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How many years of school do I need in order to become a surgeon?

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Richard’s Answer

4 years of college
4 years of medical school
5 years of surgery residency
2 years of optional fellowship.
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Jessica,

It requires a 4 year bachelors degree, 4 year medical degree, and 3-8 years of residency.

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Blake
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Estelle’s Answer

I am a gynecologic surgeon. It took 12 years: I studied 4 years in college then 4 years in medical school then 4 years in residency.
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Cindy’s Answer

Hi There!

Happy to see you are looking into this field. This is a layered question but for the most part, after completing 4 years of undergraduate studies and ensuring you have the pre medical requirements, you go on to apply to medical school. Medical school can be around 4 years, and then you go into your residency for another 3 years. Depending if you want to go into a specialty or pursue a fellow ship, this would be around 3 additional years. For surgeons, residency is anywhere between 3-8 years--again depending on the area.


If at the end of your undergraduate studies you do not have the pre-requisites to apply to medical school, you can do a post-baccalaureate program that is usually 1-3 years depending on how many requirements you have vs do not have.
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