A doctor of medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree for medical doctors and is required to practice medicine. It is a first professional degree requiring a 4-year undergraduate degree (usually in science). An MD degree is typically earned in 4 years and those who wish to specialize in a medical speciality then undergo additional specialized training in the form of a residency.
Degree Options in Medicine
Doctor of Medicine (MD) - the degree awarded upon graduation from medical school to become a doctor
MSc in Medicine - appropriate for those who want to develop advanced knowledge in one area of medicine
PhD in Medicine - appropriate for those who want to earn an advanced degree in medicine with a view to pursuing a research or teaching career
Graduate Medical Diplomas/Certificates - supplements an already established area of expertise in medicine or adds value to a previously earned Bachelor's or graduate degree in a different, but related discipline. Is designed to provide students with a specialized knowledge that is less extensive than a Master's or PhD in medicine
Areas of Medical Specialization
Allergy, anaesthesiology, clinical pharmacology, colon and rectal surgery, dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general practice, hospitalist, internal medicine, legal medicine, medical genetics, neurological surgery, neuromusculoskeletal medicine and OMM, sports medicine, nuclear medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, pain medicine, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, preventative medicine, psychiatry and neurology, radiology, surgery, thoracic surgery, transplant surgery, and urology