This article is from the ER FAQ, by Rose Cooper firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
After completing college or university, the prospective student
4 years medical school:
Years 1-2 consist of generally textbook-based learning in the
basic medical sciences.
Years 3-4 consist of hands-on training/learning through
many different areas of medicine; medicine, family practice,
First Year of Residency, or year of Internship
After obtaining a medical degree, the first year of
residency consists of more rotating through the medical
disciplines with greater responsibility. Also the
considered the hardest year. Some users report that today,
many residencies have eliminated internship requirements,
and allow residents to begin their residency immediately.
Years 2-(up to 10) Residency:
Residents are full-fledged doctors, depending on the
specialty. Brain surgery is not done by 2nd year residents
Optional training years in a specific specialty (usually
a subspecialty like Doug Ross`s pediatric ER).
Where the doctors watch over other residents and fellowship
winners in teaching hospitals. Dr. Greene is an attending
*Check out the misc.education.medical FAQ website at
<http://www.stanford.edu/~epw/mem/faq/> for more information on
getting a medical education.