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November 7, 2012 12:59 PM Subscribe
Please explain the American medical educational system to me like I'm a small child. The Wikipedia article isn't very clear.
posted by edrnjevich to Education (19 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I don't get this med school/intern/residency thing, and I don't understand the (educational) difference between, say, a psychiatrist, a neurosurgeon, and a family practice doctor. In the US. I realize this is a dumb question.
I'm particularly interested in psychiatry. I know my psychiatrist completed her residency last year. That basically means she's right out of school, right? How much psychology/psychiatry did she really have to tske? She works in a large office with many other mental health people - because she doesn't have the experience to work on her own, or what?
But I'm also interested in the overall American medical educational system, because I'm embarrassed that I don't know. Thanks.