Javonte S.





How long does it take to be a doctor?

My mom said it takes a long time. #doctor

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Hi Javonte! On behalf of all of us here at CareerVillage, I'm sorry it's taken this long to get your question answered. I wanted to be sure to step in and direct you (and any other students who land on your question) to a couple other Q&A threads on CareerVillage.org that should be SUPER helpful. Lonnell asked: How long do I need to go to school to be a doctor? Here's some of what one doctor had to say: "There are differences depending on where you go and what you specialize in. Generally, you need a college degree, usually 4-5 years. Some of that is your pre-med requirements such as chemistry, biology, physics, calculus, etc. Then there's med school. That's another 4+ years. The first two years are advanced science courses. The last 2 years are clinical rotations. Then there's residency. This is highly variable depending on your chosen specialty. It could be as little as one year if you want to be a general practitioner. But could be 7 or more years in certain sub specialities. I chose family medicine which was 3 years of residency." Click here to read all the advice she received: https://www.careervillage.org/questions/31428/how-long-do-i-need-to-go-to-school-to-be-a-doctor Diana asked: "Is it necessary to be in a pre-medicine program during undergraduate school in order to attend medical school?" Click here to read the answers she got: https://www.careervillage.org/questions/20972/is-it-necessary-to-be-in-a-pre-medicine-program-during-undergraduate-school-in-order-to-attend-medical-school?page=1#20994
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