There's a lot that goes into becoming a doctor. First, you need to make sure you're taking pre-medical courses during your undergraduate program (very math/science heavy courses). You'll also want to be involved in pre-medical associations and organizations to start gaining experience in the field and making sure it's what you really want. Before applying to medical school, you will need to study and take the MCAT's. From there, then you will apply for medical school. In addition to your four years in undergrad, medical school is another four years. During this time, you will study a lot and a also participate in clinical rotations. During medical school, you will also take Step 1 and Step 2, which are national exams. These scores will be a part of where you do your residency. As you're finishing up medical school, you will be applying to residency programs, a very expensive and time-consuming process. During this time, you'll be doing your coursework and traveling, possibly around the country, to do your residency interviews. At this point, you will be applying for residency for a specific specialty. Depending on which specialty you choose, you're looking at another 3-8 or so years of residency (all while making a resident salary, not an attending salary, which is what people typically think of when they think of doctor salaries). Committing to be a doctor is a time-intensive, emotionally and financially draining process, but it can also be an exceptionally rewarding career. Good luck on your decision!
Last updated Dec 06 '17 at 10:01