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If You Want to be a Doctor:
Jason Reuter
Monday, March 01, 2021

For people who desire to help people and believe the best way to accomplish this goal is to become a medical doctor, here is a how-to. It begins at the high school level and ends with the completion of the residency.

As a high school student preparing for college, a student should take classes related to the field they want to major in, in this case, life-science classes: Biology, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and any other medically related sciences. Passing all of these classes with high Bs and above is key to having a high GPA, a necessity to being accepted into most high level undergraduate study programs. The next important step is to make sure you are volunteering as much as possible. Possible volunteering options include family support, courtesy desk, and working at a soup kitchen. These are just three of the many available options. The only limitations are where you are physically located, how far you're willing to travel, and how much time can be dedicated to volunteer work.

For an undergraduate major, go with a science or mathematics degree. Choices include Biology, Biotech, Physics, and numerous others. Undergraduates are expected to follow the same pattern as high school students. They need to take medically related classes, pass with a high B or better, aim for a high GPA to be accepted into medical school, and do volunteer work. 

After your undergraduate program is completed, assuming you get accepted into medical school, follow the same pattern as before, regarding high grades and volunteer work. Sometime before the senior year of college, you should take the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT.

Possible specialties include anesthesiology, dermatology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, medical genetics, and many, many more. Residency for each specialty will vary in length, but if you wish to work in patient care, then it is required. The length of residency can last from three years for a dermatologist, to seven years for a heart surgeon, and everything in between.

This is the traditional way people obtain a medical doctorate degree in the U.S.