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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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I am a student in the United States Trying to pursue a career as a Doctor in Family Medicine #medicine #doctor #surgery #medical #healthcare

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s’s Answer

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You need to take pre-med courses, so you can get into an accredited medical school. Those include basic sciences, as other answers have mentioned. You can still choose a major. That should be in a subject that interests you (that need not be related to healthcare; it could be something like English, music, etc.). Count on 4 years in college/university. Then you will go to medical school. Most are 4 years; some are 5. Family medicine residency is usually 2-3 years after medical school. Best of luck.
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Dr. Frank’s Answer

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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.
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Rachel’s Answer

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Hi Dante,

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.
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Dumi’s Answer

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I would recommend taking an interest in the basic sciences. A strong background in science and reasoning is great. You can major in whatever you want in college just make sure you develop one or two interests outside of academia.

For med school all you need are the prerequisites (look them up online).
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