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Does it matter if i dont major in medicine?

well i want to be a cardiac /nero surgeon. I am really interested in the human body. #surgery

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The path to being a doctor typically starts in high school or early in your college career. Good grades are necessary and science classes are required for medical school. During high school biology, chemistry, math, physics and other college preparatory classes are ideal choices.

During the bachelor's degree portion of your education you will need to take a year of organic chemistry, general chemistry, biology and physics. Microbiology and biochemistry are also helpful. The higher your grades in these core required classes, the better, as they will be scrutinized closely by the admissions team at each medical school to which you apply.
It is highly advisable that you work or volunteer in a healthcare setting, to show that you have a reasonable idea what a physician does during their day. Most successful applicants to medical school have a GPA of 3.3 or higher. The grades obtained in the core science classes will be considered the most important in your application to medical school.

During your last year of school, or once you have completed the required classes, you will take the MCAT, the entrance exam for medical school.

Once accepted to medical school, there are four years of education, including gross anatomy (the study of cadavers), normal and abnormal physiology and pharmacology, and hands-on learning that takes place in clinics, hospitals and various rotations throughout different specialties of medicine.

During medical school you will be expected to decide what areas of medicine you are interested in. You will participate in the residency "match" in your fourth and last year of medical school. During the match you will interview with different residency programs that you are interested in, in one or more specialties, if you are accepted as a candidate.

Once your place of residency is determined, you will enter your residency program. For surgeons, the training after medical school may last as long as 8 or 9 years, if additional training after residency is required.

After residency, fellowships in a high specialized area can be done, lasting 2-3 years. These fellowships are available for both medical and surgical specialties.

After the completion of residency, or in some cases residency plus a fellowship, a physician is considered fully trained in their specialty. To be board certified in a specialty, a final test is taken to determine eligibility for certification.