What is a resident doctor?

A resident doctor is a doctor who has completed medical school and is now working in a hospital or medical clinic. After completing their residency, they will be eligible to take the medical licensing exam and become a licensed physician. In contrast, a doctor who has already completed their residency and has been working as a licensed physician is often referred to as an attending physician. While both resident doctors and attending physicians provide vital medical care, attending physicians typically have more experience and are able to offer more specialized care than resident doctors.

What does a resident doctor do?

Resident doctors are responsible for assessing and treating patients, as well as for carrying out medical procedures and providing patient care. In addition, resident doctors play an important role in teaching medical students and performing research.

In addition, resident doctors have the opportunity to learn from more experienced doctors to help them further develop their skills as medical professionals.

Do you get paid during residency?

Yes, however, it’s important to note that physicians’ incomes peak after graduate medical education. According to the American Medical Association, the average first-year resident physician makes $60,000. [1] Resident salaries are set by the institution and depend on your training year rather than your specialty.


[1]: Physician compensation during resident training (2022)

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