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MD stands for doctor of medicine, usually used to refer to a medical doctor. Also known as an MD, is a licensed physician who has completed a program of study and clinical training in the field of medicine.


Medical doctors are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions, from common illnesses to complex diseases. They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and private practices, and may specialize in a particular area of medicine such as pediatrics, surgery, or psychiatry.


Becoming a medical doctor requires a significant amount of education and training. After completing high school, aspiring medical doctors must complete a four-year undergraduate degree, typically in a science-related field. They must then apply to and be accepted into a medical school, which typically requires four years of additional study.

Medical school

Medical school curriculum includes coursework in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and other related subjects, as well as hands-on training in clinical settings.


After completing medical school, aspiring medical doctors must complete a residency program, which is a period of supervised clinical training in a specific area of medicine. Residency programs can last from three to seven years, depending on the specialty chosen. During this time, medical doctors-in-training work under the supervision of experienced physicians and are responsible for diagnosing and treating patients.


After completing residency, some medical doctors choose to specialize in an area of their interest by doing fellowships to become specialists.


Upon completion of their residency, medical doctors must pass a licensing exam in order to practice medicine in their state.

Team members

Medical doctors are essential members of the healthcare team, often leading the team, working closely with nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care to their patients.

Diagnose and treat

They play a vital role in diagnosing and treating a wide range of medical conditions and are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of their patients.


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