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Which subjects I should start love to become a good doctor

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Gabby’s Answer

Hi!!! As a student about to enter medical school, it is very important to be well rounded. This means having good communication skills, working with people, having clinical and/or medical experience through volunteering or work. You are able to love any subject that you like and should judge your major selection based on that. This can be English, Art, etc. but make sure that you love the major that you choose and be able to relate that to medicine when you fill in the medical school application. You will be more likely to be successful in your pre-medical courses, if you study what you like alongside taking your prerequisites. However, any biology related courses will become your best friend.

The information concerning the educational experiences after undergraduate and/ or graduate school have already been answered perfectly.

Best of luck with medical school Gabby! Congratulations! Yasemin G.

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John’s Answer

How to Become a Physician or Surgeon - types of classes and skills needed are listed below. Will give you an idea of some types of classes to take.

Physicians and surgeons may work in a medical specialty, such as cardiology, dermatology, pathology, or radiology.
Physicians and surgeons typically need a bachelor’s degree as well as a degree from a medical school, which takes an additional 4 years to complete. Depending on their specialty, they also need 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Education
In addition to requiring a bachelor’s degree, physicians and surgeons typically need either a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. No specific undergraduate major is required to enter an M.D. or D.O. program, but applicants to medical school usually have studied subjects such as biology, chemistry, and physics. Students also may take undergraduate courses in the humanities and social sciences and may choose to work or volunteer at a hospital or clinic to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Applicants usually must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Medical schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

Some medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 to 8 years.

Students spend most of their first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and in the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills: learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years of medical school, students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. They gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses through clerkships, or rotations, in a variety of areas, including internal medicine, pediatrics, and surgery.

Training
After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, typically lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.


Important Qualities
Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to convey information effectively to their patients and to other healthcare workers. They also must be able to dictate or write reports that clearly describe a patient’s medical condition or procedure outcome.

Compassion. Patients who are sick or injured may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must treat patients and their families with understanding.

Detail oriented. To ensure that patients receive appropriate treatment, including medication, physicians and surgeons must be precise in monitoring them and recording information related to their care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be agile and sure handed, especially when working with extremely sharp medical instruments.

Leadership skills. Physicians and surgeons must coordinate with a team of other healthcare workers to manage patient care or direct medical procedures.

Organizational skills. Good recordkeeping and other administrative skills are critical for physicians and surgeons in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons must remain calm and tolerant when working with patients who need special attention, such as those who fear or ignore medical treatment.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons may spend many hours on their feet, including walking between patient visits or procedures. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms to determine appropriate treatment. In some situations, such as emergencies, they may need to analyze and resolve crises quickly.
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Inam! Medicine has a lot of diversity, so you can love subjects that are also in humanities and social sciences and not only hard sciences. I would also definitely make sure however to be comfortable with chemistry, biology and biochemistry; as well as math. These subjects will pop up and be a part of your life from the beginning of pursuing medicine to even when you are physician. I would also recommend Khan academy with any academic difficulties. They are truly helpful with their videos and explanation and studying smarter and not harder is very important to do well in medicine!

Best of luck!
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David’s Answer

Much more important than a specific series of courses is a true caring for people..
Knowing the science is important but understanding people, their needs and situations is the key for a good clinician.

Are there any school classes that would help with developing empathy for patients? Gurpreet Lally, CareerVillage.org Team

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