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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


Wow it's amazing that you're already thinking about being a doctor!!! To answer your question, taking science courses will prepare you in getting use to the terminology and process of each science course. You definitely will be taking lots of science courses in college to become a doctor (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics, statistics, etc). Good luck. Angela Redito Ichinose

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Ameena’s Answer

To get into Medical School, you have to take a test called the MCATs after you get a college degree. So, for now, focus on good study habits, discipline, good nutrition and health, physical activities, and do extra reading suggested in your science and social studies classes. Your Health class and your librarian can suggest good books. Do not rely on the internet for health information.

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Richard’s Answer

Take as many AP or IB courses in high school. You have a lot of years of education in front of you and getting college credit in high school can save you time and money.
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

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Megan’s Answer

To go to medical school, which does not happen until after college, you need to have a strong interest in the sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics), social sciences (psychology and sociology), as well as strong reading comprehension skills. I also suggest to just continue reading by getting relevant suggestions from your teacher and pay attention to these subjects as they are taught!

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.

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