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how many years do u have to take to be a doctor ?

i am in 7th grade i have been wanting to be a doctor since i was little. i really want to know how many years i have to be in school for . and i also really want to know what classes are really important to take to become a doctor . #doctor #medicine #college #healthcare


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Rachel’s Answer

General surgery is a great field requiring a medical doctorate. This means that you will have to complete college with a bachelor’s degree as well as all of the Pre-med requirements (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). GPA should probably be 3.5 or better (preferably >3.8). You will also have to score well on the MCAT. Once accepted to medical school, as long as you pass your classes and perform reasonably well during your four years of medical training, you can apply for a general surgery 5 year residency. Following that, you will likely apply for a 1-3 year fellowship. This career path requires 14+ years of school after high school but is very fulfilling and challenging work.

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Razi’s Answer

I’m not a doctor, but if you will be a doctor you will learn all your life. To be a doctor is amazing job , to save lifes , to help others. Except the university, masters , doctoral studies you will be part to seminar and the news from science.


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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. 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.

During college study for and complete the MCAT. Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete.

After medical school physicians complete a residency for additional training. These can last 3-6 years and are sometimes followed by an additional year or two of fellowship subspecialty training.

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Estelle’s Answer

After high school, you need an undergraduate degree which usually takes 4 years. Medical school takes another 4 years, then you start residency which takes another 3-5 years. You will start earning an income as a physician during residency, though, so that makes a big difference. It's a long road but well worth it. Good luck!

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