How do you become a general surgeon and how much it cost?
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. I chose to major in biochemistry because there was overlap with the premed requirements and I wanted to complete my degree in 3 years.
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
Try to find opportunities to pursue research.
Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.
During college study for and complete the MCAT. Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.
My son used MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2019-2020: Online + Book + 3 Practice Tests (Kaplan Test Prep) Kaplan Test Prep
It was about $140 and he achieved his goal score.
Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.
Medical school takes 4 years to complete.
After medical school surgeons complete a 5-year residency for additional training.
Here in Texas medical school costs about $25,000 per year for in-state tuition.
General surgeons are medical doctors who have completed a residency in general surgery. Their training requires at least 12 years of postsecondary education. Surgeons diagnose and repair diseases that require surgical intervention. To practice as a general surgeon, one must have a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree and state licensure which requires completion of a general surgery residency. Most general surgeons are also board certified, which requires passage of standardized examination by the American Board of Surgery (for MD's), or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (for DO's).
Required Education Prerequisite college courses (2-4 years),
Medical school (4 years),
General surgery residency (5+ years)
Licensure & Certification Board certification available,
State medical license required
Other Requirements Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit to maintain license and board certification after residency,
DEA registration to prescribe controlled substances
Projected Job Growth (2012-2022) 18% (for all physicians and surgeons)
Average Salary (2013) $233,150 annually
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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