The formal training for becoming a psychiatrist usually involves taking eight to 10 years of education in a number of settings. Learn about undergraduate school, medical school and residencies of psychiatrists with help from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on psychiatry.
Hi, my name's John Bosworth. I'm a licensed mental health counselor in private practice in St. Pete, Florida. I'd like to talk a little bit about how long it takes to become a psychiatrist, or the formal training to, you know, to obtain the title of Psychiatrist. Psychiatrists, as opposed to psychologists, actually have a degree in medicine. They have the M.D. degree. So, usually it's a minimum of four years undergraduate work at an accredited university or college institution. And usually a person that is training to become a doctor usually graduates with a degree in pre-med, or some pre-med related courses. And then they apply to medical school, either around the world or in the United States, and the medical school in the United States basically consists of another four years of formal education, and then a number of years, usually after, in residency and working under qualified professionals, in the, you know, the specialized area of psychiatry. So all together, it's about eight to ten years of formal education to actually receive an M.D. and the title of Psychiatrist. My name's John Bosworth and we're talking a little bit about how long it takes to become a psychiatrist.