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do you first need to go to community college then go to a university to be a plastic surgeon?


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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. Starting out at a community college is a great way to save money. It can also help your grades if continuing to live at your parents house provides you with extra time to study.

Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. 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


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Umbareen’s Answer

Hi Fabian! Great question. The steps required to become a plastic surgeon are many, but certainly not impossible! It requires 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and then 6-10 years of residency. As long as you have met the pre-medical requirements in community college and taken the required exams, you wouldn't need to complete a 4 year university education. Hope this helps!


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Estelle’s Answer

Good question and answers. You do not necessarily need to attend community college, you just need to meet medical school requirements. Community colleges provide excellent opportunities for affordable classes that are often more convenient or available during breaks or during the summer.

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