Considering Becoming a Licensed Doctor in the US? Here’s Everything You Need to Know!

Each country has its own requirements for someone to qualify as a doctor. To help you in your path towards becoming a physician in the US, we’ve prepared a step by step guide for you to follow:

Step 1: Complete grade 12

Without a High School diploma or GED, it will be almost impossible for you to become a doctor. The better your marks, the higher the chances of you getting into a good college.

Step 2: Earn a college or university degree

In the US, the medical school admissions board requires that all aspiring doctors get at least one bachelor’s degree. Although there is no mandatory undergraduate degree prescribed, it would be better to get a degree that complies with medical school premed requirements.

Step 3: MCAT exam

If you are interested in becoming a physician, you should register for and take the MCAT. The MCAT, short for Medical College Admission Test, is a standardized, multiple-choice examination. It is used by admission committees to determine whether the student is likely to succeed as a doctor.

Step 4: Medical school application

Most students start applying to medical school during the summer after their junior year. Like them, you can choose to apply after your junior year or choose to a year off in between.

Once you’ve made up your mind about the medical school you want to attend, submit your application to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) who will then transmit your application to each relevant institution. The AMCAS is a national application processing service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Step 5: Attend medical school

Complete a four-year full-time training in medical school. You will spend this time studying content-heavy material in class and do clinical rotations to apply your acquired knowledge and develop your skills in a wide range of areas.

Step 6: Attempt part I and II of the USMLE

USMLE, or United States Medical Licensing Examination, is a three-part examination. Before even entering your third year of studies, you will be expected to pass the first part of the exam. The second part of the exam has to be taken during your fourth year.

Although both papers include multiple-choice question papers, part I of the test covers medical principles, while part II covers clinical diagnosis and disease development.

Step 7: Choose your medical specialty

Whether you want to specialize in pediatrics, obstetrics, or emergency medicine, you will be expected to apply for residency in that related field. Your application will then be matched to all open residency programs throughout the country.

Step 8: Start residency

Once you’ve graduated from medical school, you will need to start a residency program. You’ll generally be expected to complete a 3-year residency program to get thorough training in your chosen specialty.

Step 9: Pass part III of USMLE

Complete the final part of the United States Medical Licensing Examination – this paper covers scientific concepts and will test the physician’s competence at practicing medicine. Considering the importance of the USMLE to your career, we’ll cover this in more detail below.

At this stage, you will also be expected to complete your residency.

Step 10: Board certifications

Out of the 24 specialty boards that certify physicians, you must obtain a certification in your chosen field. You may need to complete a written and oral examination to earn this certification.

Step 11: State license

Apply for a state medical license so you can start applying for jobs and kickstart your career.

Step 12: Job Application

You are finally ready to become a doctor. One last thing to do: Apply for jobs. You may have to begin with a residency, which will be converted to a full-time position. Do not despair, many doctors go through the same procedure.

Understanding the United States Medical Licensing Examination

Part 1:

The first step in a series of test, this part of the examination is a digital examination that consists of 350 multiple-choice questions. The exams span a total of 8 hours and is split into seven one-hour blocks. You are given one-hour blocks to answer a series of 50 questions. 

The minimum score to pass is 194.

Part 2:

This part is conducted in two phases: the 2CK and 2CS. CK stands for Clinical Knowledge while CS stands for Clinical Science. While the 2CK is a paper that lasts 9 hours and consists of 370 multiple-choice questions, the 2CS paper lasts 8 hours and consists of 12 standardized patients, with only 11 being scored. The minimum score for a 2CK is a 209, while the 2CS has no minimum score – you either pass or fail.

Part 3:

The final part of the exams spans a total of 16 hours, which is split into 2 days. It consists of 480 multiple choice questions and 9 clinical simulations. The minimum score to pass this exam is 190.

Weird Architectures from Around the World

Architecture has been enriched with extraordinary designs from the beginning of civilization, resulting in many architects leaving their imprint around the world. These masterpieces of construction are still a reason of amazement for the world. It is needless to say that architects have a boon to have their work be loved and praised by each and every one. Well, there are some architects that go beyond their imagination and their creativity to conjure up something so timeless and irreplaceable that we have nothing to say except WOW! So here is a blog about the weird architectures from around the world that will marvel you.

  • Waldspirale, Darmstadt Germany – Translated to “forest spiral” in English, this residential complex reflects the general plan of the building and its green roof. Some of its notable features are the tower that resembles Russian onion domes, the absence of straight lines and sharp colors, and the multicolored paint on the building.
  • The Crooked House (Krzywy Domek), Sopot, Poland – This irregular shaped building is part of the Rezydent shopping center. Designed by Szotynscy and Zaleski, they were inspired by fairy tale drawings. It was built in 2004 and it can be entered from either Monte Cassino or Morska Streets. It is a three-story building with a magical look. Be amazed by the green shades on its curved roof.
  • The Crazy House (Hằng Nga Guesthouse), Vietnam – Popularly known as “The Crazy House”, this guesthouse is an unconventional building designed and constructed by Vietnamese architect Đặng Việt Nga. Described as the “fairy tale house”, this building resembles a giant tree, incorporating sculptured designs representing animals, mushrooms, spider webs, and caves. This architecture is often referred to as expressionist.
  • Mind House Barcelona, Spain – One of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, Park Guell is a prime spot to check out some of Gaudi’s amazing creations. The Mind House is considered to be so amazing that it is sure to be on this list! This three story house has an attic and its roof is studded and painted in a checked white and gray pattern. The Mind House looks like a house straight off a fairy tale.
  • Dancing Building, Prague Czech Republic – Built at the bank of Vltava River in Prague, this stunning building was designed by Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry in 1992 and completed in 1996. The initial name was inspired by the legendary dance duo and also because of the dancing outlines and curves. To be noted that, this building has been in many controversies because of its non-traditional design.
  • Cubic Houses (Kubus Woningen) Rotterdam, Netherlands – A set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam, Netherlands, it was designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of living as an urban roof. Its main purpose was to optimize the space inside. His concept was to create a forest of houses whereby each tree would represent an abstract tree.
  • Bahá’í House of Worship a.k.a Lotus Temple, New Delhi India – Completed in 1989, this mother temple of the Indian subcontinent looks like a flower due to which it is called Lotus Temple. Anyone can visit this place and it is one of the most popular places in New Delhi. Popular among architecture experts, this place has won many awards for its exceptional design.
  • Wonderworks, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA – Wonderworks has to be one of the favorite tourist places in Pigeon Forge. This indoor amusement park is an upside down structure that plays with your mind at the first look. The fake palm trees along the roof add a quirky quotient to this structure. It takes about 3-4 hours to tour each attraction. Guests can throw birthday parties and have a school trip.
  • Stone House (Casa do Penado), Celorico de Basto, Portugal – This architectural monument is located exactly between Celorico de Basto and Fafe in the north of Portugal. It was named because it was built from four large boulders that serve as the foundation, walls, and ceiling of the house. It took two years for its completion in 1974. It was initially used as a holiday destination but today Stone House is a small museum of relics and photographs from Penedo’s history.
  • National Theater, Beijing China – Described as the giant egg, this art center contains an opera house. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu and the construction started in December 2001 and was inaugurated in December 2007. The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to either look like an egg floating on water or a water drop. It is needless to say that it was designed as an iconic feature.
  • Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval, Hauterives France – Located in the southeastern of France, this building was created by Ferdinand Cheval, the town’s postman. This place is an extraordinary example of the naive art architecture. Back to Cheval, he used to pick up stones during his daily mail round and carried them home to build the Palais Idéal. The Palais is a mix of different styles with inspirations from Christianity to Hinduism. It is also the burial place of Cheval.

One question to be asked – How do these places even exist?