The next stage of your career will be as a lawyer, and you’ll need all the help you can get. There are many medical doctors that specialize in general practice, but only some will earn the title of “attorney” or “lawyer.” You don’t have to end up with an attorney title—you might even decide not to go down this path—but it is something that should be considered before turning over your computer.
There are several different ways to become a physician without actually becoming an attorney:
• Become board certified by passing three separate examinations related to the health care field (cardiology/electrophysiology, neurology/neurosurgery, etc). The exams are comprehensive and involve practicing medicine for at least five years after graduating from medical school. • Pass one of two qualifying exams administered by each state bar association for physicians who want to call themselves attorneys or lawyers. Depending on how much experience you have under your belt already, both tests require anywhere from two-and-a-half months up to four years, respectively. • If you go through residency training after completing medical school and feel strongly about being a doctor rather than an attorney afterward (or vice versa), consider getting dual credentials so that no exam is required for either position upon completion of training. This option involves applying directly to graduate school programs within those specialties; however, if you meet certain stipulations regarding clinical rotations performed