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How long do you have to go to med school?

I'm interested in going into medicine, but I don't know how long the time commitment is.
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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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Estelle’s Answer

The road to becoming a doctor certainly is not easy, but thousands of people do it every year. To become a physician, you need four years of college education, and four years of medical school. Admission to these institutions can be pretty tough based on where you want to go. Additionally, a residency of at least three years is a must if you want to practice medicine. It’s a hard and long road and it requires a lot of discipline and passion. I wish you the best on your journey to becoming a physician.

Hi Estelle! Quick question, do you feel like all the time you spent in school was worth it in the end? Basically, are you satisfied with your job? Iqra T.

Hi Estelle! Quick question, do you feel like all the time you spent in school was worth it in the end? Basically, are you satisfied with your job? Iqra T.

Absolutely! I love my job and find it extremely fulfilling. Estelle A

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Rachel’s Answer

4 years college + 4 years med school + 5 years of general surgery residency = 13 years of school after high school to be a surgeon

4 years college + 4 years med school + 3 years of internal medicine residency = 11 years of school after high school to be a medicine doctor

Hi Rachel! Quick question, do you feel like the 13 years of schooling paid off? Are you satisfied with your job? Thanks! Iqra T.

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Dan’s Answer

Dr. Weinheimer is correct, include residency in. You get paid in residency but at a third of the rate usually for far more work. Lots of studying involved but the good thing is that you’re studying what you’re really interested in and it’s different, more out of curiosity and training versus competition. Shortest residency is 3 years (internal med, family, ER).

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Melisa’s Answer

Hi Eli (and fellow Chicagoan)!

I am not in a medical field. However, my daughter just graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. She really liked the school, her program (Pathologists' Assistant) and the faculty. This was her first choice for grad school and she was thrilled to be accepted and attend here.

She is now working in a career she loves and finds interesting every day.

I thought you might find their program page helpful, as it contains links to their programs and the requirements.

Best wishes to you in your future educational and career goals!

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Melisa recommends the following next steps:

Visit this site for some helpful program information https://www.rosalindfranklin.edu/academics/programs-of-study/

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