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A study conducted in 2011 that involved more than 1000 medical schools throughout the world indicated on average, 64 university exams, 130 series exams, and 174 assignments are completed over the course of 5.5 years. Students need more than 85% marks in prerequisite courses in order to get enrolled for the aptitude test for these degree programs. They then have to pass the test with 85% to 90% marks, which is high compared with all the other bachelor's degree programs.[not in citation given]
Primary medical qualifications
In many jurisdictions doctors require a certain type of degrees to be able to register for a licence to legally practise medicine. This is known as a primary medical qualification, or primary qualification. Such degrees include:
- Doctor of Medicine (MD, Dr.MuD, Dr.Med)
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, BMBS, MBChB, MBBCh)
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Higher medical degrees
Some doctors who hold a primary qualification will go on to a further academic study, involving research, such as:
- Doctorate in Medicine (DM)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, DPhil)
other degrees might include:
- Master of Clinical Medicine (MCM)
- Master of Medical Science (MMSc, MMedSc)
- Master of Medicine (MM, MMed)
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
- Master of Surgery (MS, MSurg, MChir, MCh, ChM, CM)
- Master of Science in Medicine or Surgery (MSc)
- Doctor of Clinical Medicine (DCM)
- Doctor of Clinical Surgery (DClinSurg)
- Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc, DMedSc)
- Doctor of Surgery (DS, DSurg)
- Doctor of medicine(MD)
- British medical journal BMJ — 13 August 2011, Volume 343, Number 7819
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