How do i start to becoming a doctor in family medicine and what classes do i have to take in college?
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For med school all you need are the prerequisites (look them up online).
I would suggest shadowing physicians in fields that you are interested in. I would also suggest an internship or job in a healthcare related field during the summer. No doubt you will need to excel in your classes, but real life experience is always valuable.
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 3 year family medicine residency for additional training.
Dr. Frank’s Answer
Including undergraduate education, it now takes 11 years to become a family physician, but, as mentioned, some schools are eliminating the last year of medical school. So are three years of medical school and three years of residency enough to train a quality family physician
Aspiring family doctors must earn a bachelor's degree before applying to medical school. Students don't need to pursue a specific major as an undergraduate, but they should complete pre-medical courses including physics, biology, chemistry, English and math.
Training for family physicians is a process that begins with medical school, continues through residency, and lasts throughout a physician's career. Doctors never stop acquiring new knowledge and skills in their drive to provide the best possible care for their patients.