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What are the steps to becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon?

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Valerie’s Answer

Hey Monica,
My name is Valerie and I am a current medical student. To become a cardiothoracic surgeon ( a doctor that treats and does surgery on the heart) you will first need to graduate from high school. Then, you will go to college for 4 years. After college, you will go to medical school for 4 years and will become a doctor. Then you will enter into general surgery residency, where you will train for 5 years. Then finally you can do a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery specifically. If you can, I would try to shadow a CT surgeon and make sure you like the medical field and that specialty. Also, continue to get good grades and keep doing the things you love to do!
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Mark’s Answer

Hi Monica!

As you may or may not know, the educational process to becoming a cardiac surgeon is one of the longest in the medical field! Cardiac surgeons must complete four years of college, four years of medical school, a 5-year general surgery residency and a 2 to 3 year specialized cardiothoracic fellowship.

Step 1: Enroll in a Bachelor's Degree Program
Step 2: Complete a Medical School Program
Step 3: Undertake Residency Training
Step 4: Become Licensed and Board Certified

Hope this helps!
Mark
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