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How can i pursue being a doctor in family medicine and what benefits does it offer? Does annual pay increase over the years? How do i start?

I would want to pursue something more in the medical field. Family medicine or a physical therapist is something i would like end up doing. I am currently a student and hoping to pursue these careers #doctor #medicine #medical

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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.

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters

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. Family practice residency is a 3-year program.

Pay is typically low during residency but family physicians can make $150,000 to $200,000 in private practice.

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Shivani’s Answer


Family medicine is a broad spectrum specialty where the doctor has the basic knowledge of almost all diseases across age groups. A family doctor is to whom the patient first goes to. Then, depending on the condition, the patient is refered to a higher specialty or centre. If the patient doesn't need that, then the family doctor is in charge and treats the patient.

The average salary high comes sometime after the 40s which is when a decent practice and clientele has been established.

To start focus on the conceptual part of reading making strong foundations as the MCAT exam has to be taken and cleared. Once cleared the medical school enrollment will take place. During med school USMLE steps have to be taken ( there are 3 steps ). On getting a score for minimum two exams one can apply for a residency in any med school. There is a n electronic assessment and matching system.

Shivani recommends the following next steps:

In to Med School
USMLE part 1 2 3
ERAS match
Residency in family medicine

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Sarah’s Answer

I am a physician but not a family medicine doctor.

The first step is going getting into medical school,.as outlined above.

From there, the most important thing is to keep and open mind about what you want to pursue. You don't have to know going into medical school what specialty you want to enter.

Pay will depend on a great deal of factors, but often is based on how many patients you see and hard you work.

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Estelle’s Answer

If you want to become a family physician, plan on 4 yrs college, 4 years of medical school, and 3 years of residency. It takes about one year to build a strong and steady busy practice in most urban areas. After that, your salary will depend on how hard you want to work. In most cases, the more patients you see, meaning the more hours and/or days in your office, the more money that you will earn.

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Rachel’s Answer

As a physician, annual increase in salary can be highly variable. It depends on whether you work in private practice or in academia. It also depends on your patient population. If you are in private practice and get paid by how many patients you see, then years of experience and developing a reputation in the community will allow for a pay increase. In academia, payment may be based on years working for the institution, research, etc.