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    Just curious. If you started with uni with a different course (e.g biomedical sciences) and studied graduate medicine would that take longer?
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    Yes, overall it would take longer overall to do the graduate medicine route. 3 year undergraduate degree + 4 year graduate entry MBChB = 7 years. Medicine for those without a first degree takes 5-6 years depending on the specific course and intercalation etc. Once you graduate, the route to and then through specialty training is the same, irrespective of the route you took to get your MBChB.

    5-7 years to obtain MBChB depending on route.
    2 years Foundation programme
    8 years specialty training
    Plus additional years potentially re-applying for a competitive specialty when initially unsuccessful, and years spent doing research degrees / fellowships.
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    5-6 years (or 3 + 4 = 7 if graduate entry).
    2 foundation years.
    8 specialty training years.
    2-3 years postgraduate degrees (MD/PhD - it's hard to progress confidently without one of these, but not impossible).
    1-2 years sub-specialty fellowships.
    Then you are seeking appointment to a consultant post. Most people are taken on as a locum (i.e. "temporary") consultant initially and then appointed to a substantive post 1-2 years later.
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    Its worth pointing out that you are a neurosurgeon from ST1, i.e. 3 years after graduation. You may be still training but you will be heavily involved in the drilling. Maybe even pushing the drill a bit yourself.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    Its worth pointing out that you are a neurosurgeon from ST1, i.e. 3 years after graduation. You may be still training but you will be heavily involved in the drilling. Maybe even pushing the drill a bit yourself.
    Not to mention taking half an hour to answer a bleep, being grumpy and making the ICU registrar take your patients for endless CT (or even better, MRI) scans.
 
 
 
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