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How do most people enter this field?

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Rachel’s Answer

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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. 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 can apply for a 1-3 year fellowship. This = 13+ years of school after high school. This type of work can be exceedingly stressful and yes, the hours can be grueling. Especially the late night calls and sleep deprivation. However, this is a field that will provide you with purpose, a deep fulfillment in serving your patients, and an intellectual challenge.
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Dan’s Answer

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Some schools provide "Pre-med" as a degree, most other's do any general science degree (biology, chemistry, etc) with additional pre-med requisites (gen chem, physics, biology, etc). You will need to do well in classes as well as the entrance examination for medical school (MCAT) in addition to extracurricular actives from research, teaching to sports/hobbies as well.

Essentially, it is a competition between you and other pre-med students to get into limited spots for medical school.
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Megan’s Answer

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Most in the medical field I believe choose pre-med as their major in college.
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