Does anyone know what it would take to get licensed as a medical doctor and start your own practice?

Specifically, how many years to study? How much cost for school? How much experience? How much cost to start a practice? And, also, if there are any school’s that are cheaper or online or at your own pace? If so what is the difference in cost from high to low?

First you have to go to college for a minium of 3 years and take pre medical courses. After that, you apply to medical schools, which is another 4 years. Then you do a residency, which is another 4 years.
At that time you can set up your practice. To set it up you are looking at the minium $25,000. That will get you office supplies, furniture, a place to practice, instruments, malpractice insurance, etc.
The cost of college and medical school I would estimate with books, lab fees, etc is 25,000-100,000.
You can do some course work online, like the english, etc. ALL your science classes have to be done in a college, since you will have to take labs.



  • First you have to go to college for a minium of 3 years and take pre medical courses. After that, you apply to medical schools, which is another 4 years. Then you do a residency, which is another 4 years.
    At that time you can set up your practice. To set it up you are looking at the minium $25,000. That will get you office supplies, furniture, a place to practice, instruments, malpractice insurance, etc.
    The cost of college and medical school I would estimate with books, lab fees, etc is 25,000-100,000.
    You can do some course work online, like the english, etc. ALL your science classes have to be done in a college, since you will have to take labs.References :

  • Go to college – 4 years, get into medical school – 4 years, get a residency – at least 1 year (family practice). No you can’ t do it at your own pace. Figure on tuition costs of at least $200,000 probably more.References :

  • UNdergrad has many options–from state schools to private universities. Very few pre-med classes can be taken on line as most pre-med classes have labs. Med school can not be taken online at all & you are on a track–you have no choice–its all spelled out for you. Currently the average cost of 4 years of medical school is $175,000. A 3+ year residency then follows.

    It is virtually impossible to speculate how much it will cost to open your own practice as it depends on 1. specialty 2 amount of staff & equipment 3. malpractice etc insurance 4. location.

    Figure rent for building; staff salaries & insurance, malpractice premiums, equipment, software, lab supplies, medical supplies, support equipment (computers, software etc), office supplies, hospital fees & license & CME fees, coverage for when you are away, hazard waste disposal etc. This is why very very few docs go into private practice anymore. Most work for a large group or form their own smaller group.References : ER PA/MD


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