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What do I have to do to get into Emergency medicine?

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I am interest in medicine and I want to know how long it takes to go into certain fields of medicine. If you have anything else to add about Emergency medicine, let me know! #medicine #doctor #healthcare #medical #premed

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Richard’s Answer

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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 Emergency room physicians complete a 3 year residency for additional training.
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Dee’s Answer

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It really depends on what you want to do in Emergency Medicine. A nurse can help in the ED and provides vital care in their roles. A nursing degree can take as little as 2 years to as much as 6 years depending on the type of Nurse you want to be. I would research the type of career you want to do and see where you want to start. It will all depend on the work you want to put in and also if it's financially feasible for you to spend more money to be in the Emergency Medicine field.
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Rachel’s Answer

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EM is getting to be a more and more competitive residency to gain entrance to after medical school. However, you do not have to be at the top of your class or score very well on the STEP I. You can be middle of the class and just shine on your EM rotation to be a reasonable applicant.
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David’s Answer

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Essie, you are the only one on here, that seems to have ever asked this question! Several of my friends have chosen this specialty. Take a basic EMT class, or be a tech in the ER. One of the best emergency physicians, that I know, started out as a tech in the ER. You cannot be good in this specialty without strong basic skills. Most of the people I know, where paramedics, before they became emergency physicians. Only a few, that I know were not. And I’ve never seen any paramedic get turned down, from this residency.

There is a book on Amazon, called Advanced Cardiac Life Support. I bought it when I was still in high school. They let me take the class as a fluke. Saying I would never pass, not being a doctor, paramedic, or nurse. Well they were wrong. And the American Heart Association, certified me, when I was 19. Can you see how easy applying for a residency can be, if you start preparing now. Don’t wait until medical school, to start studying medical school books. If you can master that book, you can handle anything in the ER.

David recommends the following next steps:

  • Watch trauma and emergency department shows. Shock Trauma on Amazon Prime and Trauma Life in the ER.
  • Subscribe to Emergency Medicine Magazine under the category student.
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