What should I really focus on in school if I want to become a doctor?
I want to help people feel better and I want to prepare for my future. I am a 7th grader. #doctor #biology #medicine #hospital-and-health-care #hospitals
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. I chose to major in biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
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
You don't have to worry much about understanding these subjects until you are studying in college, so don't worry about it right now. In a few years when you are in high school, I would suggest taking AP classes in the subjects I mentioned above, especially the science classes.
For now, just focus on consistent reading and working hard in school.