What is the process of education to become a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are demanded medical professionals. Mental conditions are not yet as common as a toothache, but every clinic has a psychiatrist or two. Their job is to diagnose and treat mental illnesses but these tasks are hardly simple. In psychiatry, they deal with psychotherapy and psychoanalysis often encountering violent and uncooperative patients. Their work schedules can be long and irregular, and their previous training is long.

To become a psychiatrist, one requires a Doctor of Medicine degree. It is a long way starting yet during high school years. It is hard getting into a medical school, and students need to get some volunteering experience at local hospital alongside a high GPA. After that, psychiatrists come through the same medical school training as other physicians. In four years, a medical degree program is complete. It takes future psychiatrists another four years of post-doctoral training in hospitals. After the first year of training, they complete 36 months of psychiatry training learning psychopathology, psychopharmacology, and related disciplines.

After the training is complete, psychiatrists have a licensing procedure ahead. State-licensed psychiatrists pass the US Medical Licensing Examination. To prescribe drugs, they also require a federal narcotic license. There is a voluntary Board Certification of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. It confirms that practitioners have a medical school degree and a current state license. Board Certification is renewed every 10 years.