Pre-Medicine Program

Residency, Licensure and Certification

After undergraduate school and medical school, the third phase  of medical education is graduate medical education, which prepares physicians for independent practice in their area of specialization. Residency programs focus on the acquisition of factual knowledge and development of clinical and professional skills in a particular specialty. Residencies can last anywhere from 3 to 7 years depending on the specialty. For further information, visit the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The fourth step in medical training is the licensure and practice of medicine and certification in a specialty. Each individual state regulates medical practice. Step 3 in the licensing examination of M.D.s and D.O.s. assesses the candidate’s ability to independently practice medicine.

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For more information, please contact Advising for Pre-professional Medical Programs at 216.687.9321
Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
COSHP Advising Center
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 218B
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
1899 East 22nd St.
Main Classroom Room 218B
Phone: 216.687.9321


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