Finding a Faster Route to Practice from Medical Student to Board Certified Physician.
Introduction Are we forcing new physicians to endure too much clinical training before receiving a full license to practice medicine? In the 1970s, it was not uncommon for physicians to open up a practice after only three years of clinical time. Today’s medical students average over five years of clinical education. If a 22 year old entering medical student decides to pursue a primary care field, the earliest age this student can expect to be fully licensed to practice medicine is 29. If the student decides to pursue a more specialized field, such as a seven year neurosurgery residency followed by a two year fellowship in endovascular surgical neuroradiology, then he can expect to obtain full practice rights at 35!