Medical Licensure

Friday, December 31, 2010

If you know anyone who has studied to become a doctor, or if you watch TV shows that take place in medical settings, youve probably heard terms like intern or resident. But what do they mean? Dr. Edward Hill gives us the answers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In most countries, doctors must have a license to practice medicine. Licenses are granted after a physician has graduated from an accredited medical school and completed additional training.

In the United States, each state has its own individual licensing board and a doctor must obtain a license for each state in which he or she works.

Students become medical doctors, MDs, or doctors of osteopathy, DOs, after graduation from medical school, but to become licensed to practice medicine, physicians must complete at least one year of post-medical school education and training.

The first year of this training is called internship or first-year residency. Most physicians, and any who practice a specialty of medicine, complete a residency. Residencies are several years of further education and training in a specific area of medicine.

Medical licenses must be renewed, usually about every four years. State medical boards review doctors performances and evaluate complaints against physicians.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.