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how many years do it takes to be a doctor

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Estelle’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. 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

Medical school then takes 4 years to complete.
Residency training takes 3-6 years depending on your specialty. (For example, ob/gyn is 4 years and general surgery is 5 years.)
You do get paid in residency, however, so that's nice.
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Christine’s Answer

Hello Aminitau.

Thank you for submitting your question.

It typically takes 8 years of college education plus an additional 3-4 years for internship. It's definitely a commitment but well worth it if you are considering the medical field.

Best of Luck to you as you consider your career options!

Actually I will takes 4 years of college (which you were planning on going to anyway), then 4 years of medical school (dividend into half, 1st half more book study and the second half more hands on - the fun time, but can tiring), then lastly a minimum of 3 years of residency and can go up to 10+ years in additional training like plastics surgery). Lastly - you are considered a doctor once you graduate medical school. If you want to work as healthcare provider you will need to complete a residency. There are alternative jobs that some may go into without residency - I had a friend go work on Capitol Hill in healthcare. Karl Finley
thank you Aminatou S.
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Hector’s Answer

Your whole life. Doctors and computer people never stop learning because there is something new on those fields on a constant basis.
You graduate in 4 years College with a degree in Medicine, take 4 more years for your Masters and specialization, then start working and keep learning and keep advancing. Unless you decide to stop at one point
thank you so much Aminatou S.