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Postby WannabeAngua » Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:01 pm

David Brown wrote:I believe that in this country, most "doctors" of the medical persuasion hold the degree bachelor of medicine. Genuine MDs are, I believe, quite rare.

I now await correction from the BMC.


A bachelor is just 3 years studies right. Surely it takes more than 3 years to become a doctor? Our MDs put in 6 years at the least.
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:07 pm

WannabeAngua wrote:
David Brown wrote:I believe that in this country, most "doctors" of the medical persuasion hold the degree bachelor of medicine. Genuine MDs are, I believe, quite rare.

I now await correction from the BMC.


A bachelor is just 3 years studies right. Surely it takes more than 3 years to become a doctor? Our MDs put in 6 years at the least.


In the UK it takes 5 or 6 years of university to become a doctor, plus more training after graduation. I think a bachelor's degree basically means you can go straight onto it from A-levels nothing to do with how long it is, it may also have something to do with the amount of research involved?
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Postby The Mad Collector » Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:08 pm

The number of years is irrelevant, most bachelors degrees in Scotland are 4 years :roll:
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Postby Dotsie » Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:43 am

Wiki has all the info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_of_Medicine

Basically, someone can be called doctor as little as 4 years after their A-levels in the UK, and they get let loose on patients - but they get a lot of supervision (we all hope).

I used to teach microbiology to doctors wanting to take their consultancy exams, and they were almost without exception extremely intelligent and hard-working.
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:18 pm

The Mad Collector wrote:The number of years is irrelevant, most bachelors degrees in Scotland are 4 years :roll:


But isn't that because Scottish highers are taken a year earlier than A-levels so students from south of the border skip the first year of some courses?
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