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Primary medical qualifications
In many jurisdictions, individuals require a medical degree to register for a licence and legally practice. This is known as a primary medical qualification, or the primary qualification. Such degrees include:
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, BMBS, MBChB, MBBCh)
- Doctor of Medicine (MD, Dr.MuD, Dr.Med)
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Higher medical degrees
Some doctors who hold a primary qualification will continue academic study, pursuing degrees such as:
- Doctor of Medicine by research (MD(Res), 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)
- BMJ — 13 August 2011, Volume 343, Number 7819
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