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What It Takes to Be a Doctor

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People often know at a young age that they want to become doctors. Perhaps they are naturally good at math and science. Maybe they have a desire to help people and to make a difference in people’s lives. Or, they may just want a job that is full of challenges. These are all very good reasons to consider a medical career. However, anyone who wants to become a doctor must understand how much work it takes to achieve that goal.

The road to becoming a doctor is a long and difficult one. In fact, doctors go through more education and training than almost any other type of professional. At the very minimum, it takes eleven years to become a doctor, and longer for highly specialized medical fields. Still, most doctors love their work and believe it was well worth the years of effort.

The First Four Years

Aspiring doctors spend the first four years of college earning their bachelor’s degrees. Many students major in what is known as “premed,” which has a curriculum that is heavy in science and math. Premed students study such things as physics, chemistry, and biology, and take other advanced mathematics and science courses. During this time students often volunteer or work part-time in hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices, so they can gain knowledge and experience.

When premed students are in their third or fourth year of college, they apply to medical school. There are nearly 150 medical schools in the United States, and acceptance to these schools is highly competitive. Students must achieve a high score on an examination called the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). They must complete an essay to explain why they want to be a doctor. Many schools require letters of recommendation. Also, the grades the students have earned in college are an extremely important consideration. Medical students almost always have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher.

Intensive Study

Once students are admitted into medical school, they spend the first two years on what is often called “heavy book learning.” They attend classes in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. They study pathology, medical ethics, and laws that govern medicine. They learn about the human body and how it works. They learn about disease and how the human immune system fights disease. They also study pharmacology, which is the science of medications.

During the second year, students begin to learn about basic medical tasks. This includes learning how to examine patients, how to take medical histories, and how to diagnosis certain illnesses.

Learning on the Job

The third year of medical school is when students do their clinical rotations, which means they work with doctors and other health care professionals. They observe and assist internists, surgeons, and pediatricians, as well as radiologists, neurologists, family practice doctors, and ER doctors. This gives students an opportunity to experience a wide variety of medical specialties. It also allows them to work with many different patients. As they gain knowledge about the different areas of medicine, most students make decisions about which field they like best.

Pediatrician Heather Burrows says that the clinical rotations are a wonderful chance for students to find out what being a doctor is really like. One of her most memorable experiences happened during her third year of medical school, when she was doing a rotation in OB/GYN. It was the middle of the night, and a woman was about to have a baby. Dr. Burrows describes the situation: “I was going to assist with the birth, and I was exhausted from working so many hours. All I wanted was for her to hurry up and get it over with so I could go to sleep. But then the baby was born… and it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. All of a sudden, I was wide awake. I was so excited to be a part of this experience, helping to make this miracle happen.”2

Choosing a Specialty

Students continue their rotations during their fourth year of medical school, but they begin to take on more responsibility. Also, this is when they decide on their specialty. By their fourth year, they have had a chance to explore many different areas of medicine. They have seen real-life doctors in action, and they have worked alongside them. So the next step is to choose the medical field they want to pursue and graduate from medical school. Finally, they are officially doctors.

Doctors-in-Training

By the time students graduate, they have completed eight years of formal schooling. However, their education is far from finished. Their next step is the residency, which is usually performed in a hospital under the direction of experienced physicians. A residency is an intense, hands-on medical training period that lasts for a minimum of three years. Some take much longer. For instance, residencies in anesthesiology and obstetrics take four years. An orthopedic surgery residency takes five years, and a plastic surgery residency takes six years. During this training period, residents are paid a salary for their work.

New doctors who are interested in a highly specialized field, such as neurosurgery, must perform residencies that last for six years or more. One example of this type of residency program is at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Richard Winn is the chief of neurosurgery, and he supervises the program. Each year, more than three hundred doctors apply—and only two are accepted. Plus, not only is the program hard to get into, it takes eight years to complete. A sign on Dr. Winn’s office wall explains why his program is so difficult and why it takes such a long time. It reads, “If the training is tough, the war will be easy.” Harborview’s neurosurgical residency program has been called the best in the country.

Once doctors have completed their residencies, their formal medical training is finally complete. However, before they can practice medicine, they must get a license from the state in which they plan to work. When they are licensed, doctors may set up their own private practice or join a practice with other physicians. Or, they may go to work for hospitals, health departments, laboratories, or other medical organizations.

What Makes a Good Doctor

Doctors work hard—very hard. Anyone who has put in the time and effort it takes to earn a medical degree is well aware of that. However, there are also other qualities that doctors need. First, they need to care about people. This applies to all doctors, even those who specialize in research or radiology. They may not work directly with patients, but their work still revolves around helping people. Doctors also need to be excellent thinkers. They must be able to examine a sick patient and figure out what is wrong. Then, they must be able to decide the best way to treat the patient’s illness or injury.

A Special Kind of Person

Dr. Dana Gossett is an OB/GYN who became a doctor for several reasons. She wanted to help people and to have a positive impact on their lives. But she also loves the science that is involved in medicine. She enjoys knowing how the body works and why disease happens. Dr. Gossett shares her thoughts about some qualities that doctors need: “Attention to detail is critical—little things can mean life or death in medicine. The physician MUST be able to listen—the patient frequently can tell you exactly what’s wrong, if you can listen. And the physician must be [understanding]. If you can’t place yourself in your patient’s shoes and understand how scared/happy/painful/etc. their situation is, you will not be able to help them as much, and they will not trust you as much.”3

It takes a special kind of person to be a doctor, and it is not the right career for everyone. However, for people with the right personal qualities—as well as the willingness to complete years of medical education and training—becoming a doctor is the best possible choice they could make.

2 Dr. Heather Burrows, interview with author, Sep­tember 26, 2002.

3 Quoted in Students Science Enrichment Program (SSEP), “Dr. Dana Gossett.” http://ssep.bwfund.org.

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over 6 years ago

In 2 more months I will have completed 2 years of medical school. And what you just read about it taking lots of "hard work" is a complete understatement. I knew and heard the same as you that becoming a doctor was a long, tedious road. But knowing that this was what I was called to do I accepted the challenge. Day after day and night after night constant studying. They give you soooo much material that it is literally impossible to learn it all by the time the test rolls
around. Practicing over and over on giving a patient a physical exam gets tiring. And when trying to come up with deferential diagnosis on what the patients issue(s) is(are) takes much memory in what you have learned over the past two years to bring it all together.

In your undergrad years I highly recommend taking as much human physiology and microbiology available to you. And REMEMBER what you learned. It will help much in med school. Also, when taking chemistry/biochem/organic chem...don't say to yourself "why do I have to take these classes? I am never going to use it as a doctor." I agree, you don't have to remember all of it in such great detail as you do while you are actually taking those courses, but you will need to know the basic understanding of it all to understand what they will be teaching you in med school about the human body.

So, if you are still up for the challenge after reading all this, I will be proud to call you my colleague. Good luck! and God bless!!!

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over 5 years ago


Thank you ,I really appreciate the information..Well now that i've know a vast information about my future career,I'll try my very best to achive it.

PLEASE GOD HELP ME.WITH YOU I'AM 100% SURE I CAN DO IT!!!..

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over 5 years ago

this article has increased my determination to become a neurosurgeon.even though i live in one of the world's poorest countries which is in Africa,i still have the determination to excel in academics so i can receive a scholarship to study abroad in a medical school.By the way i am 15 years of age.Because of the challenges i read from the article about being a doctor,i am even more determined.THANKS

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almost 6 years ago

Hi everyone,
Just to start off, as of right now I'm enrolled in my local community college full-time and planning on transferring credits to my state's university and continuing education there to obtain a B.S. I also had a 3.9 GPA in my senior year of high school, and a respectable score on my SAT's, and I spent (and spend) lots of my time working and studying different things, mostly sciences.

For a couple years I'd been thinking about the path of a medical career, and now that I've graduated I'm deciding to pursue it. I'm aiming for some kind of specialty in surgery, in particular, looking much further ahead.

So that's a short version of my background, HERE ARE MY REAL QUESTIONS AND A MAJOR CONCERN...:

-As there are some medical students posting to this article, does anyone who has/hasn't experienced medical school know how I can prepare (very far) ahead of time for medical school?
-How much work *is* there in medical school (what kind of assignments, how long it takes to complete them, what strategies to use, how fast the classes move, and if I'm going to have to consider buying 100lbs of coffee beans and an Advil Super-Value pack to get through all of it successfully)?
-What's it like writing the essay for possible admission, do you have to make up a lot of stuff about yourself? (I ask because it's not something I normally enjoy doing.)
-Do you ever feel like giving up when you become overwhelmed? If so, is there anything special that helps you get through it successfully?
-Lastly, I will admit that I believe it was because of a lack of being challenged enough in high school, I HAVE NOTICED A TENDENCY IN MYSELF TO BE MORE LAZY WHILE DOING MY WORK. I AM EASILY DISTRACTED, AND THESE FACTORS ARE CAUSING ME WORRY BECAUSE I DO NOT KNOW WHAT LIES AHEAD IN COLLEGE. I also expect that there is no room for laziness in medical school. Becoming a doctor is my dream, and my biggest fear about this is not achieving it because of this development of laziness and giving into distractions. I understand I will have five years to see what lies ahead and work on this, but for the time being, does anyone at all have any tips on how to remedy this?

"To-the-point" answers to these questions would be favorable. I would appreciate someone (preferably with experience in medical education) to just tell me how it is, and what I need to do in order to succeed, and what I can do ahead of time.

Sorry for such a long post but I really needed to ask these questions. Thank-you!

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almost 7 years ago

I have to agree with Stephano there, that is one of the reason why I have chosen to be a doctor and also the thought that I am going to be able to make a difference in someone else's life every day.. yes it takes hard work to be a doctor but not all people can do it so I really want to be a doctor. ^^

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almost 7 years ago

my life time dream is to become a doctor and with the ALMIGHTY GOD on my side i will make it to that place no matter what the devil tries to do

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over 6 years ago

this is good advice for me i really want to achive my dream of being a doctor

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over 5 years ago

From a resident

Kids in middle school continue being kids enjoy you childhood.



Kids in highschool, see advice for kids in middle school plus focus on getting into a good 4 year university.



kids in college take your core mcat classes and do well in them. Do well on your MCATS. Major in something that interests you. It is much more marketable then a cookie cutter ideal of what a doctor should major in. Don't let anyone tell you that you cant do it. You can.

My MCAT score 32



All of the guys in med school you made it you know what its like... relax take a deep breath. This profession is not good for uptight people their is more to life then constant worring. All my career I have seen people like Jason John if you let it, the job will eat you alive.



My step one score 235



At the end of the day I know that I am better then the day before. I know I will make mistakes, but I will never make them twice. I do love the people I take care of, and I am happy. I am smart enough that if the money mattered I would have chose a far different profession. to "suprised" I hope you are not a physician, becuase you my friend are the biggest dipshit on here.



My specialty family medicine with hopes of fellowship in EM. its not about the money its about what made me want to wake up at 0500.

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almost 5 years ago

I have had this desire to become a ER doctor since I was in 3rd grade! I remember clearly sitting at my desk and the teacher asking me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I would quickly jump up and say, " A doctor" Time flew by so quickly on me that now I have been married for 15 years and have children. I still have the desire stronger than ever! I am now 36 years old and am enrolled at CSUSB premed biology with a double major in Neuroscience. I am so happy but, afraid of what is next. I believe that if a desire has stay with you for longer then you remember then it should be desire to fulfill. With God all things are possible!

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about 6 years ago

I am currently an 8th grader and our teachers are already pressuring us with questions!!!"What so you want to be when you grow up?,Have you chosen your high school classes?" Well I've already set my mind on being a doctor but....I'm not sure how many years of premed do I need for any college. Some of my friends got in the program but I didn't b/c I never signed up!! I keep annoying people with questions because really I don't how to start my career.Many of my friends that want to be a doctor are really competitive, like me, and seem to have everything set up for them.I'm already getting all AP classes and health science classes for high school, but I need to know if premedical classes is reallly that necessary and if it is then how many years should I take of it? Please I need answers ASAP, high school is only a couple months away!!

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over 6 years ago

I am a freshmen in college and i love the medical field. The main reason i want to be a doctor is no one should be at the mercy of sickness. I care so much for people. I excell at science very much and i also excell at some areas of math. I am willing to go through the neccesary training to be a best doctor i can be

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about 6 years ago

I am really looking forward to becoming a Neuro surgeon when i am older. But i am starting to think is all that time really worth it. And i am stuck on which subjects and what degrees and qualifications i need to get. Please help. Contact me on O.jide@rocketmail.com.

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over 7 years ago

I am currently a freshman in college taking the pre-med path. It is already very intense and requires majority of my time. I have made friends that are juniors and seniors that are also taking the pre-med path and they hardly have time for anything. Most of them don't even have jobs. I am going to do my residency in rheumatology. Every since I was a small child, I have had Juvenily Rheumatoid Arthritis. I ended up being in a wheelchair because of the terrible disease. I want to help people with the same problems that I have and make a difference. I love the article. Very helpful for people that want to know more about it.

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over 8 years ago

That was a really intresting article.I wish I could read more.

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about 3 years ago

I am in grade 7 and I really want to be a doctor. After this, my thoughts of becoming a doctor became more determined. Although I know the life afterwards would be hard, but I have faith in myself that I can overcome all this. May God bless those who are working hard to be a doctor and those that are still small but have faith. May God bless us all. Amen

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almost 7 years ago

When i Was Just a little girl i said i always wanted to be a mommy but my mom said that is not what i want to be right now . but as i grew i realized that seeing my mom become a doctor i like the things they do . i say when becoming a doctor there are a lot of choices and will always be a lot of choices cause it is really hard to become something you mostly like and desire in your dreams . When you want to become something you have to work hard at it or you wont be able to achieve you goals in life . there are a lot of people who want to become some thing but never cant stick to that. my Goal in the next 3 years is to become a doctor.
im Shazelle & im 15 years old.

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over 5 years ago

I have a girlfriend who are aiming to be a doctor so she could help others. That was her dream when she little and even now. I want ask is it hard to maintain a relationship when your partner are aiming to be a doctor. her name is Ally, for some reason i believe her that she will make her dream come true, someday be a doctor. Can't explain but i felt that she will become one. Our relationship are fresh just couple of months but we went through a lot for this half a decade before we are officially a couple. she will be finish nursing in 2014. she said she will have more for us to spend. Has anyone in here has a similar like mine because i love her a lot and i want to be with her disregard her education or status. I just love her.

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over 5 years ago

i m in 7 grade when my teacher or my mon dad ask that what you wanna became when you grow up? i just reply that i wanna became an doctor and you know what when i read all that i was a little bit scare cuz here u guyz written that this is very difficult to became a doctor. medical students have to study harder i was so scared but somewhat latter i realize this is not difficult to became a doctor or anything if you work harder tan no body even the god cannot stop to achieve your success

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over 5 years ago

I am a girl of thirteen who is willing to become a doctor or to study medicine.The reason why i want to be a doctor is that i care for peoples part of the body,and the major part is the eyes because am a girl with the left side of my eyes blind which is i can see with only the right side of my eyes so i would like to become a doctor so that one day i can help someone who is having a problem with his or her eyes,and i know my lord will answer my prayers that one day i will become a doctor Amen.

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almost 8 years ago

I'm a sophomore in high school and ever since I was in about 3rd or 4th grade, i"ve wanted to become a doctor. Before that I wanted to become a dentist, so I wans't completely on a different track. But now i question if I really have what it takes to become a doctor. What i mean to say is that school isn't really my thing, so 11 years seems like a lifetime to me. I really have the desire to help people and have a positive impact on peoples live's, but i'm scared that maybe the desire i have isn't going to be enough. After reading this, i realized that it will be worth it. Me having to go to school for 11 years, or probably more,is well worth a little girls life.

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almost 8 years ago

I wish I was one of those people who knew what I wanted to do since 13. At 21, starting my fourth year (of five, unfortunately) pursuing a Bachelor's of Chemical Engineering, I'm still unsure whether or not I want to be a doctor.

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almost 5 years ago

It really inspired me very much to persue even more in my dream career.

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over 5 years ago

i really want to be a pediatrician ive alway have and all ways will im in 7th and the more i read the more i wanna be one i cant wait to grow up and be one i wish ill be a good one tho.... wish me luck

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over 5 years ago

Hello my name is mary,
I need help with what classes I should take in college. I am 16 and a joinior in high school. My schedual for this year is as follows:

1:world history/civics
2:english III
3:psychology
4:chemistry I
5:spanish II
6:precalculus/trigonometry.

I am planing on taking these classes next semester:

Calculus
Economics/gym
English IV
Medical termanology
Anatomy
(And possibly) physics

I need to know if these classes are appropriate for highschool classes before I reach my college year and goal of becoming a doctor. And I also need to know what classes to take in my freshman-senior years in college. Email me at nubbenlovesyou@hotmail.com if you by any chance could help me with the information I need. I am already receiving emails from premed coleges and universities and I qualify for a national merit scholorship. I need your help!

Please and Thank You,
Mary

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over 6 years ago

I am in 10 grade in high school, and i fell in love ti Biology and Chemistry. I have at least 4.0 GPA because I'm in all Pre-AP courses. Although I honestly don't know if I have what it takes to be a doctor. I LOVE helping people and serving, if any one experienced can help me to determine that this is what I want to do, please contact me. Thank you

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about 6 years ago

becoming a doctor is my biggest passion!!!! but i am only a 15 yr old and have no idea how to get there!!!!! please help me!!! :)

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almost 6 years ago

thanks

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almost 6 years ago

well,i am in 9th grade really greatly inspired by doctors,they r just great personalities and i am also one of the aspirants to become a doctor since i was reading in 1st grade. whenever anyone asks me about my aim my answer is always that yes i want to be a doctor and i will make it so someday.after reading this i could get a lot information about my career.i can i can i can b a doctor. and pl guide me to make my dreams come true.

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over 4 years ago

I also want to become a doctor and specialise in cardiology and then i came across other options like having my own business or becoming a footballer...although im mad about biology and can learn and remember quickly anything related to it..but now im facing serious confusion which grew deeper when i read 10 reasons for not becoming a doctor..i guess i need a counsellor because my parents think my confusion is the result of my too much thinking....BEST OF LUCK to those who are looking forward to become a doctor...

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almost 7 years ago

Im a junior in highschool & ever since i was in elementary i've wanted to become a doctor & help people. But lately i've been feeling lost. I dont know what i want to do. But i still feel like thats what i want to do. I think im pretty average in math. Im not a genius but i do well in math Mostly Bs High Bs, i have a 3.o GPA i know i need to step that up & get my GPA higher. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on what classes i should take now in high school?

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almost 6 years ago

i am just starting to study and become a doctor and i know i have a lot of work ahead of me but i am prepared to do it all and give it my everything

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over 5 years ago

I really can't wait to be a doctor. I'm in 10th grade and I already have my whole life planned LOL. Being a doctor seems really hectic nevertheless, I feel even more motivated to study medicine. I think I want to be a paediatrician. Sounds like a lot of fun :)

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about 6 years ago

I am a U.S NAVY sailor and I've always been interested in the medical field. If only you knew how many answers i got from reading this article. This piece has helped me out to questions i couldn't seem to get answers too. I learned alot from this as well. My parents died six months apart in 2008 and that alone has given me more initiative to become a doctor. When i seen my dad there in the ICU and the doctors at that hostipal didn't seem to have cared about the way they handled him. I promised myself i will be the best at what i do and i will be caring. This article is amazing. Thank you for the information.

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over 6 years ago

Help

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over 8 years ago

im in middle school and since elementary i always wanted to be a doctor im already preparing because in science he teaches a few medical ethics but this is a very helpful site now i know exactly what im striving for.

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over 4 years ago

hey every one I am a 9th grader who goes to conard high school and it was my dream ever since I was little to become a doctor a just truly hope that it comes true one day. I know that it takes a lot of effort and time to become a doctor but I am willing to give what ever it takes. May god bless me and all of you guys who want to become a doctor and may god always be on our side. Lets all make a promise that from now on we will always strive for the best and pay a lot of attention in our math and science class and get into honors and AP class's. God bless every one and fulfill every good persons dream jai ma sarswati

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over 4 years ago

I am becoming a Doctor, this wasn't a easy decision...I have dealt with myself, and where I stand. I have asked a lot of questions, prayed, I have feared too. I am learning disabled, diabetic, 34 years of age and a native canadian woman. I have no savings at all. I have casual work, have graduated from Personal support worker was my first step into the medical field, but more steps to follow. I giving this the rest of my life.

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about 5 years ago

i am from the Philippines, a sophomore, I took BS Biology at UST. I just want to ask if many successful doctors have failed subjects too (just want to be inspired) .. because im not that good in math that's why I failed Trigonometry can I be successful??

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over 5 years ago

Im currently a Sophmore in college who got good grades in high school and was involved in everything under the sun and enjoyed a fair share of partying. I am now a pre-med student who just got their Organic 1 final exam back only to find out the 30 hours of studying solely for that exam the week prior to it, got me a 75%...The work load for pre-med is a whole new level compared to anything taken in high school (AP or not). This how ever does not mean I do not enjoy the courses I am in it is just a big reality check. It is much easier to say you want to be a doctor in high school. Everyone talks about their plans for partying in college and having the college experience...what people do not know is that this excludes pre-med students. Now there are definitely those exceptions out there who can understand the material the first time they see it and therefore do not need to put in all those hours of studying...but those people also are the ones who now realize they have more time to devote to volunteering at the hospital and becoming a more well rounded applicant, therefore still no partying. Again i am not trying to come off pessimistic by any means it is just the reality of the major/profession. I know it will be rewarding someday after the training is through and the material def. keeps my interest but until then its one hell of a reality check. SO to anyone in middle school, just look forward to highschool for now it will be gone before you know it! Anyone graduating high school soon who is still set on pre-med, just know that you will not have the normal college experience, while everyone is at the party, most likely youll be at the library finishing a 14 page lab report while trying to study for that exam you have next week.

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over 5 years ago

where is your copyright year?

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over 5 years ago

know i am midical studen for universty in somal i beleave to be adoctor after 5years but my countary is not pease to study medicine so thay who is help me to go other country

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over 5 years ago

i read in cls-8 and i luv science .thank u for this kind of information now i hav desided to go on this format and be a doctor thanks a lot......................

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over 6 years ago

I love this site. thank you so much I reallly appreciate the information that is well organized and ungerstanding.

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over 6 years ago

I liked the information given. I've all ways wanted to pursue a career as a medical doctor. I want to do it out of love and passion. Also to help people. I know your suppose to go in to medicine with an open mind but I feel as if Dermatology is for me. I want to be able to help patients with skin diseases and help with their self esteem. I'm a freshman in college and articles arn't lieing when they mention that its tough. I'm into my first semester and I'm struggling!! But with God on my side, I can do all things through christ who strengthen me!!!

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over 8 years ago

im only 13 and i already know i want to become a doctor. i've always wanted to make a differnce in somones life, but why just make a differnce in one persons life when you can make a differnce in more then one life. this article taught me a lot and even though 11 years is a long time im willing to work on it.

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over 2 years ago

Thank you ,I really appreciate the information.. With God's grace i believe i can achieve it.

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over 2 years ago

Thank you for this information. I've wanted to be a doctor since i can remember and I wasn't sure how much school i had to take but I knew is was going to be a lot. I'm taking this financial literacy class and itwas talking about how much community college costs compared to university and has same learning material.It made me nervous because i wasnt sure i could affordit

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almost 3 years ago

I really want to be a docter this website was very helpful thank you very much

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almost 3 years ago

I really want to be a docter this website was very helpful thank you very much

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almost 3 years ago

I really want to be a docter this website was very helpful thank you very much

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almost 3 years ago

I really want to be a docter this website was very helpful thank you very much

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about 3 years ago



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about 3 years ago

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over 3 years ago

Thank you for writing this. I am currently in 9th grade and i go to a medical high school. This article inspired me even more to purse my dream of becoming a neurosurgeon. Or a surgeon in any other medical field. Thank you.

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almost 4 years ago

DOCTOR is a special man

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over 4 years ago

Hi I am a 15 and I go to school in South Africa I really want too become a doctor but I am scared that it is going to be too much to handle I watch Grays anatomy :) and wanted to know is being a doctor anything like it is in the story because it looks amazing (a lot of work but amazing ...)

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over 5 years ago

hi i am in 8th grade.my goal is to became doctor but it looks hard to became and also cost lots of money.
i take algebra and pre-ap science.
i don't know how many years it takes to became doctor.

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over 5 years ago

Is it possible to get a job as doctor in the US for a student who studied medicine in China?

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over 5 years ago

back in 1984 i wanted to be a nurse,not a gp didnt have enough cash to take med school.1 quit normal school at grade 9 and dint go back to school when i got back from the sunshine coast,went to vcc got my ged,my st johns cpr course,thenmy two full years to take two years of school,and many long hrs reading andstill had time to go home i would make sure that my shift was close for the night after i got all that i needed to get into collage,i was broke again,then i know have vertigo mid ears disise that causes everything to spin i didnt become what i wanted all my life,i would do it all over again if i knew that i could work at the job ireally wanted to do,thanks for lisiting barry

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over 6 years ago

I have a School project and i dont know what to do they tell us that we must do a project on what we want to be, the salery, whaat subject i must take and where can i stady but the problem is i dont know what tipe of doctor i want to be



i am 14 and need help



PLEASE



THANKS

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almost 5 years ago

Hi my name is hawa I am 17ysr old and I,m from Somalia
And I,m in 9th grade I was wishing to be a doctor my all life since I started in middle school
I just moved in this country I came to here september 27 '2011
I being here almost a year and I really want to be a doctor but I don,t know what will I take in freshmen to help me in college to,become a doctor easily so what will I do I need help for this
They are really great personality and I,m also hopping to become a doctor and I,m ready to work hard
So no matter how many years I ,m ready more than 10yrs I wanna be the best doctor in u.s and helping people greatly ,kindly .

Thnk,s very much have a good time.
My email is sharafwacan@hotmail.com
Good bye

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over 6 years ago

You guys are a bunch of kids who haven't formed their self identity. all of you want to be doctors because you want, but neither of you know it's a responsibility of a lifetime. Doctors are persons from TV shows like grays anatomy or alike.
Your mom told you, and you are pretty sure you want to. There are far more interesting careers out there to explore. Fact is, out of 10,000 successful eligible applicants, only 100 get accepted. Divide this by 2, because you are a male or a female. So you pretty much better off playing lottery. Come on, we all know it's for the money and the fame. Stop bulshitting it's for the sake of helping people. If you like helping people, go get a career in the old folks home or in a disability organization. Liars.

And a GPA of 4.0 in grade 10 or 8 does not mean anything AT ALL. University is completely different. Your 4.0 GPA wouldn't help you there and all the trick you learn in high school and memorization isn't going to get you anywhere. I have many friends who had 4.0 and such but upon their I like helping people, that's a given. It takes more than just wanting to help people. Like I said, you can help people by mowing their grass for free. You get the point. To the girl who is 15 and thinks she is going to be come a doctor in 3 years......I feel sorry for you.



Grow up is my recommendation to you.

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over 5 years ago

this sucks monkey scrotum

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over 5 years ago

this was very helpful i really would like to become a doctor/veternarian when i grow up thank you very much!!!!!:)

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about 6 years ago

i am a senior in high school and still confused with the career i wanna pursue.i took biology only in my freshman and sophomore year and not in junior and senior.i wanna know if that will be suffiecient for getting in the college for undergraduate degree.i also want to know which courses to take in college??

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over 4 years ago

am in grade 11 and i know i want to become a medical surgeon . reading this has really helped me alot about the challenges i will face on this journey. I will really need to work hard to get my way there but am sure by the special grace of the Lord almighty, i will get there.

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over 8 years ago

Im 13 and i'm in 8th grade, my biggest desire is to become a Doctor. Even as a child people would ask me what i wanted to be and i would say a Doctor or a Techer but since 6th grade it was clear to me that being a Doctor was going to be the right choice for me. I know that being any type of Doctor takes at least 11 years of hard studies but i'm going to give it my all and I know that i am going to become a Doctor someday!!!

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over 3 years ago

heart

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over 3 years ago

heart

kidney

brain

stomach

hip

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eyes

nose

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face

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almost 4 years ago

i want to be a doctor but iam worried this will get in the way if i ever wanna have kids are get married they wont have much attention

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over 4 years ago

I also want to become a doctor and specialise in cardiology and then i came across other options like having my own business or becoming a footballer...although im mad about biology and can learn and remember quickly anything related to it..but now im facing serious confusion which grew deeper when i read 10 reasons for not becoming a doctor..i guess i need a counsellor because my parents think my confusion is the result of my too much thinking....BEST OF LUCK to those who are looking forward to become a doctor...

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over 4 years ago

I also want to become a doctor and specialise in cardiology and then i came across other options like having my own business or becoming a footballer...although im mad about biology and can learn and remember quickly anything related to it..but now im facing serious confusion which grew deeper when i read 10 reasons for not becoming a doctor..i guess i need a counsellor because my parents think my confusion is the result of my too much thinking....BEST OF LUCK to those who are looking forward to become a doctor...

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over 4 years ago

me and my friend think is some good edvice for wht we need to know even though we r in middle school

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over 4 years ago

I know I want to be a doctor when I grow up, even though I am just thirteen years of age. I am also afraid of failure because I am not sure if I have what it takes to stay dedicated to 8+ years of hard schooling. Help!

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almost 5 years ago

nice post people in the edical line... nice one their

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almost 5 years ago

hello
good day i have read through the information and i am so interested though i tough different but i m still interested in the program. i m a student of Presbyterian comprehensive school kumbo bamenda north west region Cameroon and i believe with all this information i have already prepared myself for the studies but plead that you guys should always assist me with encouraging words via mails and my contact is +23777463280 promise to be very good and cooperative if i get entrance into your school right now i m awaiting result in the advance level sciences hoping to meet you guys shootly

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over 5 years ago

back in 1984 i wanted to be a nurse,not a gp didnt have enough cash to take med school.1 quit normal school at grade 9 and dint go back to school when i got back from the sunshine coast,went to vcc got my ged,my st johns cpr course,thenmy two full years to take two years of school,and many long hrs reading andstill had time to go home i would make sure that my shift was close for the night after i got all that i needed to get into collage,i was broke again,then i know have vertigo mid ears disise that causes everything to spin i didnt become what i wanted all my life,i would do it all over again if i knew that i could work at the job ireally wanted to do,thanks for lisiting barry

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over 5 years ago

yey!!! I do really appreciate this site... actually, I'm just a Little Kid but someday I wanna be a Doctor. I always try to perfect site for what I need to study and good to know that I found it!!! thanks...Muah! <3 :)

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almost 6 years ago

well m from pakistan. actually its my passion to be a doctor but now when i am in f.s.c ( its actually two years study after which u can get in medical colleges like king edward or agha khan , m really confused to come in this field because to clear the test is sooooo difficult and then alot of competetion is there its really hard to get in any medical college and then alot of struggle nw jst standing in middle i dont know that which field to choose in sciences....... plzzzzz help me....

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over 7 years ago

I want to be a doctor. I'm fifteen and I really want to know how I am supposed to study in High School. I have missionary parents and we all live in Bolivia. I want to be a doctor missionary.

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over 7 years ago

Great dissection of the path to being a doctor...but I think you haven't addressed the hard work it would take in high school (I'm from Australia) to achieve the appropriate entrance rank/cutoff to get qualify for the course. Not to mention the fact that it's a guessing game in those years as to how you will rank so you just have to work as hard as possible and hope for the best.

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almost 8 years ago

since i was 14 i wanted to become a doctor because i was interested in the way they work and i always wanted to make a positive outcome in peoples life and im now in year 11 and im confused with how much hard work its going to take im more than ready to take on the challenge but it would be helpful if i could have some advice on what to be prepared for

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about 8 years ago

Eventhough it takes 11 years, its still good cause we're having a economic crisis throughout the world! We won't loose our jobs!

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over 4 years ago

lol

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over 4 years ago

I want to be a dr to drive a Ferrari and hook up with hot girls. Lol

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almost 5 years ago

all i want to say is can you ppl give me some tips on what to do to become a doctor.

thx

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about 5 years ago

I feel so much in my heart that this is my calling but I'm so scared that I will fail don't want to be a failure am I fooling myself if this really for me or should I settle for something like nursing I'm so scared don't know what to do I am good enough

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about 5 years ago

What It Takes to Be a Doctor

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over 7 years ago

READ THIS!im in 8th grade ond i thought acting and teaching was my chosen career...i was wrong doctors help people and sounds more fun though its not about the fun its about hard work and caring and i feel i have what it takes to do both. thanks for inspiring me doctoring is with out a dought my chosen career

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over 5 years ago

futureee doctor is here guyssssss,,,,,,,,,,,,,hellp!!! me guyss i have some quieries

can i hadle my medical coaching for PMT with my 11th and 12th studies????

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over 5 years ago

An Indian graduate qualified doctor wants to take up higher strudies in USA. what are the ways and means by which she can secure this? whether there is any entry level qualifying examination? how to go about it? please send a guiding reply and references.

Thanks.

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about 6 years ago

Becoming a doctor

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5 months ago

tall slim body .nice structure .fit to be a doctor

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5 months ago

tall slim body .nice structure .fit to be a doctor

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5 months ago

tall slim body .nice structure .fit to be a doctor

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over 1 year ago

Hi,
I am 14 and in my second year of high school. It has been my life long dream to help with the mentally ill and would love to start planning my future.