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What do I need to do in high school to become a doctor?

I am in high school and like helping people. So, I think that becoming a doctor would be a good choice. #medicine #doctor #healthcare

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Cameron’s Answer

Hi Tia! It's great to hear that you have an interest in becoming a doctor. As a high schooler, I would recommend that you take science courses, especially AP science courses, such as biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology. These courses will help prepare you for the basic science courses you'll be taking in college. In fact, if you score well on the AP exams, your college or university may give you college credit and/or allow you to skip the first level of these courses, allowing you to move to more advanced courses earlier on. I would also highly suggest getting involved in the medical field to make sure that a career in medicine is really what you want to pursue. This can mean volunteering at a hospital or clinic, shadowing doctors, and/or doing research.
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Kellie’s Answer

Wanting to help people is a great first step in deciding to become a doctor. The journey is very long so keep that in mind. You will need 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school then 3-6+ years of training before you can practice medicine on your own. Take the most challenging science and math classes in high school. If you do not enjoy these cases, doing the pre-requisite classes in college to apply to medical school will be very tough. In high school, the best thing to do is study hard and do your best to get into a college that will support your goal of becoming a doctor. You may want to find colleges that have the best opportunity for research that will look great on your application for medical school.
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Tia! That's a great reason to be a physician, namely there is always a "seed" that is seen as a reason for wanting to be a physician and then all of your experiences water that seed ( I got this perspective from Dr.Gray on Youtube and highly recommend him). Make sure to get involved and shadow a physician, this will probably be easier in college but for now if you can find a safe clinical opportunity I would go for it! You want to make sure this is the right field for you, such as volunteering, your classes, shadowing a physician. These are valued/required by medical school as well however you have time. For now take some courses such as anatomy and physiology and maybe some AP classes like AP Biology and AP Chemistry to gain a better perspective. I think to truly understand if medicine is right for you is to get involved and be active. With COVID it may be difficult now but in college this is an area to explore, especially once things get better. Maybe volunteer in a hospital or a retirement home to understand patient-care. You want to to affirm and make sure you feel comfortable in pursuing medicine rather than another healthcare field where you can also definitely help people!

I hope this helps!
Best of luck!
Please let me know if you have more questions.
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Sallie’s Answer

Volunteer to work in a healthcare setting so you can see what you are working toward. Getting through college and medical school and then training takes commitment and hard work so it is best you understand what you are working towards. You will need a good base in the sciences so take as many science classes as possible.
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