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What steps would you recommend I take to enter this field?

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Lisa’s Answer

It depends on what area of healthcare. Your question is vague. Volunteer at your local hospital to start. Decide what role you want to pursue. Then research schools.

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Leigh’s Answer

Most hospitals gladly take volunteers and in many different areas. I have many friends in the healthcare and medical industry and I highly suggest you check it out fully as well as maybe mentor or research all of the positions fully. Volunteering will give you much needed insight!

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Daniel’s Answer

Ask questions. Questions and learning is always important. Maybe even ask some doctors for advice. Ask some teachers who are in that area of education. Learn as much about it as possible. It's always good to surround yourself with people you want to learn from.

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Tehmina’s Answer

I agree with Lisa's answer. Healthcare field offers many different opportunities in clinical and non clinical side. It's important for you to explore all your options by volunteering to decide the right education/career move!

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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. These can last 3-6 years and are sometimes followed by an additional year or two of fellowship subspecialty training.

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Rachel’s Answer

Major in whatever field interests you and will allow you to maintain an excellent GPA. You do need to complete the pre-med requirements, preferably with A’s. These include at least a year of biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry. Your junior year, you will need to take an MCAT study course prior to taking the MCAT. With a solid GPA and MCAT score, you should be a competitive applicant.