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Who is Who in the Hospital - Medical Qualifications – What do they mean?
When a doctor is looking after you, it is good to know that they have qualifications but what do they all mean?
If you choose to become a doctor in the UK it will take five years of study. Once this has been successfully completed you would receive a degree. You can then register with the GMC (The General Medical Council). Once this is done, you spend a year as a pre-registration House Officer before becoming fully registered to practice medicine.
A doctor who only has a basic medical qualification is not to undertake unsupervised surgical procedures.
Basic medical qualifications include:-
Your GP or family Doctor has undertaken basic medical training then goes on to spend three years of vocational training. The broad spectrum of medical conditions they treat requires a broad knowledge.
Surgeons are doctors who have undertaken basic medical training who then go on to specialise in surgery.
The qualifications below show that a surgeon is highly qualified and experienced in their chosen surgical specialty:-
Anaesthetists are doctors who have undertaken basic medical training. They then go on to complete seven years anaesthetic specialist training, when they have completed and passed their exams they can use the following abbreviation
Overseas doctors, surgeons and anaesthetists undertake training in their home country and then come to the UK to work. Their qualifications are not be the same as those I have listed. However, all doctors from abroad must be registered by the GMC before they can practice in the UK.
Dentists Study for five years leading to a degree they then spend a year working in a dental practice. They can then register with the General Dental Council. Once they have done this they are allowed to practice dentistry in the UK.
Nurses undertake three years of study and practical experience at degree or diploma level before they qualify, specialising in adult, children’s, mental health or learning disability nursing.
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