How to Become a psychiatrist

How to Become a Psychiatrist

What Is a Psychiatrist? 

If you search the meaning of psychiatrist in dictionary it will shows you;

            "A medical practitioner Specializing in the diagnosis and                    treatment of Mental illness".

A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in psychiatry, the branch of medicine devoted to the prevention,  diagnosis, study, and treatment of mental disorders.  Psychiatrists are medical doctors,  unlike psychologists,  and must evaluate patients to determine whether their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental ailments, or strictly psychiatric.

Why To Be a Psychiatrist (Benefits)

Psychiatry is an exciting and attractive career choice that provides an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of patients. Almost 50% of Australians will experience an episode of mental illness in their lifetime,  and if you wanna make more money then your this choice of being a psychiatrist is the best choice that you've ever made.

According to the financial exports, psychiatry career is one of the best careers to becoming a billionaire.

Here are few more benefits of being a psychiatrist: 

  •  Flexible training arrangement that allow psychiatrists to manage their training and career while Being able to factor in family. 
  • Opportunities to live and train overseas 
  • Working hours closer to normal business hours, with less frequent on-call shifts.
  • Evidence-based and out comes-focused.
  • A career with variety 
  • Be a part of a new era in psychiatry 
  • Clients are unique 
  • Play a leading role in mental health 
  • Psychiatry involves working closely with a range of allied health. Professionals and addresses a range of cultural issues.

Educational Requirements to Becoming a Psychiatrist 

In order tp become a psychiatrist you will needv Doctor of Medicine's degree (M.D.) (MBBS/MBChB), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine's degree (D.O.).

While requirements to become a psychiatrist differ from country to country, all require a medical degree.
But in general it tooks these below requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

A bachelor of science in Biology is a 4-year degree program featuring coursework in:

  1. Biology 
  2. Chemistry
  3. Genetics
  4. Physics

Pass The MCAT Exam

Prospective medical students need a good score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in order to have the best opportunities for entry to medical school.

Doctor of medicine 

Coursework on a doctor of medicine (M.D.) Degree program includes:

  1. Anatomy 
  2. Histology (the study of body tissues)
  3. Immunology 
  4. Biochemistry 
  5. Psychology 

Psychiatric Residency 

During the 4-year psychiatric residency, also referred to as a clerkship, students undergo Hospital training in psychiatry.

Fellowship Training

Post residency fellowship training is optional, but highly useful for psychiatrists to delve onto a sub-specialty, such as geriatric, addiction or adolescent psychiatry.

The Structure of Being a Psychiatrist in Different Countries 

United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland 

In the United Kingdom, psychiatrists must hold a medical degree.
MB BChair, MB BCh, MB ChB, BM BS, or MB BS.


In india MBBS degree is the basic qualification needed to do psychiatry. Later on, PG Medical Entrance Exams, MD in psychiatry which is a 3 year course.

Us and Canada

In the US and Canada one must first attain the degree of MD or D.O, followed by practice as a psychiatric resident for another four years, (five years in canada).


In Pakistan one must complete basic medical education, an MBBS, then get registered with Pakistan Medical and Dental Council as a General Practitioner after one year mandatory internship, House Job. After registration with PMDC, one has to go for FCPS-I exam, after that four-year training in Psychiatry under College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan.Training includes rotations in General Medicine, Neurology, and Clinical Psychology for 3 months each, during first two years. There is a mid-exam IMM (Intermediate Module) and a final exam after 4 years.

Career and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) groups psychiatrists together with physicians and surgeons. A 15% job growth is estimated for psychiatrists in the 2014-2024 decade, according to the BLS. In May 2015, the BLS reported that psychiatrists earned $193,680 as an average annual wage.

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