Quick Guide to Who's Who in Academic Medical Centers
Intern: a physician in the first year of post-graduate
medical training who has successfully completed medical school and received a
medical degree. "Intern" is seldom used today -- the more appropriate term
is "first year resident." To be eligible for a license to
practice medicine in most states, physicians must complete at least one year of
Resident: a physician in post-graduate medical training who
has successfully completed medical school and received a medical degree.
Residency ranges from three to seven years, depending on the specialty. For
example, internal medicine and pediatric physicians are required to complete
three years of post-graduate training, while general surgeons must complete five
to six years of post-graduate training. Plastic surgeons must complete a
total of seven years of post-graduate training (five years in surgery and two
years in plastic surgery).
Fellow: a physician who has completed residency training and
is pursuing subspecialty training in a one, two or three-year fellowship
program, such as surgical critical care, or vascular surgery.
Faculty members: physicians with university appointments
that recognize their contributions to teaching and research, along with patient