It is important to note that everyone’s path isn’t always the same. Some people take more than 4 years to finish their bachelor’s degree and that’s totally okay. Some people do a post-bacc program (courses after you’ve finished your 4-year degree) to help them get into medical school. That can be 1-2 years. Some students even take an additional year while still in medical school to complete a MPH (master of Public Health degree), a MBA (Master of Business Administration degree), or a research year.
So while it can generally take 8 years to become a doctor, do not be discouraged if your path is a little different or longer.