After high school you need to complete the following:
College degree including pre-med requirements and MCAT
4 years of medical school
Residency for 3 years
Continue to work hard, stay focused, and do not get discouraged. It is hard as there are so few medical schools and so many compete. In addition to all the hard work and exceptional records, sometime there is also some luck in volved.
Start volunteering at your hospital while you are still in school to gain more insights in to medical career. It might also help get additional guidance from the medical staff.
RAVI recommends the following next steps:
The first step is to get into a college. You should focus on taking classes that interest you in high school, and get good grades. You can take Honors and AP classes if your high school has them, especially like AP Biology, AP chemistry or anything else related to Science. If those aren't available, you can take a class at a local community college.
If you are able to do any projects on your own related to science, or join any science clubs that will be good too!
You will also need to get good scores on the SAT, and also the SAT Subject Biology and Chemistry if you can. It's not all about studies though, make sure that you can focus on volunteering, your hobbies, or anything else outside school that interests you and you're passionate about. After you are in college, you can major in something like Molecular & Cell biology, or whatever interests you, and you will apply for medical school after that :) Good luck!
Raji recommends the following next steps:
In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.
Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.
Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
Try to find opportunities to pursue research.
Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.
During college study for and complete the MCAT. Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.
My son used MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2019-2020: Online + Book + 3 Practice Tests (Kaplan Test Prep) Kaplan Test Prep
It was about $140 and he achieved his goal score.
Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.
Medical school takes 4 years to complete.
After medical school pediatricians complete a 3-year residency for additional training.