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How to become a doctor?

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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 major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. 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

Try to find opportunities to pursue research.

Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.

During college study for and complete the MCAT. Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.

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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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Amy’s Answer

Hi Leslie,

You will need to attend an undergraduate program, study for the MCAT and take that exam and then you can apply and complete medical school to earn your doctorate degree and become a doctor.

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Rachel’s Answer

Hi Leslie, In order to become a doctor, you need to complete the pre-med requirements that vary from college to college. These include at least a year of biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry. It helps to have a GPA of 3.5 or better. 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.

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Abhijit’s Answer

You need to attend an undergraduate program and complete that with all the requirements for Med program. This undergraduate program is often called as PreMed. Once completed and prepare for MCAT, take the exam to get into Med school to study further. There you select the specialization and finally graduate from there as a doc. it's a long journey but stay focused and passionate about what you're doing. Believe in yourself and go for it. Wish you all the best.

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Estelle’s Answer

Study hard and be dedicated to your education. Make it a priority. High school prepares you for college which prepares you for medical school. Just work really hard and do well at each step. Good luck!