What is doctor of medicine?
The Doctor of Medicine (Latin: Medicinae Doctor, meaning “teacher of medicine”), abbreviated M.D. or MD, is a terminal medical degree for practitioners of medicine that is equivalent to the M.B.B.S. degree awarded in the United Kingdom, India, China and other countries; it is considered a professional doctorate, as opposed to a research doctorate. The meaning of the degree varies between different countries. In countries that follow the United States system, the M.D. denotes a first professional graduate degree awarded upon initial graduation from medical school. In countries that follow the tradition of the United Kingdom, the M.D. denotes a research doctorate, higher doctorate, honorary doctorate or advanced clinical coursework degree restricted to medical graduates. In those countries, the title of the equivalent first professional degree is Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery(abbreviated in many ways, e.g. MBBS, MBChB, MBBCh, MB BChir (Cantab), BM BCh (Oxon), BMBS).