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What courses should I take to become a general surgeon? #EOY22

Hello! I am interested in becoming a general surgeon but I just wanted to see what courses I should take in highschool to get prepared for it in college. Thank you so much in advance!

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Courtney’s Answer

Diya,

Good on you to be looking forward to becoming a general surgeon while in high school!!!

My advice will be unique, but I hope helpful:

I would think of the journey as a pyramid. You need the foundation to be as wide and strong as it can be. Then the structure is built on that incrementally until the peak is reached. Make your caseload as broad and diverse you can in high school. This is when you should start getting study habits and time management up to speed, not necessarily focusing on specific classes. There will be more than enough time to do that after high school. Be well rounded. Read and partake in as many activities as you can.
The academic journey tapers like the pyramid does and pretty soon all you will feel like you have time to do is to study medicine/surgery. Enjoy your "now".

Hope this helps.
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Rita’s Answer

As a surgeon, you will need to go to medical school so there are certain courses in college that you will be required to take such as Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics. You can major in whatever field interests you. Most premed students major in a science but that is not a requirement.
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Kate’s Answer

I would focus on enjoying high school! The classes you take in high school won't matter on a medical school application, so if you're looking at it from that standpoint I would take classes you enjoy. If you want to take classes that are related to the medical field in college, I would take all biology courses you can, as well as chemistry and anatomy courses. For electives, try signing up for courses like sports medicine which sometimes allow you to be a student athletic trainer for your schools sports teams. You are still very early on in your academic career, so my advice would be to enjoy the most of it before it gets harder!
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Ebere’s Answer

Your college courses better aligns with you future choice of becoming a surgeon
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