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How long does it usually take upon recieveing proper education for a job as a surgeon does it generally take for one to actually begin working in that position?

At school, I am most interested in gross anatomy, microbiology, and biology,
while my hobbies include athletics. A topic that I am passionate about is leadership and "organized chaos". medicine doctor biology surgeon trauma ICU chaos busy medical premed med

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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 5-6 years and are sometimes followed by an additional year or two of fellowship subspecialty training.

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Wiley’s Answer

You can start work immediately following residency or can start weeks or months later. It just depends on how proactive you are. Some people have found jobs before even finishing residency. I think many people are ready for at least a few weeks vacation after finishing residency which can be quite grueling.
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Rachel’s Answer

General surgery is a great field requiring a medical doctorate. This means that you will have to complete college with a bachelor’s degree as well as all of the Pre-med requirements (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). GPA should probably be 3.5 or better (preferably >3.8). You will also have to score well on the MCAT. Once accepted to medical school, as long as you pass your classes and perform reasonably well during your four years of medical training, you can apply for a general surgery 5 year residency. Following that, you will likely apply for a 1-3 year fellowship. This career path requires 14+ years of school after high school but is very fulfilling and challenging work.
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Angie’s Answer

Hi Isabelle, it depends on what specialty you are interested in practicing. General Surgery education, for example, can take approximately 13 years to complete. These 13 years include 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 5 years of General Surgery residency. If you wish to do a specialty, you will be doing a fellowship training and this adds about 2-3 years to these 13 years of training (pediatrics, transplant, cardiothoracic surgery etc.). Bottom line, you are looking at about 13-15 years of schooling before you become and can work as an attending surgeon. Also, you will be taking medical board exams at the end of your residency. It definitely helps and is to your advantage that you are interested in the biological sciences. Make sure you keep making excellent grades (especially in math and science) and strive in athletics. Universities tend to give their student athletes scholarships to fund their education, so definitely keep up in the athletic field. Strong leadership is essential to becoming a surgeon, and if you can demonstrate this through volunteer work, extracurricular activities, or any student organizations you participate in, it will significantly help your application into college and medical school.

Hope this information helps you. All the best!