Medical Specialties

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

After medical school, students receive training in a specific medical

specialty. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about medical specialties and physician training.

Dr. Hill:

Future physicians go to medical school after they complete college. Medical students learn about many different areas of medicine, including those designated as specialties.

At the end of medical school, doctors choose a specialty. Education in each specialty takes three to seven years of a residency after medical school. Some medical specialties have subspecialties that require even more education and training.

Primary care specialties include family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.

Doctors who practice in the primary care specialties focus on general care of the patient. They often coordinate the specialized care that a patient may receive from different medical specialists. Primary care physicians usually provide continuing care for patients over a long time. They are also concerned with preventing diseases and medical problems.

When a doctor meets all the requirements of a medical specialty board, he or she is called a certified by examination and is a diplomate of that specialty board. The doctor is then allowed to state that she or he is board certified in that medical specialty.

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