. This is heavy in biochemistry and hard sciences. Very, very, very few people complete a bachelors degree in less than four years. Following graduation, you start medical school which is another four years. After medical school, you must complete a residency in your field (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, med-peds). Residencies are virtually all four years; a few are three and some are five, but most are four. You sit for the second part of the USMLE during residency. You can't hold a license without having passed both parts of the USMLE.

    That's four years of undergrad, four years of medical school, and four years of residency for a total of twelve. That's the shortest possible route to being a practicing physician.

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    • Jason
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      No, they are not. The overwhelming majority are four years. A chief resident may do a fifth year, and some surgery programs extended the length to five years but reduced weekly working hours. But more than 75% of residency programs nationwide are four years.

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  • RICK
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    7 months ago

    Many.............

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  • Judy
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    8 months ago

    almost anything except physician

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  • 8 months ago

    Dentistry, Veterinary (I'm not sure about this one) and Nursing

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Go to vet school.

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  • Certified nursing assistant

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