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What do I have to do to get into Surgery?

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 Surgery, let me know! #medicine #doctor #healthcare #premed #surgery


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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 last 5 years for general surgery and are sometimes followed by an additional year or two of fellowship subspecialty training.

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Estelle’s Answer

4 year undergraduate degree with GPA above 3.75
MCAT strong score
apply to medical school
4 years medical school
shine in your surgery rotations for great letter of recommendation
apply to surgery residency programs
5 year general surgery residency (This is when you start earning an income.)
fellowship of 1-3 years if you want

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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. 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 can apply for a 1-3 year fellowship. This = 13+ years of school after high school. This type of work can be exceedingly stressful and yes, the hours can be grueling. Especially the late night calls and sleep deprivation. However, this is a field that will provide you with purpose, a deep fulfillment in serving your patients, and an intellectual challenge.

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