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Does being an EMT help you skip a class or two when becoming a trauma Doctor?

I am currently an EMT basic getting my paramedics and am looking into becoming a trauma doctor #doctor #technician #hospital-and-health-care #medicine

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Richard’s Answer

It will give you practical experience, but you will still need to take all the med school prerequisites in college.

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

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David’s Answer

Look up books written by Norman McSwain MD (Trauma Surgeon) He wrote basic EMT and pre hospital books. He was also a certified paramedic at the same time he was a trauma surgeon. My basic EMT teachers were trauma surgeons. I know a trauma surgeon who was a paramedic prior to his residency. What I have witnessed in my paramedic career, is that a great deal of trauma patients make it to the operating table, based on the basic care given prior to their surgery. So keep your basic skills sharp even in paramedic school. If you want to be a trauma surgeon, start studying trauma surgery books before you even go to medical school. Being a paramedic can do nothing but help you get into that residency.

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MICHAEL’s Answer

Ariel, In becoming any kind of doctor, looking for a shortcut would definitely count against you. Would you feel comfortable in the hands of a doctor that skipped courses? I would think that the courses in medical school would
be much more advanced and comprehensive than an EMT program. Where your training will come in handy is in
practice ans a trauma doctor. Your already have experience with the same kinds of injuries, and treatments.
Good luck.
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Angela’s Answer

Nope, it just gives you practical experience in the field you choose.
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