What is a Doctor of Medicine (MD)?
The perception is that a MD degree is considered as a Postgraduate/Masters’s qualification. However, an Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree offered in the USA, Canada, Europe and Eastern European countries such as Belarus, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia and even Russia is different to the MD master’s degree.
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) in the above countries is considered a bachelor’s degree with 3 years of pre-clinical and 3 years of clinical.
The duration of an MD degree is almost always 6 years except in the USA. The degree also includes 1 year of internship.
Like the MBBS, the student is awarded the title of Dr/Doctor after 6 years and is allowed to practice medicine after sitting for the respective country’s medical licensing exam. Such as ERPM-ACT 16 (Sri Lanka), PLAB (UK), AMC (Australia), ECFMG (USA) etc.
In Sri Lanka, a foreign medical student is allowed to practise after a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree if the university is registered under the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC). If you wish to study medicine aboard, it is advisable to see if the university is listed under SLMC.
The general entry requirement to study MD/MBBS according to SLMC is 2C’s & 1S / 1D for GCSE, Cambridge or Edexcel Advanced level examination for biology, physics & chemistry in a single sitting.
|Countries that offer MD or MBBS
|Doctor of Medicine (MD)
||Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)