Medical School vs Residency Comparison

Medical School versus Residency!

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In this video we compare medical school to residency and go over:
1) Structure 00:38
2) Length 01:36
3) Grading & Evaluation 02:26
4) Cost & Finances (Making Money!) 03:31
5) Work Life Balance 04:25
6) Testing Knowledge & Skill 05:19
7) Standardized Exams 05:40

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The structure of medical school and residency are inherently different. In medical school you’re still a student, hence “school”. When residency starts, you’re a doctor and you’re working a job and finally making money.

Medical school is usually 4 years, although some medical students opt to take an additional year for research or an additional degree, like a masters. Residency, on the other hand, is highly variable, from 3 to 7 years depending on the specialty. Surgical specialties are usually longer than non-surgical specialties. I personally matched into plastic surgery, which is 6 years.

In terms of grading and evaluation, medical school can still be competitive even with pass/fail grading. If you want to go into something competitive like plastic surgery, dermatology, or orthopedic surgery, then obtaining top exam scores and Honors on your clinical rotations is key.

The average medical student graduates with $190,000 in student loans and debt. In residency, you’ll be making money and can start paying off your loans! But… you’ll be making about $50,000 per year, so that usually means minimal payments for most residents.

In terms of testing knowledge and skill, residency has fewer tests than medical school (which has fewer tests than college/university). Feedback in residency is more informal and often verbal.

And finally there are standardized tests. In medical school, you’ll take Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS. In residency, you’ll just take Step 3, then a yearly exam known as the inservice, and finally a formal licensing exam at the end of your training, known as the boards exam.

At the end of the day, residency is tough, frustrating, and trying, but overall the work is incredibly rewarding. You’re finally the doctor you’ve always dreamed of being.

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Disclaimer: Content of this video is my opinion and does not constitute medical advice. The content and associated links provide general information for general educational purposes only. Use of this information is strictly at your own risk. Kevin Jubbal, M.D. and Med School Insiders LLC will not assume any liability for direct or indirect losses or damages that may result from the use of information contained in this video including but not limited to economic loss, injury, illness or death.

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