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A medical student is person accepted into a medical school and enrolled in an educational program in medicine, with the goal of becoming a medical doctor, is referred to as a medical student or student doctor. Medical students are generally considered to be at the earliest stage of the medical career pathway. In some locations they are required to be registered with a government body.
Medical students typically engage in both basic science and practical clinical coursework during their tenure in medical school. Course structure and length vary greatly among countries (see above).
Upon completion of medical school in the United States, students transition into residency programs through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Each year, approximately 16,000 US medical school students participate in the residency match. An additional 18,000 independent applicants—former graduates of US medical schools, US osteopathic students, Canadian students, and graduates of foreign medical schools—compete for the approximately 25,000 available residency positions.
- ↑ Institute for Good Medicine at the Pennsylvania Medical Society http://www.goodmedicine.org/MainMenu/Mentoring/Becomingphysician/StudentFAQ.aspx