The path toward a career in medicine begins with a 4-year college degree, then 4 years of medical school, then a 1-3 year training period referred to as internship and residency. To train as a surgeon, the residency period can be a bit longer than 3 years. The place to begin this journey is with your high school guidance counselor. Let him or her know that you want to go to a college that has a strong record of preparing students for medical school. Also, seek out a surgeon in your community and ask him or her about their journey. Maybe your school counselor can help make that connection for you? With persistence and motivation, you can do it. Good luck!