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How do I become a doctor? What degrees do I need?

I'm interested in becoming a doctor.

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Erin’s Answer

Hello, Here are the steps for being a MD: 1) you first get a bachelor’s degree and this includes a good GPA & taking the main science classes (biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, anatomy, physics, calculus etc.) 2) For Med school entry you take the MCAT - a test. 3) It is 4 years undergrad, 4 years medical school, then a residency is 3-7 yrs. My father & sister are pediatricians. I was told if you want to be a doctor, work hard & get into medical school and then you will be exposed to all types of doctors/opportunities and then you can pick a specialty. Good luck!
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Christina’s Answer

First and foremost you'll need to graduate high school or obtain a GED , and also get accepted in to college. A 4 year degree ( Bachelors ) in Biological Science, Pre-med or other related field will be your next hurdle. The MCAT (Medical College Assessment Test) will have to be taken before your accepted into Medical school.
Make sure you have narrowed down a specialty of practice prior to enrolling in Medical school .
Your specialty will dictate how long your residency (actual hands on demonstration of clinical knowledge) in the assigned hospital will be.
Ex. Surgeons residency is substantially longer than a general practice M.D.
After successful completion of your residency, a license and or certificates should be obtained in order to practice.
Degrees: Associates (Optional), Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate.
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Rachel’s Answer

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>


This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Chat with your Guidance Counselor</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Create a Collegeboard.org account</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Start using CollegeBoard as a resource to look up schools.</span>


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