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What can I do in high school (US) to help me become a doctor?


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Estelle’s Answer

Take school and your grades seriously. Working hard in high school, especially in AP and dual credit courses< set the stage for working hard in college. Set a standard for studying and dedicating yourself to school so that each step leading up to medical school is that much easier.

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Rachel’s Answer

I agree with above in that you will need to take AP classes when possible, and try to get the best grades possible. Look for opportunities to shadow physicians in different specialties so that you can gain experience as well as figure out where your interests lie.

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Jamie’s Answer

This link has tons of information to help you prepare for a medical career. One of the keys besides taking all of the necessary classes is to opt for the college class and skip the AP class. Most medical colleges dont care about AP credit and the college course will not only help prepare you, but apply toward medical school.

https://www.teenlife.com/blogs/pre-med-high-school-how-prepare-medical-career


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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.


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Mary’s Answer

I agree that taking as many science and health related classes as possible will be helpful. But medicine is also a business these days, so courses like that would be useful as well. Being a doctor will likely involve a lot of patient interaction (depending on the type of physician you want to become), so it might be helpful to volunteer at a local hospital or nursing home. Or, even get a part time job in a doctors office helping out.

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Dee’s Answer

Take AP classes, get into college classes as soon as you can. Take all the science and math classes that are available. Volunteer at a hospital and nursing homes to get experience.

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