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A medical degree is a vocational or technical degree awarded for studies in fields associated with medicine and/or surgery. Doctors also need a PhD, an MBBS or other degrees. A worldwide study conducted in 2011 indicated on average: 64 university exams, 130 series exams, and 174 assignments are completed over the course of 5.5 years. As a baseline, students need greater than an 85% in prerequisite courses to enroll for the aptitude test in these degree programs.

Under graduate medical degrees

In many jurisdictions, individuals require a medical degree to register for a licence and legally practice. This is known as a primary medical qualification, or the primary qualification. Such degrees include: * Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, BMBS, MBChB, MBBCh) * Bachelor of Medicine (B.Med)

Higher graduate medical degrees

Some doctors who hold a primary qualification will continue academic study, pursuing degrees such as: * Doctor of Medicine by research (MD(Res), DM) * Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, DPhil) * Doctor of Medicine (MD, Dr.MuD, Dr.Med) * Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) * Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) Other degrees include: * Master of Clinical Medicine (MCM) * Master of Medical Science (MMSc, MMedSc) * Master of Medicine (MM, MMed) * Master of Philosophy (MPhil) * Master of Philosophy in Ophthalmology (MPhO) * Master of Surgery (MS, MSurg, MChir, MCh, ChM, CM) * Master of Science in Medicine or Surgery (MSc) * Doctor of Clinical Medicine (DCM) * Doctor of Clinical Surgery (DClinSurg) * Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc, DMedSc) * Doctor of Surgery (DS, DSurg)

Alternative Medical Degrees

* Ayurveda - BSc, MSc, BAMC, MD(Ayurveda), M.S.(Ayurveda), Ph.D(Ayurveda) * Acupuncture - BSc, LAc, DAc, AP, DiplAc, MAc * Chiropractic - * Herbalism Acs, BSc, Msc. * Homeopathy - BSc, MSc, DHMs, BHMS, M.D. (HOM), PhD in homoeopathy * Naprapathy - DN * Naturopathic medicine - BSc, MSc, BNYS, MD (Naturopathy), ND, NMD * Oriental Medicine - BSc, MSOM, MSTOM, KMD (Korea), BCM (Hong Kong), MCM (Hong Kong), BChinMed (Hong Kong), MChinMed (Hong Kong), MD (Taiwan), MB (China), TCM-Traditional Chinese medicine master (China) * Osteopathy - BOst, BOstMed, BSc (Osteo), DipOsteo

See also

* Medical education * Medical school * Medicine * Physician * Surgeon * Alternative medicine degrees

References

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