Should I Become a Doctor
If you are not faint hearted and enjoy taking up challenges, then a career as a medical professional would be ideal for you.
Take a look at the table below to learn more about the skill-set, education, and license requirements for Physicians and Surgeons. This information has been taken from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|Education Required||Doctoral/professional training.|
|Major Requirement||Required to complete a residency/internship program.|
|License/Certification||A medical license is needed.|
|Key Skills||PCompassion, Detail-Oriented, Patience, Stamina, Dexterity along with good Leadership, Organization, Communication and Problem Solving Skills.|
|Annual MeanSalary-(2019)-US||$213,270 (Family and General Practitioners)|
|Job Outlook (2018-2028)||77% (Physicians and Surgeons)|
|Annual MeanSalary-(2019)-Maine||$199,080 (Family and General Practitioners)|
To become a licensed doctor, candidates have to complete an undergraduate degree, a doctoral program and a post-graduate residency. They also have to pass a licensure exam, in order to get the state license.
Steps to Become a Doctor in Maine
In order to establish a career as a doctor, you will be required to follow the steps outlined below:
- Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree
Please bear in mind that there is no universally recognized pre-medical major being offered anywhere. Since medical schools usually require a solid background in biochemistry, organic chemistry, general chemistry, biology and calculus-based physics, you should pursue a bachelor’s program that has these subjects embedded in its curriculum. After completing the undergraduate program, you would have to appear for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
- Graduate from Medical School
Getting a good score on the MCAT will help you enroll in a 4-year long Doctor of Medicine (M.D) or the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O) program. During your time at medical school, you will receive instructions on a range of subjects such as Pathology, Immunology, Psychiatry and Neurology. You can also expect to get some in-depth clinical experiences through several clerkships. Once you have completed the doctoral program, you would have to start your post-graduate training.
- Obtain a License
This is the last stage of the process, where you would be required to complete and submit a licensure application to the state board. In order to be eligible for the medical license, you will also have to pass a board-approved exam.
How Long Does It Take to Become a Doctor in Maine?
The time it takes to become a doctor in Maine depends on the person’s area of specialty. Typically, candidates are expected to graduate from a 4-year long undergraduate program. After completing the pre-medical education, candidates are required to complete a 4-year long medical school, which is followed by a residency. The residency program usually takes anywhere between three to seven years to complete.
What Are the Requirements for Becoming a Doctor in Maine?
Aspiring physicians are expected to meet the following requirements in order to become licensed:
- The individual must have graduated from an accredited medical school.
- The individual must have completed all parts of the national licensing exam.
- The individual must have cleared the Board jurisprudence examination.
- The individual must have a recent certification with the American Board of Medical Specialties or must have finished 36 months of ACGME-approved graduate medical education.
The individual must be willing to pay all applicable fees related to the licensure application process.
*Please note that international medical school graduates can also apply for a medical license in Maine, however they have to meet a different set of requirements. If you want more information about these requirements, then we would recommend you to visit the relevant state pages.
How Much Can I Make as a Doctor in Maine?
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has published the wage statistics for Physicians and Surgeons and has segmented this broad category into many sub-segments. We will be using the salary data of one of these categories, called Family and General Practitioners. It has been reported that Family and General Practitioners working in Maine earned an annual mean salary of $199,080 in 2019. This figure is quite lower than the state average of $213,270.