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How is it like being an OB? How long I have to stay at school?


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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Kadidiatou! So to be an OB you would have to go to medical school. First you would go to college and get an undergraduate degree and apply to medical school. Then afterwards you would have to complete 4 years of medical school and then residency. Residency usually changes based on your elective, for OB I believe it is 4 years. The schooling is long to be a physician however, if you are passionate about it then it is doable. I will attach some links below that gives information about medical school and being a premed. In short, however, a premed is an undergrad student in college who will be concentrating in the premed area and taking prerequisites as well. You can be any major and apply to medical school, you must however take chemistry (gen. and organic chem.) biology, physics ( either university or college- college is algebra based while university physics is calculus) English, biochemistry, and math, in addition to other courses that are recommended. You will also have to take an MCAT (which is a Medical College Admissions Exam, similar to how you take the SATs for college but the curriculum tested is different). As a premed, you will also be required to have clinical experience and shadowing as well as non-clinical volunteering too. The link below is from Kaplan test prep which will give you more information about being a premed major.
I wish you the best!

Yasemin recommends the following next steps:

https://www.kaptest.com/study/mcat/the-prerequisites-of-medical-school/

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Estelle’s Answer

Getting into medical school is about dedication and effort. If you can do well in college, you will be really well prepared for medical school. In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

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


During college study for and complete the MCAT. Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete.

After medical school obstetricians complete a 4 year residency for additional training.


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