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What medical position do you think would suit me best?

Hi my name is Mathew, I like to help people and i have always wanted to be a doctor. Now that the opportunity has presented itself i am not sure what type of doctor i would like to be. I don't mind working with children and or elderly, i just want to have the power to heal people. As someone young and inexperienced i need advice and guidance on what i can expect from a career as a doctor. What are some steps you recommend i take so that i may achieve my goals and dream of being a doctor? What are the pros and cons of being a doctor? Where do i start? How much can i expect to spend on school? #doctor #doctor

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~sincerely Mathew

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Valerie’s Answer

Hi Mathew,
That is amazing you know you want to be a doctor. I am currently in my second year of medical school and I have always wanted to be a doctor as well. I would say keep your mind open to different specialities, because in medical school you will change your mind many times and you don't have to decide until the end of your third year. Here is the steps I took to get where I am. I did well in high school and got into The Pennsylvania State University. I excelled in my classes there and volunteered at the local hospital. During my sophomore/junior year of college I began to study for the MCATs (the test to get into medical school). This test is SUPER important. Once you get into medical school you will become a doctor. You will have to study incredibly hard during medical school and study for your boards and really want to do this. It is a long and hard road, but once you get there it will be WELL worth it. In regards to cost- college depends on where you go (mine was around 35,000 a year), my medical school is around (55,000 a year). It is a lot of money, but when you become a doctor you will be able to pay these loans out.


I hope this helps! you will be a wonderful doctor, keep striving for your dreams and goals :)
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Elsie’s Answer

During your medical program, you will get a chance for rotations where you train in each area of medicine. Its gives you first hand experience to select what part of medicine really resonates with you. Some people like the fast pace of ER medicine while some like the slower pace of working with kids. Surgery is the longest specialty, its a 5 year residency program and as expected they make the most money.

Family Medicine is one specialty where you practice all areas of medicine. You will not however be a specialist in any of the fields. You'll refer most cases to the specialist doctors.

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