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How is process of going through medical school and taking the MCAT?

I am currently a junior in high school and I am curious about the process of becoming a professional like an orthodontist, dentist, pediatrician, or a family and general practitioner. Since I am aware that earning a (grad/undergrad) degree is not something to underestimate, I want to know what I will be committed to if I decided to stick to this field of major. How is your daily life like?

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Ashley’s Answer

I am a first year and so far it has had its ups and downs but at the end of the day I do not regret my choice at all! Medical school is difficult academically, mentally and socially and is definitely a commitment. You must be sure this is what you want to do because the reward is delayed but the fulfillment is great! The MCAT was a feat in its own right. Take it seriously and study in advance to your test date. It is quite long (~7 hrs) and is a good prep for the stamina needed in med school.

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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters

Try to find opportunities to pursue research.

Volunteer at your local hospital or low-income clinic. Ask physicians, PAs or other clinical providers if you can shadow them.

During college study for and complete the MCAT. Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.

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Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete.

After medical school physicians complete a residency for additional training. These can last 3-6 years and are sometimes followed by an additional year or two of fellowship subspecialty training.

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Rachel’s Answer

Just to be clear, orthodontists and dentists go to dental school (4 years). Pediatricians and family practice docs go to medical school (4 years). I would shadow both and decide which professions you like before deciding which school to apply to. These are two totally separate paths in healthcare.