To become a doctor you will need a minimum of 8 years of school after high school- 4 years of undergrad and 4 years of medical/osteopathic/naturopathic/dental/veterinary/chiropractic school. A PhD will take at least as long if not longer. It's a long road, but worth it if that is your passion. If you are interested in a medical career but do not want to commit to so many years of school, where a tons of healthcare careers out there that don't require a doctorate. Many of these I didn't even know existed until I started working in healthcare!
Rachel recommends the following next steps:
- Check out this site - it has a tool where you can search for healthcare careers based on the years of school required. https://explorehealthcareers.org/career-explorer/
- See if your school offers a health science/medical careers exploration course.