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If I get into medicine at 23 when will I graduate as a doctor and also how many years does specialties last
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Original post by Sharpcute
If I get into medicine at 23 when will I graduate as a doctor and also how many years does specialties last


A long time.

Assuming you get in first time (by no means 100% guaranteed for all specialties), it will take 5-10 years depending on the specialty. In mine (neurosurgery), it will take 10 years in total if you don't take any time out, which is unheard of.
Original post by Sharpcute
If I get into medicine at 23 when will I graduate as a doctor and also how many years does specialties last


If you're doing a 5 year course, then you'll be 28. Obviously adjust that if you're doing 4 year GEM or a longer foundation course/intercalated degree.

You then have to do two foundation years (F1/F2). Then apply for specialty training. This can be as little as 3 years (GP) or longer than 8 (paediatrics, lots of surgical specialties). Many people also take time out to do research, get additional experience (especially in surgery), have kids etc.

So if you started at 23, graduated at 28, the earliest you could be a GP would be 33. If you wanted to work in a hospital specialty, you'll be look at at least 35+. But you'll be a consultant for a loooooong time, so it's not really a huge deal at your age.

FWIW I started medicine at 19 and I will become a consultant at 38. 6 year degree, F3 year, then two lots of mat leave and working LTFT for the last three years of my training.

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